This week in Manitoba, participate in a little friendly competition. Chop your heart out for lumberjack supremacy at Carman’s Lumberjack Championship, cheer on your frog at the Frog Follies’ Frog Jumping Championship or root for ol’ Tripod the horse at the Assiniboine Downs. And if you’re not a fan of competition, head straight for the friendly, free and chill spirit of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Here’s what’s hot this week…
Find your folk spirit
July 7 to 10
Birds Hill Provincial Park
Tromp, cycle or dance from stage to stage at one of the most anticipated folkin’ events of the summer, the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Head to Birds Hill Provincial Park to hit one of 10 stages for notable acts such as Ryan Adams, Cœur de pirate, Lord Huron and Sam Roberts Band. In between shows, you can shop in the Hand-Made Village, kick back on your campsite or try sustainable-sourced food from the festival vendors.
Enjoy live entertainment in Assiniboine Park
June to August
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Get ready for another fantastic summer of musical acts and movies at Assiniboine Park’s Summer Entertainment Series! From June through August, enjoy FREE events with the company of your friends and family at one of Winnipeg’s favourite gathering places.
Win a lumberjack championship at a country fair
July 7 to 9
You can find all the usual suspects at this year’s Carman Country Fair. Be entertained (or scared) by the clown, scream your heart out on a rollercoaster and eat to your heart’s content at one of the many food vendors. Put your farm skills to the test at the Farmers Challenge and celebrate your win at the beer gardens before the day is through. This year, the first ever Manitoba Lumberjack Championship will draw in visitors from North America and beyond, with prizes up to $20,000!
Join into a street fest in Minnedosa
July 8 to 10
The Minnedosa Fun Fest is exactly as it sounds – fun. Bring your kids along to participate in the bike decorating contest, kiddie’s parade and magician show. Browse the street market, stop in at the beer gardens and dance the night away at the social. It’s Manitoba tradition!
Celebrate July Festivals
July 8 to 12
Visitor Information Centre
What’s one of our favourite things about summer in Manitoba? The festivals of course! Drop by our Visitor Information Centre at The Forks from July 8 to 12 as we showcase some of the best festivals in July. Sway to steel band performances and meet the Folkorama Llama on July 8 (4-8pm) and July 9 (12-6pm). The Icelandic Festival will be bringing their epic viking battles to the Centre on July 10 from 11am-3pm. And what would a festival be without music? Fire and Water Festival will be in the Centre on July 11 and 12 with live acoustic performances by The Janzen Boys, Micah Erenberg and Cohen Sieg.
Go on a musical ride
July 7 and 9
Dauphin and Thompson
32 riders and their horses gather in Dauphin (July 7) and Thompson (July 9) for the 125th birthday of the RCMP Musical Ride. The Musical Ride is a true spectacle consisting of intricate figures and drills, choreographed to music. Timing, control and coordination come together to create an incredible performance that helps raise money for local charities and non-profit organizations.
Jam out at Soca Reggae
July 8 to 10
Old Market Square, Winnipeg
Bring your lawn chair to the historic Exchange District and set up for a weekend of reggae. The Soca Reggae Festival is a celebration of Caribbean dance and music (Soca, Reggae and Calypso). For visitors, it is a chance to see the multicultural face of Manitoba.
Get your heart racing at the PortageX
July 8 to 10
Portage la Prairie
The PortageX is one of Western Canada’s Oldest continuously running fairs. Head to Portage la Prairie to celebrate their 144th year and enjoy horse and cattle shows, children’s entertainment, a petting zoo, midway rides, games, and food.
Hop, hop, hop at Frog Follies
July 7 to 10
St. Pierre Jolys
The moment your pet frog has been training for has arrived. St. Pierre Jolys’ Frog Follies is a thriving festival that centers on the famous frog jumping championship – where one frog will hop towards glory and riches (well, mostly glory). The festival also includes a slo-pitch tournament, a parade and performances by local artists.
Spend a day in the life of a pioneer
July 4, 10am-4pm
Pembina Threshermen’s Museum
Go on a family adventure and live in the past lane at A Day in the Life of a Pioneer. Don’t worry, there will be significantly less chores and way more exploring to be had at this unique museum. Visit the good ol’ General Store and collect old-fashioned souvenirs at every stop.
Go down into a burning ring of fire at Rainbow Stage
June 23 to July 15
Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg
Winnipeg’s outdoor theatre returns for another season of amazing musical performances. First up is Ring of Fire, a toe-tapping celebration of legendary singer-songwriter Johnny Case. Eight versatile actors and musicians will take turns to “walk the line” and portray Cash. The show offers audiences a rare look into the life and times of the man, the myth and the legend.
Celebrate the deepest lake in Manitoba at Meteor Fest
July 8 to 10
West Hawk Lake
The 13th annual Meteor Fest kicks off this weekend, where you can gaze across the lake in wonder as you give kudos to the mass that created it. The action-packed event includes beach BBQ, a street hockey tournament, live entertainment, horseshoe and yoga. We just like the idea of celebrating a rock.
Enjoy exhilarating horse racing at the Assiniboia Downs
Racing season is on at the Downs! With Wednesday, Friday and Saturday being the best days to watch the races at the Assiniboia Downs, there are plenty of opportunities to join in on the fun. Nothing gets the heart racing faster than the sound of thundering hooves and the encouraging yells of jockeys, especially if you have a few bucks on it. And remember, never bet on a horse named Tripod.
Swim with the canaries of the sea
A visit to Churchill offers an unparalleled ability to get close to docile beluga whales during the summer months of July and August. A natural phenomenon to witness, each year thousands of whales make their way to the chilly waters of the Hudson Bay’s Churchill River, to birth their calves. Get ready to sputter out a blitz of oohs and ahhs!
Go into the heart of Riding Mountain National Park
Many have been charmed by the quaint town of Wasagaming, located in the heart of Riding Mountain National Park. Harnessing the best of both worlds, visitors can go from camping in the bush to browsing shops, cafes and bakeries in the same day. With the highest accolades, the area’s yurts, fresh cinnamon buns and sparkling Clearlake will have you returning time and time again.
Visit a farmers’ market
Various locations around the province
Feast on freshly produced goodies at your local farmers’ market! This is the perfect time for you to shop for locally-produced foods and discover the real great tastes of Manitoba. Yum! Here’s a list of markets province-wide and Winnipeg-specific.
Get into the spirit of holidays across Canada
May 21 to September 5
Manitoba Children’s Museum
Where can you celebrate all the holidays in one place? The Manitoba Children’s Museum, of course! Kids Celebrate! is a fun-filled festivity that brings together the spirit of various holidays. Discover the dances, foods, decorations and costumes of each holiday and participate in creative activities and interactive challenges. Children will learn about the special occasions in a variety of cultures across Canada.