We’ve had our share of spring showers and they are certainly welcome. After all, how else could we get to enjoy all the greenery flooding our senses at every turn? What makes this week even more ideal for enjoying nature is that it’s also Bike Week. Whether you’re biking to work, or enjoying the scenery with kids in tow, take a moment to truly soak it all in. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.
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.
Bike to work this week
June 18 to 24
If you haven’t as yet, it’s time to pull those bikes out of the garage and dust-filled corners! Clean them up, put some air in those tires and get riding to work! This week is Bike to Work Week – and we’re guessing that once you get into the groove of it, it will come naturally…like riding a bike! If riding to work isn’t quite your cup of tea, then a leisurely evening ride might be the next best thing. You can even check out White Pine Bicycle Co. at The Forks for a rental.
Do a jitterbug to a jive
ends June 24
various venues, Winnipeg
TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival is still jiving on this week until Sunday. For the chance to jitterbug your way through some of the province’s best talents, national and international artists, select your event and make your way downtown. Also, Latin Night at Jazz Fest is back on this Friday.
Get in on Manitoba’s largest summer fest
ends June 24
Red River Exhibition, Winnipeg
Manitoba’s largest summer festival continues for its final week in Winnipeg. Red River Exhibition attracts as much as 220,000 visitors looking for great family entertainment, delicious food, and attractions, including animals and agriculture, community performances, world-class concerts, art, quilts and photo competitions. Don’t miss out on the world’s largest travelling midway.
Get Xtreme at Assiniboine
continues all week
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
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.
Let your inner science geek out
continues all week
New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli
The New Iceland Heritage Museum continues its exciting travelling exhibition that will make a science geek of yet! A Taste of Science focuses on the role that science plays in delaying food decay and keeping food nutritious and safe.
Get powwow fit
June 18, 20 and 22
St. Johns Park, Winnpeg
Hoop dancer Shanley Spence is inviting you to get powwow fit at St. John’s Park this week during the Women’s Empowerment Powwow Fit. Women of all skill levels and kids 13 and over are all welcome.
Attend an artist speaker series
PLATFORM Centre, Winnipeg
Artist Gabi Dao will be the latest speaker in PLATFORM Centre’s Active Research Lectures Series. For her lecture, Gabi Dao will conflate thematics of the Vietnam War in Hollywood cinema, domestic labour, the working subject among other topics.
Take in the soulful sounds of a six-piece band
June 20 to 23
Velvet Glove Restaurant, Winnipeg
The Jazz Winnipeg Festival continues at venues across the city. This week, the six-piece, critically acclaimed band, Derrick Gardner and The Jazz Prophets, will take its soulful sounds to the stage of the Velvet Glove Restaurant.
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples in Riding Mountain
Riding Mountain, Wasagaming
Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day this Thursday at Riding Mountain National Park. Discover something new about Indigenous culture, watch a teepee raising on the Visitors Centre lawn, and head to the theatre to see traditional handiwork and speak with Anishinabe artists.
Have a fun-filled day with the kids
Manitoba’s Children’s Museum, Winnipeg
The Manitoba’s Children’s Museum is holding its second annual Aboriginal Day festivities, beginning on Thursday morning. Kids can look forward to a hoop dance performance and drumming workshops. There will also be special craft throughout the day, a teepee-building activity, and story times.
Head to Thompson for Nickel Days
June 21 to 24
Thompson Regional Community Centre, Thompson
Thompson’s annual Nickel Days Festival kicks off on Thursday with booths, mouth-watering food options, a parade, dance party, and a talent show.
Have a family weekend at the Outlet
June 22 to 24
Outlet Collection, Winnipeg
Outlet Collection Winnipeg is making its space a family friendly destination for the entire weekend. The Summer Storytelling Fest will feature free workshops, story times, face painting, live family entertainment and much more.
Have a “blast and fair day” in Killarney
June 22 and 23
Killarney Agricultural Grounds, Killarney
The Summer Blast & Fair Days is a great chance for some family fun with the chuck wagon and chariot races, a variety of floats, and the ever-popular pig scramble and mutton busting. There will also be a live performance and beer garden.
Take in a car or motorcycle show
June 22 to 24
King’s Park, Carman
Headingley Heritage Centre, Headlingley
If vintage cars, trusty old trucks and old-school motorcycles are your kind of thing, then you’ve got at least three opportunities to travel down memory lane. The Bison Classic Motorcycle Rally begins on Friday and continues until Sunday, while Carman’s 6th Annual Show in the Park Car takes place under the trees of the beautiful King’s Park on Sunday. Also on Sunday, the Headingley Heritage Centre will be holding its annual Manitoba Oldsmobile Club Car Show.
Forage in Gardenton
Prairie Shore Botanicals, Gardenton
Spend a fun, interactive day in Gardenton learning all about plants and exploring nature. If you’re looking to brush up on your survival skills as well, this outdoor workshop will teach you all about edible plants, building fires and shelters, and making ropes and tea.
Celebrate Aboriginal Day
The Forks, Winnipeg
The Oodena Circle is where it all begins for National Aboriginal Day at sunrise. APTN Aboriginal Day Live will be hosting an event-packed day of free and fun activities, which will also be broadcast live.
Hit the horse show at a fair
ACU Normac Community Centre and Fair Grounds, MacGregor
Pancake breakfast anyone? Or maybe you’re partial to a horse show? Either way, the MacGregor Fair has a bit of both among other fun-filled activities for the family.
Sample from 250-plus beers
Bell MTS, Winnipeg
The 16th annual Flatlander’s Beer Festival is making its rounds at the Bell MTS Place. Beer lovers, don’t miss your chance to sample products from local Manitoban brewers and around the world. There will also be food trucks to complement the 250-plus beers available.
Explore North Winnipeg’s public art
Hôtel de Ville, Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Arts Council is celebrating Bike Week and encouraging you to do it too with a visit to Hôtel de ville. Explore some of North Winnipeg’s, including some one of the city’s newest artwork! This tour is free, but registration is required.
Discover Selkirk’s saints and sinners
The Regional Heritage Group is hosting a walking tour of downtown Selkirk where you’ll learn all about the saints and sinners of Selkirk’s early history. From the houses to the buildings and the street names, Selkirk’s history will be of intrigue to any history lover. More info is available by email.
Cycle with Ciclovia at The Forks
The Forks, Winnipeg
Ciclovia is marking its 9th year in Winnipeg and its first year as a part of Bike Week 2018! On Sunday, get your ride on and hit The Forks with suggested routes. The given routes are fun for the entire family. There will also be activities and demonstrations and a Third+Bird Artisan Market on site.