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For many Manitobans, warm weather means one thing: music festivals. But beyond perennial favourites like the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Dauphin’s Countryfest are lesser known gems that draw in visitors to towns and communities across the province for weekends of toe-tapping and audible enjoyment. These small-town festivals offer the chance to see performances (often from local talent) on a more intimate scale, set against prairie backdrops that exude rural Manitoban flair. This year, we challenge you to attend one or more of these small town music festivals in Manitoba. 🎶
Prairie Wind Music Festival in Cypress River
June. Specific dates TBA
Cypress River is the ‘little town with the big sound’ during the 6th annual Prairie Wind Musical Festival. This community-centric festival brings acts in from across the country while also highlighting local talent.
Back 40 Folk Festival in Morden
June. Specific dates TBA.
This one-day festival in Morden is a treat for the senses. From performances by local musicians to songwriters circles to yoga and food; it’s easy to spend the entire day on festival grounds at the Back 40 Folk Festival.
Real Love Summer Festival in Teulon
July. Specific dates TBA.
After three incredibly successful years, it’s no surprise that Real Love Summer Fest is back again. With a growing fan base, this three-day music extravaganza has secured a new location in Teulon, Manitoba, with promises of beautiful scenery and shaded camping in the forest. This summer, watch performances, wander through art installations from local artists and take in the experience that is Real Love.
Rainbow Trout Music Festival in Roseau River
August 17 to 19, 2018
Although the lineup hasn’t been released yet, you can safely bet that the Rainbow Trout Musical Festival will be one of the best of the summer. Set on the banks of Roseau River (south of St. Malo), the festival focuses on local music of all genres – from rock, to hip-hop, to folk to reggae and so on. The festival is known for its pristine festival site and its down-to-earth and friendly atmosphere.
Harvest Sun Music Festival in Kelwood
August. Specific dates TBA.
This sunny Kelwood music festival is focused on one goal: to showcase Manitoban musicians, growers and makers. With a truly grassroots vibe, the Harvest Sun Music Festival offers plenty of activities for people of all ages – from the group of indie music fans to the young family looking to spend a day outdoors.
Harvest Moon Festival in Clearwater
September. Specific dates TBA.
If there’s any festival that seems to get outstanding reviews year after year – it’s the Harvest Moon Festival in the stunning Pembina Valley. This fall festival is rich in music, locally-sourced food and hands-on workshops. While the 2018 lineup has yet to be announced, you’ll want to purchase your tickets as soon as they go on sale as this festival tends to sell out quick.