On the hunt for an activity or two to complete your week? We've narrowed this list one down to 10 opportunities for you to get out and about in Manitoba. Of course there's much more happening in the province. For a full list, visit our website, Travel Manitoba.
Go on an anatomical safari
on now until September 2
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
Take an in-depth look at animals from a rarely seen perspective – the inside. Go on an anatomical safari at the Manitoba Museum, of more than 100 specimens, preserved by the remarkable process of plastination. Explore the intricate biology of the world’s most spectacular creatures, and discover the form and function of the exotic and familiar.
Do the Downs!
Assiniboia Downs, Winnipeg
Nothing beats a night at the track and live thoroughbred racing. Enjoy the thrill of betting on your favourite horse and cheering it across the finish line. Free admission and parking. Do the Downs!
Relive the history of the Winnipeg General Strike
runs from June 18 to 28 and July to 5
Rainbow Stage, Kildonan Park
It’s summertime and summertime in Kildonan Park equals Rainbow Stage theatricals. This week, the Stage brings the story of Strike! The Musical, based on true events of the strike staged 100 years ago to the day of the climactic conclusion of the Winnipeg General Strike.
Do a jitterbug to a jive
runs from June 18 to 23
various venues, Winnipeg
TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival begins this week. Jitterbug your way through some of the province’s best talents, national and international artists. The well-loved Latin Night at Jazz Fest is on this Friday. And Resto Gare’s Thursday night Jazz at the Station and centre culturel franco-manitobain’s mardi jazz, with a performance by Sol James, continue this week.
Sample from 250-plus beers
June 21 and 22
Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg
The 17th annual Flatlander’s Beer Festival is making its rounds at the Bell MTS Place. Beer lovers, don’t miss your chance to sample products from local Manitoban brewers and around the world. There will also be food trucks to complement the 300-plus beers available.
Celebrate Indigenous Day
The Forks National Historic Site, Winnipeg
The Oodena Circle is where it all begins for National Indigenous Day at sunrise. APTN Indigenous Day Live will be hosting an event-packed day of free and fun activities, which will also be broadcast live.
Get powwow fit
St. Johns Leisure Centre, Winnipeg
Hoop dancer Shanley Spence is inviting you to get powwow fit this week. While last year’s powwow fit classes focused on women, this year, all ages, genders and skill levels are welcome.
Explore the waters around FortWhyte
FortWhyte Alive Adventure, Winnipeg
FortWhyte Alive has a kayak or canoe just for you. All that’s required is that you register in advance for this 40-minute exploration of the lake. No experience is required.
Hit a rural festival
Fancy a rural fair or festival? Because if you do, we’ve got a few, one of which we’re certain will meet or even exceed your expectations.
June 22 – Pembina La Riviere Campground, La Riviere
La Riviere’s 12th Annual Turkey Fest and duck race is happening on Saturday. There will be activities for the kids, beer gardens, games old-fashioned picnic races, music, fun and best of all, an actual duck race.
June 22 – ACU Normac Community Center and Fair Grounds, MacGregor
Pancake breakfast anyone? Or maybe you’re partial to a horse show? Either way the MacGregor Fair has a bit of both among other fun-filled activities for the family.
June 22 – Lake Minnewasta Recreation Area, Morden
Paddlefest on Lake Minnewasta is a hub of activity for anyone who enjoys being on the water. The one-day event features stand-up paddle boarding, dragon boating, canoeing and kayaking activities.
June 22 and 23 – Legacy Park, East Selkirk
If you’re Scottish, or just curious about Scottish heritage, the 51st annual Manitoba Highland Gathering will feature aspects of Scottish culture and is on this weekend in East Selkirk.
Walk or wade through the marsh
June 22 and 23
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
Explore the marsh on a walk or behind the lens. Oak Hammock is giving you two opportunities to get out in the marsh this week, either on a wader walk on Saturday, venturing into rough, muddy terrain, or getting snap-happy capturing wildlife in their natural environment on a photo walk.