Western Canada's largest winter festival, the Festival du Voyageur celebrates Manitoba's French culture (Winnipeg has the largest francophone population outside of Quebec) and fur trade history. It runs for a whole week every year in February. There are several venues for the festival, but the main one is at Voyageur Park.
Some things to do at Voyageur Park include: tobogganing; snow maze (labyrinth); sleigh rides; souvenirs; food - poutine, bison jerky, taffy on snow (a must!), bannock; Fort Gibraltar (reconstructed fur trade fort with interpreters on site); skating; snow sculptures; and, of course, the "Snow Bar," where you can try Caribou (a mixture of red wine and whisky) in a glass carved out of ice! Various events run throughout the week, including performances by local artist. Visit the website for details. More photos in my travelogue.
You can purchase either a day ticket ($12 in 2008) or a button that is good for the week ($20 in 2008)
The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is the 3rd largest Festival of its kind. For a 2 week period in July, Winnipeg's exchange district hosts over a thousand live theatrical performances from local, national and international performers.
There are performances for all ages including Kids Fringe programming for parents with Childeren.
The Fringe is affordable and accesable. This is one of, if not the best summer festival Winnipeg has to offer
The Winnpeg Fringe Festival is 2 weeks of cheap plays, free music and other entertainment, and AWESOME people watching, all centered around the historical exchange district. It takes place late July/early August.
A few years back, the city started have a street party in July that the called Spiritfest. It turned out being a great party for kids & adults. Lots of games & rides for the kids & excellent bands to listen to. They also have a few beer gardens so you can have a drink or two between sets.
The party is an all week-end affair that attracts large crouds especially when the weather co-operates.