Special Events & Festivals
The Winnipeg International Children's Festival (tel. 204/958-4730; www.kidsfest.ca), hosted at the Forks in mid-June, is a kids' paradise, with plays, storytelling, puppetry, competitions, and live music.
The Red River Exhibition (3977 Portage Ave.; tel. 204/888-6990; www.redriverex.com), at Red River Exhibition Park, usually starting the third week of June, celebrates the city's history, showcasing agricultural, horticultural, commercial, and industrial achievements. There are also the rural-themed Prairie Town Adventures for kids, a midway, a photography show, live entertainment, and other themed features such as a lumberjack show.
The Winnipeg Folk Festival (tel. 204/231-0096; www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca) is held the first weekend of July at Bird's Hill Provincial Park, north of the city. It is the world's oldest and largest folk-music festival. Over 85 acts perform on five daytime stages and one main stage each evening.
Folklorama is a 2-week multicultural festival in early August featuring more than 40 pavilions celebrating ethnic culture, with traditional food, dancing, music, costumes, entertainment, and crafts. It attracts more than 400,000 guests yearly. For more information, contact the Folk Arts Council of Winnipeg (tel. 800/665-0234 or 204/982-6210; www.folklorama.ca).The 10-day Festival du Voyageur (tel. 204/237-7692; www.festivalvoyageur.mb.ca), held in mid-February in St. Boniface, celebrates the adventures of the original French voyageurs, or fur traders, the first Europeans to settle in Canada, as well as French Métis culture.
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