101 Things To Do in Spring / Summer
1. Total body rejuvenation can be found at Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature, where Scandinavian-modeled hot-cold-hot thermal pool and sauna treatments bring pure bliss.
2. Canada’s newest national museum and Winnipeg’s newest architectural icon, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, takes visitors on an inspirational journey.
4. The world comes to Winnipeg, as we are one of the host cities for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with games featuring top-ranked Germany, USA, Sweden, Japan and more.
5. Enjoy spectacular open-air Broadway-style musical productions under the dome of Rainbow Stage in picturesque Kildonan Park.
6. Get up close and personal with a herd of bison at FortWhyte Alive’s A Prairie Legacy: The Bison and its People tour, A Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experience.
7. Sample traditional meals and lively performances from over 40 cultural pavilions at Folklorama, the world’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival (August 2-15).
9. Enjoy live entertainment, a thrilling midway, food vendors, carnival games, animals and some of Manitoba’s finest art, photography and agricultural competitions at the Red River Ex, the world’s largest travelling midway (June 12-21).
10. On a tour worth every penny, discover the craftsmanship and science of coining during a guided tour at the Royal Canadian Mint.
11. Bring the family to watch the American Association’s Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club step up to the plate at Shaw Park, where there’s not a bad seat in the house.
13. Theatre in the Cemetery places a performance amongst the graves of St. Boniface Cathedral from July to August where stories regaling Manitoba’s French and Métis history bring you right to the burial grounds of many of the characters.
14. Manitoba’s largest outdoor market takes place from mid May to the end of September every Wednesday, and every Saturday until November at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market.
15. The Manitoba Museum displays a vivid portrayal of this region’s past with the celebrated Hudson’s Bay Collection, and then takes you across the universe in their Planetarium, which utilizes one of the world’s most advanced projection systems.
16. One of the best ways to see the city, all while learning its history, is by cruising along the waters with Splash Dash River Tours.
17. Navigate a challenging high ropes course, go zip-lining and try your hand at cable wakeboarding at Adrenaline Adventures.
18. Chow down on BBQ, watch pitmastrs battle in a barbeque competition, and grove to the blues at the Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival at Shaw Park (August 21 - 22)
19. There are few parks more stunning than Assiniboine Park in the summer, with its near-endless gardens and sprawling grounds that provide ample tranquility.
20. Explore some of Winnipeg’s most fascinating buildings and enjoy many walking tours and events during Doors Open Winnipeg, a free annual event held on May 30 & 31.
21. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and head to the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park to enjoy a free summer show of Ballet in the Park by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (July 29-31).
22. Race down waterslides, splash around on bumper boats and putt around with mini golf at Fun Mountain Water Slide Park.
23. Some of the world’s best jazz, blues and urban artists converge on downtown Winnipeg for the 26th annual TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival (June 11-21).
24. Hop aboard Manitoba’s only trolley, the Winnipeg Trolley Company, to experience the best of the River City.
25. Learn all about bird banding and feel the gentle touch of a songbird in the palm of your hand as you release it into the wild during Oak Hammock Marsh’s A Bird in the Hand, A Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experience.
26. See some great live bands, be wowed by fireworks, and become part one of the world’s largest living flags during Canada Day Celebrations (July 1).
27. Cheer on our CFL football team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as they compete for the Grey Cup at Investors Group Field.
28. Dance the night away during the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition, featuring free music at The Cube Stage, along with performances at various venues around downtown (August 13-16).
29. See the city through an expert’s eyes with Ô Tours, whose three-hour bus tour will show you all of Winnipeg’s acclaimed and hidden gems with art, architecture, gardens and history (Monday, Thursday and Saturday from April to October).
30. Walk among some of the oldest and largest trees in Manitoba through a formal garden and visit the “Witch’s Hut” from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale at Kildonan Park.
31. Bring your young ones to slide down 20-foot slides, play mini-sticks and frolic in the mammoth play structure at Great Big Adventure, Winnipeg’s largest indoor play centre.
32. Chow down on BBQ, watch pitmasters battle in a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned competition, and groove to the blues at the Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival (August 21-23).
33. Get ready to bust a gut at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival as Canada’s funniest comics converge on Peg City for seven days of hilarious stand-up, sketch and improvisational comedy (April 6-12).
34. Tee off at one of 17 public golf courses in Winnipeg.
35. Discover urban Winnipeg’s historic, cultural, architectural, and modern day gems by walking The Loop, Winnipeg’s signature circuit.
36. Take your teddy bear for its annual check up at the 29th annual Teddy Bears Picnic at Assiniboine Park (May 24).
37. Learn about the hidden meaning behind the mystical architecture of the Manitoba Legislative Building – one of North America’s most stunning neoclassical buildings – during a Hermetic Code Tour.
38. Discover why Winnipeg was the rock ‘n’ roll capital of Canada in the 1960s during a Magical Musical History Tour.
39. Enjoy the tranquil Pagoda Gardens or find your way through the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth in King’s Park.
40. Bask in a rainbow of entertainment during Pride Winnipeg (June 5-14).
41. Admire an exceptional collection of architecture from both inside and out, all while losing yourself in the early 1900s Winnipeg during a guided Exchange District Walking Tour.
43. Take a fully guided West End BIZ Mural Walking Tour to learn about the area’s 50+ murals from their friendly, informative guides.
44. Acclaimed international and national acts all line up to play the Winnipeg Folk Festival (July 9-12) – one of the world’s best folk festivals. You don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind spectacle in Bird’s Hill Park.
45. Watch big name acts such as Marilyn Manson (April 9), Luke Bryan (May 6-7), Imagine Dragons (June 8), Ed Sheeran (June 12), and Motley Crue (August 3) at the MTS Centre.
46. Promenade along with the actors in and around the stunning Ruins of the Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park during Shakespeare in the Ruins’ production of Antony & Cleopatra.
47. Board the Prairie Dog Central Railway vintage steam train and enjoy a scenic ride into the Manitoba countryside.
48. Explore over 160 species of prairie wildflowers, grasses and shrubs along with a great array of wildlife at the Living Prairie Museum, a 13-hectare endangered tall grass prairie preserve located inside the city.
49. Shred it up, or simply watch the locals get their kick-flips on at the best and largest urban skate board plaza and bowl complex, The Plaza at The Forks.
50. Take a 6,000-year journey with a Parks Canada costumed interpreter and uncover what lies beneath your feet at The Forks during a 6,000 years in 60 minutes tour.
52. Embrace the astounding spectacle of Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai when it comes to the MTS Centre (June 24-28).
53. Take a Skyrobics fitness class, play SkySlam basketball or 3-D Volleyball on trampolines at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park.
54. Start your engines then race your friends to the finish line of a go-kart track at Thunder Rapids Fun Park.
55. Grab your mobile device and take a self-guided Architecture Tour by QR Code of the city’s intriguing and varied buildings.
56. Celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements and contributions of First Nations during Aboriginal Day Live (June 20), which showcases talent from all musical genres, regions and nations.
57. Set your phasers to fun at LaserTopia, Winnipeg’s futuristic laser tag centre.
58. Aim for a hole in one while putting amongst vibrantly coloured dinosaurs and sea creatures at U-Puttz Thrill Zone.
59. Take in hilarious circus-style artists, jugglers, magicians and clowns at Festival of Fools at The Forks (March 28-April 5).
60. Bounce, climb and run around the 8,500 sq. ft. indoor three-level play structure at Kid City.
61. Have one heck of an entertaining guide tell you about Winnipeg’s colourful history with Muddy Water Tours.
62. Bring your little ones to ride the mini ferris wheel and the “wacky mouse” roller coaster at the outdoor family amusement park Tinkertown Family Fun Park.
63. Cool off on a bumper boat, rip around the go kart track, play the 18-hole pirate theme mini golf and launch water balloons at each other at Grand Prix Amusements.
64. Let the kids run around and learn about Manitoba’s history at the Variety Heritage Adventure Park, an interactive playground at The Forks where history meets play for children of all abilities.
65. Get your swirl on and sample wines from around the world at the Winnipeg Wine Festival (April 26-May 2) – just remember, the spit bucket is there for a reason.
66. Join your personal guide on the Exchange District Food Tour as they share local stories and offer an insider view to the area’s culinary favourites, including the best spots for charcuterie, vegan, Latin flavours and so much more.
67. Get swept up in the fast-paced stock car and pro-racing excitement at Red River Co-op Speedway.
68. Admire the marvelous statues by master sculptor Leo Mol in the tranquil Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.
69. The free Downtown Concert Series brings live music to an assortment of Winnipeg streets on Wednesdays from June through August.
70. Make plans for lunch on Broadway, where Winnipeg’s eclectic food trucks line the street dishing up everything from Filipino rice dishes, wood fired pizzas, southern barbeque, to tater tots with frog legs. #nomnom
71. Shop The Forks Market for a multitude of shops that specialize in everything from souvenirs, organic baked goods, fine wines, to crafts and artworks from 300 local and Canadian artisans.
72. Slither down slides, crawl through willow tree tunnels and swing on basket swings at the Nature Playground at Assiniboine Park.
73. Winnipeg’s artistic community struts its stuff the first Friday of every month with First Fridays in the Exchange, which features gallery open houses, hands-on workshops, seminars, and all smatterings of culture capital.
74. Grab a gelato and take a stroll down one of Winnipeg’s most bustling streets, Corydon Avenue, which is studded with patios where you can people watch or dine in style.
75. Winnipeg’s history is steeped in sporting accomplishments exhibited at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
76. Experience Winnipeg’s French Quarter and history at its best during an Old St. Boniface Walking Tour.
77. Cheer on the jockeys as they ride their horses through the finish line at Assiniboia Downs.
78. Learn about the St. Boniface Cathedral’s magnificent history, the great fire and its cemetery, during a free St. Boniface Cathedral tour (available on Saturdays from June until September).
79. Take a stroll through Osborne Village, one of Canada’s coolest neighbourhoods, which is studded with tasty restaurants, hip watering holes, and chic and bohemian clothing stores and shops.
80. Hop aboard an authentic 1952 diesel locomotive, explore the five-story Lasagna Lookout, and perform water experiments in the Splash Lab at the Children’s Museum.
81. Tour Winnipeg’s darkside with a Haunted Winnipeg Trilogy Tour that will take you to local haunted spots.
82. Learn about the history of the community of Transcona spanning over 100 years or learn about the many murals that bring colour and spirit to this unique part of the city during the Transcona Historical and Mural Tours.
83. On a Downtown BIZ Patio Crawl, Biking & Beer, or Winnipeg Wine Tours you’ll hang with some crafty locals while making one tasty (or drinky) stop after another.
84. Rent a canoe from The Forks and paddle down the swiftly moving Red or Assiniboine rivers.
85. The MTS Centre transforms into a hopped up, sudsy heaven during the Flatlanders Beer Festival (June 4-5).
86. Watch history unfold before your eyes as costumed staff recreate the 1850s in the Red River Valley at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site.
87. Lace up your sneakers and hike along the city’s trails with Winnipeg’s premier walking group, Prairie Pathfinders.
88. Sophisticated, très-chic shopping can be had along all the boutiques of Academy Road.
89. Get back to nature just outside the heart of the city in the many sprawling trails of Assiniboine Forest.
90. Discover Manitoba’s francophone communities using GPS technology – it’s easy and fun for all ages. Tourisme Riel offers GPS tours based on themes and regions where no experience is necessary. It’s like a tour and treasure hunt all in one – they even have several caches placed in areas of interest for those of you into geocaching.
92. Explore the culture, geography, history and wildlife of the Red River Valley with more than 20 self-directed Routes on the Red Tours.
93. Go with the flow in some of Winnipeg’s most cherished green spaces with Downtown’s Fitness in the Park (noon to 12:45 p.m. everyday in June to end of August).
94. Rollerblade along the trails of St. Vital Park.
95. Visit the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada to tour the hangar, and see recovered and restored aircraft.
96. Take in the Cool Gardens of summer. These environments, which were chosen after an architecture and design competition, form a trail that connects the Esplanade Riel to Broadway.
97. Hit balls on a three-tier driving range, play the challenging 18-hole mini golf course, and try one of five virtual golf simulators at The Golf Dome.
98. Rent a tandem bike from Bee-2-Gether Bike Rentals and cycle around town in style (because you’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two).
99.Splash around spray pads and wading pools located in neighbourhoods across the city to cool the kids down when it gets toasty.
100. Stroll along the peaceful Riverwalk for some quiet contemplation.
101. The most sophisticated, tranquil music all summer can be had during Jazz in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden (various dates, June through August).