Winnipeg Festivals Listing

There are lots of festivals and celebrations in Winnipeg, almost one in every month, but the summer is definitely Festival Time! Here is a rundown of the best festivals around the year. Take part and have fun!

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late Jan Storytelling Festival Participants go on a unique journey through 12,000 years of Manitoba history-even into the future - Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, 190 Rupert Avenue; (204) 956-2830
late Jan - early Feb New Music Festival Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at the Centennial Concert Hall; (204) 949-3999
early February Sun Dog Storytelling Festiva Nationally-acclaimed storytellers join 40 of Manitoba's finest tellers and entertainers for an imagination-filled weekend of storytelling, comedy and music. For all ages! At the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature
late Feb Festival de Voyageur Western Canada's largest winter festival based on the fur trade era. Historical and cultural treasures of the French-Canadian heritage, entertainment, international dog sled races, and traditional cuisine are showcased. Attractions include Voyageur Park with entertainment in heated tents, the Winter Gallery exhibiting ice sculptures, the Governor's Ball, Voyageur parade, fiddling and jigging contests, Saint-Boniface; (204) 237-7692
late Feb Winnipeg Scottish Festival Piping, drumming, highland dance and pipe band competitions, workshops, cultural displays, evening Ceilidh. Winnipeg Convention Centre; (204) 489-4485
early May Festival théâtre jeunesse Festival of French-language plays written and performed for youth audiences. 233-8972
late May Teddy Bears' Picnic Manitoba's celebration of childhood and children's health combines fun and learning for a day of interactive outdoor family entertainment. Assiniboine Park; (204) 958-7314.
early June Winnipeg International Children's Festival Diverse world-class performing arts and participatory activities all educational, entertaining, and accessible to young people. The Forks; (204) 958-4730
early Jun Charleswood in Motion Days Displays, midway carnival, pancake breakfast, candy and grocery scramble, free stage shows, fireworks, youth soccer tournament, parade. Eric Coy Arena; (204) 837-7356
early Jun Winnipeg International Airshow Features precision flying teams, high-flying aerobatics, fastest jet-powered fire truck, Canadian and American aerial demonstrations, trade show, entertainment, children's activities. Outstanding on-ground display of WWII aircraft to the latest state-of-the-art jet fighters. Winnipeg International Airport; (204) 257-8400
June Winnipeg International Children's Festival Held at The Forks, with performers from all over the world plus Winnipeg artists performing in tents and outdoor stages. Festial includes Creative Village, games and hands-on workshops for kids; (204) 958-4730
mid Jun Winnipeg MCC Festival & Relief Sale Musical presentations, children's activities, ethnic food, arts and craft sale, antique and unique items auction. The Forks National Historic Site; (204) 896-4680
mid Jun Hoop It Up World's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament as part of Canadian tour. The Forks National Historic Site; (204) 925-5775
late Jun Jazz Winnipeg Festival Varied musical performances by the best local, national and international jazz musicians. Both free and ticketed events. Downtown; (204) 989-4656
late Jun Red River Exhibition Manitoba's largest midway, this family entertainment event starts with a parade and continues with nightly family entertainment and attractions, youth talent showcase, displays and creative exhibits, Aboriginal Village, and Scottish Heritage Festival. Red River Exhibition Park located on Portage Avenue, west of Assiniboia Downs. (204) 888-6990
late Jun Scottish Heritage Festival The festival features highland dance, piping and drumming competitions as well as the Heavy Games and Scottish food and entertainment. Held each year at the Red River Exhibition Park located on Portage Avenue, west of Assiniboia Downs. (204) 888-6990
late Jun Winnipeg Family Kite Festival World-class guest kite flyers, flying lessons, kite-making, gifts and collectibles, family activity tent, games, rides, face painting, hot air balloon rides. Assiniboine Park; (204) 947-0194
late Jun Scottish Heritage Festival Highland dancing competitions and championships, band and solo piping and drumming, heavy games, heritage displays and workshops, clan booths, Celtic entertainment, Scottish food. Red River Exhibition Park; (204) 888-9380
early July Latin-O-Rama '98 Celebration of Latin-American culture featuring singers, dancers, and musicians and Canadian entertainment. Old Market Square; (204) 942-7066
early July A Taste of Manitoba Culinary festival attracts 50,000 people to sample over 80 menu items from 34 different restaurants, including ethnic cuisine, free stage shows. Memorial Park; (204) 475-6660
late July Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival More than 700 performances by over 100 international, Canadian and local companies. Noon to midnight entertainment, international food court, street performers, band performances on outdoor stage, beer tent and patio. Old Market Square and Exchange District; (204) 943-7464
late July Winnie the Pooh Friendship Festival Celebrate with Tigger and Winnie the Pooh in a Disney World theme, fun-filled games, Pooh storytelling, refreshments. Assiniboine Park
early Aug Folklorama Folklorama is the largest and longest running multicultural celebration in the world. Canada's cultural celebration takes participants on a journey of discovery through an array of over 40 international pavilions offering sights, sounds and tastes of the world. Throughout city; (204) 982-6210 or 1-800-665-0234
early Aug Heart of the Continent Fair Show jumping, horse show, dog show, garden and animal displays, agricultural education centre, antique machinery demonstrations, food fest. Red River Exhibition Park; (204) 888-6990
early Aug Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival 41-foot long Chinese war teak canoes shaped like dragons with 22-person racing teams from Manitoba and Canada compete. The Forks on Assiniboine River; (204) 982-1830
late September THIN AIR Winnipeg International Writers Festival a literary celebration, an annual week-long festival of readings, panel discussions, school shows, book signings, and professional development opportunities. It engages new and established writers, and is enjoyed by thousands of Manitobans of all ages and backgrounds in both English and French. Throughout each day, exciting events are scheduled at various venues across the city, including some in rural areas. The festival offers a taste of literature sure to satisfy any reader's palate! For more info 204-927-7323 FoundLocally Listing.
October Red River Celtic Festival Celtic music, dance, workshops, trade fair, Ceilidh. Centre culturel franco-manitobain; (204) 231-0213
early Nov Festival des films francophones au Manitoba Festival of French and French-Canadian films. Cinémathèque de Winnipeg; (204) 452-6781
late Nov Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Festival of Light Parade Winnipeg as the Christmas Capital of Canada and the Canadian City of Lights. Special events, promotions, official turning on of the festive downtown lights, parade is the grand finale to a day-long "Parti-Gras." Downtown; (204) 958-4640