By Thor's Hammer it's time to celebrate family, friends and Icelandic heritage and culture at the 124th annual Icelandic Festival of Manitoba! (Or as the locals call it, Islendingadagurinn.) At this premiere Manitoba festival, you can enjoy the excitement of the midway and viking reenactments, shop a wide assortment of crafts, watch the parade and fireworks, or just relax on the beach with friends and take in the sun and sandcastle competition. There is so much to see and do this weekend in Gimli, you don’t want to miss a minute! August 2 to 5, 2013 Gimli, Manitoba For more information and a list of events, visit Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. Oh, and if you don’t have your viking horns yet, no worries, the stores and vendors of Gimli will have plenty. And if you want to learn more about this exotic Canadian festival, check out this National Post article.