Festivals

Winnipeg’s Festive Atmosphere

The city’s arts and culture scene is enriched by year-round festivals that promote and strengthen the community of artists in Winnipeg and the surrounding region. Dozens of festivals each year provide Manitoba’s capital with a year-round slate of activities.  

The Winnipeg Folk Festival, the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival and the Winnipeg Music Festival are among the largest annual music festivals in Winnipeg. And on the cultural side, Folklorama, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and Festival du Voyageur are three of the most renowned events of their kinds in North America, welcoming visitors and participants from all over the continent—and the world—as Winnipeg earns its well-deserved reputation as the ‘cultural cradle of Canada.’

If you love festivals, you’ll love living in Winnipeg. So Get Centred and Go Flat Out by experiencing some of the most respected and well-attended music, theatre and cultural festivals on this side of the world.

Popular Music and Theatre Festivals

Winnipeg Folk Festival

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a year-round arts organization that presents one of North America’s premier outdoor music festivals each July.  The inaugural Winnipeg Folk Festival was held in 1974 as a one-time celebration to mark Winnipeg’s 100th anniversary. The festival was free and attracted an estimated audience of 22,000 over the three-day weekend. While the festival has grown considerably since then, the gathering in 1974 laid down important roots in Birds Hill Provincial Park with a community that remains strong today.  Festival attendance now exceeds 80,000 people, attracting thousands of visitors from outside Manitoba each year and drawing performers from across North America and the world.

Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival has enjoyed tremendous growth since it was founded as part of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in 1988. It currently ranks as the second-largest event of its kind in North America, and every year the Winnipeg Fringe Festival welcomes over 170 companies from all over the world to present exciting independent theatre to appreciative and enthusiastic audiences.

TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival

The TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival in downtown Winnipeg comes alive each June for more than 10 days of exceptional live music featuring the best local, national and international jazz artists. Started in 1990, the festival culminates in three spectacular days of free music in Old Market Square. It is promoted by Jazz Winnipeg, a non-profit organization promoting the art of jazz through concert presentations and community outreach.

Winnipeg Music Festival

Since its inception in 1919, the Winnipeg Music Festival has grown in size and scope, currently boasting over 3,000 entries in more than 500 classes. Running for 23 days, the festival utilizes 11 venues in Winnipeg. Participants come from all parts of Manitoba, from Northwest Ontario and from the northern United States to compete. Many internationally respected artists have developed their talents at the Winnipeg Music Festival, including Emanuel Ax, Tracy Dahl, Douglas Finch, Irena Welhasch, Tom Wiebe, Philip Ens, Valdine Anderson, Chantal Kreviazuk and Loreena McKennitt.

Distinguished Cultural Festivals

Folklorama

Folklorama began in 1970 as a one-time multicultural event celebrating Manitoba's centennial. It was so successful it has returned every year since.

In 1970, the Folklorama festival was only seven days long with 21 pavilions participating. Since then, the festival has grown to two full weeks with 20-plus pavilions open in Week 1 and a second set of 20 pavilions running in Week 2.

Today, Folklorama attracts over 400,000 pavilion visits annually and is the largest and longest-running multicultural festival in the world.

Festival du Voyageur

Every winter since 1970, Saint-Boniface—Winnipeg’s French quarter—is transformed into a winter paradise and becomes host to Festival du Voyageur, the largest winter festival in Western Canada. Voyageur, Metis and First Nations histories are brought back to life, not only through the historical interpretation offered inside reconstructed Fort Gibraltar, but also through the many attractions inside Voyageur Park and at the festival’s various official sites.

Music of old, traditional cuisine, sensational snow sculptures and captivating shows are but a few examples of the entertainment presented during this convivial gathering. Boasting a vast array of historical, recreational and educational activities, Festival du Voyageur offers something for everyone.

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