Canada Games Festival

Canada’s next generation of international and Olympic champions will compete in the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Spectators, parents and fans will watch the country’s best up-and-coming athletes in action at the sport venues, and experience some of Canada’s best arts and entertainment as part of the Canada Games Festival presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries at The Forks.

With more than 150 acts performing over 11 days, there will truly be something for everyone as we showcase the talent and diversity of Canada’s finest performers. Headliners include Ontario’s Serena Ryder and Kardinal Offishall; Saskatchewan’s The Sheepdogs and Buffy Sainte-Marie; Nova Scotia’s Natalie MacMaster and The Trews; Newfoundland’s Alan Doyle, P.E.I’s Jenn Grant; New Brunswick’s Matt Andersen and Les Hay Babies; Québec’s Coeur de Pirate, Nunavut’s Tanya Tagaq and the Jerry Cans; B.C.’s Loverboy; and Alberta’s Brett Kissel. Manitoba Night will include Royal Canoe, William Prince, Fred Penner, and a special performance by the Crash Test Dummies with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. 

Each province and territory has joined in creating an exciting festival atmosphere that will incorporate family-friendly activities and include an array of music along with Indigenous, francophone and cultural content from across Canada. The Festival will also feature local artisans, food vendors and sponsor activations. Each night’s concert will be capped off with fireworks.

Here's what you should know if you're planning to attend the Canada Games Festival:

What you can bring:

  • Low-profile lawn chairs
  • Cell phones
  • Blankets
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain ponchos
  • Empty refillable containers for water

What you can't bring:

  • Personal drink containers, unless empty
  • Alcohol
  • Outside food or beverages
  • Narcotics
  • Umbrellas
  • Balls and frisbees
  • Glass containers
  • Big lawn chairs
  • Pets (service animals allowed)
  • Noisemakers, laser pointers, horns, vuvuzelas, musical instruments
  • Large tarps
  • Weapons
  • Barbeques
  • Professuinal audio and video recording devices or cameras (identified as a camera with a detachable lense)