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7 Must-See Concerts and Music Events This Summer

Underground artists, local powerhouses and international talent fuel the province's energizing music scene. Here is a list of the 7 must-see music events happening this summer in Manitoba.

Winnipeg Folk Festival

Local and national talent return to the stage at Winnipeg’s iconic outdoor music festival. Catch familiar favourites, like Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris and Vance Joy, or discover new voices, all while soaking up sun at Birds Hill Provincial Park.

When: July 6th – 9th

Where: Birds Hill Provincial Park

Downtown Concert Sounds

Winnipeg artists take the stage at various downtown locations throughout the summer at this annual outdoor concert-series. Support the city’s voices by tuning into free, local music on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm. For a calendar of the summer performers and venues, visit Downtown Winnipeg Biz.

When: All Summer

Where: Venues include: True North Square, Chinese Gardens, WCB Plaza on Broadway and Cityplace Terrace

Super Spike

Sports and music collide for two days at Western Canada’s largest outdoor volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and concert event, where every dollar is donated to local charities. After a day of sports, unwind in an upbeat festival atmosphere that boasts loud music, large crowds, and live electronic acts.

When: July 21st – 22nd

Where: Maple Grove Rugby Park

Rockin' the Fields on Minnedosa

Headliners The Sheepdogs and The Glorious Sons make this three-day festival a summer highlight for rock fans in Manitoba. Situated at beautiful Lake Minnedosa, music lovers can swim, golf, fish, and relax between sets.

When: Aug 4th – 6th

Where: Minnedosa


Winnipeg’s vibrant mix of cultures come together in celebration of their heritage during the world’s largest and longest running multicultural festival. This renowned summer fest celebrates the city’s diversity with food, dance, music, and stories of its people.

When: Aug 6th – 19th

Where: Various pavilions throughout the city. Visit here for more information

The Burt Block Party

Cold beers are on the menu at the annual Burt Block Party extraordinaire, located in Winnipeg’s lively Exchange District. Against a backdrop of musical performances from headliners like The Strumbellas, Billy Talent, Brett Kissel and Cheap Trick, attendees are invited to indulge in creative bites from local food trucks.

When: August 11/12th & 19/20th

Where: Outside the Burton Cummings Theatre

Whoop and Hollar Folk Festival

Good vibrations are amplified at the intimate outdoor music festival that has been charming hearts since 2015. Strum along to folksy tunes and come together for a weekend of performance, art, nature, and community in beautiful Portage La Prairie.

When: August 26th – 27th

Where: Portage La Prairie