It’s not quite summertime, but if you're feeling that vibe, we say embrace it and don’t wait another minute to get outdoors! If it hasn’t called your name just yet, listen a little closer and soon enough you’ll feel that irresistible urge to soak it all up and take it all in. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Float or paddle the Pinawa Channel

Float paddle

begins June 1
Pinawa, Manitoba

Pinawa Float and Paddle (division of Eduvacay) rents quality equipment for all water fun on the Pinawa Channel. Canoe and kayak rentals begin this Saturday. Their signature lazy river tubes and SUP are available June 22. Follow @floatandpaddle for special promos all summer long and experience some must-do Manitoba fun!

Make a splash in Portage la Prairie

Splash Island, Portage la Prairie

opens June 1
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.

 


 

Show some Pride

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continues this week
various venues, Winnipeg

With activities that showcase LGBTTQ diversity and community, the Pride Festival brings together peoples from all walks of life. Activities include a flag raising at City Hall, sports tournaments, barbecues, art shows, live entertainment across the city, and much more.

Get the kids stuck on TapeScape

Tapescape exhibit at Manitoba Children's Museum

continues this week
Children’s Museum

This summer, take the kids to the Children’s Museum for the TapeScape experience, a unique play environment and creative art installation, custom-designed by artist Eric Lennartson.

Hit the Jewish Film Fest

Jewish Film Fest 2019

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.

Explore architecture and comics at an exhibit

Winnipeg Architecture

continues this week
Winnipeg Architecture

Architecture+Comics: Canadian Cartoonists and the City continues this week. The exhibit continues until June 30 and features Canadian cartoonists and their exploration of cities, streets and buildings.

Delve into perspectives from India to Canada

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continues this week
WAG, Winnipeg

Vision Exchange is Manitoba’s first major exhibition celebrating contemporary artists with roots in India. From videos and multi-media to paintings and drawings, see over 100 pieces by 20 leading artists from India and Canada.

Celebrate music at the Agassiz Chamber fest

Agassiz

May 27 to June 2
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Winnipeg

The Agassiz Chamber Music Festival is back again and as in years past, this year will also feature local and international artists of the highest calibre performing chamber music repertoires.

Drop in to an Aboriginal beadwork class

Beading

May 28
Musée de Saint-Boniface, St. Boniface

If you are fascinated by the intricacy and artistry of Aboriginal arts and craft, particularly the beadwork, the Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre will be facilitating a beading workshop, which is open to all skill levels.

Make your Tuesday all about jazz

mardi jazz

May 28
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, St-Boniface

If you’re looking for a musical experience that will resonate with you, look no further than Jérémie & the Delicious Hounds this week at mardi jazz when the band will take to the centre culturel franco-manitobain stage.

Have a knit and a nosh

Across the Board Game Café

May 28
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 a few mysteries of the occult

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May 29
Manitoba Legislative Building Main Entrance, Winnipeg

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.

Paddle the St. Vital Park Duck Pond

You should be paddling

May 29
St. Vital Park Duck Pond

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 St. Vital Park to the Manitoba Paddling Association Club between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Participants should come equipped with their own paddling equipment, life jackets, throw ropes, bailers and whistles.

Dine at a culinary fusion

Carnaval - Mexico

May 30
Carnaval | Brazilian BBQ, Winnipeg

Carnaval is hosting a cultural fusion dining experience on Thursday. Sample deliciously unique flavours from different countries around the world.

Have a Handsome laugh

Handsome Daughter

May 30
Handsome Daughter, Winnipeg

The Handsome Daughter is hosting its open-mic comedy night this Thursday. There is no cover charge to attend this event.

Wet your whistle at the Fairmont Lounge

Fairmont Winnipeg Lounge happy hour

May 31
Fairmont Winnipeg

Looking for a new wind-down watering hole to get you ready for the weekend? The Fairmont Winnipeg Lounge is open for happy hour with highballs, wine, cocktails and a rotating selection of craft beer. And of course, no happy hour is complete without live entertainment!

Gain insight into technology and the selfie phenomena

Selfless documentary


May 31
Evans Theatre, Brandon

Evans Theatre in Brandon will be featuring the documentary, selfless, which explores society’s current draw to technology, selfies and social media, particularly among young people. With access right at our fingertips, the documentary asks the question: “What are we reaching for?”

Be part of a small-town festival

Prairie Wind Music Festival

May 31 to June 2
Cypress River Resource Centre, Cypress River

The month of June is looking good for a festival and the Prairie Wind Music Fest will be the season opener. This festival features a diverse blend of music from rock to blues, country to jazz and children’s favourites in a small but mighty and intimate setting of Cypress River.

Get ready to rumble in Morris

Rumble in the Valley, Morris

May 31 to June 1
Manitoba Stampede Grounds, Morris

Prepare for a competition that is equal parts loud, fierce and exciting. Rumble in the Valley has one goal in mind: to shake the ground you walk on as 40 competitors go head to head for thousands of dollars in prize money.

Sing along at the Shrek musical

Shrek

May 31 to June 1
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium

Shrek is coming to town, the town of Brandon, to be specific. For one of three shows, you can sing and tap your feet as Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and the other swamp creatures bring the stage at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium to life.

Feast on a sumptuous brunch this Sunday

Mother's Day brunch at Fairmont

June 1
Fairmont, Winnipeg

There’s no more perfect a day to brunch than a Sunday. And from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairmont Winnipeg, along with executive chef Tim Palmer and restaurant chef Daniel Davyduke will be crafting a mouth-watering, local brunch menu which will feature local, wholesome ingredients.

Show ‘n’ shine in Steinbach

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June 1
Diner on 52, Steinbach

Diner on 52 will be hosting its show ‘n’ shine event where a free ice cream treat will be offered to all who participate. There will also be a draw for the door prize.

Attend a quilt show

Lakeside Quilters

June 1 and 2
Gimli Recreation Centre, Gimli

The Lakeside Quilters 2019 Show is on this weekend in Gimli. Admire the talent on the display and maybe even find your own fancy quilt to take home.

Pick up a piece of art on an Interlake tour

East of Red

June 1 and 2
various venues, East St. Paul

In the market for some new art? Head to the East of Red Artists Tour and Sale in the Interlake region this weekend.

Let your inner flower child out at a folk fest

Back 40 Folk Festival

June 2
Morden Park, Morden

Back 40 Folk Festival is celebrating another year in the Pembina Valley. This year, the small festival is bringing some big talent to the park with Watermelon Slim and the Dirty Catfish Brass Band.

Explore nature at Oak Hammock

Oak Hammock Marsh

June 2
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Why settle for worms when you can have birding and breakfast? Oak Hammock Marsh will host its morning Birding and Breakfast event on Sunday with resident naturalist Paula Grieef. Be sure to wear your walking shoes. Registration is required for this event.