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Festivals & Fairs

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anitobans love to get out and party. From hot jazz, awesome country, friendly folk music and bluegrass, there's a music festival with your name on it. Every ethnic group celebrates their culture with a festival, and you'll also find festivals dedicated to kids, airplanes, kites, food, mining and mushing. Manitobans all over the province celebrate Canada Day with fireworks, entertainment and food. Summer also means the start of the rodeo and agricultural fair season, where you can catch the riders in action, the horse and cattle shows, plus the kids showing off their latest 4-H projects. The fun doesn't stop when the temperature turns colder, as winter is cause to celebrate, with everything from festivals of lights to cultural celebrations and winter fairs.


May 16 - Central 4-H Dairy Achievement.
Holland Ice Gardens, Holland, 526-2504.

May 16 to 25 - Victoria Day Spring Carnival. Rides/midway, main stage entertainment, family/children's activities and carnival style concessions. Feel like a Norse warrior as Giant Waves rock the Sea Ray, or the effects of free fall on the Gee Wizz and nothing can match the force of the Hurricane, or spin yourself silly on the Berry Go Round. Over 30 rides in all. Main stage entertainment includes the Spring Heat Urban Jam, a hip hop/rap competition and show with a Caribbean theme including authentic food, plus Warparty, a popular native hip hop/rap act. James Grant and his Magic Caravan will dazzle you with magic.
The Forks, Winnipeg,

May 17 - May Long Weekend Kick Off for the Summer Season on the Outdoor Stage! It's Mardi Gras in May!
Winnipeg Beach, 389-5126,

May 20 - St. James Horticultural Society's annual plant and bake sale.
Glenwood School, Winnipeg. 832-6380.

May 24, 25 - Veselka Ukrainian Festival. Celebrating 15 years. Ukrainian dance competitions, delicious Ukrainian food, live music, concert, folk arts and crafts.
Teulon, 886-2679, 886-2739, 886-2151, 278-3637,

May 25 - Teddy Bear's Picnic. Join Dr. Goodbear and friends in Assiniboine Park for a fun filled day of music, activities, and health education!
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, 787-4040.

May 30 to June 8 - Winnipeg GLBT Pride Festival and Celebrations. Ten scheduled events. Winnipeg's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirited community celebrate their diversity with the 17th annual Pride Festivities. The 10 days of events kick-off with the "All that Glitters is GOLD" fund-raising social, and the second annual Pride baseball tournament. The week continues with a theme art gallery, youth Rolleramma, coffeehouse and much more. The week's excitement builds towards a rally at the Legislature, the Pride Parade through downtown, and Pride Festival at Memorial Park, on Sunday June 8. Free concert in the park and a Festival Fair where attendees can browse through the wares of local craftspeople and businesses. The celebration finishes with two fantastic parties: the eclectic and exotic Pride Cabaret and the energetic Pride Social. This year's theme of "All Together Possible" illuminates some of the core reasons for Pride.


June 1 - 14th annual Morden Back 40 Festival. Local musicians share their talents on stage, plus workshops and jam sessions with musicians, covering everything from folk to country, jazz and blue grass. Kids entertainment and good food. This festival was created by local artists in an effort to "keep home-made music alive" in this area.
Morden Tourist Park, Morden, 822-4901.

June 5 to 8 - Winnipeg International Children's Festival. 30 shows daily of music, dance, puppetry, etc., with local, national, international artists.
The Forks, Winnipeg, 958-4733,

June 7, 8 -Winnipeg International Airshow. From World War II vintage planes to state-of-the-art giant transport planes, helicopters and bombers – the show encompasses all facets of flight.
Winnipeg, 257-8400,

June 11 to 15 - Manitoba Summer Fair. Midway and rides for all ages, trade show, demolition derby, petting zoo, antique tractors, horse show.
Brandon, 726-3590;

June 12 to 21 - Jazz Winnipeg Festival. Catch the groove at downtown venues. Features the hottest jazz and blues performers from around the world.
Winnipeg, 989-4656,

June 13 to 15 - Annual Aboriginal Festival. Talent show, traditional powwow, square dancing competition, children's activities and a family social. Hosted by the Dauphin Friendship Centre.
Dauphin, 638-5707,

June 13 to 15 - Taste of Springfield.
Springfield Arena, Oakbank, 444-2037.

June 14 - Annual Miss Caripeg Pageant. Dinner and dance.
Days Inn, Winnipeg, 694-8101, 257-8628, 254-6411,

June 15 - ILRC Family Kite Festival. Spectacular kite flying, music, gift shop selling kites, kids' activities including face painting, bouncers, slides. Funds raised go to the work of the Independent Living Resource Centre.
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, 947-0194.

June 19 to 28 - Red River Exhibition. The Ex is Manitoba's first burst of summer.
Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg, 989-3456,

June 21 - Pinawa Summer Solstice Celebration. Pinawa in Bloom gardens, a Summer Solstice Celebration.
Heritage Sundial Park, Pinawa, 753-2743 or 1 (888) 637-7311.

June 21, 22 - MacGregor Indoor Rodeo at NORMAC Centre grounds, sponsored by Rodeo Association.
MacGregor, 685-5620, 685-2765.

June 21, 22 - North Norfolk Agricultural Society Fair, at NORMAC Centre grounds, sponsored by North Norfolk Agricultural Society. Pancake Breakfast at Fire Hall on June 22, sponsored by Chamber of Commerce.
MacGregor, 685-2742, 685-2862.

June 21, 22 - Thompson Nickel Days. The festivities include thrilling rides, a midway, the National King Miner Contest, native games, a parade, mud races, canoe races, and many other events.
* Thompson,

June 27 to 29 - Dauphin Fair. "It's a Family Affair!" This country fair displays the best of Dauphin's fruit, vegetables, crops, livestock and crafts in a splendid exhibition of rural living. Complete with an exciting midway, exhibits and a variety of entertainment for the whole family, the Dauphin Fair lives on the annual tradition established by the Dauphin Agricultural Society in 1891.
Dauphin, 638-4428.

June 27 to 29 - Canada Day Celebration, presented by the Lac du Bonnet Lions Club. Huge slo-pitch tournament, beer gardens, pancake breakfasts, Saturday night dance at the arena, car show, Canada Day parade, Miss Minnewawa Pageant, largest fireworks display in rural Manitoba.
Lac du Bonnet, 345-6538,

June 27 to July 1 - Flin Flon Trout Festival. Month-long catch-and-release fishing lake trout derby. July 1 long weekend is a festival event with pancake breakfast, parade, ceremonies, Main Street extravaganzas, amusements, sporting events and a showcase of the region. Take part in a day of canoeing in the Canadian Open Gold Rush Canoe Derby. "Where Good Friends and Good Times Meet."
Flin Flon, 687-3469.

June 28 - Manitoba Highland Gathering. Scottish heritage celebrated with dance, pipe and drum competitions, heavy games of brawn, sheep shearing and herding, canoe and kayak races, clan booths, Scottish market, massed bands and Scottish pub.
Selkirk, 757-2365.

June 28, 29 - Treherne Agricultural Fair and 4-H Beef Achievement, sponsored by Treherne Agricultural Society.
Sports Grounds, Treherne, 723-2275.

June 28, 29 - Miami Agricultural Fair and Rodeo.
Miami Fairgrounds, Miami, 435-2029.

June - Firefighters' Rodeo, hosted by the Gillam Chamber of Commerce. Located along the Nelson River, Gillam is Manitoba's hydro capital with three large hydro-generating stations (Kettle, Long Spruce and Limestone) and two converter stations (Radisson and Henday).
Gillam, 652-5151.


July 1 - Canada Day Celebrations. Special events take place at The Forks, including a giant fireworks display at Osborne Village and at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre in St. Boniface.
Winnipeg, 957-7618,

July 1 - Canada Cultural Day. Alcohol-free family day. Outdoor stage with live country band and Metis dancers. Adult games consisting of horseshoes, axe throw, slingshot, barrel tug of war, arm wrestling, leg wrestling, log throw, log sawing. Children's activities include pony rides, petting zoo, wagon rides, races! Barbecue supper and fireworks at dusk! This event is sponsored by the Teulon and District Metis Association.
Teulon, 886-2833.

July 1 - Canada Day Celebrations. The fun starts the evening of June 30 with entertainment on the harbour stage and fireworks from the end of the pier. On Canada Day, enjoy a pancake breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis, then watch the Canada Day parade. The Kinsmen host a fish fry at the harbour, and official ceremonies commence with the RCMP and Royal Canadian Legion colour parties in attendance and a fly-by by the RCAF. Enjoy the birthday cake and the entertainment. Shows at the Art Gallery and the New Iceland Heritage Museum and Interpretive Centre. Gimli Park has a family event with balloons, food, a bicycle draw and games for the children. Plan to celebrate Canada Day in Gimli, which means paradise to us.
Gimli, 642-5325.

July 1 - Canada Day at Riding Mountain National Park. Performances reflect Canada's rich multicultural diversity. Events take place at the Main Beach area and Park Visitor Centre. Hosted by the Friends of Riding Mountain National Park, whose mandate is to promote the ecological and cultural integrity of RMNP through educational programming and research.
Wasagaming, 848-7284.

July 1 - Canada Day, sponsored by Tiger Hills Arts Association. Community Centre and Fair Grounds.
Holland, 526-2063.

July 1 - Canada Day.
*Island Park. Portage la Prairie, 239-8321.

July 1 - Fireworks, dance and pancake breakfast.
T.J.'s Landing, Westbourne, 274-2750.

July 1 - Pot Luck Picnic.
Broad Valley.

July 1 - Canada Day Celebrations.
Dauphin, 622-3100.

July 1 - Canada Day Celebrations.
Altona, 324-6468,

July 1 - Canada Day Celebrations.

July 1 - Canada Day Celebration.
Dugald Community Club, Dugald, 853-7349.

July 3 to 6 - 14th annual Dauphin Countryfest. With three stages running simultaneously, Countryfest attracts an impressive contingent of local, national and international stars. Set in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater, the event offers a variety of food vendors, on-site camping, workshops and contests providing non-stop enjoyment to the 10,000 fans in attendance.
Selo Ukraina site, Dauphin, 622-3700, 1-800-361-7300,

July 5 - Farmers' Market.
Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie, 267-2617.

July 5 - Cypress River Farmers' Market, sponsored by Cypress River Chamber of Commerce.
Railway Avenue, Cypress River, 743-2113.

July 5 to 7 - PortagEx annual fair, sponsored by Portage Industrial Exhibition Association. Portage Ex Fairgrounds on Island Park.
Portage la Prairie, 857-3231.

July 6 - Family Fun Picnic, with entertainment by Lulu and the Tomcat.
*Winnipeg Beach, 389-5126,

July 9 - Farmer's Market.
Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie, 267-2617.

July 9 to 13 - A Taste of Manitoba. Manitoba's top restaurants dish out 80-plus menu items. Main stage, kids' entertainment, buskers and attractions.
Winnipeg, 783-9955,

July 10 to 13 - 30th anniversary of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. From the time the lights go up for the opening concert Thursday evening until the last refrain of the grand finale Sunday night, the festival features some of the finest musicians on the planet, including Heather Bishop, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Ani DiFranco, John Hammond, Tom Paxton. Lots more, from great food to hand made crafts in the artisans' village, the young performers series, plus fun activities and concerts for kids.
Winnipeg, 231-0096,

July 10 to 13 - Rossburn Summer Festival, and Pari-mutuel Horse Races. Horticultural displays, chuck wagon and chariot races, gymkhana, monster Bingo, parade, sidewalk sales, country and western dance.
Rossburn, 859-2762,

July 12 - Farmers' Market.
Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie, 267-2617.

July 12 - Cypress River Farmers' Market.
Railway Avenue, Cypress River, 743-2113.

July 12 - Saint-Claude Rodeo. Barrel racing and team roping, plus canteen and beer garden, outdoor dance with live band Smokin' Joe. The Saint-Claude Museum will be offering tours.
Saint-Claude Recreation Park, Saint-Claude, 379-2590,

July 12, 13 - Agricultural Fair sponsored by Cypress River Ag Society.
Sports Grounds, Cypress River, 743-2103.

July 13 - Fête de la Bastille Days. Mass celebration, at the Église de Saint-Claude. A commemorative ceremony will follow at the Saint-Claude Cenotaph, after which activities resume at the Recreation Park. Various activities and entertainment throughout the day Sunday courtesy of the Comité culturel de Saint-Claude. Saint-Claude Museum tours. A new rodeo this year will feature activities including ranch rodeo and children's events mutton bustin' and chicken scramble.
Saint-Claude Roman Catholic Church, Cenotaph and Recreation Park, Saint-Claude, 379-2226, 379-2590,

July 16 - Farmers' Market.
Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie, 267-2617.

July 16 to 27 - Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. Features over 100 companies presenting innovative new theatre over 11 jam-packed days. Outdoor stage and Kids Fringe feature street performers, buskers and bands.
Winnipeg, 943-7464,,

July 17 - Pooh Friendship Day.
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg.

July 17 to 20 - The Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition is celebrating 40 years of professional rodeo in Morris. This year, the Manitoba Stampede will be one of ten Rodeos that make up the newly formed Canadian Professional Rodeo Tour, featuring Canada's number one rodeo clown, Dennis Halstead. The special act will be Midnight, the buffalo known as "Morty". Features cowboys and cowgirls from across Canada and the United States in world class competition for prize money and bragging rights in bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback, calf roping, steer wrestling, ladies' barrel racing, and new this year, two novice events - bareback and saddle bronc. The Manitoba pony chuckwagons, thoroughbred chariots and Ben Hur races round out the daily grandstand events. An all-time favourite is the children's Manitoba Mutton Bustin Championship. One of the largest dairy shows in the province, light and heavy horse shows, school work and home craft competitions, commercial and craft displays, Louie's famous petting zoo, midway, free family entertainment, indoor cabaret Friday and Saturday evening featuring top country bands, community church service and the popular kids' pedal tractor pull on Sunday. The Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition is the largest professional rodeo east of Alberta. The Valley Agricultural Society, formed in 1895 was originally established as an agriculture fair. This fair was combined with a professional rodeo in 1964 to become an annual event anticipated by many. Saddle up and come on down as we celebrate the 40th year of Manitoba's only Pro Rodeo and all family fun of the fair!
Morris, 746-2552,,

July 17 to 20 - World Lily Festival. Over 50 beautiful lily beds and lily parks around town lovingly planted and maintained by the lily committee volunteers. Tours of the Lily Nook, which is growing the largest collection of named varieties of lilies in North America and home to nearly half a million beautiful blooming lilies. Fun Run, parade, and Old Time Dance at the Yellowhead. Entertainment and cabaret most nights, with bands Pop Korn, Django and Fire in the Byre, plus a Fantasy Fiddlers concert. Farmer's market, town-wide yard sale, square and round dance, hang gliding demos and antique tractors on display. Elks' Manor Lily Tea, Lily Art Exhibition at the Manawaka Gallery and tours of the Margaret Laurence Home Museum, and the Klassen Berry Farm.
Neepawa, 476-8811, 877-663-7292, Lily Committee (,

July 18, 19 - Saskatoon Berry Festival.
Community Centre, St. Ambroise, 243-2471.

July 18 to 20 - Pinawa's annual birthday celebrations. Friday's dance features "Yours Truly". Pinawa Parade, beach games and activities, birthday baseball and golf tournament and a fantastic display of fireworks. Sunday community sunrise worship service, pancake breakfast. Sponsored by the Pinawa Lions Club.
Pinawa, 753-8865.

July 18 to 20 - Grandview Agricultural Society Fair and Rodeo.
Gilbert Plains, 546-2146.

July 19, 20 - Gathering of Nations.
Treherne, 723-2181.

July 20 - Caripeg Picnic.
Birds Hill Park, 694-8101, 257-8628, 254-6411,

July 25 - Pinawa Art in the Gardens Tour. Special guest gardening guru Ken Beattie, host of "Get Growing". Fabulous gardens and artwork. Artist demonstrations. Self-guided tours. Bicycles encouraged. Maps available at the Pinawa Heritage Sundial. Hosted by Pinawa in Bloom.
Pinawa, 1 (888) 637-7311, 753- 2468, 345-8113.

July 25 to 27 - Northwest Roundup and Exhibition. Kickoff Friday with Chamber of Commerce Monster Parade, ending at the exhibition grounds where talent shows, horse shows, bull riding, chuckwagon racing, live entertainment, agriculture displays are featured, plus a midway for the whole family, great food, fun for all ages.
Swan River, 734-3102.

July 25 to 27 - Manitoba Sunflower Festival. Mennonite culture celebrated with ethnic food, entertainment for the family, giant parade, outdoor car show, motocross races, pancake breakfasts, ball tournament, farmers' market, crafts, queen pageant, street dance. Learn why Altona is called the Sunflower Capital, when you take a look at the world's tallest painting on an easel, a replica of Van Gogh's "Sunflowers", which stands 76 feet high in the northwest corner of town.
Altona, 324-9005,

July 26 - Cheyenne Day. Full day of festivities for the whole family. From 9 a.m. to midnight, enjoy a pancake breakfast, horseshoe tournaments, beach volleyball, crafts for kids, community supper, social evening and fireworks.
Parc Cartier Park, Sainte-Agathe,

July 26 - Springfield Agricultural Society Fair. Features the Canadian Wellington Boot Throwing Championships, pancake breakfast, exhibits, baking, crafts.
Dugald, 866-3286, 866-2806.

July 27 - Cripple Creek Music Festival. Generous mix of gospel, country and bluegrass music.
Morden, 822-4993.

July 31 - St. Pierre Frog Follies. Canadian Frog Jumping Championships has adults and children compete for the top prize. Children's games, sport tournaments and music.
St. Pierre-Jolys, 433-7104.

July - Jesus Manitoba Festival. Christian celebration features music in country, ministerial and pop/rock. This non-denominational, fun-filled weekend, at Selo Ukraina, is designed to encourage spiritual growth.
Dauphin, 638-5566, 1-888-995-5566.


Aug. 1 to 3 - Agricultural Fair and MRCA/CCA Rodeo. Ag displays, rodeo, sports day, kiddie carnival, street dance Friday night, social on Saturday, beer gardens, pancake breakfasts, Coke dive at pool Saturday afternoon.
Gladstone, 385-2847.

Aug. 1 to 4 - Islendingadagurinn (Icelandic Festival of Manitoba). Second oldest ethnic gathering in Canada held in the largest Icelandic community outside Iceland. Midway, beach volleyball, Amma's kitchen, folk festival, fine art show, sandcastle building contest, New Iceland historic and cultural exhibits, traditional program, parade.
Gimli, 694-0273,

Aug. 1 to 4 - Family Fun Day dance, pancake breakfast.
T.J.'s Landing, Westbourne, 274-2750.

Aug. 4 - 4-P Festival. Promotes power, paper, pea and pickerel with three days of activities at the end of August.
Pine Falls, Powerview, St. Georges.

Aug. 6, 7 - West Kildonan Horticultural Society's 2003 Flower Show. Everyone is invited to attend.
*Garden City Shopping Centre, Winnipeg, 339-7956,

Aug. 7 to 10 - Great Woods Music Festival. Eighth annual indoor-outdoor music festival held in a beautiful park and campground on the banks of the Brokenhead River, at the Moonrise Cabana. Premier, privately organized world-rock-blues music festival features local, national and international artists: Janiva Magness Band, a red hot rhythm blues explosion from California; Hamilton Loomis, a razor sharp blues/jazz/swing guitarist from Texas; Tim Williams, a 30 year multi-instrumentalist veteran of the Roots music scene from Calgary; Bad Weather, veterans of Western Canada's first rate blues scene from Winnipeg; Michael Jerome Browne, a virtuoso of a myriad of folk styles and urban blues from Montreal; Rob Tognoni Band, power electric-blues-rock band from Tasmania; Buster B. Jones, a blazing fast, dynamic master guitarist from Oregon; The Mighty Popo, world artists with a timeless African and reggae grove from Burundi; John Campbelljohn Trio, a superb, hard hitting Atlantic Canadian blues-rock band; Matt O'Ree and The Blues Hounds, a powerful electric blues band from New York; and Ivonne Hernandez, the Grand North American Fiddle champion specializing in Celtic and Latin music.

Aug. 10 - Pinawa Street Market.
Pinawa Sundial Park, Pinawa, 753-8334, 1-800-806-0412.

Aug. 11, 12 - Transcona Gardeners' 37th annual Horticultural Show. Nearly 800 exhibits, including floral displays, vegetables, fruits, preserves, home baking and crafts. Corsage making demonstrations, plus a vegetable of the year – squash. A new segment is the People's Choice arrangement where visitors cast ballots for their favourite.
Kildonan Place Mall, Winnipeg, 222-1504, 222-0236.

Aug. 14 - Miami Horticultural Show.
Miami Community Centre, Miami, 435-2029.

Aug. 15 to 17 - Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival.
The Forks, Winnipeg, 982-1830,

Aug. 15 to 17 - Caripeg Weekend. Strike up the band, it's carnival time! Annual street carnival begins at Vimy Ridge Park and ends in Old Market Square which features Caribbean food and entertainment. Annual Caripeg Carnival Dance on the Saturday night. Festival closes with the Las Lap Jam featuring calypso and soca music, African drummers and East Indian dancers.
Winnipeg, 694-8101, 257-8628, 254-6411,

Aug. 18 - Children's Wish Foundation Annual Family Fun Day. Carnival games and entertainment will delight visitors of all ages. Raises funds to grant wishes for children with high-risk, life-threatening illnesses.
Parkland Sub-Chapter, Dauphin, 638-9187.

Aug. 18 - Winnie the Pooh Festival.
Lyric Theatre, Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, 888-5466.

Aug. 23 - Pioneer Harvest.
Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie, 857-3259.

Aug. 26, 27 - St. James Horticultural Society's annual exhibition. Flowers, arrangements, plants, plus a children's category.
St. James Civic Centre, Winnipeg, 832-6380.

Aug. 29 to 31 - Jammin in the Jackpines. A wonderful aboriginal music festival.
Mafeking, 545-2002.

Aug. - Community Picnic.

Aug. - Dauphin Horticultural Annual Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Show. The best harvest produce and flowers.
Dauphin Market Place Mall, Dauphin, 638-0851.


Sept. 27 - Straw Daze, sponsored by Elie Chamber of Commerce, RM of Cartier, Caisse Populaire d'Elie, Dow BioProducts.
Main Street, Elie, 353-2510.


Oct. 5 - Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin Weigh-In. * Outdoor stage, Winnipeg Beach, 389-5126,

Oct. 10 to 12 - Miami Fun and Fiddle Festival. Sweet melody of the fiddle featured, with fiddle competitions, old-time dances and stage show.
Miami Community Centre, Miami, 435-2272, 435-3039.

Oct. 11 to 13 - Hoof n' Holler Days. Nestled between Lake Dauphin and Lake Manitoba, Ste. Rose was declared Cattle Capital of Manitoba in 1979.
Ste. Rose du Lac.

Oct. 16 to 18 - Fall Craft Show.
Portage la Prairie Mall, Portage la Prairie, 239-1622.

Oct. 17 to 19 - International Wine Festival of Manitoba. * The Forks Market, Winnipeg, 947-9084,

Oct. 18 - Hospital Auxiliary Fall Fun Fair.
Treherne Community Centre, Treherne, 723-2133, 248-2733.

Oct. 18 to 30 - Boo at the Zoo.
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg, 982-0662.

Oct. 24 - Community Fun Fair, sponsored by Cypress River Service Club.
Cypress Gardens, Cypress River, 743-2113.

Oct. 25 - Children's Halloween Party and evening karaoke social.
Community Centre, St. Ambroise, 243-2471.


Nov. 8 - Pembina Triangle Simmental Sale, sponsored by Pembina Triangle producers.
Cypress Gardens, Cypress River, 535-2273.

Nov. 13 to 15 - Manitoba Livestock Expo. Agricultural extravaganza with shows and exhibits, auctions, Kids World, Manitoba Rodeo Championship finals.
Brandon, 726-3590,

Nov. 14 - Agriculture Appreciation Evening, sponsored by Portage and District Chamber of Commerce.
Herman Prior Centre, Portage la Prairie, 857-7778.

Nov. 15 - Power Smart Festival of Lights Parade. Festivities start with the Night of Lights Ceremony, followed by the parade at Portage and Main, ending at Memorial Park with the Manitoba Hydro fireworks finale. More than 70 floats from Winnipeg and across Manitoba.
Winnipeg, 831-5586,

Nov. 28 to Jan. 7 - Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Island of Lights, sponsored by City of Portage la Prairie.
Island Park, Portage la Prairie, 239-8321.


Dec. 27 to 29 - Reindeer Days. See reindeer and learn about the people of Lapland in northern Scandinavia. Tour guides in costume, authentic artifacts to handle, bread making, drumming, storytelling. Craft making for kids. * Aspen Acres Reindeer Farm, Beausejour, 268-2212,


Feb. 11 to 15 - Northern Manitoba Trapper's Festival. Manitoba's oldest winter festival, originating in 1916, celebrates the cultural heritage of the northern pioneer with skills and entertainment, World Championship Dog Race. King Trapper events include canoe packing, trap setting, moose calling, bannock baking. Arts and crafts show, beard growing contest, children's games, evening rendezvous.
The Pas, 623-2912,

Feb. 13 to 22 - Festival du Voyageur. Western Canada's largest winter festival celebrates Canada's fur trading era and combines the joie de vivre of the voyageurs with more than 400 music performances, magnificent snow sculptures, historical interpretation of the early 19th century at Fort Gibraltar, live entertainment, traditional dishes, arts and crafts, the Voyageur International Sled Dog Classic, plus a governor's ball.
Winnipeg, 237-7692,

Feb. - Challenges of Production. This informative agricultural event promises a variety of new techniques, learning and networking. Dauphin Agricultural Society.
Dauphin, 638-4428.

MARCH, 2004

March 31 to April 5 - Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. A week of excitement with world-class equestrian events, children's shows, livestock sales and displays, 300 agricultural and commercial exhibits, top entertainers.
Keystone Centre, Brandon, 726-3590,

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