10 things to do in Manitoba: August 1 to 7

Posted July 28, 2022 | Author Desiree Rantala

Culture. It's sweet, delicious, beautiful, different, colourful, tangy, ornate, zesty, homemade, spicy, and most importantly, anything you want it to be. It's art, it's conversation, and it's kept alive through time, tradition, and thought. Culture is something you can taste, you can see, you can touch, you can hear, you can smell, you can explore, and you can experience. What does culture mean to you? Here are 10 things to do in Manitoba this week that foster different ways to connect with culture.

1. participate in a potato party

Portage Potato Festival | Portage la Prairie
Aug 5-6


French fries, twice-baked, poutine, scalloped, mashed... what is your favorite way to enjoy a potato? Get ready, because on August 5-6 there is everything and all things potatoes at the annual Portage Potato Festival! This free festival not only includes free fries, but a fun entertainment line-up, beverage gardens, bubble soccer, a pancake breakfast, and a best dressed baby spud contest! It's going to be a spudtacular time.

2. say hello to the signature seven

Various Museums

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step and Manitoba has plenty of room for many steps. Say hello to the signature seven! A visit to the seven Manitoba Signature Museums helps elevate the history and heritage of our province. The seven signature museums include:

• Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
• Commonwealth Air Training Planning Museum
• Le Musee de Saint-Boniface Museum
• Manitoba Agricultural Museum
• Mennonite Heritage Village
• New Iceland Heritage Museum
• Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

Have you been to all seven?

3. cool off with cool gardens

Various Locations | Winnipeg
Jul - Sept


Gardens take on a different meaning in the world of architecture and design in Manitoba, and that is exactly what Storefront MB intended. Cool Gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installations that offer a shift of sensation for the summer. The exhibit aims to bring designers and artists together to celebrate contemporary garden culture and the local landscape. The exhibition sites run from The Forks to Provencher Boulevard, and Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park. Grab a cool treat, mend your mind, and venture out to find Cool Gardens! The four installations are currently located in a walking block radius around the Manitoba Theatre for Young People and The Forks Parkade.

4. enjoy movies in the park

Assiniboine Park | Winnipeg
Now until Aug 28


Head outside to absorb all that summer has to offer, and enjoy marvelous musical acts, incredible artwork, wellness Wednesdays, and movies in the park. Grab your favorite blanket, lawn chair, and cozy up under the stars. All of this and more as part of Assiniboine Park's Summer Entertainment Series. Check out the online schedule for a list of their free entertainment and activities.

5. step aboard the s.s. keenora

Photo Credit: Marine Museum of Manitoba

Marine Museum of Manitoba | Selkirk

Allllll aboard, at the Marine Museum of Manitoba! Located in the City of Selkirk and only 35km from downtown Winnipeg, the Marine Museum of Manitoba is an exciting day-trip destination for nautical enthusiasts and historians alike. With six different ships on display, there impressive fleet welcomes visitors aboard the vessels that navigated Lake Winnipeg waters while sharing the tales of Manitoba's marine history. The S.S. Keenora was a proud passenger and freight steamship and is full of a colorful past. All summer long the Marine Museum of Manitoba is ready to set sail for adventure and learning. Are you?

6. wallow in waffles and white sauce

Pioneer Days Festival | Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach
Jul 30 - Aug 1


Maybe you've heard of them, and maybe you've tasted them; Mennonite waffles and white sauce; a memorable Mennonite meal. Try this tasty treat and more at Steinbach's annual Pioneer Days Festival. Enjoy traditional Mennonite food, activities for kids, live demonstrations, music, guided tours, and more! For a full list of activities and entertainers visit their website. If you've never had famous Mennonite waffles and white sauce... you are in for a delicious treat. They are worth the wait!

7. soar to new sights and heights

Photo Credit: Brandon Flight Centre

Photo Credit: Brandon Flight Centre

Photo Credit: Brandon Flight Centre

Brandon Flight Centre | Brandon

Available year-round, sightsee like never before and soar to new heights with the Brandon Flight Centre! This memorable gift or getaway lets you see the beautiful Brandon Hills and the twists and turns of the Assiniboine River. Weather dependant, this sightseeing flight is available in 30 minute increments and is a unique activity for anyone willing to go up, up and away. Don't forget your camera! If you have a bit of extra time in your schedule, stop by the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, also located at the Brandon Airport.

8. dig for dinos at day camp

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre | Morden

There's nothing quite like digging in a sandbox... and imagine the look on your child's face when they find a fossil for the first time. The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden is offering week-long day camps this summer. Kids between the ages of 6 and 12 will have the opportunity to dig for dinos as they learn about fossils and Manitoba's prehistoric past! Tours, crafts, games, and interactive activities will help curb their curiosity for things that go rawr!

9. frolic at first fridays

Exchange District | Winnipeg
Aug 5


A fun event in a fun place; First Fridays in the Exchange! First Fridays in the Exchange is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist run centers, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding and appreciation of the arts. At the next First Friday you can sample homemade iced tea, ponder the world of printmaking, feast on one-night-only menus, and enjoy live music and lyrical storytelling. First Fridays only happen... once a month!

10. grab a golden guide

Folklorama | Winnipeg
Jul 31 - Aug 13

You're among friends and family at Folklorama! With over 24 pavilions to choose from, there is two full weeks of culture, song, dance, and entertainment, with lots of room at the table for food, fun, and unforgettable experiences. Pick up a yellow Folklorama travel guide for more information about accessibility, pavilion locations, amenities, and dietary accommodations! This year experience Folklorama by walking, cycling, or with a VIP bus tour. How will you be travelling to Folklorama?

About The Author

Hey there, I'm Desiree. Content Marketing Coordinator at Travel Manitoba! A girl from the prairies who loves a great slice of pizza, photography and exploring our beautiful province. Have an idea for adventure? Let me know! drantala@travelmanitoba.com

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