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Header Image by Ian MacCausland / Manitoba Museum

The weather is warm, the music is live and the movies are outdoors, all signs that summer is in full swing in Manitoba. So get out of the house, pick your summer adventure, and show Manitoba some love by exploring home! To get you started, here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...


1. Discover history and nature at the Manitoba Museum

The Manitoba Museum

Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Métis 
July 4 to 27

Throughout the month of July, the Manitoba Museum has discovery and exploration experiences for your family for only $7 per person. Make reconnecting with Manitoba's history and nature a part of your ultimate staycation. The Museum Galleries will be open Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays in July from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2. Satisfy your Fringe theatre craving (virtually)

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

July 14 to 17

The Winnipeg Fringe Festival is bringing performances and audiences online this year with four evenings of live streamed content. Tune in for music, improv, theatre and more of the wackiness you come to expect at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. 

3. Explore a Victorian mansion in Winnipeg

Dalnavert tour guide dressed in period clothing

Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Métis

Dalnavert Museum & Visitor Centre is open for visitors! With informative fun to be had inside the heritage house, outside in the beautiful gardens or brought to your own home through their online tour, you can find your summer your way at Dalnavert. 

4. Tune into the Manito Ahbee Festival online

Manito Ahbee Festival_Exterior Event Screen

July 12 to 18

This year the Manito Ahbee Festival has moved online. The festival kicks off on July 12th with the lighting of the sacred fire and a pipe ceremony. Then, the virtual Pow Wow begins. Dancers have already submitted videos of themselves which will be streamed on the Manito Ahbee Festival's Facebook and YouTube from July 12 to 18.

5. Watch Francophone films under the stars

Cinéma sous les étoiles à Saint-Boniface

Saint-Boniface Cathedral, Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Métis
Thursday July 16 at 9:30 p.m.

Pack a blanket and a snack and enjoy Francophone films outdoors at the Saint-Boniface Cathedral. Every Thursday through July and August catch a French movie at Cinéma sous les étoiles (English subtitles will be included). This Thursday you can also arrive early for a pre-movie musical performance. For registration information visit the Facebook event page

6. Ride the steam train at Assiniboine Park 

Assiniboine Park Steam Train

Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Métis

One of the lesser-known gems of Assiniboine Park is the steam train that chugs along its tracks bringing visitors on a ride through the trees in Assiniboine Park. The train runs from noon to 6 p.m. daily. After a ride on the train, sit down for a picnic, throw around a frisbee and stop by the duck pond for a full day of family fun at the park.

7. Discover Manitoba's pioneer past

Pembina Threshermen's Museum Store

As you stay close to home this summer, show Manitoba some love by diving into some prairie history. There is no better place to learn and understand our province's bygone pioneer era than at a rural heritage village, which are the heart of many communities across southern Manitoba. Check out this blog post for 6 heritage villages to check out this summer.

8. Go on a history tour

Selkirk Bridge

Selkirk / Treaty 1
July 15 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

The Manitoba Act was passed by the Parliament of Canada, and received Royal Assent on May 12, 1870. The act was proclaimed on July 15, 1870. Both of these days as well as the challenges and struggles before them, are important parts of Manitoba's history. This week you can learn more about that history on a historical walking tour in Selkirk. 

9. Enjoy a weekend at Riding Mountain National Park

trail boardwalk by water

RMNP / Treaty 2 territory

Clear Lake Country is ready for you, whatever version of you that may be. Spend a weekend and experience the charm and variety typically attached to one of Manitoba’s only National Parks. Riding Mountain is ready for any version of you that decides to come out and explore this summer. Find some recommendations in this blog post

10. Listen to live music

Downtown Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Métis
Tuesday July 14 and 16 at noon

Live outdoor music is back in Winnipeg's downtown! Enjoy a lunch break full of music two days a week with the The Downtown Sounds concert series. This Tuesday see Sochei perform at the True North Square Plaza then head to Air Canada Park on Thursday to listen to a performance by Martin Desjarlais. The concert series runs through July and August.