Maybe you've got big plans for this week, or you haven't quite had a moment to even dream of making any plans yet. Wherever you are in the planning or non-planning phase, hopefully some of these events that we've come across may be of some help. Here's what's hot in Manitoba.

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Check out Assiniboine Park’s Xtreme BUGS

Assiniboine Park Zoo

open year-round
Assiniboine Park Zoo

Assiniboine Park Zoo is Winnipeg’s premier destination for amazing animal encounters and family fun. Get close to hundreds of species including polar bears, seals, tigers, red pandas and snow leopards. This summer only, explore Xtreme BUGS!, a seasonal exhibit featuring 19 giant, animatronic bugs. Plan your visit today!

Sip on cider at Corn and Apple

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August 24 to 26
various venues, Morden

It is now 52 years and the Morden Corn and Apple Festival is still going strong. This is one of Manitoba’s most-loved festivals with lots of activities, including a midway, free corn and cider.

Relive a classic fairy tale

Rainbow Stage

continues this week
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.

Ribs anyone?

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August 24 to 26
The Forks Festival Stage, Winnipeg

Love ribs? Well just imagine that there’s an entire weekend devoted to them! The family friendly Rib Fest begins on Friday at The Forks with a designated kids zone on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

Get away from the city

Evergreen Gate Bed and Breakfast

all week
various venues

Plan an impromptu weekend getaway right here in Manitoba. Evergreen Gate Bed and Breakfast offers a warm welcome and a hearty breakfast, all within a 30-minute-or-so drive from the city. Lilac Resort is the perfect fun spot for kids, while those with more exotic tastes can head to Journey Home Artist Retreat to spend a night in a Mongolian yurt. Bella’s Castle Bed and Breakfast is the offers up its royal charm.

Get some musical inspiration

Music in the Park, Brandon

August 21
Princess Park, Brandon

Pack your lawn chair, grab a blanket, and head to the heart of Brandon for an evening of music in Princess Park. This week’s performance features The 204.

Have a movie night on Memorial

Movies on Memorial

August 21
Memorial Park, Winnipeg

Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is taking you back to the Jack Black days with School of Rock. Movies on Memorial begins at dusk. There will also be food trucks and games.

Explore a new lake

FortWhyte Alive paddle event

August 21 and 23
FortWhyte Alive Adventure Site, Winnipeg

Muir Lake is calling your name this weekend and FortWhyte Alive has a kayak or canoe just for you. All that’s required is that you register in advance for this 40-minute exploration of the lake. No experience is required.

Take a scenic city paddle

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August 22
begins in St. Norbert

In for a scenic paddle? This Wednesday, join You Should Be Paddling for a fun, relaxing and scenic paddle. The 12 km route begins in St. Norbert and continues along to Maple Grove Park. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the Red River’s wildlife.

Mark Classic RockFest’s second year

Classic Rockfest

August 23
Shaw Park, Winnipeg

Get ready, classic rock fans. Classic RockFest is celebrating its second year  and is boldly making its way back to Shaw Park with headliners like Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Kim Mitchell, Holly Woods & Toronto, and Winnipeg's own Greg Leskiw with Monster Hollow.

Check out a cozy gallery exhibit

Artist Jerry Rubin - Art that Pops

August 23
Pulse Gallery, Winnipeg

Pulse Gallery will be exhibiting the works of artist Jerry Rubin in his presentation Art that Pops in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks.

Dine on a pop-up patio

Assiniboine Park Pop-Up Patio

August 23
Assiniboine Park and Zoo

The Pavilion at Assiniboine will be transformed into a pop-up patio this Thursday again. Head to the patio for a drink with friends, or savour the hearty fare, or a lighter meal.

Take a guided tour of the Whiteshell petroforms

Bannock Petroforms

August 23
Bannock Point, 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 fun at a festival

FallJam Rockfest

August 24 to 26
6556 Highway #8, St. Andrews

FallJam Rockfest is among Manitoba’s longest running independent music festivals. And this year’s festival is touting some of the best local bands. Free camping and concessions will be available on site. Bring along your drinks and snacks.

Bike the trails of FortWhyte

FortWhyte Alive guided bike tour

August 25
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

Thinking of spending a day at FortWhyte Alive? Then pack up your bike and enjoy a guided leisurely ride through the beautiful trails while there. There will be bike captains and interpreters. Don’t have a bike? Then you can rent one on site.

Enjoy music at the marsh with some lemonade

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August 25
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Stonewall

Oak Hammock Marsh is celebrating 25 years and for part of that celebration, there will be an afternoon of music by Kate Ferris and fresh lemonade in the courtyard with the marsh as the backdrop!

Grab your cowboy boots for the Teulon Rodeo

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August 25 and 26
Rodeo Grounds, Teulon

The Teulon Rodeo is on this weekend! The Rodeo will take place August 25 and 26. As usual, this event will have tonnes of activities to keep the kids entertained. And of course, no rodeo is complete without the wild rides.

Check out the Rosenort Festival

Rosenort Festival

August 25 and 26
Westfield Community Park, Rosenort

The Rosenort Festival is celebrating its ninth year and all are welcome for this sweet weekend treat. There will be lots of activities for the family, from face painting to a petting zoo, human strength pull, ping pong ball drop and much more.

Have a perogy feast in Tolstoi

Tolstoi Harvest Festival

August 25
Tolstoi, Manitoba

Tolstoi may be a small community, but it’s pulling out all the stops for its harvest festival. If you’re a perogy lover, then you should make your way to the Tolstoi Harvest Festival for a pancake breakfast, live Ukrainian music, walking tours, and, of course, all things perogy.

Salsa at The Forks

Salsa Sundays The Forks

August 26
Under the Canopy, The Forks

The Salsa Explosion Dance Company is bringing its fancy footwork to The Forks this summer. Salsa Sundays at The Forks happen Under the Canopy and is open to all, no charge. 30-minute classes begin at 6 p.m. and the real fun begins at 7:45 p.m.