This week in Manitoba will have you seeing green – and no, we don’t mean envy (although you might be a little envious if you don’t get to some of these events). Peel back the green husks of a juicy corn on the cob at the annual Morden Corn & Apple Festival, or sing along with Shrek at Rainbow Stage. Pick from garden greens and enjoy a pizza picnic at Integrity Farms or bet a few green bills at the Assiniboia Downs. Green might just be our new favourite colour. Here’s what’s hot…
Savour fresh corn on the cob
August 26 to 28
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 50th 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!
Say yee-haw at the Teulon Rodeo
August 27 to 28
Summer rodeos aren’t through yet. Don’t miss the 3rd 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.
Sing along with your favourite ogre
August 11 to 31
Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg
Journey to a land far, far away to a fairy tale that is anything but ordinary. Follow the grumpy ogre Shrek and his talkative sidekick Donkey (always a fan favourite) as they set out on an adventure to rescue a feisty princess. Along the way, they meet a variety of wacky characters – a little prince with big problems, a fed-up Pinocchio and a confident cookie, just to name a few. If you’re a fan of the movie, you’re going to love watching Shrek the Musical at Winnipeg’s incredible outdoor theatre.
Attend a lively street festival
August 27 to 28
Become acquainted with Winnipeg’s very own Chinatown at this year’s Chinatown Street Festival. Experience the eye-catching traditional lion dance and be amazed by Chinese Kung Fu. Movies, music and markets round off the weekend. Don’t miss it!
Laugh your pants off at a Comedy Festival
Aug 25 to 28
Have a laugh this weekend at Winnipeg’s growing comedy festival. Oddblock is a block party style, four-day comedy festival in Winnipeg’s South Osborne neighbourhood. Venues include The Park Theatre, BMC Market, Riverview Community Centre and Vera Pizzeria. The experience is packed with high-density fun and features comedians from Manitoba and beyond.
Select garden greens for pizza night on the farm
Fridays and Saturdays | 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Pizza night is in full swing at Integrity Foods. Embrace the farm life in this serene setting as your garden-fresh pizza bakes in an outdoor brick oven. Farm animals, pets, gardens, forest trails and children’s activities are just a few of the delights waiting for you on this family abode. Plus, who wouldn’t want to have a pizza picnic? Sandwiches are so overrated!
See a Riot on the Red
August 27 and 28
Fort Garry Curling Club
DYK: Roller Derby is the fastest growing sport in the world, and it just so happens that there is a pretty fantastic community of jammers, blockers and pivots right here in Winnipeg. Head to the second annual Riot on the Red tournament to see the speed, strength and skill that goes into this sport. The Headliner Bout pits the Winnipeg Roller Derby League All-Starts against the Old Capitol City Roller Girls from Iowa on August 27 at 7:00 pm.
Walk with the ghosts of our (billboard) past
Exchange District, Winnipeg
Think you know the Exchange? Think again! Heritage Winnipeg, the Advertising Association of Winnipeg and tour guide Matt Cohen will take you on a 90-minute Ghost Sign Walking Tour in search of signs from our stories past. Find the area’s fading promotion signage and learn about the companies that once operated out of these buildings.
Make a huge splash at Fun Mountain
While the seven waterslides are of course the main attraction, Fun Mountain also features bumper boats, mini golf, a splash pad, giant hot tub, and smaller slides for smaller kids. Plus all summer long, enjoy 2 for 1 Tuesdays!
Wander galleries and be inspired
Summer has arrived at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and just like a good summer’s day it’s full of saturated colour and bright perspectives.
Currently, the gallery is featuring five exhibits that run the gamut from dreamlike Greek tales to fluid shapes in stone, from inspired work by local talent to heart-wrenching stories of colonial trauma. Wandering through these five unique exhibits reaffirms the fact that the Winnipeg Art Gallery goes toe-to-toe with some of the best galleries in the world. Read the full post on the new exhibits!
Get a dose of gratitude at the RCA Museum
You can’t help but leave feeling grateful and humbled after a visit to the RCA Museum. Currently running at the museum is a temporary exhibit detailing the successes and failures of the Battle of the Somme during World War I. Running from July 1 until the end of November — roughly the same time frame as the battle — the exhibit tells the story of how machinery changed the face of war. The British army had a secret weapon (no spoilers here!), which showed that new technology can sometimes be a liability.
See North America’s largest urban bison herd
August 24, to 27 | 11:00 am
Located in the heart of Winnipeg (off McCreary Road) FortWhyte Alive boasts the largest urban bison herd in North America on its 70-acre Bison Prairie. The centre is home to about 30 of the burly behemoths. The large furry beasts once freely roamed the plains. Hunted to near extinction in the late 1800s, these magnificent creatures are definitely worth seeing on a Bison Safari.
Dig your toes into the sand at the beach
Hot sand, cool water and bare feet are an unbeatable combination. Every Manitoban has a favourite go-to beach, but with a province that boasts over 100,000 lakes, there are so many new ones for you to discover and enjoy. And you’re in luck because Buzzfeed posted a list of14 Manitoba beaches you must explore this summer.
Take a tour of Winnipeg in style
Various times, Tuesday to Sunday
Hop aboard the Winnipeg Trolley for a 95 minute tour around our capital city; Winnipeg’s only public sightseeing tour. You will discover why Winnipeg was once regarded as the ‘wickedest city in Canada’, our connection to the world’s most famous spy, James Bond, and much more. Tours run Tuesday through Sunday and depart from The Forks.
See dinosaurs at the Assiniboine Park Zoo
May 21 to September long weekend
Various buildings, Winnipeg
Something BIG has arrived at the Assiniboine Park Zoo for the summer. Dinosaurs Alive!® is an immersive and comprehensive dinosaur experience that allows visitors to step back in time to the prehistoric era as the lifelike dinosaurs move and roar throughout the zoo. Learn about your favourite dinosaurs or just enjoy the thrill of seeing these beasts in action. Don’t miss it!
Stroll downtown on an Indigenous Artwalk
Self directed tour
Be enthralled by Indigenous artwork as you stroll through downtown’s streets on Winnipeg’s Indigenous Artwalk. In this series, each work was inspired by the word “welcome” and shared a vision to build a more inclusive, diverse and artful downtown.
Enjoy exhilarating horse racing at the Assiniboia Downs
Racing season is on at the Downs! With Wednesday, Friday and Saturday being the best days to watch the races at the Assiniboia Downs, there are plenty of opportunities to join in on the fun. Nothing gets the heart racing faster than the sound of thundering hooves and the encouraging yells of jockeys, especially if you have a few bucks on it. And remember, never bet on a horse named Tripod.