Header photo by Ian Johnson
There’s always so much going on that we can hardly talk about it all in our weekly Hot this Week listing. No matter your pace of life or your interests, you can find something that will appeal to your senses. And while we can’t list everything going on in the province, we can give you a little taste of just what’s in store. If you’re on the lookout for even more to do, visit us here. Now, without further ado, here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.
Sing along at an indie music festival
August 18 to 20
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.
Add your edge to electro music
August 17 to 20
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.
Feast your way through culture
August 14 to 19
Various venues, Winnipeg
Where can you find lively music, great food, hearty laughter, rich culture and vibrant colours all under one roof? Well, 21 roofs if you’re counting. Folklorama is coming to a close and you only have a few days left to experience this rich cultural extravaganza! So get going! There’s just enough time left for you to feast your way through all these amazing cultures.
Grace the Rainbow Stage and Mamma Mia! with your glorious presence
August 14 to 16
Rainbow Stage, Kildonan Park
If you don’t make it to Greece in the near future, you can at least make it to the Rainbow Stage for a night of Mamma Mia! and a lifetime of memories to the tune of ABBA. Join a daughter on her journey to discover which of the three men from her mother’s past might actually be her dad.
Stop by the Art Express’d container
The Forks, Winnipeg
After its coast-to-coast adventure, Art Express’d has made its way back home to the heart of Winnipeg at The Forks. Celebrate Canada’s 150th and Canada’s artists with a visit and discover the unique geography, linguistic and cultural diversity of the nation’s deeply rooted history.
Watch a movie in a park
August 15, 18 & 19
Princess Park, Brandon
Memorial Blvd, Winnipeg
Lyric Theatre, Winnipeg
Green Space, Falcon Lake, South Whiteshell
Pack your lawn chair, grab a blanket, and head to the heart of Brandon for an evening of music in Princess Park. If you happen to be in the city, Movies on Memorial begins at dusk. As always, Assiniboine Park is the perfect leisure spot on any day, but this Friday, if you do decide to take a stroll, leave enough time to head over to the Lyric Theatre a fun movie night feature. And, if you’re out in the Whiteshell area on August 19, you can also enjoy an free movie evening event at Falcon Lake. Just bring along your blankets, chairs and snacks.
Laugh ‘til you cry
August 15 to 20
Rumor’s Comedy Club
Looking for a laugh…or two? Rumor’s Comedy Club might have just the gig – or gigs – to leave you in stitches and begging for more…or less; well at least ’til you catch your breath. This week, the club features up and coming comedian Ben Walker, whose quick and off-the-cuff style has proven to be a winner among audiences. America’s Got Talent stand out Piff the Magic Dragon will also be performing this week.
Fill your musical cup
August 16 to 20
Brandon University, Brandon
Get your fill of music over the next five days at Augustfest Homecoming Concerts and witness some of the best composers, genres and ensembles from around the world perform at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall in Brandon.
Wet your feet a bit
Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Centre, Winnipeg
If you’ve already had some practice with the basics in paddle boarding and feel as if you’re ready for the big leagues, then this advanced paddle boarding skills course at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Centre might be just the thing for you.
Get stepping at a street fest
August 18 to 19
Various locations, Arborg
Arborg’s Street Festival gets off to an early start with a live band and fireworks. The action continues on Saturday with a pancake breakfast, kids fun zone, a scavenger hunt, dog show and a whole lot more!
Shop a night market
May 18 & 19
Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg
It’s the first of its kind in the city this summer, but hopefully not the last. It’s the perfect excuse for some family time and a great opportunity to support local artisans. The Winnipeg Night Market opens at 5 p.m. and closes at midnight.
Discover who you are
August 18 to 20
Road 3E, Teulon
Discover yourself at the I AM Festival this weekend. The first of its kind, I AM celebrates the mind, body and soul connection with live music performances, yoga classes, motivational talks, nature walks and camping.
Join another festive celebration
August 18 to 20
Main Street, Stonewall
If you’re looking for a weekend of fun, look no further than Stonewall’s Quarry Days Festival. There will be food, live entertainment, a midway and petting zoo for the kids to enjoy.
Take a ride on the Prairie Dog
Prairie Dog Central, Winnipeg
This might just be one of the best ways to the weekend! Climb aboard the Prairie Dog Central as journeys to Grosse Isle for its Blue Grass Bonanza. Enjoy live music, visit the Heritage Village and stop by the vendors for crafts, a smokie and leave room for dessert.
Learn about the flow of Eastern Manitoba’s inspiration
August 19 to 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.
Become a full-fledged researcher for a day
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
If you’ve always wanted to be a part of a research team, now is your chance! Join researchers at Oak Hammock Marsh for a live songbird banding session as these birds make their stop along this migration path.
Take a private lesson in public art
United Way Building, Winnipeg
Here’s another great idea for a leisurely Sunday! Take a tour of some of the city’s public artworks! Starting at the United Way building, work your way to some of the city’s most intriguing pieces like John Hirsch Place, Upper Fort Garry Park, THE Illumination, emptyful and Sentinel of Truth.