This week seems to be one just chockfull of fairs and festivals! From Niverville, to Winnipeg, to Brandon, just take your pick! Each one offers its own unique experiences and charms that are sure to appeal in one way or another. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.
Hit a five-day fair
June 5 to 9
Keystone Centre, Brandon
Kick off summer with the Manitoba Summer Fair in Brandon! Midway rides, live music, entertainment, traditional fair competitions, a horse show, demo derby, bingo and much more. Save with advance tickets before the gates open and download a free ticket for kids ages six to 12.
Make a splash in Portage la Prairie
Portage la Prairie
With summertime just around the corner and the predictable itch of the kids to get out and enjoy the warmer weather, make it a family affair with a visit to Splash Island Waterpark in Portage la Prairie. This premier outdoor oasis has several water features, including slides to keep the entire family cool this summer.
Feast on burgers and BBQ
Photo credit: @wpgchamber
June 4 and 6
What’s your preference? Burgers or barbecue? Now that Fairmont Winnipeg’s Back Door Burgers are back, you won’t have to choose. On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout summertime, Fairmont Winnipeg will be opening up its back doors and serving up some of the most delicious and talked-about lunches downtown has ever seen. For just $15, you can feast on a gourmet burger, house-made kettle chips, and a drink of your choice on Thursdays. Tuesdays are all about Back Door BBQ where $15 will get you the week’s specialty BBQ offering, and a drink of your choice.
Take the kids to Kidsfest
June 6 to 9
The Forks, Winnipeg
Grown folks, step aside! The Forks is all about the kids this weekend thanks to KidsFest. In this interactive and creative space, kids can attend workshops, dance to the beat of drums, or the strumming of Fred Penner’s guitar and much more.
Let inhibitions go on the CaRaVaN stage
The Cube, Exchange District
This week, The Purple Room is taking the mundane out of your Monday with the anything goes CaRaVaN open mic and open stage event at The Cube.
Hit the Jewish Film Fest
continues this week
Rady JCC, Winnipeg
The Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival is on this week at the Rady JCC in the Berney Theatre. The festival features over 30 screenings and much more.
Pick up a few new camera tricks
Forth, Exchange District
Don’s Photo is taking the classroom outside. This week’s theme is all about cheap camera hacks. Pick up a few tips and tricks to take your photography up a notch. Don’t forget to bring your camera along!
See a master jazz guitar performance
centre culturel franco-manitobain
When master guitarist Lenny Chet Breau isn’t busying himself with radio shows and teaching the guitar, you will find him on a stage somewhere wowing an audience. This week, that stage just happens to be at centre culturel manitobain for mardi jazz.
Get some musical inspiration
Princess Park, Brandon
Pack your lawn chair, grab a blanket, and head to the heart of Brandon for an evening of Music in the Park in Princess Park.
Manitoba Paddling Association Club, Winnipeg
If you don’t have your own boat, but still want to get out on the water, You Should Be Paddling is offering boat rentals and will be launching its next urban paddling adventure from the Manitoba Paddling Association Club. Participants should come equipped with their own paddling equipment, life jackets, throw ropes, bailers and whistles.
Feast on jazz at Resto Gare
Resto Gare and Train Bar, Winnipeg
Resto Gare is livening up Thursday dinners with its Jazz at the Station event. If you’re a jazz enthusiast, then you won’t want to miss this evening set to great music.
Have some firsts this Friday
Exchange District, Winnipeg
It’s Friday and the streets of the Exchange District are coming buzzing for another First Fridays. Step out of the office and into the Exchange District. Immerse yourself in the ultimate cultural experience on a walk through Winnipeg’s original downtown. And be sure to check out the Artspace building at 100 Arthur Street from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., where a wide selection of pre-loved books will be on sale. Be sure to walk with a reusable bag!
Stop, Drop and Write at Station 8
Station 8 Café, Winnipeg
If you’re a budding writer looking for a space to hone your skills, Station 8 Café offers a safe and welcoming environment to do just that. Stop, Drop and Write takes place every Friday and lets you set your own pace among like-minded individuals.
Cheer on your favourites at the dragon boat fest
June 7 and 8
Manitoba Canoe and Kayak Club, Winnipeg
The Dream Factory River City Dragon Boat Festival is on this Friday and Saturday at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Club. The action kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Dance the night away in the streets of Niverville
June 7 and 8
Main Street, Niverville
Here’s a great fair for the entire family. The Niverville Olde Tyme Country Fair kicks off on Friday night with food sampling food, a car show and a street dance! There will also be fireworks jousters and jugglers and live entertainment!
Get powwow fit
St. Johns Leisure Centre, Winnipeg
Hoop dancer Shanley Spence is inviting you to get powwow fit this week. While last year’s powwow fit classes focused on women, this year, all ages, genders and skill levels are welcome.
Spread a blanket and enjoy a festival
Gardenton Park, Gardenton
Bring a blanket and bring a friend too for the Angel’s Cabin Music Festival, which celebrates the music of local artists. Genres include pop, country, rock, folk and much more!
Catch the Interlake Wave
June 8 and 9
various locations, Gimli
Go on a self-guided adventure through the studios of Manitoba’s Interlake artists for its tour. Catch a glimpse of the art, culture and creativity of Interlake communities and its artists.
Shop a local market
Canalta Hotel, Selkirk
Support local businesses in Selkirk this weekend at a shop local market. The market, which opens at 10 a.m. will be housed at the Canalta Hotel.
Sample local fare at a new festival
Fort Gibraltar, Winnipeg
Local food and local beverages will be the focus of this year’s first annual MB Food Fest! Head to the historical Fort Gibraltar this Sunday from 2 p.m. for an afternoon of sampling and festivities!
Shop till you drop
Assiniboia Downs, Winnipeg
If you love to shop, then Assiniboia Downs is the place to be this Sunday. The Manitoba Night Market and Festival kicks off from 3 p.m. with over 100 vendors, and 20-plus food trucks. There will also be live music, a beer garden and activities for the kids.