Festivals add life to our community and to our economy.

With another June long behind us, we have now officially entered Manitoba’s festival season. Across our province and the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, cities and towns are preparing to host festivals and events that showcase their communities. For many communities, festivals are a chance to highlight what their community has to offer, from entertainment, to arts and crafts, to local foods and specialties.

Festivals bring people together from within and from outside of the community, helping to strengthen social ties and support local business. Local festivals are a real opportunity to maximize and promote Tourism by drawing visitors to our communities and to our province. According to Travel Manitoba, in 2015 the Tourism Sector was responsible for 2.5% of the provincial GDP and generated an export revenue of over $577 million.

Festivals, whether large or small, add to our community and to our economy. This weekend the 45thannual Winnipeg Folk Festival gets under way with an expected 70,000 people attending over the four days. This festival is not only a great time that brings visitors from across North America and performers from around the world, it also benefits the economy of Winnipeg and the Metro Region with an estimated economic impact of $14.7 million.

We are incredibly lucky to have the Winnipeg Folk Festival in our backyard. For our family, who have attended almost every year, we look forward to the Folk Festival as it provides us with a chance to slow down and connect with family and friends while enjoining the beauty of Birds Hill Park and entertainers from across the globe. Folk Fest has become one our family’s traditions.

 

Across Manitoba Festival season is an opportunity for Friendly Manitobans to put our best foot forward and ensure our visitors from near and far experience the beauty and the hospitality of this great province.

To help you in your search for the perfect summer festival, here are some occurring in and around the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region:

 

Where: St. Pierre-Jolys

When: July 13 to 16

Where: Selkirk

When: July 13 to 15

Where: Peguis First Nation

When: July 14-22

Where: City of Winnipeg

When: July 18 to 29

Where: Morris

When: July 20 to 23

Where: Keystone Centre Grounds, Brandon

When: July 22 to 24

Where: Gimli

When: July 26 to 30

Where: Gimli

When: August 3 to 6

Where: Lac du Bonnet

When: August 3 to 5

Where: Minnedosa

When: August 4 to 6

Where: Dauphin

When: August 4 to 6

Where: City of Winnipeg

When: August 5 to 18

Where: Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg

When: August 11 and 12

Where: The Cube, Winnipeg

When: August 17 to 20

Where: Stonewall

When: August 17 to 19

Where: Morden

When: August 25 to 27