The ingredients for the perfect summer weekend includes a lively fair (or two, or three), a happenin’ music festival and plenty of time spent enjoying the great outdoors. Lucky us, this weekend has all that and more. And if you’re hoping to spend time with Dad on Father’s Day? From FortWhyte Alive to Oak Hammock Marsh, we have events for that too. Here’s what’s hot…
Ride it all at the Ex
June 16 to 25
Red River Exhibition Park
EX-perience the sights, sounds, and tastes of Manitoba’s largest (and funnest) summer fair! Featuring nightly concerts, family attractions, animals, agriculture and the worlds largest travelling midway. Here, you will scream your heart out while flying down a roller coaster at lightning speeds, discover unusual creatures from around the world, and witness amazing feats unlike any other.
Jazz it up downtown
June 15 to 25
Various locations, Winnipeg
A world-class lineup of artists is set to perform at the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival! From June 15 to 25, the Exchange District will come alive with music performed by the best local, national and international artists.
Listen to music in the park
Princess Park, Brandon
Experience the serenity of downtown Brandon’s Princess Park and enjoy amazing talent from some of Western Manitoba’s finest performing artists. The free performances happen every Tuesday until August 22, starting at 7:00 pm. This week, Mitchell Mozden will be entertaining with soft acoustic melodies and intense live loops.
Spend the summer in the city of Steinbach
June 16 to 18
Main Street, Steinbach
Main Street will be abuzz this weekend for Steinbach’s annual Summer in the City. Taste and see the world at the cultural zone, or head to the midway to scream your heart out on an exhilarating ride. End the night with amazing entertainment on the SCU Main Stage. This year’s lineup includes Jess Moskaluke, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider and Dan Bremnes.
Golf, bowl, curl and shuffle at the 55+ games
June 13 to 15
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries 55 Plus Games are the largest annual 55+ multi-sport event in Manitoba that encourages seniors to stay active into their 80s (and 90s, and 100s). Events include arts and crafts, card games to bowling, golf, snooker, floor curling/shuffleboard, track, swimming, slo-pitch, scrabble and pickleball!
Zip through Pembina Valley
Get your adrenaline pumping all while taking in a killer view with a ziplining adventure. Take the plunge in the Pembina Valley with Hy-Wire Zipline Adventures and see the 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.
Meet the colourful characters of Fort Gibraltar
Tours offered daily
Fort Gibraltar, Winnipeg
Take a journey back in time to the Fur Trade in the early 1800s. Eccentric costumed interpreters will guide you through the historic Fort Gibraltar that originally sat at the forks of the Red and Assiniboine River. Guided tours are approximately 2 hours long and cover everything from the role of the fort as a North West Company trading post to the development of the Red River Settlement and the notorious conflict between competing fur trading empires.
Stop and smell the flowers
Gallery in the Park, Altona
Altona’s Gallery in the Park is the perfect way for garden-lovers to spend the afternoon. The 1902 home houses artwork while the surrounding grounds hosts a variety of sculptures and gorgeous landscaping. Wander through the garden to the water fountain, or relax on the outdoor patio in this little piece of paradise.
Get in a game of golf
Picking which club to use to make that shot may be 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 Shield outcrops, tee off at top courses surrounded by Manitoba’s natural beauty. We recently listed 15 golf courses that will make you want to grip it and rip it in Southwestern Manitoba.
Get out to the beach
Hot sand, cool water and bare feet are an unbeatable combination. Every Manitoban has a favourite beach, and 100 years ago, Lake Winnipeg’s most famous retreats were so popular they were serviced by up to 13 trains a day from Winnipeg. On the lake’s eastern shore, Grand Beach is regarded as one of the best in North America. Trip across its soft white sand, fish off the causeway and go birdwatching in the marsh. On the western shore, the rolling lawns and boardwalk of Winnipeg Beach separate the surf and sand from the resort town’s small shops and restaurants.
Go on a wilderness river adventure
Jun to Sep
Nelson River Adventures, Gillam
Be surrounded by wildlife and history as you travel the Nelson River and its tributaries. These river tours offer you firsthand glimpses of our Manitoba history with a breathtaking backdrop of wildlife, tundra horizons and boreal forest canopies.
Swim and splash at Lilac Resort
Open daily, June to August
A short ride outside the city limits of Winnipeg brings you to a family-friendly oasis of summer fun. Spend the day speeding down water slides, or just relax in the hot tub. There are tiki juice bars, wading pools, beach volleyball course, pedal boats, a stocked trout pond and live entertainment every weekend. Lilac Resort is the place to go for a day of soaking in the sun!
Root for our boys in Blue
Investors Group Field
Are you ready for some football?! The summer months will once again be all about Winnipeg Blue Bombers football as the team continues week 2 of its CFL pre-season at Investors Group Field! The boys in Blue will be taking on those feisty Edmonton Eskimos. C’MON BLUE!!!
P.S.: we’re giving away Blue Bomber tickets on our Instagram all summer, so be sure to follow along!
Discover the mysteries of a curious cabinet
On until July 9
Big Top, Winnipeg
Enter the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities to a place where time stands still, where the world of fantasy becomes reality, and where just about anything is possible. Cirque du Soleil is back, this time under the Big Top for its production KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™.
Reach new heights with Manitoba’s aerial past
During the month of June
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
Travel back to a time when Canada’s rivers served as highways for travelers and how the Vickers Vidette changed the northern transport industry in 1924. Known as the “Flying Canoe”, the Vickers Vidette was the first airplane designed and manufactured by Canadians. Don’t miss your chance to see the world’s only complete example of the Flying Canoe on display at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. An added bonus? All Dads get free admission to the museum (when accompanied by their kids) on Father’s Day!
Spend the weekend at a Bed & Breakfast
Wouldn’t it be relaxing just to get away for the weekend, sleep in, AND have breakfast made for you? Last week, we covered three outstanding B&Bs in Manitoba, and the next choice lies entirely with you. Do you want to feel like a princess? Check in to Bella’s Castle in Morden. Want to sleep in a Mongolian yurt by night while getting creative by day? Journey Home Artist Retreat is calling. Need something with a bit more history and heritage? Evergreen Gate Bed & Breakfast in St. Andrews is your new home for the weekend.
Explore the stunning Clear Lake
Explore this stunning lake by boat with a rental from Clear Lake Marina. Take your pick of a kayak (single or double), paddle boat (always fun for the little ones), or stand up paddle board (ideal for a better vantage point).
Celebrate Father’s Day at FortWhyte Alive
Show your dad some love this Father’s Day and bring him to FortWhyte Alive for a day of BBQ and fishing (what more could a dad want?!). The Father’s Day BBQ kicks off at 11 am with the Buffalo Stone Cafe serving up traditional BBQ fare. Afterward, hit the water for a free day of fishing, equipment and bait included.
Bring your pupper to the ball game
Fur dads can celebrate Father’s Day weekend too! Bring your dog to the game for Bark in the Park and help to break a Guinness World Records title for most dogs to attend a sporting event!
Wander a small-town art gallery
Saturday and Sundays
Headed out to beach country this weekend? Stop into Bulrushes Gallery, located just outside of the community of Winnipeg Beach. On now: a celebration of contemporary printmaking, to commemorate Canda’s 150 years. The gallery is open Saturday and Sunday afternoons for the month of June and Friday through Sunday afternoons, July and August.
Take a tour of The Forks
On daily until Labour Day, Park Canada’s 6,000 years in 60 minutes tour ($3.90 adults, $3.40 seniors, $1.90 youth) will take you through The Forks to recap the history of the area. The tour embarks at 11 am and 1 pm in English and 3 pm in French. Expect to pass by important historical landmarks such as the Odena Circle and hear stories of our fur trading past.
Challenge dad to a waterbug derby
Oak Hammock Marsh
Enjoy a fun-filled day with Dad at Oak Hammock Marsh’s annual Waterbug Derby. See who can catch the most aquatic invertebrates from the marsh and win prizes. There are lunch specials for fathers in the cafe, and horse-drawn wagon rides will be operating for most of the day.
Join into the Little Valley Jamboree
June 17 to 18
What’s better than an annual music festival? A music festival with a cause! The Little Valley Jamboree in Erickson, MB is held to raise awareness, support and funds for special needs children throughout Manitoba. Check out this year’s line up.
Head west for an agricultural fair
June 17 to 18
For over 100 years, the McCreary Agricultural Fair & Races has been a community tradition. The western-themed event is ideal for family with horse-related activities throughout the entire weekend.
Catch a flick at a local film festival
Transcona Centennial Square, Winnipeg
Celebrate Canada through the Eye of Transcona at the Transcona Short Film Festival. The festival will focus on community spirit and Canada’s rich heritage. Each film will be a maximum of two minutes and will showcase Transcona stories.
Paddle across Lake Minnewasta
A day spent paddling is a day well spent. The 3rd annual Morden Paddlefest will take participants onto Lake Minnewasta for a variety of paddling sports including dragonboat, SUP and kayaking.
Attend Westman’s biggest small town festival
June 16 to 18
Since 1955, the Ninette Fair has connected the 5 surrounding communities of Ninette, Baldur, Belmont, Dunrea and Hilton. It’s the biggest small-town festival in the Westman region! Join into the fun for light horse competitions, pet shows and more.