Experience our renowned hospitality first-hand at a Manitoba festival - filled with fun, food, and friendly people..
Drive time: 1.75 hours
More than 10,000 farming fans and agricultural enthusiasts visit the annual Threshermen's Reunion and Stampede at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum in Austin. This southwestern Manitoba community comes alive every July with live farming demonstrations, a parade of vintage farm equipment, and contests such as stooking and sheaf tying demos and a threshing competition between gas and steam driven threshing machines. Each evening of the four-day event features a rodeo and a free dance on the open-air dance floor. Tour the 20-building Homesteaders' Village and enjoy some home-made fare from the local food vendors.
Drive time: 1.5 hours
The long, warm growing season makes this area of the prairies unique for growing corn and apple crops. And on the fourth weekend of August, the Morden Corn & Apple Festival celebrates its bounty. The festival offers free hot, buttered corn and cold apple cider, along with a host of family-friendly activities and entertainment, including a parade, live music, tractor pulls, historical bus tours, and arts and crafts sale. While in Morden, make sure to stop at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, home to Bruce, the 80 million-year-old mosasaur fossil.
Drive time: 45 minutes
The highlight of this francophone community's annual summer festival is the National Frog Jumping Championships, where participants race their frogs by making them jump three times. The frog that jumps the furthest, wins! You can even bring your own spotted Leopard Frog, or choose one out of the barrel, but rest assured, all frogs are safely and respectfully caught and released. But just because you're frog has left the party, doesn't mean you have to. Enjoy the live entertainment, children's area including a fun-filled obstacle course, plus the agricultural elements, featuring antique machinery, crafts, and gardening displays.