Slowly but surely, the leaves are turning to shades of yellow, orange and red and the mood of the province is changing. Indeed, summer is coming to an end, and Manitoba is winding up and winding down as a new season approaches. Some are seeking rejuvenation after months of cabins, lakes and road trips. The Prairie Love Festival offers a tranquil retreat into nature while spas like Thermëa create the perfect atmosphere for complete relaxation and contentment. Others are only getting started, setting their sights on the energy of ManyFest and the undeniable community spirit of rural festivals. Which route will you take? Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…

Get together downtown for ManyFest

ManyFest Winnipeg

September 9 to 11
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. As night falls, the street lights up with the Electric Donkey Race and fire performers.

Find your center at Prairie Love Festival

Prairie Love Festival

September 10 to 11
FortWhyte Alive

The Prairie Love Festival‘s mantra is to celebrate the land of big skies and big hearts, and boy does it deliver. FortWhyte Alive is the perfect nature venue for this inspiring, rejuvenating event in the heart of the prairies. Yogis can enjoy a variety of classes with renowned instructors, as well as tranquil meditations, nature hikes, speakers and music.

Row, row, row your boat

Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival

September 9 to 11

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

Farmers' Feast in St. Norbert, Manitoba

September 8
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!

Celebrate honey, garlic and maple syrup

Honey Garlic & Maple Syrup Festival

Photo by Melissa Derksen Photography

September 9 to 10

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.

Get your fill at a fall supper

Fall Suppers Manitoba

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.

La Broquerie Fall Supper | September 11

Lac du Bonnet Regional Library’s Annual Fall Supper | September 10

St. Claude Fall Supper | September 11

Pansy Fall Supper | September 11

Root for our boys in Blue at the Banjo Bowl

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

September 10
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

Summer Lights Music Festival in Brandon, Manitoba

September 10
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 Sol James, Attica Riots, The Crooked Brothers, as well as nationally acclaimed artists such as Said the Whale, Terra Lightfoot and Joel Plaskett. Free camping is available steps away from the festival, and with fully licensed grounds, you won’t have to miss a single moment!

Countdown to Canada’s 150th at the CMHR

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

September 7 | 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg

Join into excitement of Canada’s big 1-5-0 birthday at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. From 5 to 9 pm, get free admission into the museum and engage in special performances and programming. An interpretive guide will be on hand to showcase the Museum’s stories on youth, diversity, inclusion, the environment and reconciliation.

Listen to nature’s frequency in Riding Mountain National Park

Sunset in Riding Mountain National Park

Photo by Celes Davar

September 10
Riding Mountain National Park

There’s no static on this station – and certainly no commercials. Tune into nature’s frequency on a night walk with Earth Rhythms and discover a listening experience where the reception is always crystal clear – this is Nature 101 FM. On select Saturdays (Sept. 10, 17, 24, and Oct. 1 & 8) throughout the fall, the Acoustical Evening Walk by Earth Rhythms will guide you off the beaten path and into the night for an autumnal evening in the golden aspens and boreal greens of Riding Mountain National Park.

Witness a journey from Pine to Palm

September 10 | 6:30 pm
Manitoba Theatre for Young People, The Forks

History, humor and community take centre stage in the premiere of Less Traveled: A Journey from Pine to Palm. at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People. Follow Josiah Laubenstein and Darrell Johnston on an epic trip along the Jefferson Highway. The pair starts their adventure in Winnipeg, Canada and finishes in New Orleans. The best part? The entire 2200+ mile trip is completed in a ’54 Dodge Royal.

Look to the stars in Riding Mountain National Park

Dark Sky Weekend in Riding Mountain National Park

September 9 to 10
Riding Mountain National Park

The 1st ever Dark Sky Weekend celebrates our mysterious universe. Navigate the stars with astronomy experts or go on a hike along the scenic Lakeshore Trail while learning about our solar system. Improve your dark sky photography with local Clear Lake Country photographer, Austin Mackay or hop aboard the Star Party Boat Cruise to experience the night sky in the middle of the lake.

Double up at the Double B Agricultural Festival

Double B Agricultural Festival

September 9 to 11

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.

Get a glimpse into hockey history

'72 Summit Series Tour

September 6
Centennial Concert Hall

The ’72 Summit Series Tour celebrates the first game of hockey’s historic Summit Series, played in Montreal in 1972. Eight members from the original Team Canada team will take stage to give an intimate, first-hand telling of the dramatic story of teamwork and comeback victory.

Join into the herd for the coolest show on earth

September 9 to 11
MTS Centre

See all your favourites from the blockbuster animated movie franchise take to the ice for the coolest show ever. Ice Age on Ice features Scrat, Sid, Manny, Diego and the rest of the prehistoric pack as they embark on an adventure to find the magical Froozleberry and save themselves from extinction.


Go beyond the gate on a stone garden tour

September 10 to 11
St. Joseph

The 10th annual Beyond the Gate garden tour offers a rare glimpse into the incredible stone gardens of Lisa and Todd Braun. The tours take participants on a walk across the five-acre property to see incredible works of stone art and sculpture.

Get a lesson in military history

The Somme: The Mechanization of War Exhibition

On until November 11
The RCA Museum

Currently running at the museum is a temporary exhibit detailing the successes and failures of the Battle of the Somme during World War I. Running from July 1 until the end of November — roughly the same time frame as the battle — the exhibit tells the story of how machinery changed the face of war. The British army had a secret weapon (no spoilers here!), which showed that new technology can sometimes be a liability. But the Canadians — backed by a country that bought $2 billion worth of war bonds and donated everything from ambulances to artillery — showed great determination. Lessons learned at the Somme paved the way for the Canadian Corps success at Vimy Ridge in 1917-1918.

Join in to an adrenaline filled weekend in Carman

Heartland Rodeo Association Finals Carman

September 10 to 11

It’s an all-out rodeo in Carman, Manitoba this weekend for the Heartland Rodeo Finals. The best of the best are coming to town to show their expertise at steer wrestling, breakaway roping, saddle bronc, barrel racing, bull riding and more. There will be plenty of time to wind down after the excitement, with beer gardens and catering by Danny’s Whole Hog rounding off the weekend.

Embrace autumn at Harvest Fest

 Winnipeg Beach Harvest Fest

September 10 to 11
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.

Put your dancing shoes on for a lively street festival

Sherbrook Street Festival

September 10
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 couples with a merchant village, as well as kid-oriented activities such as arts and crafts, exhibits and games.

Rejuvenate and relax at the spa

 Thermëa Nordic Spa Winnipeg

Wouldn’t a day spent at a luxurious spa be just the ticket? Experience relaxation in a whole new way at the outdoor Scandinavian style oasis, Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature or escape to Ten Spa at Hotel Fort Garry for a self-detox Hamam. The Riverstone Spa is an ideal (and very serene) option after a day of exploring The Forks. If you’d like to relax outside of the city limits, head north to Elkhorn Resort on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park.