The Manitoba government is providing nearly $215,000 in operating grants to 38 rural and northern communities to support festivals that promote their heritage, culture and identity.

“Manitoba is known for its lively cultural heritage that is reflected in a variety of festivals across the province,” said Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Andrew Smith. “I am pleased to announce our government’s support for these events, and I encourage Manitobans to get out and enjoy some family-friendly fun at our great Manitoba festivals.”

The Community Festivals and Events Program provides rural and northern communities with operating grants toward organizing festivals that take place over a minimum of two days. The festivals must be recognized as the community’s signature annual event and promote the understanding, awareness and appreciation of its heritage, culture and identity.

Upcoming events supported through the program include:

  • Harvest Festival and Exhibition in Winkler, Aug. 12 to 14. Activities include a parade, pancake breakfast, children’s events and live entertainment.
  • Hanover Agricultural Society, Hanover Agricultural Fair, Aug. 18 to 21.
  • Plum Coulee Plum Fest, Aug. 19 to 21. Activities include live music and a small rodeo.
  • Morden Corn and Apple Festival, Aug. 26 to 28. Activities include a parade, live entertainment, flea markets, and free corn and apple cider.
  • Pembina Valley Honey, Garlic and Maple Syrup Festival, Sept. 9 to 10. Annual gathering to celebrate the harvest of locally grown and produced honey, garlic and maple syrup.

The Community Festivals and Events program supports events that:

  • encourage youth participation and leadership;
  • reflect, celebrate and profile the unique character of the community;
  • foster a sense of identity and pride; and
  • contribute to local tourism and economic activity.

For more information about the Community Festivals and Events program including how to apply, visit