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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...

MudFest: A Family Messtival

St. Adolphe

September 5th and 6th, 2014  Where: Parc St. Adolphe Park.  Go ahead, get dirty! MudFest is a family fun festival in St. Adolphe that aims to celebrate community spirit as well as raise...

Louis Riel Day Celebrations

St. Lazare

February 13 and 14 2016 The St. Lazare community celebrates its Métis roots during its Louis Riel Day celebrations. Activities include tobogganing, a Barouche (Métis card game...

204 683-2536
204 683-2296
February 13 and 14 2016


St. Georges

February 12 to 15 2016Powerview-Pine Falls & St. Georges You won’t want to miss the Powerview-Pine Falls and St. Georges Winterfest. Activities include a Muck Jam, crosscountry skiing...

204 367-9142
February 12 to 15 2016

Salut Voisin! Howdy Neighbour!


September 12 - 14, 2014 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 12 to 14, 2014

Dawson Trail Days

Ste. Anne-des-Chênes

September long weekend.  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...

August 30 to September 1, 2014

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...

340 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G7
August 2 to 15, 2015

Bastille Day

St. Claude

July (the Sunday closest to July 14).  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...

July 13, 2014

Manipogo Festival

St. Laurent

March 6, 2016 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...

Cheyenne Summer Fest

Ste. Agathe

July 18, 2014 - July 19, 2014 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...

Frog Follies

St. Pierre-Jolys

July 10-13, 2014 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, a...

(204) 291-4630
July 10 to 13, 2014

Montcalm Heritage Festival

St. Joseph

The Montcalm Heritage Festival, a two-day event celebrating culture and tradition, will be held on June 13 to 15, 2014 on the Musée St. Joseph Museum grounds. Admission to the...

Musée St. Joseph Museum
25 Brais Boulevard
St. Joseph, MB R0G 2C0
(204) 737-2244
June 14 and 15, 2014

4 P Festival

St. Georges

Labour Day Weekend. 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 tournament...

Canada Day 2012

St. Claude Ste. Agathe St. Boniface St. Vital St. Norbert

Come and celebrate Canada Day in Manitoba's bilingual municipalities! July 1st and the entire long weekend is jammed packed with activities. Check out the events in the following communities...

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 year...

June 25 and 26 2016

Metis Days

St. Laurent

August 1-3, 2014 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...

204 646-2467
204 646-2680
August 1 to 3, 2014

Festival du Voyageur

St. Boniface

February 12 to 21, 2016 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...

204 237-7692
February 12 to 21, 2016

Culture Days

Be part of the national movement to celebrate arts and culture! Culture Days showcases concurrent events in several locations across Canada.  In Manitoba, free, hands-on and interactive...

September 26 to 28, 2014

Festival of Friends

St. Malo

February 12 to 14 2016 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...

February 12 to 14 2016

St. Claude Winter Carnival

St. Claude

Late January - Early February The St. Claude Winter Carnival is a family festival held prior to Festival du Voyageur, just in time to get us in the festival mood with a pancake breakfast, a hockey...

Late January - Early February

Sugar shack

St. Pierre-Jolys

April 12 - 13, 2014 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...

St. Norbert Farmers’ Market

St. Norbert

Saturday May 24th – October 25, 2014 Welcome to the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, Manitoba’s largest open-air market! For nearly twenty years, it has been offering...

3514 Pembina Hwy., R3V 1A1
(204) 275-8349
Early June – mid-October

Cyclocross Race in St. Malo Provincial Park

St. Malo

November 6, 2011. Experience the tranquil setting of St. Malo Park in the off-season by attending the annual Cyclocross Race. Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome to experience the circuit...

Fall suppers

St. Malo

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...

Ste. Anne Winter Carnival

Ste. Anne-des-Chênes

End of January. A mid-winter carnival… the perfect thing to get you out of the house, spend time with friends and have fun! The Ste. Anne Winter Carnival is held during the last weekend in...

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