It's Manitoba Time! Weekend planner for August 16 to 18, 2013. Stomp your feet to the drum beat at Manito Ahbee, savour some blues, brews and BBQ, drive out to Lower Fort Garry to see vintage vehicles, enjoy a unique outdoor dining experience at Supper in the Field, or let your imagination take flight at Rainbow Stage -- that's just a taste of the fun you can have in Manitoba this weekend!

Manito Ahbee

Aug 16 to 21 | MTS Centre, Winnipeg Join thousands from across North America to celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage at Manito Ahbee! This exciting and vibrant six-day gathering showcases the talents, gifts and abilities of Aboriginal artists from all nations and will have you “experience the province as truly a ‘home for all people.’”

Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival

Aug 16 to 18Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg Get ready for some smokin’ blues music and finger-lickin’ good food at the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival! Let the smell and taste of award-winning barbeque thrill your senses while you sit back and enjoy the sounds of some of the best blues music from across North America. It’s bound to be a sensory overload!

Fab Forts Weekend at Lower Fort Garry

Aug 18Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site Celebrate the Motor Country Club’s centennial on Fab Forts Weekend at Lower Fort Garry! For the first time, a display of classic and antique automobiles will be held within the walls of the fort. Over 20 vehicles, spanning the decades from the early 1900s to the present day, will be featured in the fort’s historic setting.

Mary Poppins at Rainbow Stage

Aug 9 to 29 | Rainbow Stage, Kildonan Park Get swept away in the nostalgia of the Disney Classic, Mary Poppins at Rainbow stage! You'll love this musical story of a magical nanny who breathe life and colour into a banker's unhappy family.

Harvest Sun Music Festival

Aug 16 to 18Kelwood Fresh food and marvelous music are in abundance at the 8th annual Harvest Sun Music Festival! This is a small festival with a big heart, and big dreams of supporting local agriculture and the arts by celebrating both of these through music.

Supper in the Field

Aug 17Kelwood Enjoy a unique outdoor dining experience at Supper in the Field! If you are a foodie, you don’t want to miss the best cuisine Manitoba’s parkland has to offer. Dinner ends just in time for you to finish off your night at The Harvest Sun Music Festival.

Folklorama

Aug 4 to 17 | Various venues, Winnipeg The world is at your fingertips at Folklorama – the largest and longest-running multicultural festival in the world! Sample exotic cuisine and celebrate the cultural and ethnic heritage of people from dozens of countries who have made Winnipeg their home.

Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship

Aug 12 to 17Keystone Centre, Brandon If you’re a horse lover, the Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship is a must-see event! This international competition has over 700 of the world’s most recognizable horse breeds in Brandon to compete in 187 different classes in youth, western, dressage, hunter and English disciplines.

Winnipeg Goldeyes

Aug 16 to 18 | Shaw Park Spend an evening or afternoon at a Goldeyes game! This weekend, the Fish host the Kansas City T-Bones from Friday to Sunday. Stroll around the ballpark, eat some goodies, laugh with the crowd, and enjoy the overall atmosphere. Good times.

Movies in the Park

Aug 16 | Assiniboine Park Bring a chair or spread out a blanket in front of the Lyric Theatre and get ready to watch free, family-favourite blockbusters on an outdoor screen. This week's features are Escape from Planet Earth (7:00 p.m.) and The Amazing Spiderman (9:15 p.m.)

Farmers' markets

Various locations around the province Nothing says summer like fresh food grown by local farmers at markets across the province. This is the perfect time for you to shop for locally-produced foods and discover the real great taste of Manitoba.

The art scene in August

Various locations across Manitoba Spend an afternoon or evening enjoying some of Manitoba’s diverse arts offerings. Here's a handful of great exhibits you don’t want to miss this month.   Have a fantastic weekend everyone!