Discover What You’ve Been Missing at the Manitoba Icelandic Festival and the NEW ROGerKimLee Music Festival

In this blog, we’re uncovering all the excitement you might be missing at the Manitoba Icelandic Festival, the oldest fest in the Interlake, by spotlighting our favourite activities! Plus, we’re heading over to the west side of the Interlake to soak up the fresh, dynamic vibes of the brand-new ROGerKimLee Music Festival. Get ready to discover why these events are absolute must-visits!
We’ll start with the Manitoba Icelandic Festival, also known as “Islendingadagurinn,” a vibrant celebration of Icelandic culture and heritage held annually in Gimli, Manitoba. It gets bigger and better every year, so keep an eye out for more festivities on their website. Here are our top 10 things you shouldn’t miss at this lively festival.

2024 Festival Dates: August 2, 3, 4, 5  “Celebrating a Century of the Fjallkona / Fögnum Heilli Öld Af Fjallkonunni”

  1. Explore Viking VillageStep back in time at the Viking Village, where re-enactors showcase traditional Viking crafts, combat, and daily life. It’s a fascinating way to learn about Icelandic ancestry and experience history firsthand.
  2. Attend the IslendingadunkDon’t miss the hilariously entertaining Islendingadunk, a unique competition where contestants try to knock each other off a pole over the water. It’s a thrilling event filled with laughter and friendly competition.
  3. Enjoy the ParadeThe festival parade is a highlight, featuring colourful floats, marching bands, and community groups celebrating Icelandic culture. It’s a vibrant display of community spirit and heritage.
  4. Taste Icelandic CuisineSavour traditional Icelandic dishes like Vínarterta (layered cake), pönnukökur (pancakes), and rúgbrauð (rye bread). Food vendors also offer a range of other delicious treats, blending Icelandic flavours with local favourites.
  5. Visit the Art and Craft ShowsBrowse through the art and craft shows featuring works by local and Icelandic artists. It’s the perfect place to find unique souvenirs and appreciate the talent within the community.
  6. Participate in the ContestsJoin in the fun with events like the Fris-Nok tournament, poetry and short story contest, running races, and the sandcastle contest. Don’t miss the family scavenger hunt, Viking golf tournament, and the chance to win scholarships.
  7. Listen to Live MusicEnjoy a diverse lineup of live music performances, ranging from traditional Icelandic folk songs to contemporary Canadian tunes. The festival’s musical offerings ensure there’s something for every taste.
  8. Learn at the Cultural ExhibitsDive into Icelandic history and heritage through various cultural exhibits scattered throughout the festival. These displays provide educational insights into the rich tapestry of Icelandic-Canadian culture.
  9. Join the Family ActivitiesFamilies can partake in numerous activities designed for kids and adults alike, including storytelling sessions, craft workshops, and interactive games. It’s a great way to keep everyone entertained and engaged.
  10. Attend the Bonfire and FireworksEnd your festival experience with the spectacular bonfire and fireworks display by the lake. This tradition is a magical conclusion to a day filled with celebration and camaraderie.

The Manitoba Icelandic Festival is a celebration of culture, community, and history, offering a little something for everyone. Make sure to mark your calendar for August 2, 3, 4, 5 and experience the warmth and hospitality of Gimli’s Icelandic heritage.
Next up is one of the Interlake’s newest festivals, The ROGerKimLee Music Festival! Happening August 16, 17, & 18
2024. The ROGerKimLee Music Festival is a fantastic event bringing together music lovers from all over. Here are the top 10 things to experience at this rockin’ festival.
  1. Scheduled Live Music all weekend: Catch the Headliners – Don’t miss the main stage performances by top artists across genres. These headliners deliver electrifying sets that are the highlight of the festival.
  2. Friendly Saturday Show ‘n Shine & Swap! Get ready to rev your engines with vehicles from 2-wheel to 18-wheel showcase pride and joy, spanning vintage classics to muscle cars and works in progress. It’s a celebration of all things automotive, with the people’s choice taking centre stage!
  3. Outdoor Maker’s Market – Discover a treasure trove of locally crafted and designed goods, each telling its own unique story at this vibrant marketplace. From handcrafted jewelry to bespoke home decor, support local artisans while indulging in the charm of handmade goods.
  4. Saturday Fun Kids’ Activities – Let imaginations soar, featuring everything from whimsical face painting to bouncing castle adventures. Engage in friendly competition with a thrilling bike decorating challenge and enjoy a day filled with laughter and games for all ages.
  5. Creative Workshops – Unleash your creativity where musicians not only host but also actively participate, inspiring participants to explore new musical horizons. Dive into collaborative sessions led by passionate artists, fostering an environment where innovation thrives and musical boundaries are pushed.
  6. Enjoy the Food Trucks Savour a variety of delicious foods from the numerous food trucks and vendors. There’s something for every palate, making it a culinary adventure.
  7. Festival Pass CAMPING – Experience the ultimate convenience with Festival Pass Camping, offering non-powered sites nestled in McEwen Park, complete with complimentary firewood, washrooms, and refreshing showers.
  8. Be a volunteer – Join a super fun team by volunteering your time and skills! Whether you’re passionate about community events or eager to make new connections, your enthusiasm is welcome—reach out here to get involved!
  9. Show your support – Support the cause and keep the festival spirit alive by becoming a sponsor! Reach out to us here to explore partnership opportunities and join in creating memorable experiences for all.
  10. Sunday Fun-day with Guided Foraging! Join the Mossy Birch guided walking tour for a unique foraging experience. Explore the natural surroundings, learn about edible plants, and enjoy a relaxing outdoor adventure with knowledgeable guides.

With a diverse lineup of activities and performances, the ROGerKimLee Music Festival offers an unforgettable experience for all attendees. Make sure to immerse yourself fully and enjoy everything this vibrant festival has to offer.