Pack your lawn chair, beach blanket and cooler because festival season is here. Between exploring the city’s sporting,  cultural and foodie events, make time to head out on a road trip to creative and unique festivals across the province. Celebrating our local talent and having a blast while doing it is what’s hot this week!

Cheer your heart out at the ball game

Goldeyes Home Opener

June 2 | 7:00 pm
Shaw Park, Winnipeg

Peanuts, crackerjacks – you know the drill. Show your hometown pride as the Winnipeg Goldeyes take on the Sioux Falls Canaries at the June 2 Home Opener. Watch the boys hit it out of the park and stick around for the post-game fireworks. Summer just wouldn’t be complete without a ball game!

Take a walking food tour in the Exchange

Exchange District Food Tour

Monday through Thursday | 5:00 pm
Exchange District, Winnipeg

Winnipeg’s food scene is more diverse than you think. Head out on one of four tours in the Exchange District for a gourmet experience that will most definitely inspire your taste buds. Sip on ale at Winnipeg’s hottest downtown pubs and find out why Winnipeg was once named the “Wickedest City in the Dominion”, or discover Winnipeg’s very own Little South America district. Don’t forget to bring your appetite.

Celebrate creativity and art in Gimli

Real Love Festival Gimli

June 5-7

The second annual Real Love Summer Fest kicks off this weekend! A festival for all, this 3 day event is dedicated to celebrating creativity, art, love and of course, music. Check out some of Manitoba’s up-and-coming musical acts, as well as out-of-town shows in the site’s artists village. If you’re in need of some cooling off after a high energy show, take the 5 minute drive to Winnipeg Beach for a quick dip.

Keep homemade music alive

Back Forty Folk Festival

June 7 | 11:30 am

Small festival, big talent. With the goal of keeping homemade music alive in Southern Manitoba, the Back Forty Folk Festival features local musicians from all over the province. In addition to great music, attendees can enjoy yoga, food vendors, a songwriter’s workshop and an artisan market.

Fall in love with Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare in the Ruins

June 3 – June 27
Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park

Journey through the Trappist Monastery Ruins for an exciting live theater production. With a track record of taking old classics and making them new again, Shakespeare in the Ruins is a unique cultural experience that draws audience members through non-traditional settings. Antony and Cleopatra is no exception. A story of occupation, Antony and Cleopatra is set on the pre-confederation plains of Manitoba during the fur trade.

Discover exceptional art

First Fridays in the Exchange District

Art by Miriam Rudolph

June 5
Exchange District, Winnipeg

Wander the Exchange District in search of incredible art at First Fridays. First Fridays is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts in the Exchange area.

Just keep paddling

Photo by Laurel Friesen.

Photo by Laurel Friesen.

Savour the serenity as you dip your paddle into gentle waters on a quiet lake, or go for broke on rushing river rapids as you follow in the wake of the voyageurs. Head to Grass River Provincial Park or launch your canoe west of the park at Cranberry Portage and take a 176-kilometre run to Wekusko Falls on northern Manitoba’s legendary Grass River route. Admire the pictographs at Tramping Lake along the way – it’s believed the images painted in red ochre on rock faces just above the waterline were created by aboriginal artists who were seated in canoes.

Take a journey through the ages

Photo by BCRobyn

Photo by BCRobyn

From festivals to fossil digs, Manitoba is a place where the past and present intermingle. For history fanatics, cultural buffs and explorers of all kinds, the province offers an exciting variety of immersive activities to take you from days past to celebrations and activities of people living today. Start planning your weekend adventure with these unique experiences in Manitoba

Do it yourself at the Homesteader Fest

DIY Homesteader Fest

June 6

Have a few too many failed Pinterest projects under your belt? The DIY Homesteader Festival in Fraserwood offers a fun and welcoming way for individuals to learn the ins-and-outs of doing it yourself. Focused on sustainability, the festival brings individuals together with farmers, producers, artisans and crafters. Learn a variety of skills such as food preservation, clothing repair, soap making and forging at this hands-on boutique event.

Sample your favourites at the Flatlander’s Beer Fest

Flatlander's Beer Festival

June 4-5
MTS Centre, Winnipeg

Hops? Growler? There’s only a few days left to study up on beer lingo! Treat yourself to the 11th annual Flatlander’s Beer Festival and have beer for breakfast, lunch and supper. Here, you will have the opportunity to sample unique and interesting beers from some of the finest breweries around the world and from right here in Manitoba. Cheers!

Let loose at the Manitoba Summer Fair

Manitoba Summer Fair

June 3-7
Brandon, Manitoba

The Manitoba Summer Fair is so much more than a midway. Get your heart thumping with the Brigade FMX Motorcross Extreme Sport Action Show or wander historical and art displays. Spend an evening in the Beer Gardens or sit back and gaze at a spectacular firework show. With 5 days of entertainment, there is truly something for everyone.

Observe wildlife from around the world

Assiniboine Park Zoo

Open daily
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg

Get up and close and personal with wildlife from around the world. Say hello to all the beautiful wild animals at Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Zoo has over 80 park-like acres for you to explore and interact with wildlife species from around the world.

Be enveloped in human stories at CMHR

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Photo by Aaron Cohen / CMHR.

Open Tuesday to Sunday
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, The Forks

Contemplate inspiring stories of struggle and triumph at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This national museum strives to create inspiring encounters with human rights, by engaging you in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others.

Come alive on horseback


Photo by Kristen Peters.

Mosey on over to Birds Hill Park Ranch, Falcon Beach Ranch or Tumbleweeds Ranch to enjoy a trail ride while breathing in the warm spring air and viewing the spectacular scenery. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You may see deer, owls and various other wildlife.