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So you want to become a seasoned festival pro but don't know where to start? Worry not. Make your first time at these 5 Manitoban festivals AMAZING by following our handy insider tips that cover everything from food to entertainment to every can't-miss moment! Here we go!
June 28 to July 1, 2018
1. Visit the Canadian Tire Sports Bar to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the festival. The Sports Bar is a great place to chill out! Watch a CFL game or just catch up on the scores on 6 TV screens.
2. Did you know Dauphin has a beach? The beach is one of the busiest venues at Countryfest, with a live DJ, beach volleyball, a swimming pool, fun games and activities happening all day plus tons of prizes to be won.
3. Make sure you download the Countryfest mobile app before you arrive. You can create a customized schedule for shows that you absolutely do not want to miss throughout the weekend as well as stay informed with the latest information and push notifications!
4. Work up an appetite for the food vendors - the festival has everything from pizza to poutine’s to perogies.
5. Every night the social hall becomes the hottest night club in the Parkland! DJ Gordo will keep you dancing until 2:00 am.
August 3 to 5, 2018
1. Plan on staying for at least one Zabava...but stake out a table early on…it will be busy!
2. Try the Ukrainian beer with any Ukrainian platter.
3. Visit the Cossacks in the Heritage Village for a truly authentic experience.
4. Sign up for cultural workshops - such as writing pysanky, children's workshops based on a traditional crafts, and Baba's Kitchen - where you can make your own varenyky (pyroghies) and paskas.
5. Love to shop? Spend some time checking out the Pavilion vendors! There is a vast array of shopping gems just waiting to be found, from Ukrainian blouses to homemade goodies.
July 5 to 8, 2018
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Be sure to bring a water bottle from home and fill up at any of the Folk Festival taps marked with tall blue flags.
2. Download the Folk Festival app and turn on notifications before you get to the fest for artist bios, schedules, a site map & other useful info.
3. Daytime workshops help you discover! Workshops allow artists to jam with other artists they may have never had the opportunity to.
4. Take the kids to our award-winning family area right by Chickadee big top, home to live children’s music and fun Friday to Sunday! Children 12 and under get in for free at the festival.
5. Don't leave the festival without something beautifully hand-crafted from the Hand-Made Village! With over 50 artisans in our Hand-Made Village, you're sure to find something special to remember the festival.
August 5 to 18, 2018
1. Buy your tickets online for Festival 49. Single admission tickets ($6.00) and the Vickar Automotive Group Fun Pack (12 tickets for $54.00) are available! You can purchase your tickets online up until an hour before desired show time - and don’t worry if the show is sold out - just buy a ticket for the next one. Online tickets are specific to pavilion and show time and are non-transferable and non-refundable.
2. Talk to our pavilion ambassadors and volunteers – they are more than happy to share their cultural pride and knowledge, and you may learn more than you expected!
3. Share the importance of cultural understanding with your children and let them join you on a Folklorama journey. Some pavilions feature children’s activities to keep your little one entertained! Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult (limit of five children admissions per paid adult).
4. Explore multiple pavilions in one evening by joining a VIP Tour. Experience a VIP tour by walking, cycling or motor coach. Folklorama’s VIP tours include two or three pavilions and allow you to bypass the line, reserved seating with table service, and a delicious and authentic progressive meal.
5. Be sure to arrive early to pavilions to have time to try some of the INCREDIBLE food and drink available for purchase.
August 3 to 6, 2018
1. Come prepared – the majority of the festival is outside so make sure to bring beach gear, rain gear, bug spray and sunscreen - you’ll never know which ones you’ll need.
2. Visit the historic viking statue at his home in Viking Park and learn more about Icelandic culture and the Icelandic settlers that made Gimli their home.
3. Learn to speak Icelandic – find words and phrases throughout the town and learn how to say “Islendingdagurinn” and become an honorary Viking at the ‘Get Dinged’ event.
4. Watch a viking battle at the Viking Village and learn more about how vikings lived.
5. Sample traditional Icelandic treats at Amma’s Kitchen such as piparkökur (cookies), kleinur (donuts), vínarterta (fruit filled layered cake) and plokkfiskur (fish stew). Wash it down with Icelandic schnapps, brennivín, affectionately known as ‘Black Death’.