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Summer is shaping up to be a fun and exciting one. We've got quite a few festivals on this week (think Fire, Folk and Vikings!), so we'd suggest that you pace yourself as you carve out your week's itinerary. Soak up some sun, feast, fete and have your fill of what's hot in Manitoba.

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Plan a visit to APC

Assiniboine Park Conservancy

open year-round
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg

Assiniboine Park Zoo is Winnipeg’s premier destination for amazing animal encounters and family fun. Get close to hundreds of species including polar bears, seals, tigers, red pandas and snow leopards. This summer only, explore Xtreme BUGS!, a seasonal exhibit featuring 19 giant, animatronic bugs. Plan your visit today!

Mix things up at a festival

Fire and Water Music Festival flyer

August 3 to 5
Community Centre, Lac du Bonnet

What would you do if you had three days all to yourself? Snuggle up with a good book? Sleep in? How about a third option from us? Pack up the car, grab the family, or your best friends and head to the Fire and Water Music Festival in Lac du Bonnet.

Be on the lookout for Vikings

The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba “Islendingadagurinn”

August 3 to 6
various venues, Gimli

So maybe the word Islendingadagurinn doesn’t quite roll off your tongue. But a weekend in Gimli will likely change that! Experience Icelandic culture like you never have before at the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba and while you’re there, keep your eyes peeled for those Vikings!

Feast at Folklorama

Folklorama

begins August 5
various venues, Winnipeg

Where can you find lively music, great food, hearty laughter, rich culture and vibrant colours all under one roof? Well, 44 pavilions, to be exact. The point is that the countdown to Folklorama is finally over and this cultural extravaganza is back for another exciting year! So get going! You only have two weeks to feast your way through all these amazing cultures.

Celebrate human rights and Mandela

CMHR_Mandela Struggle for Freedom_entering the exhibition

on now
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 looks at Mandela’s life and his efforts to end apartheid.

Grab a mic at The Purple Room

The Purple Room

July 30
The Purple Room, Winnipeg

This week, The Purple Room is taking the mundane out of your Monday with the anything goes CaRaVaN open mic and open stage event. 

Have a knit and a nosh

Across the Board Game Café

July 31
Across the Board Game Café, Winnipeg

Across the Board Game Café is doing what it does best: combining fun pastimes with good company and great food. Take your love for knitting, nosh and lively conversation there this Tuesday.

Enjoy an evening of drinks and opera by the pint

Manitoba Underground Opera‎ by the Pint

July 31
Little Brown Jug Brewing Company, Winnipeg

Manitoba Underground is presenting its Opera by the Pint on Tuesday. Make your way to the Little Brown Jug Brewing Co. for drinks and spontaneous opera with some familiar faces and new artists.

Unlock the mysteries of the occult

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August 1
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.

Paddle in Selkirk

Urban paddling adventure in Selkirk

August 1
Selkirk Park, Selkirk

An urban paddling adventure awaits you in Selkirk. This 18km paddle begins with the group of paddlers meeting in the Camp Awesome parking lot at Selkirk Park near the outdoor pool and then launching from the nearby boat launch. 

Put your pipes to the test for karaoke night

The Good Will Club

August 1
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.

Dine on a pop-up patio

Assiniboine Park Pop-Up Patio

August 2
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.

Hit the free concert series in Portage la Prairie

Ashes & Dreams band

August 2
Island Park, Portage la Prairie

The free Concerts in the Park series continues this summer in Portage la Prairie. Head to Island Park this Thursday evening for some great live performances by Neil Keeps and Ashes & Dreams. Don’t forget your lawn chair!

Enjoy music in a cozy setting

The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Café

August 2
The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Café, Winnipeg

Music nights happen every Thursday at The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Café. This Thursday night is no different. Look forward to a night of local talent in an intimate setting.

Explore the Design Quarter

Design Quarter in the Exchange District

August 2
The Exchange District, Winnipeg

The Design Quarter will be hosting an exclusive, interactive public tour curated and led by Zephyra Vun. Design Quarter in the Exchange District is a two-hour tour that takes place on Thursday from 6:30 p.m and explores four, unique Design Quarter Winnipeg members within the Exchange District.

Step into The Exchange

People crossing the street during First Fridays in the Exchange District

August 3
The Exchange District, Winnipeg

Immerse yourself in the ultimate cultural and artistic experience on a walk through Winnipeg’s original downtown for First Fridays. Chat with artists, browse the shops of the district, have a java jolt at a district cafe and as you explore all the fine things the Exchange has to offer.

Bike the Exchange

First Fridays Bike-In

August 3
North Kildonan

The Exchange District BIZ, in partnership with Natural Cycle, will lead a low-key group ride, First Fridays Bike-In, to the Exchange District from Crescent Drive Park in North Kildonan. The Natural Cycle crew will show how safe and easy it can be to bike to the Exchange, while sharing tips and tricks along the way!

Make lunchtime a music-filled one in MacLean Park

MacLean Park Thompson

August 3
MacLean Park, Thompson

MacLean Park is bringing back its fun Concerts in the Park series! Take a break for lunch and head to this free and fun event of live entertainment with the talented folks around Thompson. This week, Alex Moody will perform.

Celebrate 53 years at a Ukrainian Festival

Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival

August 3 to 5
Selo Ukraina Festival Site, Dauphin

The 53rd annual Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival takes place the August long weekend in Dauphin. Make your way to the Selo Ukeraina site situated at the edge of Riding Mountain National Park for a weekend of festivities.

Rock the fields of Minnedosa

Minnedosa’s Rockin’ the Fields

August 3 to 5
Minnedosa

It’s now 15 years and counting for Minnedosa’s Rockin’ the Fields. For the best in classic rock on the shores of Lake Minnedosa make your way to this small town for the likes of Kim Mitchell, Trooper, Three Days Grace, Chilliwack and Burton Cummings and much more. Three stages will ensure there is music for everyone with lots of room for camping. Hot showers, vendors and activities on site.

Have a pioneering day in Steinbach

Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Manitoba

August 3 to 6
Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

Relive pioneering days past through a variety of activities and demonstrations at the Mennonite Heritage Village. There will be steam-powered threshing, music and entertainment, kids’ activities, and lots of good food and fun.

Enjoy a free fishing weekend

Father’s Day at FortWhyte Alive

August 4 to 6
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

Get ready for a weekend of fishing with the family at FortWhyte Alive! Just bring your rods or rent on site. Conservation limits apply to those angling without a licence.

Have a musical evening at Leo Mol

Leo Mol Sculpture Garden at the Assiniboine Park

August 5
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 Helen White. 

Bring your pup to Forth

Puppy Patio at Forth

August 5
Forth, Winnipeg

The Forth is turning its patio into a paradise for puppies. Puppy Patio at Forth gives dog lovers the chance to bring their pets along to one of the Exchange’s hot spots. Bring your pup for a little treat. Bowls of water will be provided to keep your pet hydrated.