8 festivals and events you need to check out this August in Manitoba

Posted July 19, 2023 | Author Breanne Sewards

In Manitoba, summertime and festivals are a perfect match.

If you're seeking a memorable family weekend or simply an opportunity to delve into Manitoba's culture and history, look no further than these eight must-visit festivals and events happening this summer. Let's dive in and explore the vibrant gatherings that will make your August in Manitoba even better!

Morden Corn & Apple

August 25 to 27, 2023

The Morden Corn & Apple Festival has a special charm that brings back thousands year after year, thanks to two simple promises: Fun and free. Families from all over Manitoba and beyond gather for a final summer celebration, enjoying a weekend in Morden filled with exciting midway rides, live entertainment (this year's festival features Epic Eagles and Sloan), and what could very well be the main attraction: free buttery corn and fresh apple cider.


Vikings line up for battle at the Icelandic Festival in Gimli
Credit Travel Manitoba

August 4 to 7, 2023

Whether you call it Islendingadagurinn or simply the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba - this is one summer celebration you don't want to miss! Head to the town of Gimli in the area known as New Iceland for an extraordinary celebration that pays homage to the Icelandic culture and heritage of the region. Prepare to be mesmerized as Viking warriors clash in thrilling re-enactments, transporting you back to a bygone Norse era. Try an Icelandic delicacy like the always-popular Vinarterta. Earn your honorary Icelander title through the thrilling 'Get Dinged' ceremony. Cheer your heart out at the midway! The fun and festivities are endless.


August 6 to 19, 2023

Known as one of Winnipeg's most beloved festivals, Folklorama is a massive multicultural event that takes place over 14 days in August. The festival offers a glimpse into the cultures and communities that call Winnipeg home through food and performance. With over 40 pavilions spread across the city, it's definitely worth visiting as many as possible to fully enjoy the experience.

One of the best ways to see multiple pavilions in a single evening is through a VIP tour, which provides transportation and guaranteed entry into a variety of venues.

Canada's National Ukrainian Festival

August 4 to 6, 2023

Perogies. Dancing. Song. Need we say more? Canada's National Ukrainian Festival offers an immersive look into Ukrainian traditions with performances and a living museum that brings prairie pioneer life to life. Don't miss out on tasting authentic Ukrainian dishes like holubchi, kielbasa, and borscht and prepare to be captivated by talented dancers who journey from various parts of the country to perform on stage! Here are our tips to help you celebrate Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival like a true Ukrainian. Будьмо!

Winkler Harvest Festival

August 11 to 13, 2023

Join into the vibrant atmosphere of the Winkler Harvest Festival, a summer celebration that honours the rich agricultural history of the city. This free-entry festival features live music, thrilling midway rides, delectable food vendors, captivating children's shows, a petting zoo and a lively parade that showcases the spirit of the community. This year, you can also shop a variety of amazing local vendors and artisans at the Fawn & Cub Market -- happening all weekend.

Fire and Water Music Festival

August 4 to 6, 2023
Lac du Bonnet

The town of Lac du Bonnet is home to the small but mighty Fire and Water Music Festival. Bring your family and friends along to this celebration of music that features amazing artists from Manitoba and beyond. Sip a cold beverage from the festival’s official beer vendor - Kilter Brewing Co. - and enjoy music from Leaf Rapids, The Slocan Ramblers, The Guess Who’s Donnie McDougall and more. This year, Fire and Water Musical Festival has changed locations and will take place waterside at Laker's Ski Club!

From now until July 21: Save $10 on Saturday Day Pass with promo code CANADA or $25 on Weekend Pass with promo code EARLYBIRD.

Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival

August 26 to 27, 2023
Portage la Prairie

Summer is all about creating those magical experiences you never forget and it's time to add a new one to the memory bank with Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival. The festival features a variety of musical genres in an intimate setting beneath the trees. Enjoy the relaxed vibes of this smaller music festival, wander the nature trails or join into a campfire jam session. You'll be sure to feel creative and inspired by the end of the weekend!

Heritage Day

August 13, 2023
Pioneer Village Museum, Beausejour

Step into the past for a fun-filled day at the charming Pioneer Village Museum in Beausejour! Experience the nostalgia of old-time pioneer games, watch live threshing demonstrations and savour delectable concessions. This event is your chance to discover the fascinating buildings, artifacts, and hidden treasures in the Pioneer Village Museum.

About The Author

Hey! I'm Breanne, Editorial Content Specialist for Travel Manitoba. First to jump in the lake and last to make it down the River Trail. Lover of croissants, cats, and croissant-shaped cats. Got a story idea? Email me at bsewards@travelmanitoba.com.

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