Have you ever wished a musical scene would just break out in the board room, in the cafeteria or just while walking down the street? No? Only me? This week is filled with opportunities to sing and dance. Musical festivals hit the city with Aboriginal Music Week, Interstellar Rodeo and MEME. Meanwhile, Rainbow Stage lights up as Shrek the ogre takes center stage. Beyond the city, Dauphin will be filled with folks singing around the campfire at Camp Rewind while Winker sways along to Tom Cochrane. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Listen up at the Interstellar Rodeo
August 12 to 14
What do fine wine, local high-quality food, WILCO, Serena Ryder and The Strumbellas have in common? They are all going to be a feast for your senses at the inaugural Interstellar Rodeo this weekend at the Forks! Interstellar Rodeo is a meticulously curated celebration of wine, food excellence and some of the world’s most compelling, original and masterful musical artists.
Join into a week of Indigenous excellence
Aug 9 to 13
Hip hop. Electronic. Country. Blues. These are just a few of the musical genres showcased in this year’s Aboriginal Music Week. From open mic to block party to picnic; there are so many ways to celebrate Indigenous excellence in Manitoba, Canada and beyond. Check out the full event schedule and get ready to discover your new favourite artist.
Go techno at MEME
Aug 11 to 14
Various venues, Downtown Winnipeg
Experience a wide array of eclectic sonic soundscapes that are intellectually stimulating — and will beckon you to the dance floor — at the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition! MEME is Western Canada’s leading electronic music and digital arts festival featuring four days of concerts, workshops and performances throughout downtown Winnipeg.
Listen for the buzz of dragonflies
Aug 13 to 14
Oak Hammock Marsh
Move aside giraffes and rhinos – big things come in small packages. Dragonfly safaris are all the rage this weekend at Oak Hammock Marsh. Learn about these fascinating creatures, make dragonfly food art and catch a dragonfly nymph the marsh.
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!
Visit a farmers’ market
Various locations around the province
Feast on freshly produced goodies at your local farmers’ market! This is the perfect time for you to shop for locally-produced foods and discover the real great tastes of Manitoba. Yum! Here’s a list of markets province-wide and Winnipeg-specific.
Gaze at exceptional architecture in Old St. Boniface
Daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Starting point is Old St. Boniface City Hall, St. Boniface
Find out about the people, the buildings and events that have shaped today’s Old St. Boniface. Discover the unique architecture, atmosphere and charm of a vibrant community that reflects both the determination and Joie de vivre of Franco-Manitobans. Duration: 75-90 min.
Take off to summer camp
August 12 to 14
Selo Festival Site, Dauphin
Dreaming of gong back to the good ol’ days where summer was nothing but swimming, playing and chilling out at camp? Well, good news. Camp is back! Camp Rewind offers adults a chance to get together with friends (or meet new friends), try new skills and re-learn old ones from the days at camp. Expect arts and crafts, bubble soccer, axe throwing and even a good ol’ dance.
Enjoy live entertainment in Assiniboine Park
June to August
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Get ready for another fantastic summer of musical acts and movies at Assiniboine Park’s Summer Entertainment Series! From June through August, enjoy FREE events with the company of your friends and family at one of Winnipeg’s favourite gathering places.
Two Disney movies will be on the park’s big screen this Friday. Zootopia starts at 7:00 p.m., Star Wars: The Force Awakens starts at 9:15 p.m.
Rock out in Winkler
August 12 to 14
The Harvest Festival is a huge, free event in Winkler, and not one you’ll be happy to miss. Entering its 31st year, the festival is packed with amazing headliners like Tom Cochrane and The Road Hammers. Enjoy free entertainment, rodeo, parade, pancake breakfasts, and more.
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.
Join into a small town celebration
August 12 to 13
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.
See the sunset from paddle board
August 10 | 8:30 pm
Experience FortWhyte Alive outside their regular hours, and better yet, on paddleboard. Learn how to do SUP yoga on glassy still water with Ash Bourgeois of Wild Path and watch the sun dip below the tree line. The evening wraps up in a delicious way – with s’mores over the fire.
See oddities in the Sam Waller Museum
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.
Visit an exotic animal ranch
Open daily 10 am to 5 pm
Provincial Road 542
Betcha didn’t know that Manitoba has an exotic animal farm! That’s right – Westwood Ranch is home to lemurs, zebras, walaroos, ostriches and all the usual suspects of rabbits, sheep, goats and more!