The week has barely begun and already thoughts are drifting to the weekend, which, as it turns out, will be a long one. While Labour Day, in my mind anyway, always feels like the unofficial adieu to summer, it’s still a weekend to look forward to and represents the perfect opportunity to spend time with loved ones. Whatever your plans, we hope it’s a great week and an even better weekend. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.
Enjoy a morning of birding and breakfast
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
Take part in the fall migration at FortWhyte Alive every Wednesday morning. FortWhyte Alive's experienced birding guides lead a sunrise hike for beginners and experts alike. Afterwards, compare checklists over a delicious breakfast in the Buffalo Stone Café.
Feast on fancy burgers all week
begins September 1
various locations, Winnipeg
Hard to believe that a year has already rolled around since the last Burger week, but believe it or not, Le Burger Week Winnipeg is back with over 115 participating restaurants across the city. This weeklong festival runs until September 7, and challenges participating restaurants to create a unique burger; reflective of their overall concept and cuisine. What’s in it for you? You get to dine on fancy burgers all week and choose your favourite!
Get swept up in the Lights of the North
begins August 31
Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg
Chinese culture is making a bold display at Red River Exhibition Park with the Lights of the North, a Chinese lantern festival. This expo, which will cover over 10 acres, will be filled with the works of over 75 Chinese artisans and towering, specially designed light artwork depicting Manitoba, Canada and Chinese icons and symbols, illuminated by millions of LED lights. There will be also be local and Chinese fare and beer gardens where you can sit and watch the late-night fireworks.
Step on the CaRaVaN stage
The Cube, Winnipeg
This week, The Purple Room is taking the mundane out of your Monday with the anything goes CaRaVaN open mic and open stage event at The Cube.
Have a knit and a nosh
Across the Board Game Café, Winnipeg
Across the Board Game Café is doing what it does best: combining fun pastimes with good company and great food. Take your love for knitting, nosh, and lively conversation there this Tuesday.
Have a movie night on Memorial
Memorial Park, Winnipeg
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is taking you on another walk down memory lane, this time, down the beauty queen catwalk with Miss Congeniality. Movies on Memorial begins at dusk and there will also be food trucks and games.
Paddle Muir Lake
August 28 and 30
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.
Swing dance the night away
August 28 and September 1
Under the Canopy, The Forks
Ted Motyka Dance Studio, Exchange District
Saturday Swingout is taking the party Under the Canopy. Swingin’ at Sunset brings the sounds of Count Basie and Duke Ellington to The Forks. If your dance moves are a bit rusty, there will be instructors between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. And if Tuesday night at The Forks simply isn’t enough, then head to the Exchange District for the Saturday Swing Out where you can dance the night away to some of the music that shaped history.
Put your pipes to the test for karaoke night
The Good Will Social Club, Winnipeg
If you’re just itching to let loose on a karaoke machine, then you’re not going to want to miss this Wednesday evening at The Good Will Social Club. There’s no cover charge, but seating is limited, so you’re likely going to want to get there early.
Watch some foreign films
August 29 to September 2
Looking for an interesting movie experience? Winnipeg Cinematheque offers some of the best in Canadian and foreign films. This week’s lineup includes Canadian-Chilean film, Cielo, and US film, Brimstone & Glory.
Enjoy music in an intimate setting
The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Café, Winnipeg
Music nights happen every Thursday at The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Café. This Thursday night is no different. Look forward to a night of local talent in an intimate setting.
Join a rural festival
August 30 to September 3
various venues, Powerview-Pine Falls & St. Georges
Celebrate rural life at the 4P Festival. This annual event comes with all the trappings of rural celebrations, including live music, sporting events, chainsaw carving, market square, children’s fair, parade, fireworks, fishing derby, road hockey, a fish fry and much more!
Check out a cozy gallery exhibit
ends August 31
Pulse Gallery, Winnipeg
Pulse Gallery is exhibiting the works of artist Jerry Rubin in his presentation Art that Pops in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks. This exhibit ends on Friday, so don't miss your chance to take it all in!
Stomp it out at a festival
August 31 to September 2
Reedy Creek, Kinosota
Music, dance, family and stomping. Join the Asham Stompers this weekend in Kinosota for their Stomperfest and be treated to a time of wild fun!
Celebrate Lac du Bonnet’s heritage
District Museum, Lac du Bonnet
Lac du Bonnet is celebrating heritage this Saturday. Heritage Day celebrates Lac du Bonnet and the district’s history, including Indigenous culture. There will be museum exhibits, pioneer demonstrations, music, and much more.
Get colour blasted at a run/walk event
Rotary Arena, Dauphin
Have a blast in Dauphin, a colour blast, that is. Dauphin is hosting its COLOR BLAST 5k run/walk. Bring the family along and have a fun time getting blasted every kilometer with different colours of edible, biodegradable and non-toxic powders.
Catch the Interlake Wave
September 1 and 2
various locations, Gimli
Go on a self-guided adventure through the studios of Manitoba’s Interlake artists for its tour. Catch a glimpse of the art, culture and creativity of Interlake communities and its artists.
Feast at FOOD TRIP!
September 1 and 2
Tyndall Park Community Centre, Winnipeg
There’s no better way to celebrate diversity than with food. FOOD TRIP! celebrates Filipino culture and its dishes, grilled entrees, and delicacies. Make your way to Tyndall Park for this feast.
Run with scissors to Proutopia
September 1 and 2
Runs with Scissors Studio, St. Andrews
For the creative minds, lovers of the eccentric, and those in search of works of art, grab your scissors and make a run for Heidi Hunter’s Proutopia. This two-day, boutique-style festival will feature the works of artists exhibiting and selling their creations.
Have a guided experience at the marsh
September 1 and 3
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
Oak Hammock Marsh is getting ready for the arrival of geese with guided canoe adventures. For two days, you can paddle away in one of Oak Hammock’s three Voyageur-style canoes, or rent your own canoe. There will also be guided marsh walks and other activities.
Discover northern Manitoba in acrylic
Sam Waller Museum, The Pas
Flin Flon artist Lois Pedersen is exhibiting her work at the Sam Waller Museum. The exhibit, located in the Susan MacCharles Gallery, showcases various acrylics that feature northern Manitoba’s scenery. Regular admission rates apply.