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. For the pizza lovers, get ready! There’s a new culinary week about to take over the province. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.
Get in on Manitoba’s largest summer fest
June 15 to 24
Red River Exhibition, Winnipeg
Manitoba’s largest summer festival returns to 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.
Take the kids to Kidsfest
June 7 to 10
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.
Join the Pizza Week challenge
June 4 to 10
various locations, Manitoba
Make room for another culinary week of feasting. This week, the first annual Pizza Week begins in Manitoba at various locations. Get your taste buds ready for some exciting pies creations!
Attend the Jewish Film Fest
June 4 to 10
Rady JCC, Winnipeg
The Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival continues this week at the Rady JCC in the Berney Theatre. The festival ends this week.
Get Xtreme at Assiniboine
June 4 to 10
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 in Gimli
June 4 to 10
New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli
The New Iceland Heritage Museum has a new and 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.
Have a knit and a nosh
Across the Board Game Café, Winnipeg
Across the Board Game Café is doing what it does best: combining fun pastimes with good company and great food. Take your love for knitting, nosh and lively conversation there this Tuesday.
Unlock the mysteries of the occult
Manitoba Legislative Building Main Entrance, Winnipeg
For the Dan Brown fans, the Hermetic Code Tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building is the perfect way to discover an architectural wonder while uncovering a few mysteries of the occult. Join Dr. Frank Albo as he takes guests on a journey unlike any other filled with intrigue at every turn.
Watch aspiring dancers perform
June 6 and 7
RWB Founders’ Studio, Winnipeg
On the Edge, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s latest production, features aspiring dancers, narrating their struggles and triumphs as they try to master the art form. This innovative mixed programme of original choreography will also premier the work of Jera Wolfe and original pieces by the RWB School Artistic Faculty.
Hit a five-day fair
June 6 to 10
Keystone Centre, Brandon
Hit the Manitoba Summer Fair at Keystone Centre and enjoy five days of rides, games, live entertainment, a petting zoo, horse shows, and much more. Provincial Ex is great for the entire family.
Get up close to bison
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
If you’re constantly on the lookout for opportunities to spend time outdoors, you need look no further than FortWhyte Alive. The Bison Safari Venture begins this week with up-close encounters with North America’s largest land mammal.
Go beer tasting in Portage la Prairie
William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie
Beer lovers, make your way to Portage la Prairie for a one-day beer tasting event at the William Glesby Centre.
Hit the Hydro market
Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg
The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ farmers’ market is back in full swing inside Manitoba Hydro Place. Get your pick of local produce, baked goods and treats, among lots of other goods.
Dance the night away in the streets of Niverville
June 8 and 9
Main Street, Niverville
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!
Have a swing dance
Ted Motyka Dance Studio, Exchange District
The 50s are back with a swing in its step this Saturday at the Ted Motyka Dance Studio. If you love dancing – swing dancing in particular – then head to the Exchange District for the Saturday Swing Out where you can dance the night away to some of the music that shaped history.
Celebrate Bulrushes’ new digs
Bulrushes Gallery, Winnipeg Beach
Bulrushes Gallery has launched its 2018 season with the opening of a brand new gallery. Now in its fourth year, the gallery is exhibiting the exception works of Cindy Flynn, Jo’Anne Kelly, Janet Dornian, Wendy Seversen, Nancy Crozier and Carolyn Strutt. Look out for the new artists as well, who will also be feature in the gallery.
Break a record for Bark in the Park
Shaw Park, Winnipeg
The 3rd annual Goldeyes Bark in the Park event, where fans can bring their dog to a baseball game is happening on Saturday, June 9 at Shaw Park. This year, Shaw Park will once again be attempting to break the Guinness World Records title for Most Dogs at a Sporting Event. The current record title is held by the Chicago White Sox for 1,122 dogs. Last year, Shaw Park was only 271 dogs short of the record. Don’t miss your chance to help break a record!
Live dangerously on the Prairie Dog
Prairie Dog Central, Inkster Junction
This might just be the perfect way to culminate the weekend! Climb aboard the Prairie Dog Central as it continues its journey with another Great Train Robbery – Cowboys ’n Gals. This weekend’s dangerous ride on the steam locomotive attempts a trip to Grosse Isle with the ever-present threat of cowboys. Passengers also get a chance to explore the beautifully restored Heritage Village and indulge in a few treats, followed by live music by Fire and Ice.
Test your angling skills in Russell
June 9 to 10
Lake of the Prairies, Russell
The 14th annual Russell Lions Prairie Classic Catch and Release Walleye Tournament is on this weekend. Test your angling skills for the chance to win the grand prize.
Run with scissors to Proutopia
June 9 and 10
Runs with Scissors Studio, St. Andrews
For the creative minds, lovers of the eccentric, and those in search of works of art, grab your scissors and make a run for Heidi Hunter’s Proutopia. This year’s two-day, boutique-style festival will feature 25-plus artists exhibiting and selling their creations.
Catch the Interlake Wave
June 9 and 10
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.
Celebrate St. Joseph’s culture
June 9 and 10
The Saint-Joseph Museum, St. Joseph
Celebrate culture and tradition at the Montcalm Heritage Festival, a fun and free event at the Musée St. Joseph Museum grounds. There will be a parade, activities and entertainment for the entire family, along with delicious food and much more.
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.
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.
Shop for a cause
One Trunk Theatre is having a clothing sale fundraiser where every item will only be $5! Don’t miss out on this steal and a chance to do some good.