Summers in Manitoba equal fairs and fun. Well, if we were being completely honest, every season in Manitoba equals those things. But if that speaks to anything at all, it’s the fact that there is just always something happening and there’s always the next best something to try. Just off the high of Winnipeg Folk Fest, in comes the Fringe Fest among other great events. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.
Attend a fascinating hockey exhibit
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
Hockey brings Canadians together. It's a part of our national identity, our shared history. It's a passion handed down through generations, a recreational activity, and a commercial enterprise. Stick handle your way through the Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion exhibit; explore the evolution of the sport viewing artifacts, watching highlight reels, and enjoying interactive activities.
Discover your Fringe style
begins July 18
various venues throughout, Winnipeg
How do you Fringe? Do you colour outside the lines? Are eccentricities your idea of normal? And idiosyncrasies things of fascination? Then you have a full week and then some to live life on the edge at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. Now in its 31st year, the Fringe Festival welcomes all to witness the talents of musicians, acrobats, and other unique performances, with events for all ages.
Hit the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival
Princess Park, Brandon
If you still haven’t come down from your Winnipeg Folk Fest high, you can keep the party going at the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival this weekend. This year’s festival celebrates the music of Sweet Alibi, Romi Mayes, Slow Leaves, Mitchell Mozdzen, and the Caitlin Baker Duo among others.
Enjoy a classical festival
The annual Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival continues this week under the artistic direction of pianists Alexander Tselyakov and Daniel Tselyakov. This musical feast, which celebrates summer, features a variety of musical styles and artists in Wasagaming, Erickson and Brandon.
Let your inner science geek out
New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli
The New Iceland Heritage Museum continues its exciting travelling exhibition that will make a science geek of yet! A Taste of Science focuses on the role that science plays in delaying food decay and keeping food nutritious and safe.
Break up at a Rainbow Stage musical
Kildonan Park, Winnipeg
It’s summertime and summertime in Kildonan Park equals Rainbow Stage theatricals. This week, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, the musical, continues.
Go on a canoeing adventure
July 16 to 20
Mantario trail, MB
Nature Manitoba is teaching you how to live off the land and get in touch with nature. This week, hit the Mantario Wilderness for a paddle and a hike with two guides and a botanist.
Find your way to Forth
Forth is the downtown hotspot for the coffee craver and also happens to serve up some good grub. This week, Forth is taking the mundane out of your Monday with its Cocktail Workshop: Rooftop BBQ Edition, which includes drinks, learning, and food.
Get some musical inspiration
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 Monterey Jammers.
Have fun at a fair
Fair Grounds, Strathclair
The Strathclair Fair is on this week and there is no shortage of activities for kids young, and young at heart. From a petting zoo to arts and craft displays, to a horse and cattle show, bring the family out for a fun day.
Listen to campfire stories at sunset
St. Andrew’s Rectory National Historic Site
St. Andrew’s Heritage Centre is hosting a campfire with S’mores and Stories this Wednesday evening. Take the family along to this historic site for a sweet treat and a lively narration.
Support a pop-up arts and crafts market
Town Complex Overpass, Churchill
The Churchill Creative Collective is highlighting local talent with its arts and crafts market this Wednesday. Look out for unique items and canvases that could become your next centrepiece.
Dine on a pop-up patio
Assiniboine Park and Zoo
The Pavilion is getting transformed into a pop-up patio this Thursday. Head to the patio for a drink with friends, or savour the hearty fare, or snack on a lighter meal.
Plan your own great escape
FortWhyte Alive is holding the fourth instalment of its adult summer camp this week. The one-night event is the perfect get-away from the city’s hustle and bustle, not to mention the kids, for a time of grown-up fun which includes archery, paddling, bonfires, music and much more.
Sleuth at the WAG
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is bringing back its well-loved scavenger hunt. Sleuth and strategize your way through the gallery with a team of friends and discover some of the stories behind works in the WAG collection. The Skylight Gallery will also be open.
Learn about Winnipeg’s rock ‘n’ roll past
various venues, Winnipeg
Take an historical journey with Heartland Travel through Winnipeg’s musical past with local music historian and author John Einarson. Einarson will guide guests through Winnipeg’s streets on a one-of-a-kind tour that will explore the city’s illustrious rock ‘n’ roll history.
Take in the Summer Winds
July 20 and 21
Community Centre, Victoria Beach
Take a trip to Victoria Beach for the 13th annual Summer Winds Family Music Festival. This year’s festival will feature multicultural music from reggae, to alternative, to country and rock.
Have Big Times in the Suncatch
July 20 and 21
Suncatch Park, Morden
Big Times in the Suncatch is a weekly concert that takes place in the recently refurbished Suncatch Park on 8th Street, behind the Pembina Hills art gallery. Concerts are free. Food trucks will be onsite, and refreshments are available for purchase. Big Times in the Suncatch runs every Friday and Saturday during the summer in Morden’s beautiful downtown.
Take a ride at a rodeo
July 20 to 22
Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition Grounds, Morris
Welcome the weekend with a visit to the Manitoba Stampede! Some of the top names on the Canadian circuit will be at this can’t-miss event. There will be bull riding, fast-paced thoroughbred and pony chariot racing, and much more that the whole family can enjoy. The Gilbert Plains-Grandview Ag Society will also be holding its 119th annual fair and rodeo this weekend with rides, a petting zoo and much more.
Have a fun ol’ time day at Threshermen’s Museum
Pembina Threshermen’s Museum, Winkler
Discover what it would have been like to live back in those pioneering days with a visit to Pembina Threshermen’s Museum. Enjoy a day of corn grinding, sack races, wagon rides and the good old-fashioned General Store with old-time prices.
Sing the blues in Altona
Altona Centennial Park Outdoor Stage, Altona
There are tonnes of great ways you could spend your Saturday afternoon, but we’ve got one more to add to your list. Blues in the Park, Altona Centennial Park, to be precise. This weekend’s lineup includes Controlled Chaos, The Soul Revue Band, Justin Aron and Dirty Pool, Studebaker John and the Hawks (from Chicago) and Big Al and the Heavyweights (from New Orleans.) There will be food vendors and refreshments on site.
Take in a waterfront concert
The 2018 Waterfront Concert Series continues with a full lineup of great entertainment. This week’s event features tribute performances to the Hip and Guns & Roses.
Learn all about dragonflies
July 21 and 22
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Stonewall
Curious about dragonflies? If you are, or even if you’ve never given a second thought to these winged creatures, a trip to Oak Hammock Marsh for its Dragonfly Festival will prove insightful all the same.
Make memories in Cypress River
July 21 and 22
Agricultural Grounds, Cypress River
Cypress River is pulling out all the stops for its agricultural fair. There will be indoor exhibits, baking, preserves, sewing, quilts and handicrafts. There will also be a fun gymkhana horse show in the arena.
Visit a petting zoo in Arborg
July 21 and 22
Fair Grounds, Arborg
The Arborg Agricultural Society is throwing its fun fair this weekend. There will be a rodeo, tractor pull, kids zone, a stage show and a petting zoo. Vendors will also be on site with your favourite fair foods!
Sing along at a music festival
If you’re a fan of bluegrass, country and gospel music, Morden’s talented local musicians along with a few surprise artists will be performing under the natural canopy of towering trees in the country side for the Cripple Creek Music Festival. Don’t forget to pack your lawn chair!
Have a first-time art experience in Selkirk
Red River North Tourism, Selkirk
Red River North Tourism will be holding its first annual self-guided Garden and Art Tour on Sunday. Discover some of the local talent in your area.