Movies or the outdoors? Museum exhibits or theatrical plays? Cultural extravaganzas or jazz-filled evenings? Art galleries or Viking fests? So many options! No matter your pace of life or your pastime preference, we've got a list of what's hot in Manitoba for you to choose from.
Learn all about the stories that fuel hockey passion
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
From the hockey fanatic, to the families who live the game, to the person who simply wants to know how hockey came to embody the Canadian spirit and define our national identity – Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion, is sure to be a fan favourite.
Feast at Folklorama
various venues, Winnipeg
The countdown to Folklorama is almost over and you only have one more week to experience this cultural extravaganza. So get going!
Relive a classic fairy tale
Rainbow Stage, Kildonan Park
It’s summertime and summertime in Kildonan Park equals Rainbow Stage theatricals. This week, the Stage brings the classic story of Beauty and the Beast with fully staged productions on August 14 and 15.
Spend summer with the Impressionists
August 14 to 19
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Visit the WAG and experience this summer’s blockbuster exhibition, featuring work by key Impressionist artists, including Cassatt, Cézanne, Degas, Matisse, Monet, Renoir, and many more.
Watch some foreign films
August 15 to 19
Looking for an interesting movie experience? Winnipeg Cinematheque offers some of the best in Canadian and foreign films. This week’s lineup includes Canadian-Israeli film, The Oslo Diaries, British film, Beast, and Japanese film, The Third Murder.
Explore the Whiteshell’s petroforms
Whiteshell Provincial Park
Whiteshell is one of Manitoba’s best loved and most visited provincial parks. And some 2,000 years ago, it was also a meeting place of first peoples, who, through the placement of rocks depicting animal and humans forms, created what is now known today as the petroforms of the Whiteshell. Experience this supernatural place on a free guided tour with a Parks interpreter.
Have a jazzy dining experience
Resto Gare and Train Bar, Winnipeg
Resto Gare is livening up Thursday dinners with Jazz at the Station. If you’re a jazz enthusiast, then you won’t want to miss the talents of Kelly Bado as she serenades her audience.
Look for critters in Birds Hill
Kingfisher Lake, Birds Hill Provincial Park
Birds Hill Provincial Park is introducing guests to the critters of Kingfisher Lake. This interpretive event is free of charge and dip nets and buckets will be provided.
Discover the legends and hidden gems of Hecla
Hecla Provincial Park, Hecla
Discover what life was once like in the Icelandic fishing community of Hecla. A Parks interpreter will take guests on a tour to recount some of this park’s legends as reveal some of its hidden gems. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Add your edge to electro music
August 16 to 19
various venues, Winnipeg
Where can you experience the musical vibes and creativity of cutting-edge electro all in one weekend? Well at MEME, of course. This festival highlights local and international electronic musicians using the latest in technology to create the most stimulating of sounds.
Get eclectic at a festival
August 17 to 19
Oroseau, Rapids Park, St. Malo
Rainbow Trout Festival is considered one of the coolest, indie music festivals in Manitoba. For three days, you can camp, hang out with friends around a bonfire, swim and dance. This festival is as eclectic as it gets with genres of rock, blues, hip-hop, garage, folk, reggae and much more.
Go birding and have breakfast at Oak Hammock
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
Why settle for worms when you can have birding and breakfast? Oak Hammock Marsh will host its Early Riser Birds and Breakfast on Saturday with resident naturalist Paula Grieef. This workshop will require some walking. Registration is required by August 15.
Have a medieval meal at Bella’s
Bella’s Castle, Morden
Bella’s Castle is bringing back medieval times with a feast fit a knight. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. and while costumes aren’t required, they’re highly recommended!
Make a weekend of a Gardenton fest
Gardenton Park, Gardenton
Hit the Angels Cabin Music Festival in Gardenton and treat yourself to an evening folk, country, bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll. There will also be a canteen and beer garden. Overnight camping will also be available.
Celebrate Bulrushes’ fourth year and new digs
August 18 and 19
The 2018 season is Bulrushes’ fourth year and many exciting changes are taking place with new artists joining the gallery. Stop by Bulrushes Gallery and see all that’s happening.
Learn about the flow of Eastern Manitoba’s inspiration
August 18 and 20
various venues, Eastern Manitoba
Discover just how deep creativity runs and just how far inspiration flows in Eastern Manitoba on a visit of the Boreal Shores Art Tour. This self-guided adventure features artist studios and galleries throughout the enchanting Boreal forests and shore regions of Eastern Manitoba.
Have some costumed fun at a Viking festival
Coronation Park, Winnipeg
Icelandic Fest may be over, but the Vikings are still in a celebratory mood. Swords & Sabres is Winnipeg’s medieval Viking pirate festival. Make your way to Coronation Park this Sunday for a time of costumed fun and hosted by the Sons of Lugh and Friends.
Celebrate Minnedosa’s heritage
Heritage Village, Minnedosa
Minnedosa is celebrating its heritage this Sunday. Heritage Village will come alive for 2018’s Heritage Day festivities, which will include opening ceremonies, a pioneer church service, barbeque lunch and entertainment. The museum buildings will also be open for tours. Admission is by donation and pioneer attire is encouraged!
Learn the basic of archery
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
FortWhyte Alive is in the mood to celebrate, this time its celebrating its new archery range. Spend some time on the range and learn the basics of archery.