We like our summers hot and we like our music to have a chill vibe, which makes this week’s happenings a perfect combination of the two. Get roped into a new kind of rodeo that offers the ultimate food and music experience, dance to high-energy beats at the Cube, or ramble your way down our country roads to uncover our folksy soul at a rural music fest. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba…
Listen up at the Interstellar Rodeo
Aug 14 to 16
What do fine wine, local high-quality food, Sara McLachlan, Dwight Yoakam and Blue Rodeo have in common? They are all going to be a feast for your senses at the inaugural Interstellar Rodeo this weekend at the Forks! Interstellar Rodeo is a meticulously curated celebration of wine, food excellence and some of the world’s most compelling, original and masterful musical artists.
Go techno at MEME
Aug 13 to 16
Various venues, Downtown Winnipeg
Experience a wide array of eclectic sonic soundscapes that are intellectually stimulating — and will beckon you to the dance floor — at the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition! MEME is Western Canada’s leading electronic music and digital arts festival featuring four days of concerts, workshops and performances throughout downtown Winnipeg.
Get back to your roots at Harvest Sun
Aug 14 to 16
Harvest Sun Music Fest Site, Kelwood
Family, community, sustainability — the Harvest Sun Music Fest is a small festival with a big heart! This grass-roots prairie music festival is dedicated to showcasing Canadian Musicians and supporting the agricultural community.
See it all at Folklorama
August 2 to 15
It’s here, it’s finally here! This year at Folklorama, you can truly see it all. Grab your passport and venture out from pavilion to pavilion to view world-class entertainment and taste delicious authentic food. As the largest and longest-running multicultural festival in the world, Folklorama offers an incredibly vibrant glimpse into cultures around the globe, right here in Manitoba.
Road trip through the heartland
Pick a road you’ve never been on and ramble along our rolling farmlands that stretch to the horizon in every direction. There’s a reason the National Geographic listed a tour through Manitoba’s farm country as one of their Drives of a Lifetime.
If you do take a trek through the prairies, make sure you Instagram it and tag your posts with #exploremb for a chance to win a special Instagram trip to Churchill!
Dive into a divine comedy at Sister Act
Aug 13 to Sep 1
Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg
The gloriously funny Broadway musical Sister Act comes to Rainbow Stage this month! Featuring unforgettable original music by eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast), Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and is hidden by the cops in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent!
Be enticed by the relaxing lure of fishing.
It’s no wonder anglers fall hook, line and sinker for our many fishing holes. Trophy size catches are common and locals in every region rightly claim their streams offer some of the best fishing anywhere. With more than 100,000 lakes, casual anglers cook their catch of the day over campfires at prime sites from back-country hideaways to easily accessible roadside parks and the vast shores of Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba.
Root for our boys in Blue
Aug 14 | 7:00 p.m.
Investors Group Field
Ok, it’s been a very up and down season for the Bombers so far. But you can’t beat a summer evening socializing with friends while watching a thrilling football game at the stadium. This Friday, the boys in Blue will be taking on the Toronto Argonauts. C’MON BLUE!!!
Go on a fossil dig adventure
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden
If you like adventure and hands-on experiences, then sign up for a Fossil Dig Adventure Tour! This is one of Manitoba’s hottest tourism products where you can hunt for fossils on active dig sites in the Morden area. Home to Bruce, the 43-foot mosasaur (or marine reptile), the CFDC is unearthing a steady stream of fossils near Morden – an area that was once covered by a saltwater seaway in the Late Cretaceous Period.
Find out what these fossil digs are all about OR see how Morden’s mosasaur compares to Jurassic World’s mosasaur.
Sign up for a Signature Experience
What do bison, birds and a boy of gold have in common? They are the main characters inthree of Winnipeg’s best stories: FortWhyte Alive’s A Prairie Legacy, Oak Hammock Marsh’s A Bird in the Hand and Manitoba Legislative Building’s The Hermetic Code Tour. These stories are part of the Signature Experiences Collection, some of the coolest tourism experiences that Canada has to offer.
Enjoy live entertainment in Assiniboine Park
June to August
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Get ready for another fantastic summer of musical acts and movies at Assiniboine Park’s Summer Entertainment Series! From June through August, enjoy FREE events with the company of your friends and family at one of Winnipeg’s favourite gathering places.
Catch some good hits (and eats) at the ballpark
Aug 11 to 13 – Sioux Falls Canaries
Aug 14 to 16 – Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Shaw Park, Winnipeg
It’s a busy week at the Shaw Park for the Winnipeg Goldeyes! This week, the Fish host the Sioux Falls Canaries and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Stroll around the ballpark, laugh with the crowd, and enjoy the overall atmosphere. Good times.
And if you’re hungry, the ballpark is the best place to get your nosh on having everything from pretzels to poutine at the concessions. The Clay Oven restaurant overlooking the field serves up some of the city’s best East Indian cuisine. After the final run, head to a nearby pub in the Exchange District or hit up a patio at The Forks for post-game relaxation.
Visit a farmers’ market
Various locations around the province
Feast on freshly produced goodies at your local farmers’ market! This is the perfect time for you to shop for locally-produced foods and discover the real great tastes of Manitoba. Yum! Here’s a list of markets province-wide and Winnipeg-specific.
Unlock the mystery of an escape room
Various dates and locations
You’re locked in a room with 60 minutes to escape or find your objective. What do you do? Don’t worry – there are plenty of clues for you to uncover to help find your way out. Escape rooms are growing in popularity across Canada, and Winnipeg just happens to boast a few of the best. Test your skills at Enigma Escapes‘ Jewel of Zanzibar as you hunt down a mystical gem from a powerful warlord or head to The Real Escape to escape Death Row after you and your friends are wrongfully convicted. Whatever you do, don’t run out of time.
Register for Dirty Donkey
Springhill Winter Sports Park, Springfield
So you think your tough and done it all… Think you’ve seen it all… We’ll you ain’t seen a “Donkey” like this! The Dirty Donkey Mud Run will be the highlight of your summer… your year… maybe your life!! Join Canada’s LARGEST Adventure Event Organization for the best homegrown Mud Run! Whoever thought 5km’s could be this tough… this fun… this DIRTY!
Head out on a day trip to Steep Rock
Steep Rock, sometimes referred to as the Jewel of Lake Manitoba, is a picturesque spot for explorers, photographers and everybody in between. Formed over thousands of years, the cliffs of Steep Rock are made of limestone, with waves forming the rock into usual drops, caves and geological formations over time. Here, you can set out on a photo shoot to capture the perfect landscape, or drop into the water on a kayak for a day of exploration. The Steep Rock Beach campground is nearby for overnight stays.
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