The International Metisfest will take place on August 26-28 at the International Peace Garden on the Manitoba and North Dakota border.
The Metisfest, a 21st century version of the 19th century gatherings, called a “rendezvous,” will be making its third appearance at the Peace Gardens. “Descendes of the Métis Nation will gather from all corners of Turtle Island to converge on the International Peace Gardens to eat, meet, greet, trade, sell, dance, and enjoy music from a huge selection of amateur and professional musicians and dancers,” an official press release stated. Included in this year’s festivities is the “Manitoba Star Attraction Talent Showcase Finals,” which showcases the top 24 contestants from local talent shows all over Manitoba. They’ll be competing on Sunday, August 28, at 3 p.m.
The Metisfest is a weekend of exuberance, with continuous music and dancing throughout. There will be square dancing, the Red River Jig, fiddling and jigging contests, all amongst three stages with non-stop entertainment. There will be a two-night concert series happening on Friday and Saturday night, featuring top International Métis talen such as Ryan Keplin, JJ Lavalle, Patricia Conroy and the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers.
This is also a weekend of good eats—authentic Métis cuisine will be served at the MmmmMichif café, as well as at the stalls of more than 30 vendors.
There will be games for young and old alike, including outdoor theater featuring the “Spirits of the Trail” outdoor drama production troupe.
The Metisfest costs only $10 for a three-day pass. No passport is required.
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