July 26-29 in Austin, the Threshermen's Reunion and Stampede offers a free grandstand show each afternoon, complete with a parade of vintage farm equipment. There is a rodeo each evening, including Sunday, and the dancing on an open-air dance floor. www.ag-museum.mb.ca
Altona's Sunflower Festival July 27-29 There’s a town-wide scavenger hunt, Gallery in the Park featuring works by Don McMaster and Ivan Eyre, and the festival street dance with Celtic Rock band the Dust Rhinos. www.townofaltona.com
Northwest Round-Up and Exhibition, July 26-29, Swan River. Events include a parade, chuck wagon races, midway, concert, horse shows, rodeo and more. www.northwestroundup.ca
Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival, August 3-5. This annual festival celebrating Ukrainian culture features dancing, music, arts and cuisine at Selo Ukraina Hillside Amphitheatre. www.cnuf.ca
Islendingadagurinn - also known as the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, August 3-6 in Gimli includes a Viking encampment, (and a Viking warfare demonstration!), sandcastle contest, music, sports tournaments and other activities to celebrate the history of Icelandic settlement in Manitoba. www.icelandicfestival.com
Harvest Sun Music Fest, August 17-19, Kelwood. Families are at the heart of this festival, with entertainment for all ages and an all-Canadian lineup of musical artists. www.theharvestsun.com
Corn & Apple Festival, August 24-26, Morden. With performances by Kim Mitchell Friday night, and Kenny Shields and Streetheart Saturday night, a parade, midway, and free hot buttered corn on the cob and ice cold apple cider this is festival makes sure you get your fill of fun.
Subway Asessippi Music Fest, August 25 – From acoustic folk and bluegrass, to jazz and classic rock, you’ll hear a bit of everything at this family-oriented event. www.musicfest.asessippi.com