It's a celebration of culture and history, and it's happening this weekend (June 8th and 9th) in St. Joseph, the return of the Montcalm Heritage Festival.

"The festival is celebrating the heritage of the area, really, of all the the settlers in the area, the people, the Metis people that were here and also the First Nations people," shared Camille Fiestte-Mulaire the Executive Director of the Musee Saint Joseph Museum. "We have a fun filled weekend to bring people together and to celebrate."

That weekend includes family favourites like the Saturday morning parade and many demonstrations in the St. Joseph Heritage Village, as well as lots of activities for the kids like a petting zoo, fish pond, bouncy castles, face painting and treasure hunt. Plus, we can't forget about the always popular Saturday and Sunday BBQ suppers. Outside of the meals, pretty much everything is free to attend at the Festival.

A special event is happening as part of the festivities, during the opening ceremonies Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. It will be the grand opening of The Bridge Pavilion.

"The Bridge Pavilion is actually a venue that will be used during the festival, and we'll be able to to rent it out for family events and weddings in the beautiful location on the grounds of the historical village," she explained. "In the Bridge Pavilion, we are commemorating the methods of crossing the Red River, namely in the St. Jean area. We are unveiling a a huge mural that was painted by a young local artist, along with a mentor professional artist by the name of Hubert Theroux and the young artist is Josee Remillard who grew up in in St. Joseph.

- With files from Candace Derksen - 

You can found more details on the Montcalm Heritage Festival, here.