Giddy-up to the rodeo, head for the hills of Riding Mountain, or experience spring on the farm at the Mennonite Heritage Village -- that's just a taste of the fun you can have this weekend in Manitoba.

Spring Rodeo

May 16 to 19 | Hanover Ag grounds, Grunthal

The annual Spring Rodeo is an exciting weekend of fun and entertainment! Participate in the Rough Stock Riding School on Friday and Saturday, or cheer on the contestants during the Jackpot Gymkhana, Manitoba High School Rodeo and the Manitoba Cutting Horse Association cutting horse show.

Riding Mountain National Park

Rising dramatically from the prairie landscape, Riding Mountain National Park is a vast expanse of boreal forest and pristine aspen parkland that is sure to enchant and inspire you. You’ll feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world as you hike the Escarpment trail system, where the Manitoba plateau falls away 300 metres to the prairies.

Spring on the Farm

May 19 | Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

Celebrate the museum's 50th Spring on the Farm at the village with a tractor parade, tractor games, pioneer demonstrations and delicious Mennonite food!

Great Train Robbery – Cowboy's 'n Gals

May 18 | Prairie Dog Central Railway, Winnipeg

Word has it that the train robbers on horseback are at it again! Be vigilant you never know when this gang of desperados will strike so prepare to take part in an old-fashioned “hands up” robbery during this entertaining and interactive trip to the rural community of Grosse Isle. It’s a fun filled ride capped off with a much needed peaceful stopover.

Wild babes - Campfire talk

May 17 | Park Centre Campfire Circle, Spruce Woods Provincial Park

Gather around the campfire at in Spruce Woods for an interactive program on the newly arrived spring babies found in and around the park. Learn what to do if you encounter a little baby animal on its own. Be sure to bring a mug for hot chocolate! 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Shameless Propaganda screening

May 20 | Muriel Richardson Auditorium, Winnipeg Art Gallery

Catch a FREE screening of Winnipeg filmmaker Bob Lower’s new feature documentary, Shameless Propaganda. Some have called the documentary Canada’s national art form. Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

At the Farm Gate

May 17 | Onanole Recreation Centre, Onanole

Become a "locavore" and discover the artisan gifts, farm fresh produce and baked goods that are waiting to be purchased right from our own backyard.

Iceland rocks! A fiery saga

Open daily | New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli

In 2010 the museum was gifted a stunning collection of 350 rocks from Iceland. These rocks are featured in a new hands-on exhibit showcasing the fascinating volcanic history of Iceland.

Brunch with the birds

May 18 | Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary, Whiteshell Provincial Park

Enjoy a complimentary coffee, juice and muffins as you chat with the Park Interpreter and discover the legacy of Alf Hole, who helped ensure the survival of the Giant Canada Goose. A special interpretive tour of the sanctuary will tell the unique story of Alf Hole and how we can follow his vision, along with up close views of Canada Geese and other wildlife around the Goose Pond. This is a FREE event. 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more info, email ParkInterpretation@gov.mb.ca.

Interlake Dragway

May 17 to 19 | Gimli Motorsports Park, Gimli

For you power-filled, engine-roaring fans, head out to Gimli to catch the drag races. Enjoy the loud noises, good food and friendly environment while watching the cars race at break-neck speeds.

Birdtail Valley Pasture Pickin’ Jamboree

May 16 to 19 | Birtle

The Birdtail Valley Pasture Pickin’ Jamboree brings bluegrass, country, old time and gospel musicians to pick or strum acoustic instruments. Join them or tap your toe and enjoy the music and great food.

An original DUCKumentary – Amphitheatre presentation

May 18 | Park Centre Amphitheatre, Spruce Woods Provincial Park

Head over to to watch a feature film exploring the life of ducks, from hatching to migration all in HD. Test your knowledge trying to identifying the many species of ducks. Be sure to bring a blanket to keep warm! 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Fishing season

May 17 | Northern Division

Weather or not: Manitoba's fishing season opens May 17 in the north! Open water season can’t start soon enough for anglers itching to hit our many rivers and lakes. Are you ready to get hooked? That Master Angler fish is waiting...

You can now register your BIG FISH in the moment using our new Manitoba Master Angler iPhone app!

Narcisse Snake Dens

Open Daily | Narcisse

Manitoba is alive with snakes! Spring is a hotbed of activity at the Narcisse Snake Dens in the Interlake. It's here that you can see more snakes at a glance than anywhere else in the world.

Winnipeg Mint tour

Open daily | The Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg

Join a friendly tour guide (English or French) at the Mint and walk through the newly-renovated tour area featuring interactive coin displays. Discover how the Mint has made over 55 billion coins for more than 75 countries around the world and learn how massive strips of metal meet 50-ton presses to produce over 1000 coins per second.

Read more about what a fun family moment a trip to the Mint is.

The art scene

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.

Book a trip to experience proper awesome

Jul 31 to Aug 7; Aug 7 to 14 | Churchill Northern Studies Centre and Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site

Get your hands on history on a unique archaeology dig at Prince Wales Fort National Historic Site! As a member of the archaeology team, you will be re-discovering what life was like at the fort. Working side-by-side with Parks Canada archaeologists you will excavate, screen and document their discoveries in the field, as well as clean and identify artifacts in a field lab.

Have a great weekend everyone!