You know them, you love them, you sometimes wonder how in the world are you going to find time to fit them all in. And now you can vote for them. Welcome to Festival Madness! Where 32 of Manitoba’s unique festivals party it out to be named “Fave Fest.” Over the next week, vote and tell us which ones are near and dear to your heart. The competitors have been placed into four brackets:

  • The CULTURE-RIFIC! grouping is home to grand events that showcase Manitoba’s immersive culture. It’s where you will see Voyageurs voraciously trying to paddle past a few Pioneers who are tossing hay all over the place. Or catch a glimpse of Gimli’s Vikings throwing axes at those fur-clad Trappers from the Pas, who are just going to toss those axes right back at ’em! Amirite? (That’s a testosterone-fueled fight we really don’t want to witness…or do we?)
  • Then we have the MUSIC-LICIOUS! players. This is where the chill community vibes of Harvest Sun take on the “I wanna rock ‘n’ roll all night and party every day” bangers of Minnedosa. You’ll also find that behemoth Countryfest line dancing on over to St. Malo to release that Rainbow Trout back into the Rosseau River! Music never sounded so vicious.
  • Then you move on to the FAIR-TASTIC! group. These are those fun fairs that show off our sweet charms and hospitality. We’ve got horses and york boats. We’ve got miners, threshermen and cowpokes. We’ve got food and flowers. There’s even a big ol’ pumpkin!
  • Last, but not least, we have a WACKY-ISH! bunch. Here you’ll find a frog trying to leap over a meteor (good luck), while some knight in shining armour tries to swat off a diving raptor. My personal favourite pairing has got to be the fictional lake monster trying to throw shade at a stick horse. Yes, there’s a stick horse rodeo. Who knew that was even a thing?

So tighten your ceinture fléchée and get ready to party…VOTING STARTS NOW…

Festival Madness - First Round

Culture-rific!

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Folklorama vs. Manitoba Highland Gathering (Selkirk)

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Icelandic Festival (Gimli) vs. Trappers' Festival (The Pas)

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Manito Ahbee (Winnipeg) vs. Canada's National Ukrainian Festival (Dauphin)

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Festival du Voyageur vs. Pioneer Days (Steinbach)

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Music-licious!

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32 - Folk Festival vs Fire & Water

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Rockin' the Fields of Minnedosa vs. Harvest Sun Music Fest (Kelwood)

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Aboriginal Music Week (Winnipeg) vs. Winnipeg International Jazz Festival

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Dauphin's Countryfest vs. Rainbow Trout Music Festival (St. Malo)

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Fair-tastic!

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Royal Manitoba Winter Fair (Brandon) vs. Roland Pumpkin Fair

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Threshermen’s Reunion (Austin) vs. Treaty & York Boat Days (Norway House)

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Morden Corn & Apple Festival vs. Manitoba Sunflower Festival (Altona)

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Manitoba Stampede (Morris) vs. Nickel Days (Thompson)

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Wacky-ish!

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Winnipeg Fringe Festival vs. Honey, Garlic & Maple Syrup Festival (Manitou)

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St-Pierre-Jolys Frog Follies vs. West Hawk Lake Meteor Fest

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Medieval Festival (Cooks Creek) vs. La Rivière Raptor Festival

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St. Laurent's Festival Manipogo vs. Cromer Stick Horse Rodeo

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Come back to the blog on Monday (March 21) to see the results of the FIRST ROUND and start voting on the SWEET SIXTEEN.

Unfortunately, not all of our festivals made the list as we have way too many great ones! If we missed your favourite, please tell us which one it is and why you think it’s the best in the comments. The more stories you share with us about your love for Manitoba’s festivals, the better. Because there’s no such thing as a bad festival! (Well, except maybe this one.)