It’s not quite summertime, but oh does it feel like it! Don’t wait another minute to get outdoors. If it hasn’t called your name yet, listen a little closer and not only will you hear the call, but you’ll feel that irresistible and undeniable urge to soak it all up and take it all in. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Get a two for one tour at the Mint

Royal Canadian Mint

May 28 to June 4
Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg

To celebrate the summer season, the Royal Canadian Mint is offering its guests two-for-one tours on adult admissions. Take a guided tour and discover the wonders of this state-of-the-art facility to see how the coins we use every day are made.

Support a ground-breaking exhibit

Resilience MAWA, Winnipeg

begins June 1
MAWA, Winnipeg

Resilience, an exhibit displaying the artwork of 50 Indigenous women artists on 167 billboards from coast to coast opens this Friday. This ground-breaking, contemporary exhibition of artwork will take place beside highways and in cities across Canada, a land in which too many women and girls have gone missing.

Be part of a small-town festival

Prairie Wind Music Festival

June 1 to 3
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.

Show some Pride

Winnipeg Pride of the Prairies

ends June 3
various venues, Winnipeg

With a week full of 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.

Be enthralled under the big top

Cavalia Odysseo The White Big Top, Winnipeg

May 29 to June 3
The White Big Top, Winnipeg

The world’s largest touring production, Cavalia Odysseo, is back in Winnipeg and under the Big Top. Don’t miss your chance to experience what all the excitement is about.

Attend the Jewish Film Fest

Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival

May 28 to June 3
Rady JCC, Winnipeg

The Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival continues this week at the Rady JCC in the Berney Theatre. The festival will feature 30 screenings, opening and closing night receptions, and much more.

Get Xtreme at Assiniboine

APC Zoo

opens May 28 to June 3
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.

Trace the Canadian experience at an exhibit

RCA Museum in Shilo, Manitoba

May 28 to June 3
The RCA Museum, Shilo

The RCA Museum will be opening a new temporary exhibit, 1918 – The Last 100 Days. This exhibit traces the Canadian experience at the end of the First World War in France and Belgium.

Let your inner science geek out in Gimli

New Iceland Heritage Museum

May 28 to  June 3
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.

Taste the edibles of FortWhyte

FortWhyte Alive edibles

May 29
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

FortWhyte Alive is encouraging its guests to get out and taste the roses with a beginner foraging workshop that will give some useful tips for identifying, harvesting and preparing wild foods. The workshop will be guided by FortWhyte Interpreter Barret Miller.

Discover the beautiful art of the Labrador Inuit

WAG SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut

May 29 to June 3
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut is the first major exhibition on the art of the Labrador Inuit. The exhibit, which in the Nunatsiavut dialect of Inuktitut means “to be visible”, provides an opportunity for visitors, collectors, art historians, and art aficionados to discover distinctive, works of contemporary Inuit art right here at the WAG.

Attend a juried art exhibit

Tiger Hills Art Gallery, Holland

May 29 to 18
Tiger Hills Art Gallery, Holland

The Tiger Hills Art Gallery is putting on its 37th annual Central Region Juried Art Exhibit, which aims to promote artists within the central region. Each piece of artwork is juried and on display to the public for one evening with 40 to 45 pieces selected by the jurors.

Watch lived and literary worlds collide

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

May 29 to June 3
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba will be the scene for a unique, collaborative experiment in theatre and installation. Theatre from the Jungle focuses on artists working with immigrants to workshop performances built from lived experiences and literary sources like Upton Sinclair’s 1906 novel The Jungle.

Experience the luxury of Aufguss and jazz

Thermea Aufguss

May 31
Thermëa, Winnipeg

Thermëa is dedicating this Thursday to Aufguss and jazz. Enjoy oysters and sparkling wine along with the relaxing experience.

Listen to a ‘rootsy’ new release

The Sturgeons

May 30
The Park Theatre, Winnipeg

Winnipeg roots duo The Sturgeons will be releasing their latest album, Black and White. Don’t miss the chance to experience Ameri-Canadiana music at its best at The Park Theatre.

Learn about the local scene

Cre8ery Gallery and Studio

May 31
Cre8ery Gallery and Studio, Winnipeg

Cre8ery wants you to clear your schedule Thursday night schedule and head to its studio to learn all about the amazing local art scene. It’s also a great opportunity to meet like-minded folks and support local artists.

Hit First Fridays and an alleyway market

People crossing the street during First Fridays in the Exchange District

June 1
Exchange District, Winnipeg

Alleyways Market takes over the back lane at Elgin Avenue in the East Exchange district for four Fridays this summer. With a winning mix of handmade goods, ready to eat snacks and fresh, locally produced food to take home, you don’t want to miss it.

Celebrate with Pembina Threshermen’s

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June 1
Pembina Threshermens Museum, Winkler/Morden

The Pembina Threshermen’s Museum is taking its 50th year celebrations up a notch this weekend with its Heritage Day festivities. Get some hands-on experience in some of the classic skills of threshing, blacksmithing, rope making and corn grinding. All buildings will be open including the General Store for lunch and ice cream treats.

Feel the rumble in Morris

Rumble in the Valley, Morris

June 1 and 2
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.

Shop a market

St. Norbert Farmers Market

June 2
St. Norbert, Winnipeg

Just in time for the coming summer, shop the family friendly St. Norbert Outdoor Farmers’ Market this Saturday, and chat with local farms and artisans while munching on baked treats on Saturday.

Head to Forge and Forum

Cloverdale Forge Forge and Forum

June 2
Cloverdale Forge, St. Andrews

Blacksmithing professionals and enthusiasts, local blacksmith company, Cloverdale Forge, is hosting its annual Forge and Forum event where blacksmiths of all skill levels have a chance to gather, share and learn from among the most experienced in the field. This year’s forum will feature Lynda Metcalfe who specializes in contemporary hand-forged ironwork and mokume-gane jewelry.

Learn all about birds

Oak Hammock Marsh

June 2
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Put on your walking shoes and join resident naturalist, Paula Grieef, as she discusses the habits of birds and their breeding patterns at Oak Hammock Marsh this Sunday. Pre-registration is required for this event.

Take in a few local bands at The Forks

Annual Community Band Festival

June 2 and 3
Under The Forks Canopy, Winnipeg

The Annual Community Band Festival is making its way back to The Forks this weekend. Don’t miss out on performances by over 25 community bands in Manitoba, playing a variety of music.

Live life in the fast lane

Gimli

June 3
Gimli Motorsports Park, Gimli

Get geared up for Race Day in Gimli! For one day, you get to live in the fast lane and enjoy a fun day of watching and cheering on your favourite drivers in a race to the finish line at the Gimli Motorsports Park.

Let your inner flower child out at a folk fest

Back 40 Folk Festival  Morden Park, Morden

June 3
Morden Park, Morden

Back 40 Folk Festival is celebrating 29 years 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.