There’s no place like home, but if you’re craving a taste of the world abroad, this is the perfect week to do just that – no airplane required! Folklorama offers food and sights from around the globe while Rainbow Stage’s Mamma Mia! will take you on a light-hearted adventure to Greece. A tour of Hecla Island lends a glimpse into Icelandic culture while the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues festival is the place to go to taste world-class BBQ flavours from Manitoba and beyond. Here’s what’s hot this week…

Feast your way through culture

Folklorama - Mexican Pavilion

August 6 to 19
Various venues, Winnipeg

Where can you find lively music, great food, hearty laughter, rich culture and vibrant colours all under one roof? Well, 41 roofs if you’re counting. The point is that the countdown to Folklorama is finally over and this cultural extravaganza is back for another exciting year! So get going! You only have two weeks to feast your way through all these amazing cultures.

Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival

August 11 to 12
Smith Street & Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg

The 680 CJOB Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival is a weekend of lip smackin’, hip shakin’ fun, and it’s also now FREE! New this year, access to the festival site comes free of charge and features international, national and local blues artists. Did we mention the food? Taste world class BBQ and see demos that will inspire you to get grilling.

Choose your Canada Games event of the week


July 31 to Aug 13
Various venues, Winnipeg

Canada Games continues and you’ve got just one more week to experience all of this athletic energy coursing through the province! This week’s events include CanoeKayak, cycling, swimming, volleyball and more.

Participate in a yearly tradition in Kleefield


August 11 to 13

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.

Gain insight into Winnipeg on a city tour

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
Departing from The Forks

How much do you know about Winnipeg’s origins and many attractions? Whether you’re a local or a first-time visitor, the Wonderful Winnipeg City Tour offers an excellent overview of some of the city’s best spots. Learn about Winnipeg’s famous personalities, hear tales of our storied past and have a ton of fun along the way. Advanced booking is recommended.

Have a prehistoric party


August 10
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

The Manitoba Museum’s World’s Giant Dinosaurs exhibit features a collection of some of the largest dinosaurs ever- and they are ready to party! Dinos After Dusk is an adult evening featured hands-on activities, demonstrations and after-hours access to the exhibit.

Go to Greece with Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! At Rainbow Stage

August 10 to 31
Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg

Shimmy along to the catchy tunes of ABBA in the hilarious story of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads. Rainbow Stage is taking on the ultimate feel-good show with Mamma Mia!, a hit musical about a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father.

Walk in the shoes of a pioneer


August 4 to 7
Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

Hitch your horses and go back in time to relive our Mennonite heritage and history at Pioneer Days. Explore the historic grounds at this four-day event and engage in pioneer activities such as milling and threshing. The delicious and traditional Mennonite fare will leave a lasting impression – but don’t worry, they serve it during their entire open season if you ever want to return to the good ol’ (and very tasty) days.

Get to know Picasso

Pablo Picasso, WAG

Pablo Picasso, Cannes, France, 1956 in Cannes, France


On until August 13
Winnipeg Art Gallery

If you ask someone on the street to name a famous artist, chances are, they will say Picasso. And it’s been awhile since Manitoba has showcased the work of this legendary painter; decades, in fact. This summer will make up for those lost years, with Picasso in Canada and Picasso: Man and Beast. The Vollard Suite of Prints, exhibiting at the Winnipeg Art Gallery  until August 13. The Winnipeg Art Gallery is extending its hours on Thursdays and Friday (11:00 am to 11:00 pm) until the end date of the exhibit.

Go bananas in Melita


August 11 to 13

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.

Pass the hot potato in Portage la Prairie

August 11 to 12
Portage la Prairie

Attend to Portage la Prairie’s only FREE festival and eat your weight in potato goodness. The festival features local entertainment, a strongman competition, car show, kid’s activities and free fries (served Saturday) courtesy of Simplot.

Dig your toes in 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 of 14 Manitoba beaches you must explore this summer.

Beach events

What’s more fun than a party at the beach? This weekend, Gimli hosts a Beach Bash on Saturday where you can rock out to live music.

Meanwhile, at Grand Beach, sandcastle engineers and architects will gather for an epic Sandcastle Building Competition.

Rock out in Winkler

Winkler Harvest Festival


August 11 to 13

The Harvest Festival is a huge, free event in Winkler, and not one you’ll be happy to miss.  Entering its 30th year, the festival is packed with headliners like Hawk Nelson and Gord Bamford. Enjoy free entertainment, rodeo, parade, pancake breakfasts, and more.

Walk through Hecla Village

Hecla Island by Heather Hinam

Photo by Heather Hinam

Need a peaceful and picturesque getaway? Retreat to Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park and discover a history that dates back to its days as an Icelandic settlement. On August 13 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, embark on a Guided Tour and hear legends of the past with an experienced interpreter. If you prefer something a little darker, take the Ghost Walk on August 12 from 8:30 to 10:00 pm and hear tales from Icelandic ghosts called Draugars.


Come alive on horseback


Mosey on over to Birds Hill Park RanchFalcon Beach Ranch or Tumbleweeds Ranch to enjoy a trail ride while breathing in the warm spring air and viewing the spectacular scenery. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You may see deer, owls and various other wildlife.

See oddities in the Sam Waller Museum


Open daily
Pas Community Courthouse, The Pas

Housed in the oldest brick building in northern Manitoba (built in 1916), the must-see Sam Waller Museum houses exhibits related to natural history and northern culture, along with oddities such as costumed fleas collected by late naturalist, teacher and taxidermist, Waller.

Join into a small town celebration


August 11 to 12

Explore human and built heritage and the relationship between them at The Carberry Heritage Festival! As Manitoba’s only designated Heritage District, Carberry is the perfect location for a festival that celebrates Manitoba’s unique heritage moments. The festival offers unique activities such as historical tours, Ukrainian egg decorating and horse-drawn carriage rides.

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.