We’re just recovering from a fantastic Canada Day long weekend, but whatever you do, you better make that recovery a quick one. This is Folk Fest week, people! It’s the week where the city becomes a little bit quieter and the flower folks descend on Birds Hill Provincial Park. For a full list of events across the province, be sure to visit our website, Travel Manitoba.
Head to the Carman Country Fair
July 11 to 13
Kings Road, Carman
The 140th annual Carman Country Fair showcases arts and crafts, home displays, motor sports, livestock, and local vendors. There’ll be face painting, games, and free stage entertainment for the kids, as well as loads of delicious food, a truck pull, rides, and a demolition derby — something for everyone!
Make a splash in Portage la Prairie
Portage la Prairie
With summertime here and the predictable itch of the kids to get out and enjoy the warmer weather, make it a family affair with a visit to Splash Island Waterpark in Portage la Prairie. This premier outdoor oasis has several water features, including slides to keep the entire family cool this summer.
Get your musical fill at Folk Fest
July 11 to 14
Birds Hills Provincial Park
It only comes around once a year, but when it’s finally here, the Winnipeg Folk Festival heralds an exodus from the city to Birds Hill for a folk festival unlike any other. From roots to rock, Celtic to country, and everything in-between, get your fill of music from 70+ artists across nine stages.
Sit in on a signature experience
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
Feathers to Fur: A wildlife experience for the senses, is a brand new signature experience that tours some of Manitoba's best wildlife and outdoor experiences. Get to know of North America’s wildlife, from the smaller critters to the larger majestic beasts with experienced naturalist guides leading the way. FortWhyte Alive and Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre are partnering to offer the feeling of feathers flutter in your hand as you participate in bird-banding research, the sights and smells of wildflowers over water as you glide through the marsh in historic-style voyageur canoe, among other spectacular scenic adventures.
Feast on a backdoor burgers and BBQ
Photo credit: @wpgchamber
July 9 and 11
What’s your preference? Burgers or barbecue? Now that Fairmont Winnipeg’s Back Door Burgers are back, you won’t have to choose. On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout summertime, Fairmont Winnipeg will be opening up its back doors and serving up some of the most delicious and talked-about lunches downtown has ever seen. For just $15, you can feast on a gourmet burger, house-made kettle chips, and a drink of your choice on Thursdays. Tuesdays are all about Back Door BBQ where $15 will get you the week’s specialty BBQ offering, and a drink of your choice.
Have frog folly in St. Pierre Jolys
July 11 to 14
various venues, St. Pierre Jolys
St. Pierre Jolys’ Frog Follies is back again this year. Enjoy a fun family day in this picturesque town with a slo-pitch tournament, a parade and performances by local artists, and, of course, the well-loved frog-jumping championship.
Get cozy at a community fest
July 11 to 14
Buffalo Point Resort, Buffalo Point
If you’re on the market for a fun community festival, then look no further than Buffalo Point. There will be activities, games, and entertainment for all ages, a vintage car show, cultural dancers, fireworks, music, and much more.
Hit a fair and rodeo
July 12 to 14
Selkirk Park, Selkirk
Selkirk’s Triple S Fair & Rodeo won’t be too far away if you’re already in the Interlake region for the weekend. This is another great family event with lots of activities that kids will enjoy.
Celebrate Ukrainian culture in Gardenton
Gardenton Park and Museum, Gardenton
Celebration Ukrainian heritage in Gardenton this weekend. Sing, dance or just sit back and be entertained as Ukrainian performers demonstrate what their culture is all about. There will also be lots of traditional Ukrainian fare to enjoy and games and activities for the kids.
Let the sounds of summer in
Assiniboia Downs, Winnipeg
Make your summer a Summer of Sound at Assiniboia Downs this weekend. One of central Canada’s largest festivals is back and with performances from some of electronic music’s best.