Ahh, the end of summer. There’s something so calming about this time of transition – from the crisp mornings to the warm afternoons, and the anticipation for the coming season. We had a good run,Hot this week emblem with a climatologist even naming our summer as the best in Canada, but it might be about that time to move on to the next big thing: autumn. And with fall feasts and autumnal festivals already gearing up, we’re off to a great start. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba…

Light up the night

The Lights Fest in Manitoba

September 9
Fun Mountain Water Slide Park

Join into a magical evening and make memories to last a lifetime at The Lights Festival™. The festival beckons you to cast your dreams toward the skies as you release a lantern into the night in a beautiful spectacle of light and togetherness at Fun Mountain Water Slide Park.

Get together downtown for ManyFest


September 8 to 10
Broadway, Winnipeg

Downtown Winnipeg’s largest festival brings 60,000-plus people to Broadway Avenue for an exciting weekend of celebration. Tour Winnipeg’s best food trucks in the ManyFest Food Truck Wars, or quench your thirst in the wine and beer garden. Kids can enjoy a movie in the park and an engaging Kids Zone. Free entertainment is going all weekend with two stages of amazing talent.

Feel the pride in Riding Mountain National Park

Pride Week in Clear Lake Country

September 5 to 10
Riding Mountain National Park

It’s set to be a summer to remember in Clear Lake, with Parks Canada and Clear Lake Country teaming up to present the first ever annual Pride celebrations! Head to Riding Mountain National Park from September 5 to 10 for a week of events that celebrate the LGBTTQ+ community and inclusiveness.

Embrace autumn at Harvest Fest


September 9 to 10
Winnipeg Beach

The air is getting a bit crisper, the leaves are changing colours, and it’s a comfortable time of the year to enjoy some quality time outdoors with the family. The Winnipeg Beach Harvest Festival has something for everyone. Kids will love the inflatables, face painting, and scarecrow making contest, while ‘Ma and ‘Pa will get their fill with an outdoor market and the best apple pie, jam, jelly and dill pickle competitions.

Find your center at Prairie Love Festival

Prairie Love Festival in Manitoba


September 8 to 10
Birds Hill Park

The Prairie Love Festival’s mantra is to celebrate the land of big skies and big hearts, and boy does it deliver. Be rejuvenated at a new venue, Birds Hill Provincial Park, with a variety of yoga classes, tranquil meditations, nature hikes, and more. The festival grounds at Birds Hill Provincial Park will be open to be public (provincial park pass required) with free wellness programming throughout the weekend and the Mindful Market, featuring 20+ local makers.

Put your dancing shoes on for a lively street festival


September 9
Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg

Celebrate the West Broadway neighbourhood in one of the largest community events in Winnipeg. The area boasts an abundance of wonderful talent, business and spirit; all of which surfaces during the Sherbrook Street Festival. All day music is coupled with a merchant village, as well as kid-oriented activities such as arts and crafts, exhibits and games.

Decode the mystery of the Legislature


Wednesday evenings until October 25
Manitoba Legislative Building

Sign up for an unforgettable evening of magic, mystery and architectural wonder on the Hermetic Code Tour. The charismatic Frank Albo, researcher and inspiration behind the bestseller The Hermetic Code, will take you along a step-by-step tour to reveal a trail of occult clues concealed in the building’s architecture including: hidden hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes, and Freemasonic symbols so intelligently masked they have escaped historians and visitors for nearly a hundred years! This is part of the Canadian Signature Experience collection.

Get your fill at a fall supper


Various dates and locations

Fall just wouldn’t be fall without the opportunity to enjoy a hearty, home cooked meal. Fall suppers are a long standing (and very tasty) Manitoba tradition, bringing together local communities with warm meals.

Winnipeg Beach Fall Supper | September 9

La Broquerie Fall Supper | September 10

St. Claude Fall Supper | September 10

Pansy Fall Supper | September 10

Row, row, row your boat


September 8 to 10

Row, row, row your boat, quickly down the river! Dragons take flight along the Red River for the FMG Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival, in support of CancerCare Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. Cheer from the sidelines as 25 teams race down the river on a boat of traditional Chinese design.

Bring your appetite to a Farmers’ Feast

St. Norbert Farmers' Market Farmers' Feast

September 7
St. Norbert Farmers’ Market

Pull up a chair to the new Farmers’ Feast at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market. Chef Ben Kramer will serve up an incredible 5-course dinner featuring fare from local farms. Bring your appetite!

Explore a rural art gallery

Tiger Hills Art Gallery in Holland, Manitoba

On until September 29
Tiger Hills Art Gallery, Holland

Not only does a trip to Holland make for a lovely scenic drive (especially if you go to the Trappist Monastery to pick up some handmade oka cheese), it is also is home to the Tiger Hills Art Gallery. This month features artist Susan Crawford-Young’s perspective on the open fields, wildlife and farming experiences from her upbringing in Southern Manitoba.

Experience fall on the farm

Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Manitoba

September 4
Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

Are you the type of person who’s counting down the days until fall? If you simply can’t wait – head to the Mennonite Heritage Village for Fall on the Farm and experience harvest work, steam powered threshing, a variety of pioneer demonstrations, hog butchering, music and entertainment, and lots of hearty food.

Celebrate honey, garlic and maple syrup


Photo by Melissa Derksen Photography

September 8 to 9

Get a taste of the Pembina Valley at the Honey, Garlic & Maple Syrup Festival. This food themed festival features a pancake breakfast (make sure to use maple syrup), craft show, farmers’ market, vendors, cooking demos and beverage gardens. Tasty treats are never far away; and with ‘Gourmet Alley’ and a delicious Buffet Supper, you will want to arrive hungry.

Whoop and hollar in Portage la Prairie


August 9
Portage la Prairie

Folkies, the party continues at the Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival in Portage la Prairie! While the Whoop & Hollar Festival may sound like a rather rowdy event, it is actually an intimate experience on a private rural property located 10 minutes southeast of Portage la Prairie. Here, you can listen to folk musical stylings against the rustle of leaves in the trees. Join around the bonfire or pitch a tent and stay the night.

Root for our boys in Blue at the Banjo Bowl


September 9
Investors Group Field

Come donned head-to-toe in gold and blue for this quintessential game of the season. The Banjo Bowl is an annual rematch game where the Winnipeg Blue Bombers take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders – and trust us when we say, there will be banjos. Go Blue!!!

Tune into a music festival in Brandon


September 9
Brandon, Manitoba

Still holding onto summer? The Summer Lights Music Festival is for you. Head to Brandon, Manitoba for a family-friendly music festival featuring prominent up-and-coming acts like JP Hoe, William Prince and Dave Quanbury, as well as nationally acclaimed artists such as The Zolas and Royal Canoe. Free camping is available steps away from the festival, and with fully licensed grounds, you won’t have to miss a single moment!

Double up at the Double B Agricultural Festival


September 8 to 10

The summer event of the Beausejour Brokenhead area has arrived! Cheer your heart out at the sanctioned semipro rodeo and the Manitoba High School rodeo or simply wander the ag displays to see antique tractors. Kids will love the petting zoo, parade and fireworks, making the Double B Agricultural Festival an event for the whole family.

Attend a lively street festival


September 9 to 10
Chinatown, Winnipeg

Become acquainted with Winnipeg’s very own Chinatown at this year’s Chinatown Street Festival. Experience the eye-catching traditional lion dance and be amazed by Chinese Kung Fu. Movies,  music and markets round off the weekend. Don’t miss it!

Get to know the art of Pembina Valley

Pembina Valley Studio Tour

September 9 to 10
Pembina Valley

Get an intimate glimpse into the lives of artists in Manitoba’s Pembina Valley on a self-guided studio tour through the region. See unique and traditional forms of art in a variety of settings. Admission is free!

Attend a Pow Wow

13th Annual Opikihiwawin Traditional Pow Wow

September 9
Camp Amisk across from La Barriere Park, Winnipeg

Each year, New Directions puts on an incredible Opikihiwawin Traditional Pow Wow – and 2017 marks its 13th year! Friends and family are invited to join into a celebration of drums, dancers, food and more. A free shuttle bus will be departing all day from 717 Portage Avenue starting at 10:00 am.

Dance and spin at the Winnipeg International Salsa Festival

September 8 to 10
Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park

Ready to shake your tail feather? Harold & Regan and RHR LATIN Dance Company present the 4th Annual Winnipeg International Salsa Festival, featuring workshops, performances, competition and amazing parties. Expect to see renowned dancers from USA, Mexico, Cuba and Canada!

Seek out art and culture in the area of Portage la Prairie

Prairie Ripples Art Tour

September 9 to 10
Portage la Prairie and area

Can’t get enough of local art? Embark on a self-guided tour in the Portage la Prairie area for the Prairie Ripples Art Tour and uncover art in many mediums in studio environments. Art will include pottery, paintings, sculpture, fibre, woodworking, photography and more.