This week our hot list is going MAD for fringe. You can experience an extremely fun Fringe Festival in the heart of the city or frolic at a rollicking rodeo full of fringed shirts in the country. You could sweep away the dirt with a fringed brush on a fossil dig or pack up your shiny fringed lures before heading out to your secret fishing hole. Or just live on the fringe by experiencing something outside your box in Manitoba.

Also, it’s been a real scorcher lately, so be careful out there. Stay hydrated, slather on the sunscreen and take cover if a pesky thunderstorm blows in. Here’s our best of the week…

Get your Fringe on

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

Photo by Leif Norman.

July 15 to 26
The Exchange District, Winnipeg

Original, accessible, cheeky – these are just some of the adjectives used to describe North America’s second-largest Fringe Theatre Festival! For 12 days, more than 180 companies from around the world will present comedy, drama, dance, improv, musicals and more while Old Market Square comes alive with non-stop entertainment on the outdoor stage.

Rustle up some fun at the stampede

Small town rodeos are hipsters' new delight

July 16 to 19

Ride out to Morris for a weekend of bronco-busting fun at the Manitoba Stampede! This pro-rodeo event on the Canadian Tour circuit stars some of the top names in bull riding, bronco-busting, tie-down roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling circles and team roping. There’s also fast-paced thoroughbred chariot, pony chariot and chuckwagon racing. The Agricultural Fair section features dairy shows, light and heavy horse shows, kid’s pig scramble and a Youth Stars of Manitoba Talent Competition. All this and balloon art, outdoor stage entertainment and a children’s petting zoo too make this a great event for all the family. Hipsters love a good rodeo too!

Go on a fossil dig adventure

Plesiosaur flipper

Plesiosaur flipper

Open daily
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.

Be enticed by the relaxing lure of fishing.

Source: Travel Manitoba.

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.

Sign up for a Signature Experience

Bison Safari at FortWhyte Alive

What do bison, birds and a boy of gold have in common? They are the main characters in three 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.

Get animated at Ai-Kon

Ai-Kon - Anime Festival in Winnipeg

July 17 to 19
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

Are you ready for Manitoba’s premiere anime convention? Ai-Kon is coming back for another non-stop weekend celebrating geekish hobbies you know and love, from Japanese animation to comics, video games, costumes and so much more!

Our friends over at GOOTB will be all over the convention this weekend. Stop and say hello if you see them there.

Dig your toes in sand at the beach

Get out to the beaches in Manitoba.

Photo by Jennifer Opsahl.

Hot sand, cool water and bare feet are an unbeatable combination. Every Manitoban has a favourite go-to beach, but with a province that boasts over 100,000 lakes, there are so many new ones for you to discover and enjoy. And you’re in luck because Buzzfeed just posted a list of 14 Manitoba beaches you must explore this summer.

Beach festivals

What’s more fun than a party at the beach? How about two parties only 3o minutes away from each other? This weekend, Winnipeg Beach hosts their classic Boardwalk Days featuring a BIG midway, outdoor markets, pancake breakfast, parade and fireworks, while Gimli hosts a Beach Bash on Saturday where you can rock out to Econoline Crush.

Catch some good hits (and eats) at the ballpark

July 15 to 18
Shaw Park, Winnipeg

Head out to the ball park to root for the Winnipeg Goldeyes to scratch out those pesky Gary SouthShore RailCats. 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.

Explore the Fort

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

Open daily
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada

Step back in time to the 19th century fur trade at the oldest stone fur trading post still intact in North America at Lower Fort Garry. Costumed interpreters will take you back to the mid-1800s as they re-enact events of the early days of this Hudson’s Bay Company post. Stone walls encircle the Fort’s enclosure, the largest group of original 19th century fur trade buildings in Canada.

Visit a farmers’ market

Visit a Manitoba farmers' market

Photo by Thomas Stuart.

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.

Enjoy live entertainment in Assiniboine Park

Summer Entertainment Series at 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.

Head for the hills

Rising dramatically from the prairie landscape, Riding Mountain National Park is a vast expanse of boreal forest and pristine aspen parkland that is sure to enchant and inspire you. You’ll feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world as you hike the Escarpment trail system, where the Manitoba plateau falls away 300 metres to the prairies. An abundance of wildlife, forest trails and lakes have attracted nature lovers, camping enthusiasts and summer cottagers for generations. There’s truly something for everyone in this scenic region.

Go wild at the Zoo

Assiniboine Park Zoo

Photo by Paul Flemming (@lovethywalrus).

Open daily
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg

Polar bears and monkeys and leopards, oh my! Say hello to all the beautiful wild animals at Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Zoo has over 80 park-like acres for you to explore and interact with wildlife species from around the world.

Spend a day in the life of a pioneer

Pembina Threshermen's Museum

July 18
Pembina Threshermen’s Museum

Go on a family adventure and live in the past lane at A Day in the Life of a Pioneer. Don’t worry, there will be significantly less chores and way more exploring to be had at this unique museum. Visit the good ol’ General Store and collect old-fashioned souvenirs at every stop.

Go on an uplifting journey of hope and salvation

Rainbow Stage Les Miserables

July 9 to 24
Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg

Take a breath of fresh air at Canada’s largest and longest running outdoor theatre. Sit back and be entranced by the soaring melodies of the unforgettable Les Misérables. The lives of Jean Valjean, Fantine, Cosette and Marius will draw you into a tale of universal struggle and the redemptive power of love.

Zip through Pembina Valley

HyWire Zipline Adventures with BC Robyn.

Photo by BCRobyn

Open daily

Fly through the air and take in a killer view on a ziplining adventure. Hy-Wire Zipline Adventures will take you into the Pembina Valley from 200 feet above with their signature 5 or 8 line tour. The tour includes 1 km of hiking with the average outing lasting just over an hour.

Swim with the canaries of the sea

Swimming with belugas in Hudson Bay, Manitoba.


A visit to Churchill offers an unparalleled ability to get close to docile beluga whales during the summer months of July and August. A natural phenomenon to witness, each year thousands of whales make their way to the chilly waters of the Hudson Bay’s Churchill River, to birth their calves. Get ready to sputter out a blitz of oohs and ahhs!

Reflect in the Whiteshell

Reflections in the Whiteshell

Let the wonders of nature be a backdrop for reflection on the power of the human spirit at Whiteshell Provincial Park. Begin your Whiteshell journey at the Bannock Point Petroforms near Nutimik Lake before embarking on the eight kilometre trail at Rainbow Falls. Bring your tent for a night under the stars, or choose one of the park’s many comfy resorts.

Hit the links

Source: Movie Clips.

Picking which club to use to get off a better shot than this is much easier than deciding which of Manitoba’s more than 120 golf courses to play. From lakeside links, to fairways next to farmers’ fields, to putting greens nestles along rocky Canadian Sheild outcrops, tee off at top courses surrounded by Manitoba’s natural beauty.

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