Every year, one local festival signs out the summer in the great outdoors. The Harvest Moon Festival celebrates the season in Clearwater September 15-17 with workshops on sustainable living, farmer's market, kid's fun, fair trade fair, food vendors, and a big helping of local music surrounded by the beauty of the Pembina Valley.
The mostly made in Manitoba lineup runs the genre gamut. Basic Nature, Dirty Catfish Brass Band, Double the Trouble, Heartbeat City, JD and the Sunshine Band, Jess Reimer, Katie MacDonald, Kelly Bado, Leonard Sumner, Raine Hamilton, Slow Leaves, Super Duty Tough Work, The Middle Coast, and more are set to hit the stage.
This year marks the festivals 16th year in Clearwater, working with the community to build an event that is both for and about the people of the area. To celebrate that commitment and relationship between the festival and its community, they'll open a permanent, year-round stage in Clearwater on land donated by area resident Dixie Gardiner.
Harvest Moon Festival has helped support economic development and family farming in southwestern Manitoba. As well as economic development and great music, education and information has always played a significant role in the event. Festival goers can attend informative and hands-on workshops, which are free with admission. In addition to music and workshops, there will be a children’s area, an open mic stage, a fair-trade fair and farmer’s market, and locally-produced food from a variety of food vendors.
The festival tends to sell out, so if you're planning your fall, don't miss out. Tickets go on sale June 15 and you can get all the ticket details at harvestmoonfestival.ca.