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Festivals & events

Whether you are planning to visit Manitoba in the summer, winter, spring or fall, there’s a good chance you can take in at least one of the many festivals hosted by the province’s French-speaking communities!


While the Festival du Voyageur is probably the best known francophone festival, it is certainly not the only one. There’s also St. Laurent’s Manipogo Festival, marking the end of the ice-fishing season in March, the Frog Follies festival in St. Pierre-Jolys, with its famous frog-jumping championship, and the Hello Neighbour! / Salut Voisin! community event in  Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes.


Here’s an outline of the main festivals and events you won’t want to miss:

Marchand Logging Days


August 20 and 21 2016 The Marchand Logging Days are held each year on the 2nd last weekend of August and feature a wide range of events, from log sawing to an ATV obstacle course, mud bogging and a...

August 20 and 21, 2016

Louis Riel Day Celebrations

St. Lazare

The St. Lazare community celebrates its Métis roots during its Louis Riel Day celebrations. Activities include tobogganing, a Barouche (Métis card game) tournament, bannock, and a local...

204 683-2536
204 683-2296
February 18 and 19, 2017 (tentative date)


St. Georges

You won’t want to miss the Powerview-Pine Falls and St. Georges Winterfest. Activities include a Muck Jam, crosscountry skiing, fireworks, a family bonspiel and Jail & Bail.

204 367-9142
February 17 to 20, 2017

Salut Voisin! Howdy Neighbour!


September 9 to 11, 2016 Come say hello to your friends and neighbours at the Salut Voisin! / Howdy Neighbour! festival in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes. This gathering takes place over an entire weekend and...

204 248-7220
September 9 to 11, 2016

Dawson Trail Days

Ste. Anne-des-Chênes

September 2 to 5, 2016 Named after the historic Dawson Trail that crosses the village of Ste. Anne, Dawson Trail Days are held on the September long weekend. The three-day festival features baseball...

Ste. Anne
September 2 to 5, 2016

Folklorama - French-Canadian Pavilion

St. Boniface

First two weeks of August Winnipeg’s Folklorama is the largest and longest-running multicultural festival in the world! It lasts two full weeks and presents forty-plus pavilions that celebrate...

July 31 to August 13, 2016 (Folklorama) July 31 to August 6, 2016 (French Canadian Pavillion)

Bastille Day

St. Claude

July 10 (tentative date) The community of St. Claude is proud of its French roots. It should therefore come as no surprise that area residents have been celebrating the French national holiday for...

St. Claude
July 10 (tentative date)

Manipogo Festival

St. Laurent

In March, the St. Laurent Métis community invites us to celebrate the end of the ice-fishing season. The Manipogo Festival, named after Lake Manitoba’s famous serpentine monster...

March 4 and 5, 2017 (tentative dates)

Cheyenne Summer Fest

Ste. Agathe

July 15 and 16, 2016 Every year, this charming francophone community in the Red River Valley hosts Cheyenne Day, a country fair for the whole family, featuring a pancake breakfast, horseshoe...

July 15 and 16, 2016

Frog Follies & Agricultural Fair

St. Pierre-Jolys

July 7 to 10, 2016 The idea for the Frog Follies emerged in 1970 as part of the Manitoba Centennial celebrations. Forty years later, the festival is still going strong, with its slo-pitch tournament...

St. Pierre-Jolys
(204) 291-4630
July 7 to 10, 2016

Montcalm Heritage Festival

St. Joseph

Come celebrate harvest season in St. Joseph! Fun-filled acticities include: pancake breakfast, visit of the museum, parade, petting zoo, and music by Manitoba artists. All activities are free.

Musée St. Joseph Museum
25 Brais Boulevard
St. Joseph, MB R0G 2C0
(204) 737-2244
June 11 and 12, 2016

4P Festival

St. Georges

September 1 to 5, 2016 The town of Powerview-Pine Falls invites you to its annual 4P Festival: Paper, Peas, Power and Pickerel, a true celebration of life in rural Manitoba. Enjoy a fishing...

Powerview-Pine Falls, St. Georges
204 367-8483
September 1 to 5, 2016

St. Jean Baptiste Days

La Broquerie

June 25 and 26, 2016 The village of La Broquerie hosts French Canada’s biggest holiday, St. Jean-Baptiste Day. St. Jean-Baptiste Days have been celebrated in La Broquerie since 1897! Every...

June 25 and 26 2016

Metis Days

St. Laurent

July 30 to August 1, 2016 (tentative date) St. Laurent is a proud Metis town with one of the largest metis populations in North America. Each year, Metis Days promotes this unique metis culture...

St. Laurent
204 646-2467
204 646-2680
July 30 to August 1, 2016 (tentative date)

Festival du Voyageur

St. Boniface

In addition to being Western Canada’s largest winter festival, Festival du Voyageur is also “The World’s Largest Kitchen Party”! This unique ten-day festival celebrates the...

204 237-7692
February 10 to 19, 2017

Culture Days

September 30 to October 2, 2016 Be part of the national movement to celebrate arts and culture! Culture Days showcases concurrent events in several locations across Canada.  In Manitoba, free...

September 30 to October 2, 2016

Festival of Friends

St. Malo

The St. Malo Festival of Friends invites us to celebrate Franco-Manitoban joie de vivre and the joys of winter! The Festival is an opportunity to keep Voyageur culture and traditions alive through...

February 17 to 19, 2017

Sugaring Off Festival

St. Pierre-Jolys

The community of St. Pierre-Jolys never misses an opportunity to celebrate its rich francophone heritage! In addition to holding its annual Frog Follies summer festival, St. Pierre- Jolys also marks...

204 792-6149
204 433-7002
9 et 10 avril 2016

St. Norbert Farmers’ Market

St. Norbert

Welcome to the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, Manitoba’s largest open-air market! For nearly twenty years, it has been offering consumers an array of produce, fresh-baked bread and honey...

3514 Pembina Hwy., R3V 1A1
(204) 275-8349
End of May to– mid-October

Fall suppers

Autumn In many of Manitoba’s French communities, Fall is synonymous with Fall Suppers. These popular community get-togethers, can be compared to a big buffet of home-cooked meals that include...

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