This week in Manitoba, give in to your nostalgic side and make new memories of festivals and fun. Remember driving with Ma and Pa to the local drive in? How about spending the summer doing cannonballs into the pool? Tapping into your beloved childhood memories has never been easier! Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba…
See it all at Folklorama
July 31 to August 13
It’s here, it’s finally here! This year at Folklorama, you can truly see it all. Grab your passport and venture out from pavilion to pavilion to view world-class entertainment and taste delicious authentic food. As the largest and longest-running multicultural festival in the world, Folklorama offers an incredibly vibrant glimpse into cultures around the globe, right here in Manitoba.
Our Visitor Information Centre at The Forks is a pickup location for Folklorama Tours!
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 Hairspray. If that’s not up your alley, drive down to the City Place Parking Lot to view The Incredibles from the comfort of your 1969 Dodge (one can dream, right?).
Race through marsh madness
August 7 | 9:00 am
Oak Hammock Marsh
Walk, run or skip along Oak Hammock Marsh at this year’s Duck & Run! Don’t forget to take in the scenery of muskrat huts and cattail stands as you race toward the finish line in a 5 km or 10 km run. 2 km family walks are also available for those who enjoy a slower pace of life. The event wraps up with healthy food options, family-friendly activities and more.
Go bananas in Melita
August 5 to 7
We love our roadside attractions in Manitoba; and although Melita’s giant banana didn’t come out on top in our Roadside Madness competition, it still gets its very own weekend celebration. Three days of family fun comes jam packed with carnivals, clowns, parades, dunk tanks, games, horse rides and more. I know, I know, I expected more bananas to be involved too.
Whoop and hollar in Portage la Prairie
Portage la Prairie
Folkies, the party continues at the Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival in Portage la Prairie! While the Whoop & Hollar Festival may sound like a rather rowdy event, it is actually an intimate experience on a private rural property located 10 minutes southeast of Portage la Prairie. Here, you can listen to folk musical stylings against the rustle of leaves in the trees. Join around the bonfire or pitch a tent and stay the night.
Go on a musical ride
32 riders and their horses gather in Stonewall for the 125th birthday of the RCMP Musical Ride. The Musical Ride is a true spectacle consisting of intricate figures and drills, choreographed to music. Timing, control and coordination come together to create an incredible performance that helps raise money for local charities and non-profit organizations. Learn more about this retro cool spectacle!
Go wild at the Zoo
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg
Polar bears and monkeys and leopards, oh my! Say hello to all the beautiful wild animals at Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Zoo has over 80 park-like acres for you to explore and interact with wildlife species from around the world.
Wander the grounds of Fort la Reine
Portage la Prairie
Nestled on five acres of land on the eastern edge of Portage la Prairie, the lovely Fort la Reine Museum is one of the coolest pioneer villages in all of Canada. Dedicated to preserving the heritage of the prairies as well as the history of Portage la Prairie, the museum has over 25 historic buildings full of thousands of fascinating, unique and downright weird artifacts (x-ray shoe-fitting, anyone?).
Participate in a yearly tradition in Kleefield
August 5 to 7
Much like Melita’s Banana Days, Kleefield’s Honey Festival has very little to do with honey – but is a blast nonetheless and seems to have the formula to the perfect summer fair! This yearly tradition has been a hit since 1970, with activities such as movie night, parades, chili cook-off and of course, fireworks.
Discover exceptional art
Exchange District, Winnipeg
Wander the Exchange District in search of incredible art at First Fridays. First Fridays is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts in the Exchange area.
Celebrate our northern history
August 4 to 10
Treaty and York Boat Days is an annual event that honors those Cree, Metis and European settlers who carved out the community during a time when survival depended on an iron will and steady determination. The World Championship York Boat Races pays homage to the strength through determination of contestants from all over Manitoba and neighboring provinces/states, who take it upon themselves to heave and thrust fifty pound oars in an effort to claim supremacy in the races.
Commemorate Terry Fox’s heroic marathon
July 14 to August 10
Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada is a brand new exhibit at the Manitoba Museum that takes an in-depth look at Terry Fox’s incredible, 143 day, 5,373 km journey from St. John’s to Thunder Bay. The exhibit features artifacts and archival materials, including Terry’s journal, artificial leg, media interviews and press clippings. Celebrate one of Canada’s greatest and most compelling heroes this summer!
Road trip through the heartland
Pick a road you’ve never been on and ramble along our rolling farmlands that stretch to the horizon in every direction. There’s a reason the National Geographic listed a tour through Manitoba’s farm country as one of their Drives of a Lifetime.
Go on a fossil dig adventure
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden
If you like adventure and hands-on experiences, then sign up for a Fossil Dig Adventure Tour! This is one of Manitoba’s hottest tourism products where you can hunt for fossils on active dig sites in the Morden area. Home to Bruce, the 43-foot mosasaur (or marine reptile), the CFDC is unearthing a steady stream of fossils near Morden – an area that was once covered by a saltwater seaway in the Late Cretaceous Period.
Find out what these fossil digs are all about OR see how Morden’s mosasaur compares to Jurassic World’s mosasaur.
Sign up for a Signature Experience
What do bison, birds and a boy of gold have in common? They are the main characters in three of Winnipeg’s best stories: FortWhyte Alive’s A Prairie Legacy, Oak Hammock Marsh’s A Bird in the Hand and Manitoba Legislative Building’s The Hermetic Code Tour. These stories are part of the Signature Experiences Collection, some of the coolest tourism experiences that Canada has to offer.
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!