Feature image by Leif Norman
Summers in Manitoba equal festivals and the outdoors. Well, if we were being completely honest, every season in Manitoba equals festivals and the outdoors. 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 great new something to try. Just off the high of Winnipeg Folk Fest, in comes the Fringe Fest among other great events. So without further ado, here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.
Discover your Fringe style
July 19 to 30
Various venues, 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 30th year, the Fringe Festival welcomes all to witness the talents of musicians, acrobats, and other unique performances, with events for all ages.
Attend the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival
July 21 to 23
Keystone Centre Grounds, 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 Richard Thompson with performances by Leaf Rapids, Nation of Two, among others.
Shop a market…or two
July 18 to 23
The local markets are in full swing and we’ve got a few suggestions for you. For a full list of farmers’ markets across the province, visit our website.
July 18 & 20
A.A. Steen Community Centre, Winnipeg: Wolseley Farmers’ Market
July 19 & 22
St. Norbert, Winnipeg: Le Marché St. Norbert
Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg: Downtown Farmers’ Market
Uptown Park, Deloraine: Deloraine Winchester Farmers’ Market
Suncatch Park, Morden: Morden Farmers’ Market
Green Oaks Gardens, Beausejour: Beausejour Farmers’ Market
Railway Park, Boissevain: Boissevain Farmers’ Market
Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg: Winnipeg Night Market
Cypress River Resource Centre, Cypress River: Cypress River Farmers’ Market
Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg: Winnipeg Night Market
Mallard Park, Petersfield: Petersfield Community Club’s Summer Market
Discover the history of The Forks
July 17 to 23
The Forks National Historic Site, Winnipeg
We all know that The Forks has a rich history, but just how much do you know about that history? Discover what fur trading life was like 6,000 years ago, on a journey with a Parks Canada interpreter and learn all about the colourful characters on a walking tour of The Forks.
Go on a bilingual tour
July 18 & 21
Musée de Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg
Discover a part of Manitoba’s rich history, while brushing up on your French on a guided tour of some of Saint-Boniface’s most significant sites. In Riel’s Footsteps is a bilingual outdoor tour of the Saint-Boniface Cathedral’s cemetery that makes the experience of learning about French-Canadian and Métis heritage fun and exciting!
Get a lesson in public art
Air Canada Window Park, Winnipeg
Fill your lunchtime with a downtown stroll and tour of Winnipeg’s public artworks, including Marbles on Portage, DIY Field, Waddell Fountain, The Acrobats. This week’s tour meets at the Air Canada Window Park at the corner of Portage Avenue and Carlton Street.
Uncover a few mysteries on an intriguing tour
Manitoba Legislative Building Main Entrance, Winnipeg
For the Dan Brown fans, the Hermetic Code Tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building is the perfect way to discover an architectural wonder while uncovering a few mysteries of the occult. Join Dr. Frank Albo as he takes guests on a journey unlike any other filled with intrigue at every turn.
Attend a concert…in the cemetery
St. James Anglican Heritage Church, Winnipeg
Have you ever been to the cemetery…for a concert? Well there’s a first time for everything. This week, the St. James Anglican Heritage Church continues its Concert in the Cemetery Series with the blue grass group Still Standing.
Make some bannock in St. Andrews
July 19 & 20
St. Andrew’s Rectory National Historic Site, St. Andrews
The St. Andrews Rectory always has a roster chockfull of activities for kids and families and this week is no different. On Wednesday, learn all about bannock and butter making, while on Thursday kids can explore their creative side painting rocks.
Have your fill of music
Dauphin Public Library, Dauphin
Fill your evening with music by solo pianist Jeanette Ritchot. The Dauphin Public Library presents its Third Thursday Music Night, which is free to the public.
Take a ride at the 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, of course, much more that the whole family can enjoy.
Take in the Summer Winds
July 21 & 22
Victoria Beach Community Centre, Victoria Beach
Take a trip to Victoria Beach for the 11th annual Summer Winds Family Music Festival. This year’s festival headliner will be The Watchmen along with several local performers. There will also be lots of activities for kids.
Take the party to Corydon
July 21 & 22
Corydon and Arbuthnot St. N.
Corydon and Lilac St. S.
Put your dancing shoes on and make your way to Corydon Avenue B.I.Z. this Friday and Saturday for performances from The By Request Band and The Conga Jim Band. There will also be face painting, balloon making and clowns courtesy of Laughter without Borders.
Head to Ai-Kon for all things anime
July 21 to 23
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg
For all things anime, Ai-Kon 2017 is the place to be as it takes over the RBC Convention Centre with a cosplay contest, screenings, video games tournament, and a marketplace for vendors and artists.
Take a weekend cruise
July 21 & 23
CFRY Radio parking lot, Portage la Prairie
Tavern United, Winnipeg
If vintage cars, trusty old trucks and old-school motorcycles are your kind of thing, then you’ve got at least two opportunities to travel down memory lane on a weekend cruise in Portage la Prairie, Cruisin’ the PLAP, or in Winnipeg, Cruisin’ the Peg.
Take a self-guided garden tour
Dufferin Historical Museum, Carman
Now that we’re fully in to summer, gardens are lovely places to spend time outdoors. Take a self-guided tour of gardens in and around the Dufferin Historical Museum this weekend, and maybe even come away with a few ideas for your own garden.
Learn all about dragonflies
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 to learn all about them will prove insightful all the same.
Spend a pioneering day at Threshermen’s Museum
Pembina Threshermen’s Museum, Winkler/Morden
Discover what it would have been like to live back in those pioneering days with a visit to Pembina Threshermen’s Museum. This event promises to be fun one for the entire family!
Spend a day on the water
Whitemouth Falls Provincial Park, Seven Sisters Falls
For all you water babies, the Seven Sisters Falls Community Club is hosting an event for the entire family. Canoe, kayak and even compete in a raft race at Whitemouth River from River Hills to Seven Sisters Falls. And don’t forget to bring along your gear!
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 week’s lineup includes Tas Cru and his band of Tortured Souls, Jason Buie Blues Band, Justin Aron and Dirty Pool, Quadrivium Crossroads Band and Blue Decades.
Make a fresh batch of ice cream for Dairy Day
Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre, Glenlea
How much do you know about the milk you drink? Or the yogurt you love to eat – other than the fact that it comes from cows? Dairy Day seeks to enlighten consumers about all the products we love to eat but don’t necessarily know much about. Top the day off by making a batch of fresh ice cream.
Discover a few natural wonders
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
Discover the natural world around you while embarking on a scavenger hunt at FortWhyte Alive. Who knows what wonders you might come across!
Escape the concrete jungle for the park
Leo Mol, Winnipeg
Take a day away from the concrete jungle of city life and escape to the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden for a relaxing afternoon of jazz. This week’s performance features Dave McCrea.
Sway to a Latin beat
Lyric Theatre, Winnipeg
And when you’re just about done at the Leo Mol Garden, stick around the park and head over to the Lyric Theatre for an evening of melodies, harmonies and Latin music from Andino Suns.