Isn’t this time of year the absolute best? Our whole summer is in front of us, a bright and colourful one that includes cultural gatherings, music festivals, fun fairs and outdoor entertainment (not to mention an abundance of outdoor adventures). Here are a few ways to center your week around summer’s bright colour palette…
Celebrate the cultures of our First Nations, Inuit & Métis peoples
June 25 | The Forks
June 21 | Thompson
National Aboriginal Day is a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.
- In Winnipeg, APTN is hosting Aboriginal Day Live — a day-long celebration with a variety of family-friendly activities, including a Celebration Village, Skateboard Park & Competition, Competition Pow Wow, FREE live concerts and fireworks.
- In Thompson, National Aboriginal Day events begin with a sunrise ceremony at daybreak followed by many events including crafts, a BBQ, fish fry, pow-wow and jigging demonstrations, and live performances. All events are free to attend and open to all.
Celebrate creativity and art in Gimli
June 24 to 26
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.
Ride it all at the Ex
June 17 to 26
Red River Exhibition Park
EX-perience the sights, sounds, and tastes of Manitoba’s largest (and funnest) summer fair! Featuring nightly concerts, family attractions, animals, agriculture and the worlds largest travelling midway. Here, you will scream your heart out while flying down a roller coaster at lightning speeds, discover unusual creatures from around the world and witness amazing feats unlike any other.
Sample your favourites at the Flatlander’s Beer Fest
June 24 to 25
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!
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.
Jazz it up downtown
June 16 to 26
Various locations, Winnipeg
A world-class lineup of artists is set to perform at the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival! From June 16 to 26, the Exchange District will come alive with music performed by the best local, national and international artists.
Fans of Game of Thrones won’t want to miss SIR’s Richard III
June 3 to June 25
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. This year’s tale centers on Richard III – and the winter spreading throughout the “glorious summer” of his family’s reign.
Gaze at exceptional architecture in Old St. Boniface
Daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Starting point is Old St. Boniface City Hall, St. Boniface
Find out about the people, the buildings and events that have shaped today’s Old St. Boniface. Discover the unique architecture, atmosphere and charm of a vibrant community that reflects both the determination and Joie de vivre of Franco-Manitobans. Duration: 75-90 min.
Float away with the work of Chagall
On until September 11
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Picasso once proclaimed that after Matisse, “Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is.” Be blown away by works of art by Chagall at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, on now until September 11. The collection features 42 lithograph prints, created in the 1950’s after Chagall met and married his second wife, Valentina. The second portion to this collection is a mini-exhibit, Chagall & Winnipeg, which tells the story about the friendship between Chagall and former WAG Director, Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt through a series of letters, photographs and art works.
Meet with friends at the MacGregor Fair
Start your day with a pancake breakfast at the MacGregor Summer Fair. At this family-friendly event, you will see a light and heavy horse show, join into a baseball tournament, pet friendly farm animals and get to know the friendly community of MacGregor.
Mix and mingle on the rooftop
June 23, 6:00 pm to 2:00 am
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre
Mix and mingle on the Metropolitan’s gorgeous rooftop patio for the first in a networking summer series. The Hub is a bi-weekly rendezvous where you can meet your next colleague or just make new friends. Check out locally designed fashions, live art and craft cocktails. This week’s event features a special Folklorama Show, a SZOLDIER fashion show and music by DJ Nathan Sahn.
Catch a channel cat on the Red
Whether the channel catfish is the ugliest fish to inhabit Manitoba waters is certainly a topic of debate. What isn’t up for discussion is their ability to deliver fantastic fishing action, no matter if they are big or small. You can catch these toothless fighters in lots of places in Manitoba, but if there’s one place that offers increased odds, it’s near Lockport on the Red River.
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.
Set your sights on the Souris Bridge
Take a day trip to Souris and brave Canada’s longest historic suspension bridge. The town’s most famous landmark spans 184 metres and is a Manitoba Star Attraction. After you’ve crossed the river (once, twice, or many times), set out to explore the rest of this quaint town to see museums, historic sites and beautiful parks.
Get your adrenaline pumping
Being active is a piece of cake at Adrenaline Adventures. Adrenaline junkies can try cable wakeboarding, climbing or ziplining while those who prefer to have two feet firmly planted on the ground can join a game of paintball or volleyball. Either way, you’ll be having a good nights rest after a day at this adventure park!
Travel to the shores of New Iceland
Open 10am-4pm daily
Gimli is the place to go for all things Icelandic in Manitoba, and the New Iceland Heritage Museum is the central hub for the area’s history. Step out on a walking tour to key locations and icons along Gimli’s waterfront or browse artifacts, including a stunning collection of Icelandic stones and minerals. I guess you could say New Iceland rocks.
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.
Go on a fossil dig adventure
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden
If you like adventure and hands-on experiences, then sign up for a Fossil Dig Adventure Tour! This is one of Manitoba’s hottest tourism products where you can hunt for fossils on active dig sites in the Morden area. Home to Bruce, the 43-foot mosasaur (or marine reptile), the CFDC is unearthing a steady stream of fossils near Morden – an area that was once covered by a saltwater seaway in the Late Cretaceous Period.
Our own Alexis McEwen took the tour and dug it!
Hike the Spirit Sands
Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Explore sand dunes up to 30 metres high in the unique Spirit Sands. The desert is said to be close to the Kiche Manitou — the great spirit — in Aboriginal lore. Follow a self-guided trail to the oasis known as the Devil’s Punch Bowl.