Summers in Manitoba equal fairs and fun. Well, if we were being completely honest, every season in Manitoba equals those things. But if that speaks to anything at all, it’s the fact there’s always a next best something to try. Just off the high of Winnipeg Folk Fest, in comes the Fringe Fest among other great events. For a full list of events across the province, be sure to visit our website, Travel Manitoba.
Sign the kids up for Dino Day Camp
all summer long
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden
An unforgettable experience for children ages 3 to 10 is on all summer long at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre. Kids get to camp with Bruce Mosasaur and discover the world of dinosaurs and marine reptiles. Kids will have the chance to go behind the scenes, tour the museum and have a great time of learning and making crafts.
Take a ride at a rodeo
July 18 to 21
Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition Grounds, Morris
Welcome the weekend with a visit to the Manitoba Stampede! Manitoba's only professional rodeo is back for it's 56th year where some of the top names on the Canadian circuit will perform at this can’t-miss event. There will be bull riding, fast-paced thoroughbred and pony chariot and chuck wagon races. A large midway that the entire family can enjoy and a petting zoo awaits the kids, among a host of other activities.
Discover your Fringe style
July 17 to 28
various venues, Winnipeg
How do you Fringe? Do you colour outside the lines? Are eccentricities your idea of normal? And idiosyncrasies things of fascination? Then you have a full week and then some to live life on the edge at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. Now in its 32nd year, the Fringe Festival welcomes all to witness the talents of musicians, acrobats, and other unique performances, with events for all ages.
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 small-town fair
July 16 to 21 – Riding Mountain National Park, Wasagaming
The 7th annual Riding Mountain National Park Film Festival is happening in the park this week over six days. Tickets can be purchased at Friends of Riding Mountain National Park at 154 Columbine or at the door.
July 19 and 20 – Community Centre, Victoria Beach
Take a trip to Victoria Beach for the 14th annual Summer Winds Family Music Festival. As in past years, the festival will feature a variety of genres of music.
July 19 to 21 – Fair Grounds, Arborg
With summer in full swing, the Arborg Fair & Rodeo returns for another year of family fun events with a rodeo, tractor pull, kids zone, stage show, petting zoo, vendors and much more.
July 20 and 21 – Agricultural Fairgrounds, Minnedosa
Prepare for a weekend of horse shows, baked goods, sewing, art and handicrafts at the Minnedosa Ag. Society Agricultural Fair.
Savour a few varieties of mac and cheese at a food fest
July 19 to 21
The Forks, Winnipeg
North America’s largest food festival is coming to Winnipeg! The Mac and Cheese Festival will feature celebrity chefs, savvy cooks, entrepreneurs and corporate teams and over 25 variations of mac and cheese to try, a kids’ play land and noodle art-making class, a summer nights beer garden and lounge, live music and much more.
Explore a rural town market
Heritage Museum, Cranberry Portage
The Cranberry Portage Artisan & Business Market hosts a variety of local vendors, putting their talents and products on display. Head to the Heritage Museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where there will also be food and live music on sight. For more info, send email to Cyd Bjerke.
Celebrate the butterflies of the prairie
Living Prairie Museum, Winnipeg
The 13th annual Monarch Butterfly Festival is spreading its wings this Sunday at the Living Prairie Museum. Come rain or shine, take the family out for this fun, free day of presentations by local scientists, storytelling and much more.
Learn all about dragonflies
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Stonewall
Curious about dragonflies? If you are, or even if you’ve never given a second thought to these winged creatures, a trip to Oak Hammock Marsh for its Dragonfly Festival will prove insightful all the same.
Discover what 50 years of canola has done for Canada
all summer long
Sam Waller Museum, The Pas
The canola industry contributes billions of dollars to the Canadian economy and during the summer months, and to mark the 50th anniversary of this Made-in-Canada crop, the Sam Waller Museum is exploring its success and versatility in its Canola: A Story of Canadian Innovation exhibit.