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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:

Cercle Molière - French Theater

St. Boniface

Canada's oldest theater company, the Cercle Molière, is proud to showcase the talent of many Franco-Manitoban actors and playwrights. 

340 Provencher Blvd

Pioneer Days

St. Lazare

August 2018 St.Lazare Proud of its past, the community invites you to take in its Pioneer Days Festival. Festivites include a pancake breakfast, a parade, a baseball tournament, children's activities...

Marchand Logging Days


August 24, 2018 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 slow...

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


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 7 to 9, 2018 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 7 to 9, 2018

Dawson Trail Days

Ste. Anne-des-Chênes

From August 31 to September 1, 2018 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...

Ste. Anne
From August 31 to September 1, 2018

Folklorama - French-Canadian Pavilion

St. Boniface

From August 5 to 11, 2018! 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...

From August 5 to 11, 2018

Bastille Day

St. Claude

July 14, 2018 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 more than a...

St. Claude
July 14, 2018

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...

Cheyenne Summer Fest

Ste. Agathe

July 20 and 21, 2018 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 20 and 21, 2018

Frog Follies & Agricultural Fair

St. Pierre-Jolys

From July 12 to 14, 2018 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...

St. Pierre-Jolys
(204) 291-4630
From July 12 to 14, 2018

Montcalm Heritage Festival

St. Joseph

Come celebrate St.Joseph's agricultural heritage! Fun-filled activities 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 9 and 10, 2018

4P Festival

St. Georges

From August 30 to September 3, 2018 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...

Powerview-Pine Falls, St. Georges
204 367-8483
From August 30 to September 3, 2018

St. Jean Baptiste Days

La Broquerie

June 23 and 24, 2018 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 23 and 24, 2018

Metis Days

St. Laurent

August 3-5, 2018 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. Highlights of the celebration...

St. Laurent
204 646-2467
204 646-2680
August 3-5, 2018

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, 2019

Culture Days

From September 28 to 30, 2018 Be part of the national movement to celebrate arts and culture! Culture Days showcases concurrent events in several locations across Canada.  In Manitoba, free...

From September 28 to 30, 2018

Festival of Friends

St. Malo

February 16 to 18, 2019   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...

February 16 to 18, 2019

Sugaring Off Festival

St. Pierre-Jolys

April 6 and 7, 2019 - 10am to 5pm 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...

204 792-6149
204 433-7002
April 4, 2019

St. Norbert Farmers’ Market

St. Norbert

Welcome to the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, Manitoba’s largest open-air market! For 30 years, it has been offering consumers an array of produce, fresh-baked bread and honey. The market...

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

Fall suppers

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 mouth...

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