Pack your lawn chair, beach blanket and cooler because festival and fair season has begun. Between exploring the city’s sporting, cultural and foodie events, make time to head out on a road trip to find works of art and festivals across the province. Celebrating our local talent and having a blast while doing it is what’s hot this week!
Take your kids to The Forks for KidsFest
June 9 to 12
This weekend, The Forks will be taken over by – you guessed it – kids! KidsFest attracts between 20,000-25,000 family members each year for a day of family friendly fun. In one weekends, you can meet and interact with exotic reptiles, get creative with painting or sculpting, break a sweat at a circus workshop or a baton twirling lesson, and watch amazing theatrical and musical performances.
Take a walking photography or bike tour in the Exchange
June 1 and 2
Exchange District, Winnipeg
Capture the Exchange Photo Tour | June 8
Photo opportunities are on every corner of the historic Exchange District, and with this tour you won’t miss a single one. Receive a one-hour photography lesson and get tips from a guest professional photographer at PrairieView School of Photography. Afterward, you will wander the Exchange and snap away.
Ride the Exchange Bike Tour | June 9
Ride on, ride on. This bike tour takes you cycling from the Forks to the Exchange District on City Cruisers from White Pine Bicycle Company. The tour includes the Death and Debauchery walking tour.
Fans of Game of Thrones won’t want to miss SIR’s Richard III
June 3 to 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.
Discover exciting festivals at The Forks
June 12, 14, 15
Travel Manitoba Visitor Information Centre at The Forks
This week at the VIC, we’re celebrating the amazing impact that festivals make on tourism! Festival Week kicks off on Sunday, June 12 from 11am-3pm as the Winnipeg Folk Festival takes over the VIC with music from two talented performers and an incredible virtual reality experience. The immersive VR journey will make you feel like you are right in the heart of Birds Hill Park on a beautiful summer day at Folk Fest! There will also be a pair of tickets up for grabs, so be sure to stop by! On June 14 and 15 from 1 to 4pm the Red River Exhibition will be in the Centre to sell advance tickets and give away 3 sets of tickets to lucky visitors.
Pop into Proutopia
June 11 to 12
Runs with Scissors Studio, Winnipeg Beach
Need some new artwork for your home or cottage? Head to Winnipeg Beach for the pop-up outdoor art market, Proutopia, featuring tons of eccentric Manitoba artworks. 12 guest artists will join Heidi Hunter of Run with Scissors Studio to show off the charming, the new, the fresh and the funky.
Let loose at the Manitoba Summer Fair
June 8 to 12
The Manitoba Summer Fair is so much more than a midway. Get your heart thumping with the Brigade FMX Motorcross Extreme Sport Action Show or wander historical and art displays. Spend an evening in the Beer Gardens or sit back and gaze at a spectacular firework show. With 5 days of entertainment, there is truly something for everyone.
See North America’s largest urban bison herd
June 9 | 11:00 am
Located in the heart of Winnipeg (off McCreary Road) FortWhyte Alive boasts the largest urban bison herd in North America on its 70-acre Bison Prairie. The centre is home to about 30 of the burly behemoths. The large furry beasts once freely roamed the plains. Hunted to near extinction in the late 1800s, these magnificent creatures are definitely worth seeing on a Bison Safari.
Catch the WAVE
June 11 to 12
Various art studios, The Interlake
Clay, glass, wood, paper, stone and paint are a few of the mediums used by the unique artists that make up the WAVE Interlake Artists’ Studio Tour! This weekend, highways 7, 8 or 9 lead to art studios from Meleb in the North to Oak Hammock Marsh in the South, with dozens of stops in between. Along the way you can observe nature in the Interlake, have a picnic in a park, or dine in one of the many cafes and restaurants. Watch for the blue flags!
Dig your toes into the sand at the beach
Hot sand, cool water and bare feet are an unbeatable combination. Every Manitoban has a favourite go-to beach, but with a province that boasts over 100,000 lakes, there are so many new ones for you to discover and enjoy. And you’re in luck because Buzzfeed posted a list of 14 Manitoba beaches you must explore this summer.
Root for our boys in Blue
Investors Group Field
Are you ready for some football?!! The summer months will once again be all about Winnipeg Blue Bombers football as the team begins its CFL pre-season at Investors Group Field! The boys in Blue will be taking on those wild Montreal Alouettes. C’MON BLUE!!!
Head to Lundar for an Agricultural Fair
June 10 to 11
Nothing says summer like the start of small town fairs! Lundar is kicking things off with a two day fair jam packed with livestock shows, horses, tractor pulls, a petting zoo, midway and free stage entertainment. The fair wraps up with the exciting crowning of Miss Interlake.
Take a tour of Winnipeg in style
Various times, Tuesday to Sunday
Hop aboard the Winnipeg Trolley for a 95 minute tour around our capital city; Winnipeg’s only public sightseeing tour. You will discover why Winnipeg was once regarded as the ‘wickedest city in Canada’, our connection to the world’s most famous spy, James Bond, and much more. Tours run Tuesday through Sunday and depart from The Forks.
Go round and round at the Niverville Fair
June 9 to 12
Hear ye hear ye. The Niverville Old Tyme Country Fair kicks off this weekend and promises to be one of the best fairs of the year. Entertainers include Gord Bamford, Brady Kenneth and The Washboard Union. Climb aboard the Polar Express or just kick back in the ferris wheel. There’s something for everyone!
Get robbed by cowboys
May 15 | 11:00 a.m.
Departing from Inkster Junction Station
All aboard! Travel back in time to the Wild West and experience a Great Train Robbery on the Prairie Dog Central! Get your tickets to ride the rails and enjoy a fun re-enactment of an old-fashioned train robbery, where bandits on horseback or in vintage automobiles storm the train along the line.
Grab the spotlight
June 9 to 11
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre John Hirsch Mainstage
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division will capture your hearts with the versatility of Spotlight. The mainstage production includes excerpts from the classical ballet, Paquita and two world premieres; Romani Song and The Little Match Girl.
See dinosaurs at the Assiniboine Park Zoo
May 21 to September long weekend
Various buildings, Winnipeg
Something BIG has arrived at the Assiniboine Park Zoo for the summer. Dinosaurs Alive!® is an immersive and comprehensive dinosaur experience that allows visitors to step back in time to the prehistoric era as the lifelike dinosaurs move and roar throughout the zoo. Learn about your favourite dinosaurs or just enjoy the thrill of seeing these beasts in action. Don’t miss it!
Go on a learning vacation in Churchill
June 9 to 14
Churchill Northern Studies Centre
Follow a birding expert to the arctic’s edge on this once-in-a-lifetime learning vacation in Churchill. Churchill is known as a birding hot spot, with hundreds of thousands returning Snow Geese and exciting rarities such as the Ross’s Gull, Bohemian Waxwing and Harris’s Sparrow. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore the Eskimo Museum and the town of Churchill.
Reach new heights with Manitoba’s aerial past
June 7, 9 and 12 | 2:00 pm
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
Travel back to a time when Canada’s rivers served as highways for travelers and how the Vickers Vidette changed the northern transport industry in 1924. Known as the “Flying Canoe”, the Vickers Vidette was the first airplane designed and manufactured by Canadians. Don’t miss your chance to see the world’s only complete example of the Flying Canoe on display at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.
Admire murals in the west end
Monday to Saturday
West End BIZ
Discover the West End’s rich cultural diversity through spectacular murals. Wander from mural to mural and learn about the history, people, businesses and restaurants of this diverse area of Winnipeg. Expect to gain insight into the West End’s heritage, community, commerce and cuisine, all while taking in gorgeous works of art.
Summer family fishing weekend
June 11 to 12
Want to fish? Don’t have a fishing license? No worries, this weekend your whole family can fish without a license. Free family fishing weekend is province-wide, except in national parks where a federal licence is still required. All other rules and regulations apply. Conservation limits apply to those angling without a licence, who normally would require one. For more information, call 204-945-6784.
Be enveloped in human stories at CMHR
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, The Forks
Contemplate inspring stories of struggle and triumph at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This new national museum strives to create inspiring encounters with human rights, by engaging you in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others.
Stroll downtown on an Indigenous Artwalk
Self directed tour
Be enthralled by Indigenous artwork as you stroll through downtown’s streets on Winnipeg’s Indigenous Artwalk. In this series, each work was inspired by the word “welcome” and shared a vision to build a more inclusive, diverse and artful downtown.
Immerse yourself in culture at the Manitoba Museum
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
Human and natural history come alive at The Manitoba Museum. Permanent exhibits beyond the diorama of bison that greet you at the entrance include galleries featuring ancient aquatic fossils, an aboriginal encampment and an urban gallery that depicts Winnipeg in the 1920s, complete with a dentist’s office. Don’t miss the Nonsuch Gallery, where you’ll find a replica of a 17th century fur-trading ship. The captain’s log might note that visitors have included Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, who once enjoyed a romantic dinner on deck.
Enjoy exhilarating horse racing at the Assiniboia Downs
Racing season is on at the Downs! With Wednesday, Friday and Saturday being the best days to watch the races at the Assiniboia Downs, there are plenty of opportunities to join in on the fun. Nothing gets the heart racing faster than the sound of thundering hooves and the encouraging yells of jockeys, especially if you have a few bucks on it. And remember, never bet on a horse named Tripod.
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.
Explore the Fort
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada
Step back in time to the 19th century fur trade at the oldest stone fur trading post still intact in North America at Lower Fort Garry. Costumed interpreters will take you back to the mid-1800s as they re-enact events of the early days of this Hudson’s Bay Company post. Stone walls encircle the Fort’s enclosure, the largest group of original 19th century fur trade buildings in Canada.