Add a dash of culture to your week. Manitoba's biggest cultural festivals heat up our list of hot summer happenings.
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Aug 1 to 4 | Gimli
By Thor's Hammer it's time to celebrate family, friends and Icelandic heritage and culture at the 125th annual Icelandic Festival! (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.
Canada's National Ukrainian Festival
Aug 1 to 3 | Dauphin
Head out to Dauphin for a weekend of song, dance, costumes and cuisine at Canada's National Ukrainian Festival! From cultural displays and entertainment to learning the art of pysanky (Ukrainian Easter egg decorating) and designing your own very special souvenir, to enjoying fresh bread from wood-fired ovens, Dauphin becomes a focal point for all things Ukrainian. The festival site boasts an 11,000 seat amphitheatre, three outdoor stages, vendor booths, Ukrainian Musicians Hall of Fame, as well as a Memorial Park and Heritage Village.
Aug 3 to 16 | Various venues, Winnipeg
You can go anywhere at Folklorama -- the largest and longest-running multicultural festival in the world! Sample exotic cuisine and celebrate the cultural and ethnic heritage of people from dozens of countries who have made Winnipeg their home. Each country's pavilion presents a show featuring the song and dance of their culture, along with trademark ethnic cuisine and a cultural display. Start planning your cultural adventure today.
Aug 1 to 4 | Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach
It's definitely worth the trip to Steinbach this weekend to enjoy Pioneer Days! Let the Mennonite Heritage Village exceed your expectations with their signature festival that highlights the Mennonite way of life from the 16th century to present day. This four-day event starts with a parade and is packed with fun-filled pioneer demonstrations that weave the story of Mennonite culture through the centuries. There is also a horse show, petting zoo, an abundance of ethnic food, and live entertainment.
Rockin' The Fields
Aug 1 to 3 | Minnedosa
If you're a rock fan, you don't want to miss the great music, good friends and beautiful Lake Minnedosa at Rockin' The Fields! This year's lineup includes Theory of a Deadman, The Trews, Big Wreck and Trooper. You can also golf, enjoy the beach, fish, water ski, attend the Heartland Rodeo, or visit the farmers' market.
Lower Fort Garry
Open daily | Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada
Step back in time to the 19th century fur trade at the oldest stone fur trading post still intact in North America at Lower Fort Garry. Costumed interpreters will take you back to the mid-1800s as they re-enact events of the early days of this Hudson's Bay Company post.
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Midsummer night’s interpretive events
Aug 1 | Park Centre Campfire, Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Sit around the campfire and learn the history of Bannock then bake up your own scrumptious batch! Be sure to bring a bowl for mixing and a mug for hot chocolate! Starts at 8:00 p.m.
Star gazing party
Aug 2 | Park Centre Amphitheatre, Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Discover the night sky with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada! Look through the astronomer’s high powered telescopes to discover the heavens above. Starts at 8:30 p.m.
For more information, email ParkInterpretation@gov.mb.ca.
Movies in the Park
Aug 1 | Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Bring a chair or spread out a blanket in front of the Lyric Theatre and get ready to watch free, family-favourite blockbusters on an outdoor screen. This week's features are The Croods (7:00 p.m.) and Divergent (9:15 p.m.)
Furs and the modern day trapper
Aug 2 | Big Whiteshell Amphitheatre, Whiteshell Provincial Park
Even though the glory days of the fur trade have long since passed, trapping is still a very active and important industry in the Whiteshell. Listen in on local trappers as they discuss how trapping practices have evolved over the years and how trapping helps manage wildlife populations. Afterwards, stay tuned for the feature film Fur - The Fabric of a Nation. Starts at 8:30 p.m. For more information, email ParkInterpretation@gov.mb.ca.
River City Rumble
Aug 2 to 3 | Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, Winnipeg
Get ready to rumble at Winnipeg's Rockabilly Festival! This year’s festival is action packed and features 15 live bands, a classic car show, burlesque performances, a rockabilly jive swing dance competition, a pin-up competition, films, a rooftop patio tiki bar, vendors, and workshops in vintage hair and makeup, guitar, burlesque and swing dance.
Fire & Water Music Festival
Aug 1 to 3 | Lac du Bonnet
Live music at the lake. What's better than that? Lac du Bonnet is the picturesque backdrop for the Fire & Water Music Festival! Manitoba’s top indie music festival features the best there is to offer in Canadian music with a sprinkling of international performers.
Various locations around the province
Feast on freshly produced goodies at your local farmers' market! This is the perfect time for you to shop for locally-produced foods and discover the real great tastes of Manitoba. Yum! Here's a list of markets province-wide and Winnipeg-specific.
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