Watrous – Manitou Beach Tourism among the top festivals this summer – DiscoverHumboldt.com

Watrous – Manitou Beach Tourism’s new Community Development Officer has summer plans ready with a wonderful series of events. Sarah McKen is a familiar face to visitors to Watrous and Manitou Beach. McKen and his partner operate the popular Little Manitou Art Gallery with a base of local artisans and a constant rotation of excellent music, art and spoken word performances. The role of Community Development Officer is a natural fit for her, as McKen has worked tirelessly over the years to provide one of the centers for the area arts community.

“I really enjoy stepping into this collaborative role between the Town of Watrous and the Resort Village of Manitou Beach,” says McKen. “I worked as an administrative support person for this tourism and economic development marketing group. Now I have stepped into the role of CEO and just trying to continue the good work that has been done.

Of course, much of the tourist activity centers around the summer months, so it’s a busy time for McKen and his colleagues as another busy season approaches. The activities start towards the end of June.

“June 24, 25 and 26 is our Street Festival, and anyone who was there last year knows that this is the second time we’ve held this event. We have reserved musicians who will share their talents throughout the village.

Last year’s Busking Festival was largely a response to COVID lockdowns that hampered indoor performances and shut down opportunities for artists to play. The Festival was met with great fan delight, so a return was a natural move.

Canada Day celebrations are next on the register, says McKen, with evening beach fireworks, pancake breakfast, pet parade, flag raising and more Again.

The Little Manitou Art Gallery plays into much of the fun of summer as a place frequented by musicians and performers. The outdoor stage welcomes the return of Saskatchewan folk and roots singer-songwriter Ellen Froese on July 2.

The Salt Shaker Festival on July 8 and 9 welcomes groups from far and wide. Among them are Manitou Beach favourites, The Garrys, with their unique surf-inspired music. That same weekend, the Spirit of Manitou Studio Trail showcases the best of regional and national visual arts in pop-ups across communities.

Then, on July 23, the hugely popular Watrous Fun Run and Show and Shine. Classic and vintage automobiles make their way to town for an extravaganza of automotive delights.

The August long weekend brings the Wonder of Words Festival, a celebration of spoken word and poetry, as well as the Sunday in the Sand event hosted by Mike’s Beach Bar.

As summer winds down in August, McKen says a major event is scheduled for August 2-12 with a culminating event on the final day. Manifest is a multimedia art installation with 10 artists on site creating works while the public watches. The interactive event is a unique opportunity to meet artists in the creative process.

The summer schedule ends the first weekend in September with Music Fest at the Little Manitou Art Gallery.

It’s always a busy summer at the beach, and this year, with new and recurring events, promises to be one of the best ever.

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