This blues/rock/roots celebration brings thousands of Canadians together under its well-loved Moonrise Cabana every August. And don’t forget about their second charming outdoor stage, the Star Dome.

The Festival is on its 20th year and for good reason. Karen McDonald, a promoter for the festival, believes that it has made it this far because of the quality of music and the beautiful scenery.

Located only 30 minutes outside of Winnipeg, Great Woods Park is a beautiful place to get back to your roots with music and with nature. It’s recommended that you set up camp at one of the park’s many sites, but since the grounds are right on the bank of the Brokenhead River, it shouldn’t be too much of a burden. And don’t forget your festival chair, something light and portable, to make the weekend as comfortable and laid back as possible.

If the scenery isn't enough to get you to this festival, the musical lineup should help. Whether it’s the velvet voiced Andy T. and Nick Nixon, or the extremely versatile None The Wiser, you’re in for some fresh faces and classic sounds. And let’s not forget about the art. Handmade pieces from local artisans are available for you to peruse while you enjoy the music.   

Part of the series: The 7th Annual Summer Festival Guide

Published in Volume 69, Number 27 of The Uniter (June 3, 2015)

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