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Show Manitoba some love this week by tuning into two amazing summer festivals that have moved online this year, taking a tour in Winnipeg's West End or heading out to your favourite lake for a refreshing dip. There are so many ways to celebrate summer in Manitoba and these 10 things to do this week prove that. 

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1. Enjoy art on a West End BIZ Mural Tour

Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

West End Mural Tours are back starting July 6. Explore the West End while learning about the incredible public art that covers many buildings in the area. The number of people on the tours will be limited to respect COVID-19 restrictions, so get your tickets online now! Tours are two hours long and participants must wear a mask.


2. Virtual Manito Ahbee Festival

Manito Ahbee Festival_Exterior Event Screen

Online
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.

3. Get your folk on (virtually)

Winnipeg Folk Festival at home 2020

Online 
July 11, starts at 7 p.m.

Another Manitoba festival moving online this year is the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Tune into the one-day online concert on July 11 through the Winnipeg Folk Festival's Facebook or YouTube. The concert features past performances from artists like A Tribe Called Red and The Strumbellas, as well as new performances from musicians like William Prince and Vance Joy.

4. Discover nature and culture at Buffalo Point

Buffalo Point / Treaty 3, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Ojibwa and Sioux

Buffalo Point, in the southeast corner of Manitoba is where prairie, Canadian shield and sparkling waters meet. Enjoy incredible nature, relaxing activities and learn about the history and cultural importance of this area on a weekend trip. Note: The above video was filmed pre-COVID.

5. Shop at the Manitoba Night Market & Festival

Manitoba Night Market & Festival

Assiniboia Downs, Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
July 12, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Browse the wares of 100 artisans at this year's Manitoba Night Market & Festival. While you shop you can also enjoy live music and grab a bite to eat from one of the 15 food trucks on site.

6. Visit the Pembina Threshermen's Museum

Pembina Threshermen's Museum

Highway 3, between Morden and Winkler / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg

Step back into the early 1900s at the Pembina Threshermen's Museum. Explore the 16 buildings in the museum's heritage village as you learn about the history of the area. The museum is currently open Saturdays and Sundays 1-5 p.m. through July. 

7. Have a staycation at The Forks

Inn at the Forks exterior

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

Maybe you live in Winnipeg (and maybe have for your whole life) or maybe you live outside the city and are looking to shake things up--whichever it is, The Forks is an ideal spot to get away for a weekend. If you've never spent more than a few hours at a time here, you'll be delighted at how much there is to do. Check out this blog post for recommendations on how to have a weekend staycation at The Forks. 

8. Take a dip in a lake

Whether you prefer to dive right in, drop oh-so-carefully into an inner tube or lower yourself into the water in the most painstaking manner, our cool and crisp lakes beckon even the wimpiest to take a dip. Go east to West Hawk Lake (Manitoba's deepest lake) or north to the crystal clear waters of Clearwater Lake, or check out this blog post for nine refreshing lakes you MUST swim in this summer in Manitoba.

9. Watch harness racing

Harness Racing in Miami

Miami Fairgrounds / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg
Saturdays, starting July 11

Take a day trip to southern Manitoba to see harness racing in Miami. You can even place a bet and hope your horse wins. These horse races take place throughout the summer starting July 11. Check out the Facebook page for racing schedules.

10. Crafted in Manitoba 

Manitoba Craft Council exhibit Lens Reflex

C2 Centre for Craft, Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
Until August 29

Fine craft meets photography in the Manitoba Craft Council's current exhibit: Lens Reflex. Nine artists' works are featured in this summer exhibit, which celebrates the similarities and differences between craft and photography.