Can you hear it? Manitoba is alive with the sound of music. Free concerts draw in visitors to Morden and Riding Mountain National Park while Winnipeg is treated to a diverse range of genres, including musical theatre at Rainbow Stage. Indigenous artists take the spotlight for Aboriginal Music Week and BBQ pros strut their stuff while singin’ the blues. Now is the best time to step out and broaden your musical horizons. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Join into a week of Indigenous excellence
Aug 18 to 22
Hip hop. Electronic. Country. Blues. These are just a few of the musical genres showcased in this year’s Aboriginal Music Week. From open mic to block party to picnic; there are so many ways to celebrate Indigenous excellence in Manitoba, Canada and beyond. Check out the full event schedule and get ready to discover your new favourite artist.
Savour fresh corn on the cob
Aug 21 to 23
Free hot buttered corn-on-the-cob? Free apple cider? Free live entertainment? We’re in! The Morden Corn & Apple Festival brings back all the fan favourites as it enters its 49th annual year. Be a kid again at the Wonder Shows Midway or stand on the sidelines of Manitoba’s largest parade. The event rounds off with crafts, street vendors, food, a petting zoo and old tyme dancing. It’s family fun at its very best!
Listen for the buzz of dragonflies
Aug 22 to 23 | 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Oak Hammock Marsh
Move aside giraffes and rhinos – big things come in small packages. Dragonfly safaris are all the rage this weekend at Oak Hammock Marsh. Learn about these fascinating creatures, make dragonfly food art and catch a dragonfly nymph the marsh.
Dive into a divine comedy at Sister Act
Aug 13 to Sep 1
Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg
The gloriously funny Broadway musical Sister Act comes to Rainbow Stage this month! Featuring unforgettable original music by eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast), Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and is hidden by the cops in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent!
Have lip smackin’, hip shakin’ fun at the BBQ & Blues Fest
Aug 21 to 22
Smith Street, Winnipeg
BBQ meets Blues at Winnipeg’s grooviest festival. The fourth 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” barbeque competition and the Manitoba Pork Poeple’s Choice BBQ competition. Can we be a judge?
Celebrate Filipino culture
Garden City Shopping Centre – Sears Parking Lot, Winnipeg
Garden City comes to life for one of the most lively street festivals of the year! Each year, the 80 provinces of the Philippines holds street festivals to celebrate good harvest and thanksgiving. The Filipino Street Festival in Winnipeg aims to mirror those celebrations. Festivities kick off with a street parade, showing off the vibrant colors, culture, costume and dance of the Philippines.
Take off on a downtown food tour
A Moveable Feast |August 19
Cycle, eat, repeat. Bike from restaurant to restaurant as you explore the culinary delights of our city. There are seven restaurants to sample including ERA Bistro, Little Saigon, Little Sister Coffee Maker and Carbone Coal Fired Pizza.
Tap In | August 20
Appetizers and beer are on the menu on this walking tour through some of the most popular restaurants in downtown Winnipeg. Try a sampling of appetizers and ales at eateries such as Elephant & Castle, The Pint, Fools & Horses and Rudy’s Eat & Drink.
Catch a flick downtown
August 18 | Memorial Park
August 22 | 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 be enthralled by a fast-paced action flick? Head to Memorial Park for Furious 7. If that’s not up your alley, drive down to the City Place Parking Lot to view sci-fi comedy hit Guardians of the Galaxy from the comfort of your 1969 Dodge (one can dream, right?).
Say yee-haw at the Teulon Rodeo
Aug 22 to 23
Summer rodeos aren’t through yet. Don’t miss the 2nd annual Teulon Rodeo. Don your favourite cowboy boots and head out for a weekend of heartland adventures. Watch chariot races, cow pony races, and mutton busting or get your fill at pancake breakfast. Expect all the usual fun: a parade, children’s activities and various exhibits, displays and vendors.
Head for the hills
Rising dramatically from the prairie landscape, Riding Mountain National Park is a vast expanse of boreal forest and pristine aspen parkland that is sure to enchant and inspire you. You’ll feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world as you hike the Escarpment trail system, where the Manitoba plateau falls away 300 metres to the prairies. An abundance of wildlife, forest trails and lakes have attracted nature lovers, camping enthusiasts and summer cottagers for generations. There’s truly something for everyone in this scenic region.
Escape to a city oasis
It’s no secret that once summer rolls in, Manitoba loves to escape. To the cabin, to the lake, or even on a roadtrip. But guess what? Staying in the city has its own perks. Savour a sunny weekend in the city with rooftop pools, historical sites and gourmet delights. City slickin’ has never looked better. Start planning your itinerary!
View inventive contemporary art
On exhibit until August 31
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Wanda Koop’s new suite of paintings, VIEW from HERE, both affirms and disrupts two quite different genres: landscape and portraiture. Using ink and acrylic on canvas, these nine-by-seven-foot works use landscape tropes to compose immense and surreal human heads that seem to float in ambiguous space.
Learn the seven sacred teachings
Aug 22 | 9:00 am
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
See the Canadian Museum for Human Rights like never before. Mikinak-Keya is a unique cultural experience that explores the Museum’s architecture and design through the eyes of Manitoba’s First Nations people. Journey through the museum and learn of the Seven Sacred Teachings and how they relate to every aspect of the building.
Travel to the shores of New Iceland
Open 10am-4pm daily
Gimli is the place to go for all things Icelandic in Manitoba, and the New Iceland Heritage Museum is the central hub for the area’s history. Step out on a walking tour to key locations and icons along Gimli’s waterfront or browse artifacts, including a stunning collection of Icelandic stones and minerals. I guess you could say New Iceland rocks.
Take the train into the heartland
Aug 23 | 11:00 am
Inkster Junction Station
Farm lovers rejoice! Manitoba’s historical train is on route to the heartland. Prior to departure, get your photo-ops in with a vast array of vintage farm equipment. Next, hop on the train for a relaxing ride to Grosse Isle as a historian tells tales of farming in Manitoba from bygone years. Live music, made-from-scratch baked treats and hand-crafted souvenirs are all up for grabs on this truly Manitoban adventure.
Attend a free concert in Riding Mountain National Park
Aug 22 | 7:00 pm
Riding Mountain National Park
Enjoy a free music experience in one of Manitoba’s most beautiful national parks. Spend the day exploring the new Parks Canada Zone and oTENTiks or take the kiddies on a Halloween warm-up with Boo in the Park. At the end of the day, join in on a square dance at the Brett Kissel outdoor concert and call it a night as you head back to your campground for a night under the stars.