The world celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday and so too is the Canadian Museum of Human Rights with its exhibit, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom. The Fringe Festival also continues this week, while Gimli’s Film Festival will be heating things up in the Interlake. Of course, there’s a lot more happening. Take your pick of what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Summer Sundays at the Royal Canadian Mint

Royal Canadian Mint

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Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg

Spend the day at the Royal Canadian Mint with your friends and family. Take a guided tour of this state-of-the-art facility, enjoy the beautiful grounds, and take your picture with the 2010 Olympic medals.

Celebrate human rights and Mandela

Canadian Museum of Human Rights

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Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg

As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is honouring his memory with a riveting exhibit. Mandela: Struggle for Freedom reflects on Mandela’s life and his efforts to end apartheid.

Have five glorious days at the Gimli Film Festival

Watching movies on the beach during the Gimli Film Festival

July 25 to 29
Waterfront Centre, Gimli

The town of Gimli is already a big draw on its own. But add the Gimli Film Festival to that with over 100 feature films, documentaries and short films from Manitoba, Canada and abroad and you’ve got the perfect stay. The five-day festival begins on Wednesday.

Get Face to Face at Fringe

Fringe Fest by Leif Norman

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various venues throughout, Winnipeg

Join performers in the beer tent for Face to Face at the Fringe. This afternoon event gives performers a chance to talk about topics they care about. Audience members get an opportunity to see another facet of the performer and learn about various topics.

Spend summer at the WAG

WAG Monet to Matisse

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Winnipeg Art Gallery

Visit the WAG and experience this summer’s blockbuster exhibition, featuring work by key Impressionist artists, including Cassatt, Cézanne, Degas, Matisse, Monet, Renoir, and many more. Also on at the WAG is SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut, the first major exhibition on the art of the Labrador Inuit.

Go Xtreme at APC

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Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg

First came the dinosaurs, now Assiniboine Park has brought in the Xtreme BUGS. These 19 giant, animatronic bugs along the forested trail inside the Zoo is the perfect way for kids to see the physical characteristics of bugs up close and discover the science behind some of their behaviour.

Have an art-filled lunch

Public Art

July 24
High Five, Winnipeg

Join the Winnipeg Arts Council on an exploration of public artworks in the East Exchange for a short lunch hour tour. Meet at High Five, located on Waterfront Drive across from the baseball park. This tour is free, but registration is required.

Get some musical inspiration

Music in the Park, Brandon

July 24
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 Larry Roulette.

Explore young Indigenous artwork

Urban Shaman

July 24 to 28
Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg

Explore the galleries of the Urban Shaman Gallery this week. This week, don’t miss Voices of Indigenous Youth: A Healthy Neighbourhood and A Turtles Dream – Landscapes and Mindscapes. Both exhibits feature the work of young, budding artists.

Put your pipes to the test for karaoke night

The Good Will Club

July 25
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.

Enjoy Ballet in the Park

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July 25 to 27
Lyric Theatre, Winnipeg

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is celebrating 79 years with its season opener of Ballet in the Park. This free, family-friendly event takes place at Lyric Theatre and is the perfect introduction to ballet.

Hit the Northwest fair

Carman Country Fair

July 25 to 29
Swan River Valley, Swan River

The Northwest Round Up and Exhibition begins on Wednesday and like any good country fair, you can look forward to a rodeo, chuck wagon and chariot races, a midway, light horse show as well as heavy horse demonstrations. Be on the lookout for home crafts and your favourite fair foods.

Dine on a pop-up patio

Assiniboine Park Pop-Up Patio

July 26
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 a lighter meal.

Head downtown for a night market

Downtown Winnipeg BIZ night market

July 27
Downtown, Winnipeg

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is hosting its Downtown Night Market. The market comes alive in the downtown area off Graham Avenue with 50-plus vendors, live entertainment, and a wine and beer garden.

Listen to campfire stories at sunset

Campfire Talk

July 27
Lower Fort Garry, Saint Andrews

Lower Fort Garry is bringing campfires and sunset stories to your Friday nights. This Friday, take the family along to the Fort for an evening of music, stories, and games as you sit fireside.

Have Big Times in the Suncatch

Morden Suncatch

July 27 and 28
Suncatch Park, Morden

Big Times in the Suncatch is a weekly concert that takes places 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.

Hit a festival with fireworks

Winnipeg Beach

July 27 to 29
various venues, Winnipeg Beach

Winnipeg Beach’s annual summer festival returns this Friday with a midway, outdoor craft and vendors market. There will also be a parade and a fireworks display at dusk on Sunday.

Celebrate 54 years of sunflowers in Altona

Altona

July 27 to 29
Centennial Park, Altona

Manitoba’s sunflower capital is celebrating 54 years of its Sunflower Festival and warmly welcomes you to this small-town, trademark experience.

Head to Ai-Kon for all things anime

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July 28 and 29
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

For all things anime, Ai-Kon 2018 is the place to be as it takes over the RBC Convention Centre with a 24-hour weekend festival of cosplay contests, screenings, a video game tournament, and a marketplace for vendors and artists.

Go medieval in Cooks Creek

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July 28 and 29
Immaculate Conception Church & Grotto, Cooks Creek

Revisit medieval times in Cooks Creek this weekend. The two-day festival celebrates music, dance, chivalry, mood and good old merriment. Look forward to other fun events like jousting, heavy combat, archery and much more.

Salsa at The Forks

Salsa Sundays The Forks

July 29
Under the Canopy, The Forks

The Salsa Explosion Dance Company is bringing its fancy footwork to The Forks this summer. Salsa Sundays at The Forks happen Under the Canopy and is open to all, no charge. 30-minute classes begin at 6 p.m. and the real fun begins at 7:45 p.m.