This week seems to be one just chockfull of fairs and festivals, not to mention a few curiosities! 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. And as for the curiosities, well we suggest discovering just what those are for yourself! What we can tell you is that there is very little chance that you will be disappointed, in fact, we dare say that you will even be intrigued.
Discover the mysteries of a curious cabinet
On until July 9
Big Top, Winnipeg
Enter the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities to a place where time stands still, where the world of fantasy becomes reality, and where just about anything is possible. Cirque du Soleil is back, this time under the Big Top for its production KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™.
Enjoy a five-day fair
June 7 to 11
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 and will also feature the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride, a Canadian tradition since 1876.
Drop by The Forks for Kidsfest
June 8 to 11
The Forks, Winnipeg
Looking for a fun event for the kids this weekend? Head to The Forks for the 35th annual Kidsfest. This fun, interactive festival will feature big top tents, entertainment, from theatre and storytelling, to music and dance along the banks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.
Dance the night away in the streets of Niverville
June 9, 10
Main Street, Niverville
Here’s another 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!
Sample beer from all over the world
June 9, 10
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
Still thinking of ways to pass the weekend? We’ve got one great suggestion: The Flatlander’s Beer Festival. Now in its 15th year, this year’s festival will feature over 80 booths, five food trucks, and the opportunity to sample over 250 beers and ciders from all over the world.
Learn about a heroine’s courage
Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie
We’ve all heard about the heroine of the Holocaust, Anne Frank, but for many that knowledge is pretty vague. If you’re interested in learning more about her life and the events surrounding the second World War, Fort la Reine has created the perfect exhibit, Anne Frank: A History for Today Exhibition. This exhibit will also touch on the Canada’s participation in the Second World War and the experiences of Canadian soldiers.
Run! Jump! Fly! at a museum
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg
The Children’s Museum is all about inspiring kids and its latest project is no different. Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures In Action™ seeks to get kids involved in physical activity. This adrenaline-inducing exhibit gets kids’ practicing their balance, improving their strength, and testing their endurance in themed areas like Surf & Snow Boarding, Kung Fu Forest and Climbing Canyon.
Walk with dinosaurs
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg
Lions may be the king of the jungle, but it’s the mighty dinosaur that will have the last roar this summer. Assiniboine Park Zoo takes its visitors back to prehistoric times with another round of Dinosaurs Alive!® Explore the zoo’s forested path where 16 life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs will be on exhibit. For the budding paleontologist, there will also be dig and excavation sites.
Journey to prehistoric times
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
If 16 life-sized dinosaurs just isn’t enough, then head on over to the Manitoba Museum’s newly renovated Alloway Hall for its World’s Giant Dinosaurs exhibit. This exhibit will feature a collection of some of the largest dinosaurs ever. There will be fossils, casts, videos and robotics to help you envision just what a world filled with dinosaurs looked like.
Whet your lunchtime appetite
Outdoor Cityplace Terrace, Winnipeg
Undecided about what’s for lunch? We’ve got the perfect lunchtime menu to whet your appetite! Head to the Cityplace Outdoor Terrace and feast on an hour-long lunchtime concert! This week’s performer will be country, blues and Canadiana singer Sean Burns.
Experience Western Manitoba’s talents
Princess Park, Brandon
Pack your lawn chair, grab a blanket, and head to the heart of Brandon for an evening of music in Princess Park. Some of Western Manitoba’s finest talents will perform at this free event.
Hit a sizzling, sultry mardi jazz
Centre culturel franco-manitobain, Winnipeg
Sizzling solos and sultry sounds, infused by the creative genius. What more could you desire of a jazz rendition? This week’s mardi jazz brings Walle Larsson to the stage of the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain for a performance that is sure to delight any jazz connoisseur.
Get swept up in an illusion
June 6 to 9
Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg
Darcy Oake is headed to the Burton Cummings Theatre for an evening of thrilling illusions. If you’ve never had the chance to see Oake in action, this three-night event presents three opportunities to not only see Winnipeg’s best illusionist in action, but also to support a worthy cause in the building of the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre. This state-of-the-art, non-profit treatment facility will be based in Winnipeg for those suffering from addictions, and is dedicated to the memory of Oake’s brother.
Explore past and present connections
June 6 to 10
Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, Winnipeg
Explore the connection between the physical and the ancestral beings, the land and communities in Traces, an exhibit at the Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery by artist, Becca Taylor.
Get a lesson in laughs from a music teacher
June 6 to 10
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg
JR De Guzman may be a music teacher, but he’s a music teacher with a sense of humour that just happens to take him touring all over the world. He has opened for the likes of Tim Allen and Margaret Cho, and has been featured on Comedy Central’s Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City. Don’t miss the chance to see this up and coming comic as he makes a stop at Rumor’s Comedy Club.
Experience live theatre among ruins
June 6 to 11
Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park, St. Norbert
We all know the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Now you can experience the tale of these star-crossed lovers unfolding right before your eyes and among the ruins of the St. Norbert Trappist Monastery. Shakespeare in the Ruins is back again this year for another stirring performance.
Get some Soul2Soul country
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
If you’re a country music fan, more specifically, if you’re fan of the duo that is Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, then you’re likely not going to want to miss a chance to see them live at the MTS Centre during their Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017.
Get a lesson in public art
Millennium Library, Winnipeg
Here’s another great lunchtime idea! Take a tour of Millennium Library’s public artworks both inside and outside the library. Learn about some of the intriguing pieces that enhance this space like THE Illumination, emptyful and Sentinel of Truth.
Take in a theatrical performance
June 7, 8
Westminster United Church, Winnipeg
The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra will premiere Nanabozho et le tambour or Nanabush and the Drum, in collaboration with Le Cercle Molière. Inspired by the foundation myth of the Métis, this theatrical work follows a jealous trickster who falls for an unattainable love. In his efforts to win her heart, he resorts to a series of ploys to get rid of his rival. This humorous, musical event will be presented partly in English and in French.
Hit the Downtown Farmers 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.
Shop to your heart’s content in Morden
Suncatch Park, Morden
The Morden & District Chamber of Commerce will host the Farmers’ Market in downtown Morden at Suncatch Park. There will be over 20 vendors selling home-grown produce, fresh baking, locally raised meats, pasta, handmade soap, crafts, jewellery and much more! While downtown check out some of our fantastic shops!
Support Canada in a soccer match
Investors Group Field, Winnipeg
It’s the perfect time of year for a football match and one of the few opportunities that might present itself to watch Team Canada in action. Don’t miss the chance to cheer along for this soccer friendly between Canada and Costa Rica at the Investors Group Field.
Celebrate 150 with Agassiz
June 9 to 11
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Winnipeg
Brandon’s favourite composer T. Patrick Carrabré will take to the stage of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall for the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival, which will also feature other local and international artists. The opening night will mark the celebration of Canada’s 150.
Take in some fancy footwork and Latin music
June 9 to 11
Radisson Hotel Downtown, Winnipeg
The Winnipeg International Salsa Congress was such a hit last year that it’s back for another go-round! If you enjoy a good dance off, get excited by fancy footwork, and enjoy the rhythms of Latin music, then you won’t want to miss this year’s event, which features some of the best dancers, instructors, and performers of all levels at the Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown.
Catch a ride on a tractor
Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach
Head out to Steinbach for its 8th Annual Mennonite Heritage Village Eden Tractor Trek fundraiser. If you’ve got one of your own that you think is worthwhile, you can register it for the event and enjoy a leisurely ride through the countryside with friends.
Get ready for gardening
Bronx Park Community Centre, Winnipeg
For those with a green thumb, or trying out gardening as a hobby, the Bronx Park Community Centre will be holding its farmers’ market where there will be bedding plants and leafy spring veggies on sale. If you’re more into the arts and crafts, local crafters and artisans will present some of their unique decor and gift ideas.
Dance while you shop a vintage market
Old Market Square, Winnipeg
If you’re into vintage clothing, jewelry or decor, then you won’t want to miss the 2017 Wildwoodrose Vintage Market at Old Market Square. With over 50 vintage, antique vendors on site, and live music by Sol James, Lanikai, Scott Nolan and Red Moon Road at the Cube Stage, you can dance while you shop all day long!
Enjoy a free family fishing weekend
June 10, 11
Get ready for a weekend of fishing with the family! The Summer Weekend of free fishing will be across Manitoba (excluding federal parks), where you can enjoy a weekend of fishing on the water without acquiring a licence. Conservation limits apply to those angling without a licence. For more information, call 204-945-6784.
Go on an artistic tour of the Interlake
June 10, 11
Various locations, Gimli
Go on a self-guided adventure through the studios of Manitoba’s Interlake artists for its Watch the Wave tour. Catch a glimpse of the art, culture and creativity of Interlake communities and its artists.