Long days, warm weather, and endless outdoor adventures. July is when Manitoba shines its brightest. Here is our list of hot happenings around the province this week.
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Ballet in the Park
Jul 23 to 25 | Assiniboine Park
Claim a spot on the grass in front of the Lyric Theatre in the early evening for RWB's Ballet in the Park. Don’t miss this summer tradition! Event only runs from Wednesday to Friday.
Jul 24 to 27 | Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Austin
Take a trip back in time at the 60th annual Threshermen's Reunion and Stampede! In addition to the rodeo, the Reunion boasts a roster of family-friendly activities, including afternoon grandstand shows, a petting zoo, and more food booths than you can shake a stick at. There’s also a full slate of old-timey events and competitions on tap — from stooking and sheaftying demos to competitions between gas- and steam-powered threshers.
Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival
Jul 16 to 27 | The Exchange District, Winnipeg
Catch original, accessible and cheeky independent theatre at the Fringe Festival! This year more than 170 companies from around the world will present comedy, drama, dance, improv, musicals and more while Old Market Square comes alive with non-stop entertainment on the outdoor stage.
Gimli Film Festival
Jul 23 to 27 | Gimli
Catch cinema by the shore at the 14th annual Gimli Film Festival. This year's line-up presents a rich and diverse mix of documentaries, dramas and beach films. And don't miss out on the FREE "cinema under the stars" beach screenings! This year's movies include A River Runs Through It, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Dead Calm and Dirty Dancing.
Jul 25 to 27 | Altona
Amble your way to Altona to enjoy the Sunflower Festival! The Sunflower Capital of Canada" has a big blooming bunch of activities for everyone, including a giant parade, pancake breakfast, quilt show, petting zoo, farmer's market, queen pageant, and street dance.
Stroll The Loop
You drive by Winnipeg’s unique architecture and iconic landmarks all the time – why not see them up close by walking The Loop. This 9.5km urban walking trail takes you past Winnipeg’s historic, cultural, architectural and modern-day gems located in Downtown and St. Boniface.
Do it all in Riding Mountain
Riding Mountain National Park
Enjoy a glorious worry-free visit at Riding Mountain National Park by spending your time hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, swimming, or exploring the shops and restaurants in the Wasagaming Townsite. Learn about the natural forces that shaped this beautiful park on a guided interpretive adventure and watch for elk, deer, and moose as you wander through beautiful valleys, or ramble over rolling hills.
Open daily | Falcon Beach Ranch, Whiteshell Provincial Park
Mosey on over to Falcon Beach Ranch in the Whiteshell to enjoy a trail ride while breathing in the fresh warm air and viewing the spectacular scenery. Don't forget to bring your camera! You may see deer, owls and various other wildlife.
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Fishing for channel cats
The Red River
Whether the channel catfish is the ugliest fish to inhabit Manitoba waters is certainly a topic of debate. What isn’t up for discussion is their ability to deliver fantastic fishing action, no matter if they are big or small. You can catch these toothless fighters in lots of places in Manitoba, but if there’s one place that offers increased odds, it’s near Lockport on the Red River.
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.
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.
Journey to Churchill
Open daily | Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Have you been amazed by the Journey to Churchill yet? This new zoo exhibit features expansive new polar bear, Arctic fox, wolf, muskox, caribou, snowy owl and seal habitats, as well as interactive interpretive components, a short film experience inside a 360-degree theatre, incredible underwater viewing tunnels, and more.
Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Explore sand dunes up to 30 metres high in the unique Spirit Sands. The desert is said to be close to the Kiche Manitou -- the great spirit -- in Aboriginal lore. Follow a self-guided trail to the oasis known as the Devil's Punch Bowl.
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The Manitoba Museum
Open daily | The Manitoba Museum
When the summer heat becomes too much, cool off with a day exploring and learning at The Manitoba Museum! The planetarium and science and museum galleries has something for everyone.
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