After a weekend of incredible festivities and hearts emblazoned on sleeves in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, you’d think that we’d retreat a little from the flurry of events. Hardly so. And really, why should we? There’s the Folk Festival just about to heat things up all over again, the Blue Bombers in action against the Calgary Stampeders, and the thrill of a ride awaiting us at PortageX or the promise of a great find at a First Friday market. If you’re ready and raring to go, then we’ve got a full lineup of what’s hot this week.
Get your musical fill at Folk Fest
July 6 to 9
Birds Hills Provincial Park
It only comes around once a year, but when it’s finally here, the Winnipeg Folk Festival heralds an exodus from the city to Birds Hill for a folk festival unlike any other. From roots to rock, Celtic to country, and everything in-between, get your fill of music from 75+ artists across nine stages.
Dine at Pineridge Hollow
Heatherdale Road, Oakbank
And if you’re already in the area, you might as well check out the local fare at Pineridge Hollow, one of Manitoba’s most sumptuously delightful and wholesome places to dine!
Take a guided river boat ride
The Forks, Winnipeg
There are lots of ways to get out on the water in Manitoba, but one great way is with a Splash Dash River Boat Tour. No need to rush out the house for a specific time as the tour leaves The Forks harbour every 15 minutes from 10 a.m., seven days a week. While you wait, enjoy a leisurely stroll around The Forks.
Discover the mysteries of a curious cabinet
July 4 to 9
Big Top, Winnipeg
Enter the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities for the last few days of time standing still, where the world of fantasy becomes reality, and where just about anything is possible. Cirque du Soleil makes its last curtain call on July 9 under the Big Top for its production KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™.
Get in on some football action
Investors Group Field, Winnipeg
With summer finally here, football fans are, no doubt, in their glee. Be a part of the action as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers take on the Calgary Stampeders at the Investors Group Field.
Hit First Fridays and an alleyway market
Exchange District, Winnipeg
Alleyways Market is back again this Friday along the back lane of Elgin Avenue in the East Exchange District. As part of First Fridays, this market includes local businesses, artisans in a relaxed and fun atmosphere that celebrates Winnipeg’s Exchange District.
Watch tongue-in-cheek humour match wits with sci-fi
July 4 to 7
Rainbow Stage, Kildonan Park
If the combination of tongue-in-cheek humour, science fiction and musicals make every bit of sense in your entertainment repertoire, then Rainbow Stage’s latest production Little Shop of Horrors certainly fits the bill with all these components and then some all in the form of an R&B-singing carnivore plant!
Spend some time at FortWhyte
July 5 to 8
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
If you’re constantly on the lookout for opportunities to spend time outdoors, you need look no further than FortWhyte Alive. From its Alive Adventures where you can test your skills at hatchet throwing and paddling, to the Bison Safari Venture that gives an up-close encounter with North America’s largest land mammal, to a Voyageur Canoe Ride across the lake, there’s lots of opportunities to get outside all in one place.
Discover the then vs. the now
St. Andrew’s Rectory National Historic Site, St. Andrews
It’s always interesting to discover how things were done in the past and to see how much some of those tasks may have changed in present day. St. Andrew’s Rectory will take visitors on one such journey for its Weaving & Then and Now event. There will also be a few fun and free activities for kids to enjoy.
Head to Boggy Creek’s Jamboree
July 7 to 9
Shell River Metis Centre, Boggy Creek
Boggy Creek’s Shell River Jamboree is back for its ninth go-around and promises to be just as exciting as in years past. There will be live music and performances and you get to bring the family along for a fun-filled weekend.
Enjoy a barbeque and a fest in Minnedosa
July 7 to 9
It’s barbeque season again and Minnedosa’s Annual Funfest is taking full advantage of the weather for a parade, outdoor market, and a performance by Al Simmons.
Take a ride at Portage Ex
July 7 to 9
Portage Exhibition Grounds, Portage la Prairie
Just in time for Portage la Prairie’s 145th anniversary, Portage Ex comes to town with the perfect combination of events for the entire family, from a petting zoo, to rides, games of chance, and even a rodeo.
Live a little in the fast lane
Gimli Motorsports Park, Gimli
Get geared up for Race Day in Gimli! For one day, you get to live in the fast lane and enjoy a fun, free day of watching and cheering on your favourite drivers in a race to the finish line at the Gimli Motorsports Park.
Get a lesson in public art
Broadway at Edmonton, Winnipeg
Here’s another great lunchtime idea! Take a tour of Edmonton and Broadway’s public artworks both inside and outside the library. Learn about some of the intriguing pieces that enhance this space like Heaven Between, Bike Racks on Broadway and at Manitoba Hydro Place.
Learn about Clear Lake’s ecosystem
Riding Mountain National Park, Wasagaming
With Manitoba’s plethora of lakes, Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park is among one of the province’s best known. For one day – Clear Lake Day – join Parks Canada interpreters as they explain the integral role Clear Lake plays in supporting our ecosystem.
Go on a garden tour
Various locations, Winnipeg
Explore some of Winnipeg’s most stunning gardens on the 2017 Garden Tour. This year’s tour takes you to the east side of the Red River in northeast Kildonan and St. Boniface, where you can visit up to seven gardens all unique in design, and then head to Bunn’s Creek Centennial Park for refreshments.
Discover a forest on a hike
Meet at Fermor Avenue, Hwy 1
Join Nature Manitoba for an incredible day outdoors on a hike in Wampum Provincial Forest near Piney in southern Manitoba. This hike is perfect for beginners and will end with a potluck.
Watch a Passion play
July 8 & 9
Oak Valley Outdoor Theatre, La Riviere
One of history’s greatest stories ever told will unfold at the scenic outdoor theatre site in La Riviere, Manitoba. Oak Valley Productions Inc. presents the inspiring drama of the Passion Play.
Live dangerously on the Prairie Dog
July 8 & 9
Prairie Dog Central, Inkster Junction
This might just be the perfect way to culminate the weekend! Climb aboard the Prairie Dog Central as it continues its journey with another Great Train Robbery – Cowboys ’n Gals. This weekend’s dangerous ride on the steam locomotive attempts a trip to Grosse Isle with the ever-present threat of cowboys. Passengers also get a chance to explore the beautifully restored Heritage Village and indulge in a few treats, followed by live music by Fire and Ice.
Take an edible marsh tour
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
Who would ever think that lunch could be as easy as a trip to the marshes of Oak Hammock Marsh. Learn all about the edible varieties of wetland plants on a hiking adventure through the marsh and enjoy a few snacks while there.