Exploring Winnipeg’s Top Music Festivals (Updated for 2024)

As the summer sun begins to shine down on the prairies, music lovers in Manitoba are gearing up for a season of unforgettable experiences.

From the heart-pumping beats of electronic dance music to the soulful melodies of folk and blues, Winnipeg’s top music festivals offer a diverse range of sounds that will leave you feeling electrified. Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or a curious newcomer, this guide will take you on a journey through the city’s most exciting musical events, each one promising to be an adventure like no other.

So grab your sunscreen, put on your dancing shoes, and get ready to explore Winnipeg’s vibrant music scene!

1. Winnipeg Folk Festival

Dates: July 6-9, 2023

Location: Birds Hill Provincial Park

Headliners this year: Vance Joy, The War on Drugs, Emmylou Harris, Fleet Foxes and more!

Genre: Folk, indie, rock, world

Website: winnipegfolkfestival.ca

Ticket Price: Starts from $85 for a single-day ticket to $298 for a full festival 4-day ticket.

The annual four-day festival, which takes place in July at Birds Hill Provincial Park, is a must-attend event for anyone who loves acoustic sounds and outdoor concerts.

The festival features an eclectic lineup of folk, roots, and world music acts from around the globe. Past headliners have included renowned artists such as Barenaked Ladies, Bahamas, Joan Baez, Great Big Sea, Death Cab for Cutie, Jason Mraz, Feist, Kurt Vile and Kacey Musgraves.

Aside from the incredible music performances, there are tons of other fun activities to enjoy too. Picture this: wandering around the festival grounds, taking in all the sights and sounds while snacking on delicious local cuisine from the food vendors.

And if you’re into artisanal crafts, there are plenty of things to check out, from unique art pieces to jewellery and eco-friendly fashion. Now, if you want to fully immerse yourself in the festival experience, we highly recommend camping on-site.

You’ll have two options: the Festival Campground or Quiet Campground. The Festival Campground is where all the action is – it’s perfect if you want to be right in the middle of everything.

But if you’re travelling with little ones who need their sleep (or if you just prefer a more peaceful vibe), then the Quiet Campground is where it’s at. Either way, camping allows you to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Birds Hill Provincial Park and soak up all the festival fun without ever having to leave.

2. Winnipeg Jazz Festival

Dates: June 14-24, 2023

Location: Various venues

Performers this year: Angélique Kidjo, Postmodern Jukebox

Genre: Jazz

Website: jazzwinnipeg.com

Ticket Price: Varies by event

Taking place in June, the city comes alive with the vibrant and soulful sounds of jazz music as it hosts one of the most anticipated festivals of the year.

Since its inception in 1989, the Winnipeg Jazz Festival has come to be known as a celebration of Canada’s rich musical heritage that brings together some of the finest jazz musicians from all over the world. With over 100 shows across multiple venues, it’s a great opportunity to explore the city’s vibrant jazz scene.

Be prepared to be immersed in a world of electrifying performances that showcase the best of jazz music. From the smooth sounds of saxophones to the rhythmic beats of drums, every note will transport you to a world of pure musical bliss.

3. Real Love Summer Fest

Live act playing on the stage of Real Love Summer Fest

Dates: Jul 28-30, 2023

Location: Teulon, MB

Headliners this year: TBA

Genre: Indie-folk, rock, alt-country, hip-hop, throwback house, post-punk, neo-soul, and jazz-pop.

Website: reallovewpg.com/Real-Love-Summer-Fest-2023

Ticket Price: Day passes start from $50 to $100 for a full weekend pass with camping.

This exciting indie rock festival, which began in 2014, is a must-attend event for music lovers of all ages.

Taking place in the charming town of Teulon, Manitoba, this rain-or-shine festival showcases the best up-and-coming artists from across North America that you probably haven’t heard of. With camping available on-site, you can fully immerse yourself in the natural surroundings while enjoying the electrifying music performances.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or simply looking for a unique weekend getaway, this festival promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling energized and inspired.

4. MEME (Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition)

DJ with her hands up in front of a crowd at the MEME festival

Dates: June 8-10, 2023

Location: The Cube in Old Market Square, Exchange District, Winnipeg

Headliners this year: Longwalkshortdock, DJ Tom Baker, ZANZ, SHAEL, BILLY B, ALWAYS DALE DJs, MC LUV, PIGEON and more

Genre: Electronic music

Website: memetic.ca

Ticket Price: $39 for one night only, or $70 for a full weekend pass.

Looking for the ultimate electronic dance music experience? MEME is the place to be. This highly anticipated festival is back at The Cube for one day only from 2 pm to 12 midnight, and it’s not to be missed.

With its family-friendly atmosphere and all-ages admission, MEME is the perfect way to spend a summer day with loved ones. And for those 18 and over, there’s even a licensed beer garden brought to you by Little Brown Jug.

If you’re a true MEME-matic, get ready for a weekend of non-stop partying with the full festival pass.

You’ll get access to the Friday and Saturday night club shows at Little Brown Jug and The Pyramid. At Little Brown Jug, enjoy an expanded outdoor patio and indoor stage in the brewery starting at 6 pm.

And don’t miss the official After-Cube party at The Pyramid, featuring the main room and Groove Garden stage outside on the patio courtesy of Always Dale. Whether you’re a techno fan or just looking for a fun day out, MEME has something for everyone.

5. Dauphin Countryfest

Dates: Jun 29 – Jul 2, 2023

Location: Dauphin, Manitoba

Headliners this year: John Fogerty, Dierks Bentley, Walker Hayes, Tenille Townes and more

Genre: Country

Website: countryfest.ca

Ticket Price: Starts from $119 for a Single Day General Admission ticket

Although not technically in Winnipeg, you won’t want to miss the Dauphin Countryfest if you’re a country music fan.

It’s one of the largest (and longest-running!) country music festivals in Canada, and it’s no surprise why. In addition to previous headliners like Luke Bryan and Keith Urban, this year’s lineup includes some impressive names in the industry.

Country-rock legend and former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, rising star Tenille Townes, Walker Hayes, and Dierks Bentley are all set to take the stage.

If you’re planning on attending Countryfest, be sure to book your tickets early as they tend to sell out faster than a cowboy at sunset. And if you really want to soak up the full festival experience, don’t forget to pack your camping gear. With amazing music, mouth-watering food, and a lively atmosphere, this festival is a must-attend for anyone who loves a good time.

6. Rainbow Trout Music Festival

People Relaxing on Floating Rafts on a River at Rainbow Trout Music Festival

Dates: August 18–20, 2023

Location: Oroseau Campground on the banks of the Rosseau River just south of St. Malo, Manitoba

Headliners this year: To be announced

Genre: Rock, electro, hip-hop, blues, jazz, folk, garage, metal, punk, and more

Website: rainbowtroutmusicfestival.com

Ticket Price: Previous ticket prices start from $40 (Friday), $55 (Saturday) and $20 (Sunday)

Nestled off-the-grid on the banks of the Rosseau River, this small but mighty festival is a hidden gem that takes place every August.

Started in 2008 by a group of friends, it has grown to become one of Manitoba’s most loved and anticipated local music festivals. With over 25 bands and more than 900 attendees annually, this not-for-profit music festival is a true celebration of local music and art.

It’s 100% volunteer-driven and dedicated to promoting independent artists, making it a great way to discover new indie rock, folk, and experimental acts from across Canada. With its intimate atmosphere and passionate community, you’ll feel like you’re part of something truly special.

7. Winnipeg Soca Reggae Festival

Dates: July 7-9, 2023

Location: The Cube at Old Market Square

Headliners this year: To be announced

Genre: Soca, Reggae

Website: socareggaefestival.ca

Ticket Price: TBA

If you’re a fan of Caribbean music, then you absolutely cannot miss out on the annual festival that has been captivating audiences since its inception in 2005. This three-day celebration of Soca and Reggae music has grown to become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for Caribbean music lovers.

With this year marking the festival’s 16th anniversary, you can expect an even more electrifying experience than ever before. Get ready to witness live performances from some of the biggest names in the industry, as they take to the stage and transport you to a world of vibrant rhythms and infectious beats.

8. Summer of Sound

Hands up at an EDM festival with smoke from the stage for Summer of Sound

Dates: June 17-18, 2023

Location: Assiniboia Downs

Headliners this year: DJ Snake, Zeds Dead, Deorro, DVBBS and more

Genre: EDM, house, techno, dubstep, and trance

Website: summerofsound.ca

Ticket Price: TBA

Prepare to dance the night away at Summer of Sound, the largest electronic music event in Central Canada.

This two-day extravaganza is a must-attend for electronic dance music lovers and features over 40 artists across multiple stages. From house to techno, trance to dubstep, there’s something for everyone.

But it’s not just about the music – there are also outdoor games and activities, food and drink vendors, art installations, interactive experiences, and workshops to enjoy. Headliners DJ Snake and Zeds Dead will be joined by special guests Deorro, DVBBS, and more local acts at this year’s festival.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your dancing shoes and get ready for an unforgettable weekend of music, art, and community.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 14 at 10am.


As a newly transplanted Canadian who married a local Pegger, my goal with We Are Winnipeg is to explore everything Winnipeg and Manitoba has to offer!

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