The HEAT is on. This week is sizzling with fun ways to turn this into one of your "best week ever!" candidates.
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Supper in the Field
Aug 16 | In a field on site with Harvest Sun Music Fest, Kelwood
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. The menu features locally-inspired creations from top notch restaurants in the region. All of the great chefs have built their reputations on innovative and delicious dishes created from savoury ingredients that the region has become famous for.
Aug 3 to 16 | Various venues, Winnipeg
You can go anywhere 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. Each country's pavilion presents a show featuring the song and dance of their culture, along with trademark ethnic cuisine and a cultural display. Start planning your cultural adventure today.
Aug 16 to 17 | Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
Did you know that Manitoba is home to more than 100 species of dragonflies and damselflies? Learn about these fascinating creatures at the Dragonfly Festival. Join a Dragonfly Safari where you can catch and identify many different species of dragonflies and damselflies or try catching dragonfly nymphs from the waters of the marsh. You can also make an edible dragonfly craft to take home. This event will be a lot of fun for the whole family!
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Aug 13 to 29 | Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg
Rainbow Stage closes its stellar 60th Anniversary season with the Canadian premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid! This classic tale includes the Oscar-winning Under the Sea, the more lilting, shimmering calypso of Kiss the Girl, and Part of Your World, a teenage mermaid's lament that expresses youthful yearning for experience … simply and radiantly.
Pine Fort Days
Aug 15 to 17 | Spruce Woods Park Centre, Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Experience how the Coureur des Bois fur traders lived and camped at Pine Fort Days -- a living history weekend event. Discover the rustic fur trader camp and take in family fun activities including canoe brigades, campfire talks and bannock bakes, fashion shows, musket shooting, flint knapping and more! For more information, email ParkInterpretation@gov.mb.ca.
Winnipeg Goldeyes games
Aug 12 to 14 | Shaw Park, Winnipeg
Spend an evening at a Goldeyes game! This week, the Fish host the St. Paul Saints from Tuesday to Thursday. Stroll around the ballpark, eat some goodies, laugh with the crowd, and enjoy the overall atmosphere. Good times.
BBQ & Blues Festival
Aug 16 to 17 | Shaw Park, Winnipeg
Get ready for some smokin’ blues music and finger-lickin’ good food at the 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!
Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition
Aug 14 to 17 | Various venues, Winnipeg
Listen to a combination of 21st century artistic exploration and a collective celebration of human creativity expressed through a symbiotic relationship with technology at Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME)! MEME is a festival that presents refined cutting edge electronic music performed using the latest in new creative technologies. Some of the musical styles you can expect to hear at MEME include a broad spectrum of house, techno, deep dub, psychedelic, world, nu-jazz, ambient and experimental sounds.
Harvest Sun Music Festival
Aug 15 to 17 | Kelwood
Fresh food and marvelous music are in abundance at the 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. This year's event has a large line up of performers, including Alfa, Iskwe, Fast Romantics, JD Edwards and Al Simmons to name a few. There's also a farmers' market with some of Manitoba’s best farmers and gardeners offering up organic produce, naturally raised prairie beef, preserves and much more. Yum!
Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden
Open daily | Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg
Enter the magical world of butterflies at the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden. This seasonal exhibit is full of native butterfly species (including monarchs and painted ladies) and sub-tropical species fluttering around a peaceful, pastoral garden full of colourful flowers, benches and water features.
And, of course, don't forget to pop by and say hello to the polar bears at the new Journey to Churchill exhibit.
Canadian Nationals: Arabian & Half Arabian Championship Horse Show
Aug 11 to 16 | Keystone Centre, Brandon
If you're a horse lover, the Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship is a must-see! 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. One of the most exciting classes is the mounted native costume classes. Costumes are representative of those used by ancient Bedouins when they charged across the desert sands to engage their enemy in battle.
Winnipeg Beach Centennial Celebration
Aug 15 to 17 | Winnipeg Beach
You're invited to head out to Winnipeg Beach to celebrate the town's 100th birthday! Soak up the sun, take a dip in the lake and enjoy a weekend of fun events and activities including a tennis tournament, boat parade, dog show, beer gardens, live stage entertainment, fireworks and much more!
Lower Fort Garry
Open daily | Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada
Step back in time to the 19th century fur trade at the oldest stone fur trading post still intact in North America at Lower Fort Garry. Costumed interpreters will take you back to the mid-1800s as they re-enact events of the early days of this Hudson's Bay Company post.
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Movies in the Park
Aug 1 | Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
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 Despicable Me 2 (7:00 p.m.) and Skyfall (9:15 p.m.)
Walking with Our Sisters Exhibit
Aug 11 to 18 | Métis Hall, The Pas
The Walking with Our Sisters Exhibit is a commemorative art installation for the missing and murdered Indigenous women of Canada and the USA. This large collaborative art piece is a floor installation made up of beaded vamps arranged in a winding path formation on fabric and includes cedar boughs. Viewers remove their shoes to walk on a path of cloth alongside the vamps.
Various locations around the province
Feast on freshly produced goodies at your local farmers' market! This is the perfect time for you to shop for locally-produced foods and discover the real great tastes of Manitoba. Yum! Here's a list of markets province-wide and Winnipeg-specific.
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