2014 Summer Festival Guide

The Uniter likes to let you know what's happening, so here is our take on things.

  • Arsonfest

    Back in the late ‘90s Putrescence/Head Hits Concrete vocalist Mike Alexander started Arsonfest to showcase brutally heavy bands, and over a decade later the 39-year-old hasn’t started to slow things down just yet.

  • The Harvest Sun Music Festival

    For the last nine years the Harvest Sun Music Festival has been taking over Kelwood each summer, a tiny village in the province that’s not too far away from Riding Mountain National Park.

  • Rainbow Trout Music Festival

    The sixth annual Rainbow Trout Music Festival may be the best time you have all summer.

  • Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME)

    The Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME) has been going strong since 2010 as multi-venue event that puts the spotlight on local electronic artists in addition to showcasing heavy hitters from around the globe.

  • Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival

    The sweet and sour sauce will be a little bittersweet for some at this year's Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival taking place August 16th and 17th at Shaw Park.

  • Morden Corn & Apple Festival

    If you’ve ever waxed nostalgic for a taste of small(er) town life, for midways on main street, petting zoos, farm-fresh eats, and the smiling faces of a community coming together in celebration, then the Morden Corn and Apple festival deserves a big red circle on your summer calendar.

  • Shine On Festival

    Once a hidden gem of the local festival scene, the Shine On Festival of Music and Art is coming into its tenth year. And for the past decade, it’s one festival that has been consistent in keeping things intimate (weekend passes are capped at 400 tickets), affordable (advance tickets cost only $40) and fun loving (think massage circles and a carpeted dance floor).

  • Winnipeg Folk Festival

    Sharon Van Etten is familiar with compromise, whether it be balancing relationships while away from home or the struggles of performing vulnerable songs night after night.

  • The Gimli Film Festival

    Established in 2001, the Gimli Film Festival is returning for another year and is set to screen over 100 features, documentaries and shorts from Manitoba and across the globe.

  • Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

    During the Winnipeg Fringe, you will find two types of guardian angels around the festival. 

  • Gratus Fest

    This July, hypno-folk duo TWIN will release North Americana, a record that’s inspired by the project’s canoe tours, and serves as the follow-up to 2012’s Sharing Secrets with Strangers.

  • Soca Reggae Festival

    On a weekend when many reggae and world music fans are in Birds Hill Park, organizers have managed to fill Old Market Square for the past eight years, and attracted such big names as Junior Kelly and this year's headliner, Jamaican reggae legend Freddie McGregor.

  • Brandon Folk Festival

    Do you love good music and music festivals but not the crowds? Then hit the Trans-Canada and catch the Brandon Folk, Music, and Art Festival July 25-27.

  • Folklorama

    As Manitoba’s centennial was approaching, a wide variety of ideas were thought of to celebrate it. One particular idea has evolved into a staple of Manitoba’s summer festivals.