Header photo by Buio Assis
We’re just recovering from a fantastic Canada Day long weekend, but whatever you do, you better make that recovery a quick one. This is Folk Fest week, people! It’s the week where the city becomes a little bit quieter and the flower folks descend on Birds Hill Provincial Park. For those looking for a different scene, check out our list of what's hot in Manitoba for a few ideas.
Have Big Times in the Suncatch
July 13 and 14
Suncatch Park, Morden
Dead Horse Entertainment presents Big Times in the Suncatch, a weekly concert 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. So come out and enjoy some great music, food, and company in Morden’s beautiful downtown.
Get your musical fill at Folk Fest
July 5 to 8
Birds Hills Provincial Park
It only comes around once a year, but when it’s finally here, the Winnipeg Folk Festival heralds an exodus from the city to Birds Hill for a folk festival unlike any other. From roots to rock, Celtic to country, and everything in-between, get your fill of music from 70+ artists across nine stages.
Dine at Pineridge Hollow
Heatherdale Road, Oakbank
And if you’re already in the area, you might as well check out the local fare at Pineridge Hollow, one of Manitoba’s most sumptuously delightful and wholesome places to dine!
Spend summer with the Impressionists
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.
Go Xtreme in Assiniboine Park
Assiniboine Park Zoo
First came the dinosaurs, now Assiniboine Park is bringing its Xtreme BUGS, which will feature 19 giant, animatronic bugs along the forested trail inside the Zoo. This exhibit is the perfect way for kids to see the physical characteristics of bugs up close and discover the science behind some of their behaviour.
Enjoy a classical festival
July 3 to 8
Brandon University, Brandon
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.
Take a guided river boat ride
The Forks, Winnipeg
There are lots of ways to get out on the water in Manitoba, but one great way is with a Splash Dash River Boat Tour. No need to rush out the door either as these tours leave The Forks harbour every 15 minutes from 10 a.m., seven days a week. While you wait, enjoy a leisurely stroll around The Forks.
Trace the Canadian experience at an exhibit
July 3 to 8
The RCA Museum, Shilo
The RCA Museum will be opening a new temporary exhibit, 1918 – The Last 100 Days. This exhibit traces the Canadian experience at the end of the First World War in France and Belgium.
Put your pipes to the test for karaoke night
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.
Play a game of croquet at the cathedral
Saint Boniface Cathedral, Winnipeg
Winnipeg’s summer evenings are best spent in the company of friends at beautiful locations like St. Boniface. Manitoba Underground Opera is transforming the cathedral for one evening with with its Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and a silent auction. There will also be games and an over-sized flamingo croquet course throughout the centre of the courtyard.
Be enthralled under the big top
July 4 to 8
The White Big Top, Winnipeg
The world’s largest touring production, Cavalia Odysseo, is in Winnipeg and under the Big Top. Don’t miss your chance to experience what all the excitement is about.
Cruise through Brandon
9th and Princess, Brandon
This Thursday evening, head to Brandon’s Cruise Night where the vintage rides will be on display. If you’re wanting to show off your vehicle, check out the Brandon & Area Car Enthusiasts website for more info.
Make bannock and butter
St. Andrew's Rectory National Historic Site, St. Andrews
Learn how to make bannock and butter at the St. Andrew's Rectory National Historic Site. The bannock making will take place over the camp fire. This event is free of charge.
Learn the art of vegan-style cooking
Mary Jane’s Cooking School, Winnipeg
Cooking without meat doesn’t have to be dull. If you’ve ever wanted to do more vegetarian- and vegan-style meals, but you’re clueless as to where to start, you can learn the basics at a cooking class at Mary Jane’s Cooking School.
Have a family day in Winnipegosis
July 5 to 8
various venues, Winnipegosis
Winnipegosis is hosting its Mossey River Days for the entire family. This weekend of fun includes a golf tournament, family events and activities, a raft race, a slow-pitch tournament, and much more. There will also be vendors and beer gardens on site.
Have a few firsts this Friday
Exchange District, Winnipeg
It’s Friday…finally. Step out of the office and into the Exchange District for First Fridays. Immerse yourself in the ultimate cultural and artistic experience on a walk through Winnipeg’s original downtown.
Make your way to Forth Fridays
Forth, Exchange District
Forth is making Fridays all the rage with DJs, cocktails, and all the trappings that make it one of the Exchange District’s most happening spots. Make your way to Forth for DJ Tony Neu from 10 p.m.
Take a ride at Portage Ex
July 6 to 8
Portage Exhibition Grounds, Portage la Prairie
Just in time for Portage la Prairie’s 146th anniversary, Portage Ex comes to town with the perfect combination of events for the entire family, from a petting zoo, to midway rides and games of chance.
Prep a vegan dish for a potluck
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Vegans, this Saturday is all about you. Head out to Assiniboine Park for Winnipeg VegFest, a spectacular vegan summer potluck. Bring along your utensils and a delicious vegan dish for a fun evening in the park!
Hit a Minnedosa fair
July 7 and 8
Agricultural Fairgrounds, Minnedosa
Minnedosa’s Agricultural Fairgrounds is preparing for a weekend of family fun for its Ag. Society Agricultural Fair. Take in one of several horseshows and don’t miss out on all the baked goods, sewing, art and handicrafts that will be available all weekend long.
Experience an airshow
July 7 and 8
Southport Airport, Southport
The Manitoba Airshow is on this weekend at Southport Airport. Enjoy the treat of fantastic aerial performances, static aircraft displays and ground-level entertainment. Bring the entire family along for an amazing line-up of performers.
Have fun at the Manitou Fair
July 7 and 8
Community Fair Grounds, Manitou
The Manitou Agricultural Fair is back this year with its fun line-up of activities. Kids can look forward to several animal shows and a petting zoo. There will be a horticultural exhibit, seniors’ slow pitch ball, a steak supper, a beer gardens, among much more.
Have a decadent dining experience
Inferno’s On Academy
Foodies, live out your dreams this Sunday with haCHere. haCHere is a pop-up collective of eight dinner concepts under one umbrella. This weekend’s dining experience will be at Inferno’s on Academy.
Get your country on in Carman
Ryall Park, Carman
Pack your lawn chair and make your way to Ryall Park. Country/roots husband-and-wife duo L Rae & J are used to performing in intimate settings, but this Sunday, the couple takes its act to Carman. Admission is by donation.
Have a musically harmonious Sunday
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Assiniboine Park is the perfect stop on any day, but especially on a Sunday afternoon. Make a day of it with an afternoon evening stroll. Stick around the park and head over to the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden for a performance by jazz artist Nadia Douglas. On Sunday evening, make your way to the Lyric Theatre for an evening of melodies, harmonies with The Winnipeg Golden Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus and Sweet Adelines.