There’s never been a better time to get in the car and head out on a road trip into rural Manitoba. Heading to Riding Mountain? Stop into Kelwood for the Harvest Sun Festival. Planning on driving up to Lake Manitoba? You won’t want to miss the Stonewall Quarry Days. There’s even a taste of rural Manitoba right here in Winnipeg, with Morden taking over our Visitor Centre all weekend long. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba…
Have lip smackin’, hip shakin’ fun at the BBQ & Blues Fest
August 19 to 21
Smith Street, Winnipeg
BBQ meets Blues at Winnipeg’s grooviest festival. The fifth annual Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival shuts down Smith Street and Burton Cummings Theatre for a weekend of international, national and local blues musicians. Your taste buds will be just as spoiled as your ears with the Winnipeg Free Press “Pit Masters” barbecue competition and the Manitoba Pork People’s Choice BBQ competition. Can we be a judge?
Plan your trip to Morden at our Visitor Information Centre
August 18 to 21
Visitor Information Centre, The Forks
It’s Morden Days at the Forks and there’s plenty to celebrate. From August 19 to 21, grab a slice of free apple pie from the friendly folks of the Morden Corn and Apple Festival (between 12 and 4 pm daily) and learn about this iconic rural festival. The City of Morden will be on hand on August 20 to 21 from 9 am to 4 pm to offer local insights while the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre answers questions on their giant mosasaur Bruce on August 18 to 20 between 11 and 4 pm. Plus, enter to win a Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre fossil dig tour, valid during the Corn & Apple Festival!
Get back to your roots at Harvest Sun
August 19 to 21
Harvest Sun Music Fest Site, Kelwood
Riding Mountain National Park is the ideal backdrop for the Harvest Sun Music Festival, a grass roots prairie festival dedicated to showcasing Canadian musicians. Taking place in Kelwood, Manitoba (2.5 hours west of Winnipeg), the Harvest Sun Festival has been gaining widespread popularity and is geared towards families with a strong community vibe. There is entertainment, activities and workshops for people of all ages.
Join into a community celebration at Plum Fest
August 19 to 21, 2016
What does Plum Coulee have to do with plums? Absolutely nothing – but that doesn’t mean that the annual Plum Fest isn’t an absolute BLAST. This well-rounded festival has all of the works: a waffle breakfast, live entertainment, a rodeo, kid’s zone and even an end-of-the-night street dance.
Rock out in true Rainbow Trout style
August 19 to 21, 2016
Rainbow Trout Festival is an up-and-comer in the Manitoba indie festival scene and is run entirely by volunteers. Located on the banks of Rosseau River, south of St. Malo, the festival offers three days of music, camping, dancing and more. Think of it as a low-key folk fest, with genres like rock, electro, hip-hop, blues, jazz, folk, garage and really, everything in between.
Catch a flick downtown
August 7 | Memorial Park
August 6 | Cityplace Parking Lot, Winnipeg
Is there anything more nostalgic than catching your favourite film at the drive in? This week you can catch two flicks downtown – and it all depends on what you prefer! Prefer to sit on the grass and sing along to a witty comedy? Head to Memorial Park for The Wizard of Oz. If that’s not up your alley, drive down to the City Place Parking Lot to view The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 from the comfort of your 1969 Dodge (one can dream, right?).
Spend time with family at the Stonewall Quarry Days
August 19 to 21, 2016
Against the backdrop of a limestone town and quarry, Stonewall Quarry Days is a family friendly 3-day festival with ample supplies of live entertainment (Chad Brownlee is this year’s headliner) and plenty of fun discoveries for kids. Stop by the petting zoo, embark on a quarry tour or chill out in the beer garden.
Say yeeeeehawww in Virden
August 18 to 21, 2016
A weekend in Virden kicks off the family friendly Downtown Daze on 7th Avenue. Ride the mechanical bull, wander the food vendors or visit the photobooth. Next up is the Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze, voted “Rodeo of the Year” by many cowboys and cowgirls over the last two decades. The event attracts contestants from Candaa, US, Australia and New Zealand every year.
Decode the mysteries of the Legislative
Wednesday evenings until Oct 14
Manitoba Legislative Building
Sign up for an unforgettable evening of magic, mystery and architectural wonder on the Hermetic Code Tour. The charismatic Frank Albo, researcher and inspiration behind the bestseller The Hermetic Code, will take you along a step-by-step tour to reveal a trail of occult clues concealed in the building’s architecture including: hidden hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes, and Freemasonic symbols so intelligently masked they have escaped historians and visitors for nearly a hundred years! This is part of the Canadian Signature Experience collection.
Come alive on horseback
Mosey on over to Birds Hill Park Ranch, Falcon Beach Ranch or Tumbleweeds Ranch to enjoy a trail ride while breathing in the warm spring air and viewing the spectacular scenery. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You may see deer, owls and various other wildlife.
Drive for desserts
In Manitoba, we serve up a thick slice of our history, in cake, torte and pastry form. Whether drawing inspiration from Japan, France, or simply from a serious doughnut craving, you can count on our sweet spots to be every bit decadent.
Tour our quirky roadside attractions
Camels, fire hydrants and windmills are just a few of the strange monuments found in Manitoba. Head out on the road to discover our local mascots with a Roadside Madness road trip. Tour our province’s quirkiest roadside attractions while taking in the scenery, shops and restaurants that each location has to offer. Twitter user tuliplights covered 821 km and 17 towns in 12 hours during her own #shaunaslandmarkchallenge. How many can you see in one day?
Get in a game of golf
Picking which club to use to make that shot may be easier than deciding which of Manitoba’s more than 120 golf courses to play. From lakeside links, to fairways next to farmers’ fields, to putting greens nestles along rocky Canadian Sheild outcrops, tee off at top courses surrounded by Manitoba’s natural beauty.
Head out on a day trip to Steep Rock
Steep Rock, sometimes referred to as the Jewel of Lake Manitoba, is a picturesque spot for explorers, photographers and everybody in between. Formed over thousands of years, the cliffs of Steep Rock are made of limestone, with waves forming the rock into usual drops, caves and geological formations over time. Here, you can set out on a photo shoot to capture the perfect landscape, or drop into the water on a kayak for a day of exploration. The Steep Rock Beach campground is nearby for overnight stays.
Unlock the mystery of an escape room
Various dates and locations
You’re locked in a room with 60 minutes to escape or find your objective. What do you do? Don’t worry – there are plenty of clues for you to uncover to help find your way out. Escape rooms are growing in popularity across Canada, and Winnipeg just happens to boast a few of the best. Test your skills at Enigma Escapes‘ Jewel of Zanzibar as you hunt down a mystical gem from a powerful warlord or head to The Real Escape to escape Death Row after you and your friends are wrongfully convicted. Whatever you do, don’t run out of time.