Last year, we listed 10 can’t-miss festivals in Manitoba, but that was only a small slice of our summer festival pie! And boy oh boy does our festival pie have flavour – from BBQ and blues to music and film. If you want to earn your (unofficial) badge of festival honour from yours truly, try to visit one or more of these awesome fests this summer.
Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa
August 4 to 6
Fans of good ol’ rock and roll ought to head to Minnedosa this August long weekend for an epic music festival featuring headliners Arkells, Big Wreck, The Trews and Mother Earth. It’s rumored that Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa gets better every year – and what better way to find out than to attend?
Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival
August 11 to 12
Smith Street & Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg
The 680 CJOB Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival is a weekend of lip smackin’, hip shakin’ fun, and it’s also now FREE! New this year, access to the festival site comes free of charge and features international, national and local blues artists. Did we mention the food? Taste world class BBQ and see demos that will inspire you to get grilling.
Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival
August 4 to 6
Immerse yourself in Ukrainian culture at Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin, Manitoba. Enjoy the weekend in the sun in the only 11,000-seat, hillside amphitheatre in Canada and watch stories come to life through costume, song and dance. There are plenty of opportunities to get hands-on too; whether it be trying traditional cuisine or joining into the nightly Zabava parties.
Flin Flon Trout Festival
June 29 to July 2
This year’s Trout Festival coincides with a very special event: Flin Flon Homecoming! The Canada Day weekend will be marked with plenty of community spirit, beer gardens, a golf tournament, canoe races on Ross Lake, fireworks and a parade.
Morden Corn & Apple Festival
August 25 to 27
For many Manitoba families, the Morden Corn & Apple Festival is a summer tradition. Make it part of your summer rite-of-passage too and enjoy FREE corn, apple juice and entertainment, as well as a fantastic midway. Need more convincing? We have 50 reasons why you should attend this year.
August 17 to 20
The Cube, Winnipeg
Sorry to disappoint, but this isn’t a festival dedicate to internet memes (but really, that’s probably a good thing). The Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME) highlights electronic musicians in a free public venue, The Cube, while using creative technologies that really bring people to the dance floor. Expect to hear house, techno, deep dub, psychedelic, world, nu-jazz, ambient and experimental sounds. The festival also features “After Cube” multi-media events at beautiful venues like The Winnipeg Art Galleries and offers full-day workshops for aspiring producers.
July 20 to 23
The Manitoba Stampede is Manitoba’s only Pro-Rodeo, and one of the best events of the summer! The top names on the Canadian Tour Circuit will show their stuff in bull riding, tie down roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling and more. If you want something even more exciting, check out the fast paced chariot races or hit the midway.
Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival
July 22 to 24
Keystone Centre Grounds, Brandon
Like to infuse your summer with a bit of local talent? The Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival is equal parts chill and upbeat, with an awesome lineup that includes Carly Dow and The Madtrappers. Don’t forget to check out the Makers Market, made up of tinkerers, hobbyists, science clubs, authors and everything in between, with the goal of bringing different communities together for a chance to show off what they make and what they learn.
Gimli Film Festival
July 26 to 30
Grab a chair and settle in for a movie on the beach in the lakeside town of Gimli. Watch feature films, documentaries and short films under the stars on the beach or in one of 5 indoor venues. There’s no ambiance quite like that of the Gimli Film Festival, with over 10,000 people visiting this small-town cinema extravaganza each year.
Folies Grenouilles/Frog Follies
July 13 to 16
Back in 1970, the community of St-Pierre-Jolys launched their first ever Frog Follies, with special guests HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. Since then, some things have stayed the same: like the National Frog Jumping Championship, while others have changed, like the merging of the St-Pierre Ag Fair. But something that will always remain is the promise of a family-fun weekend, complete with live entertainment, frog hunts and more.