WINNIPEG — Camp with the Vikings, nosh with the Ukrainians, enjoy three days of lakeside music or pick a pavilion from a plethora of Winnipeg cultures – festival country is in full swing this weekend.
From folk to fringe and children to jazz, Manitoba is known as a festival-friendly place, and this weekend, there are four big events to choose from, including one just across the border in Ontario.
The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, also known as Islendingadagurinn, kicks off in Gimli Friday on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Vikings take over with re-enactors living in a camp during the second-oldest continuous ethnic festival in North America. Manitoba has the largest population of expatriate Icelandic people.
Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary in Dauphin, Man., all weekend. Ukrainian food, dancing and music take over an 11,000-seat amphitheatre in the small city north of Brandon.
Folklorama, a two-week multicultural festival in Winnipeg, kicks off Sunday at multiple locations across the city. There are 43 pavilions this year, with the first 21 opening this weekend.
Meanwhile, in Kenora, Ont., where half the licence plates are from Manitoba in summer, Harbourfest starts Friday on Lake of the Woods. Performers include Dautry and Tim Hicks.