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 uplifting and exhilarating spirit of Manito Ahbée and the dreamy spectacle that is Cavalia’s Odysseo. Which route will you take? Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Feel the spirit of Manito Ahbée
September 9 to 13
Come together in Winnipeg for an unforgettable festival that celebrates Aboriginal arts, culture and music. Manito Ahbee is an annual festival that shares Indigenous culture and heritage with the world through a number of exciting events, including the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and the Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show. You won’t want to miss incredible performances of Metis square dancing and jigging, as well as the International Pow Wow.
Get together downtown for ManyFest
September 11 to 13
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.
Get under the world’s largest big top
September 10 to October 4
Under the big white top on Kenaston Blvd, Winnipeg
Beautiful music, astounding acrobatics and magnificent horses. Get ready Winnipeg, the world’s largest touring big top is about to hit town! The internationally acclaimed Cavalia will push the limits of live entertainment with its latest production Odysseo. Head under the world’s largest big top for an equestrian and acrobatic production that will bring you to some of the planet’s most unforgettable landscapes.
Be enthralled by life-changing theatre
September 12 to 19
Dance, song, and art are at top of mind for FemFest 2015: Hear Her Roar. FemFest showcases plays made by women, for everyone. The Festival offers a huge variety of workshops, performances and guerrilla theatre. Let’s just say you might have a dramatic surprise in the elevator on the way to work! At its core, FemFest aims to provide opportunities to emerging artists; and to provide a place to tell stories and focus on issues of importance to women.
Find your center at Prairie Love Festival
September 12 to 13
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
September 11 to 13
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
September 10 | 6:30 – 9:30 pm
St. Norbert Farmers’ Market
Bring your appetite to the 7th annual Farmers’ Feast at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market. The late summer evening is marked by a gorgeous dining canopy; complete with chandeliers and live music, as well as a number of uniquely Manitoban dishes. Chat with chefs and local food producers in the tastiest celebration of Manitoba’s harvest.
Gaze at exceptional architecture in Old St. Boniface
Daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Starting point is Old St. Boniface City Hall, St. Boniface
Find out about the people, the buildings and events that have shaped today’s Old St. Boniface. Discover the unique architecture, atmosphere and charm of a vibrant community that reflects both the determination and Joie de vivre of Franco-Manitobans. Duration: 75-90 min.
Celebrate honey, garlic and maple syrup
September 11 to 12
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.
Join in to an adrenaline filled weekend in Carman
September 12 to 13
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.
Pan for gold at Oak Hammock Marsh
September 12 | 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Oak Hammock Marsh
Minerals, fossils and rocks dazzle, shimmer and shine at Oak Hammock Marsh’s Archaeology, Rocks and Minerals weekend! Archaeology fanatics can roam a variety of displays, enter the rockin’ silent auction, and watch a live demonstration of flint knapping. Find the gold at the end of the rainbow as you try your hand at gold panning, and don’t forget to bring in your own collection of stones for identification by experts!
Embrace autumn at Harvest Fest
September 12 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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.
Come alive on horseback
Mosey on over to Birds Hill Park Ranch, Falcon Beach Ranch or Tumbleweeds Ranch to enjoy a trail ride while breathing in the warm spring air and viewing the spectacular scenery. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You may see deer, owls and various other wildlife.
Tour the retired aircraft of yesteryear
September 1 to 29 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday) | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
Workin’ 9-5, what a way to make a living. Canada’s early aircraft worked hard for a living, and their tough exterior and design was a direct reflection of this. The workhorses of our aerial past had to make the trip to remote northern communities that had no roads or runways. In this exhibit, aircraft has been retrieved from the bottom of lakes or the sides of mountains. Some have been restored, while others are display a plethora war wounds. See these tough workhorses of the past at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.
Put your dancing shoes on for a lively street festival
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.
Feel unbreakable at a world class concert
September 8 | 8:00 pm
Janet Jackson is hitting Winnipeg with her Unbreakable World Tour, and you can bet it will be quite the spectacle. Expect to hear all of this superstar’s best known hits as well as a few new musical numbers. Funk, upbeat pop, ballads, midtempo R&B, dance club beats and rock are all on the docket for this world class performance.
Rejuvenate and relax at the spa
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.