101 Things To Do in Spring / Summer
1. Experience the thrill of 16 sports, over 250 events and a major cultural festival at the Canada Summer Games. (July 28 – August 13)
2. Have an unforgettable nose-to-nose experience with polar bears, seals and other Arctic species at Journey to Churchill , followed by a thrilling encounter with life-sized moving dinos – as part of Dinosaurs Alive – all at Assiniboine Park Zoo.
3. Be inspired to make a difference when you journey from darkness to light inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg’s architectural marvel.
5. Catch a concert at the MTS Centre featuring top touring bands, pop stars and rock gods.
7. Take in The Manitoba Liqour & Lotteries Summer Entertainment Series at Assiniboine Park, which features Movies in the Park, free weekday evening concerts, and Jazz in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.
8. Decode the mysteries and secrets hidden within the Manitoba Legislative Building’s grand architecture on a guided Hermetic Code Tour.
9. Unwind at Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature, renowned for its Scandinavian-style treatments, saunas, hot and cold pools and dining in your robes.
10. Celebrate Canada Day at The Forks, Assiniboine Park, Transcona and Osborne Village where live music, fireworks, and tons of family friendly activities are on the agenda.
11. Experience the thrill of the big top as Cirque du Soleil brings Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities, a show about a 19th century inventor whose machine defies the laws of space and time, to Winnipeg. (June 2 – 25)
12. Worldly tours of the Royal Canadian Mint are worth their weight in gold when you discover how coins from across the globe are made.
13. Savour authentic cuisine and feast your senses on cultural displays and live entertainment at 40-plus pavilions representing cultures from around the globe at Folklorama, the world’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival. (August 6-19)
14. Encounter 30 grunting bison, paddle a voyageur canoe, and explore a Plains Cree Tipi during A Prairie Legacy: The Bison and its People eco-tour at FortWhyte Alive.
15. Tour one of Winnipeg’s most culturally diverse neighbourhoods and get the story behind its beautiful murals on a West End BIZ Mural Walking Tour.
18. Touch a real meteorite and view a rock collected during the Apollo 17 mission to the moon at the Manitoba Museum during NASA Moon Rock. (On until June 25)
19. Root for the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team as they compete for Canada’s coveted Grey Cup.
20. Stock up on fresh local produce, Manitoba meats, crafts and preserves at Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers Market. (Saturdays, May 20 to October 28, Wednesdays, May 24 to September)
21. Get swept up in fast-paced stock car and pro-racing excitement at Red River Co-op Speedway racetrack.
22. Hop aboard a vintage trolley and experience a humorous and engaging 95 –minute “Heart of the Nation” city tour offered by Winnipeg Trolley Company.
23. Join thousands of music lovers in Birds Hill Provincial Park for the Winnipeg Folk Festival. (July 6-9)
24. Feel the gentle touch of a songbird in the palm of your hands as you release it into the wild during the Bird in the Hand Destination Canada Signature Experience at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre.
25. Spend a day exploring the different galleries in the culturally rich Exchange District, including Mayberry Fine Art, Graffiti Gallery, Gurevich Fine Art, Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, cr8ery and aceartinc.
26. Slither down slides, crawl through willow tree tunnels and swing on basket swings at the Nature Playground located inside Assiniboine Park.
27. Explore the Witches Hut from Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel & Gretel in Kildonan Park.
28. Visit up to four Winnipeg microbreweries and one distillery with Winnipeg Tasting Tours
29. Remember great moments in sporting history from the province’s top athletes at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
30. Place your bet and cheer on racing thoroughbreds at Assiniboia Downs.
31. Your heart will pound and the floor will shake when STOMP brings their percussion and dance show – which utilizes literally everything on stage – to at the Burton Cummings Theatre. (May 6 – 7)
32. Lay out a blanket or bring a lawn chair to watch a flick in the great outdoors during Movies on Memorial, the free weekly family-friendly movie screenings held in Memorial Park during summer.
33. Take in an action-packed baseball game when the Winnipeg Goldeyes step up to the plate at Shaw Park.
34. Dance the night away during MEME, the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition, featuring free electronic music at the Cube Stage. (August 10 – 13)
35. Skim the water with heart-pumping cable wakeboarding at Adrenaline Adventures.
36. See Winnipeg’s top sights and learn about the city’s colourful past on a Winnipeg City Tour.
37. Feel the emotion conveyed in Manitoba Opera’s powerful production of Werther. (April 29, May 2, 5)
38. Take in Remembering the Real Winnie exhibition at the Pooh Gallery in Assiniboine Park's Pavilion, and check out WAG@The Park galleries.
39. Leap to new heights at indoor trampoline park Sky Zone, which features an all-trampoline walled playing court.
40. Learn about the city’s storied rock ‘n’ roll history from a local music historian on a Magical Musical History Tour.
42. You’ll be enchanted by the marvellous mythology and Manitoba-based statues by master sculptor Leo Mol in his namesake sculpture garden in Assiniboine Park.
43. Kids play while learning about Manitoba’ history at the Variety Heritage Adventure Park at The Forks, an interactive one-of-a-kind playground that also features one the city’s largest splash pads.
44. Show your little ones a great time at Kidsfest, where they can get their face painted, enjoy hands-on activities and watch talented children’s entertainers perform at The Forks. (June 8 – 11)
45. Legendary live acts are always on the cards at the Club Regent Event Centre, including Charlie Pride (May 11), George Canyon (May 23), The Oak Ridge Boys (June 14).
46. Go for a railroad adventure to Grosse Isle, MB aboard the Prairie Dog Central Railway, one of the oldest regularly scheduled vintage trains in North America.
47. Zoom around in go-karts and race against your friends at Speedworld Indoor Kart Track.
48. Take a stroll around St. Boniface Cathedral, a stunning Winnipeg landmark that is the resting place of Louis Riel. (Free tours run late May to Labour Day, Saturdays between 11:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.)
49. Retail therapy is easy when you have access to top fashion brands like H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Forever 21, and RW & Co at CF Polo Park, Winnipeg’s largest shopping mall.
50. Discover The Forks’ history and uncover what lies beneath your feet with a Parks Canada costumed interpreter during a 6,000 years in 60 Minutes walking tour of The Forks.
51. Join 12 hundred fellow epicureans for a semi-secret feast on one of the world’s longest dining tables at Table for 1200 More. (June 3, location TBA)
52. Chill to the sounds of some of the globe’s best jazz and blues performers during the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. (June 15 – 25)
53. Perform experiments in the Splash Lab and test your perception in the Illusion Tunnel at the Children’s Museum.
54. See for yourself just how creative Winnipeg can be when all the shops, galleries and stores keep their doors open late to put on fun, festive, and artsy happens as part of First Friday’s in the Exchange.
55. Explore Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park, a Hudson’s Bay Company fort built between 1834 and 1837 where a fun new historical interpretation experience and corresponding app was recently created.
56. Discover historic tales held within some of Winnipeg’s most unique and impressive architectural buildings during Doors Open Winnipeg. (May 27 – 28)
57. Shoot for a hole-in-one alongside dinosaurs and sea creatures at U-Puttz Amusement Centre, an indoor glow-in-the-dark family entertainment centre.
58. Enjoy live entertainment, a thrilling midway of over 25 extreme rides, outrageous food vendors and countless activities for kids at the Red River Exhibition. (June 16 – 25)
59. Slide down 10 rushing water slides, take in a round of mini golf, splash around on bumper boats or try your hand at zip-lining at Fun Mountain Waterslide Park.
60. Celebrate aboriginal culture, music and art at Manito Ahbee, which features the Indigenous Music Awards, an International Pow Wow, and an impressive marketplace. (May 17 – 21)
61. Watch history unfold before your eyes at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, where costumed staff recreate the 1850s in this restored 19th century stone fort.
62. Let enthusiastic tour guides entertain you with tales of power, corruption and heroism while exploring the immaculate architecture of the Exchange District on an Exchange District Historical Walking Tour.
63. Blast your opponents inside LaserTopia’s vast maze.
64. Buy global gifts, souvenirs, clothing, crafts, local artwork, jewellery, food and more at The Forks Market.
65. Take part in the Pride Day parade and rally at the Manitoba Legislative Building during the Pride Winnipeg 30th Anniversary Festival. (June 4)
66. Visit the beautiful pagoda gardens and the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth in King’s Park
67. Climb a massive play structure with seven slides at indoor family play centre Great Big Adventure.
68. Learn about Canada’s aviation history while viewing one-of-a-kind aircraft at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.
69. Bring your favourite stuffed animal for a checkup and participate in family friendly fun at the Teddy Bears' Picnic in Assiniboine Park. (May 28)
70. Experience Winnipeg’s French Quarter and history at its best on an Old St. Boniface Walking Tour.
71. See the Boy with the Boot statue and the Queen Victoria Monument in Assiniboine Park’s colourful English Garden.
73. Shop at fun and funky boutiques and eat at trendy restaurants throughout Osborne Village.
74. Chow down on BBQ, watch pitmasters battle in a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned competition, and groove to blues at the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival. (August 11-12)
75. Play a round of mini golf, go go-karting
or take a spin on water-squirting bumper boats at outdoor family entertainment
centre Thunder Rapids Amusement Park.
76. Sample more than 500 wines from 130 wineries at during Winnipeg Wine Festival’s public wine tastings at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg. (May 5 – 6)
77. Use technology to discover the story behind some of Winnipeg’s best buildings on a Winnipeg Architecture Foundation designed QR Code Tour.
78. Bust out your skateboard or BMX and ride Canada’s best and largest urban skate park and bowl complex, the Skateboard Plaza at The Forks.
79. Journey back in history while viewing the Winnipeg Railway Museum’s artifacts and displays, which includes the Countess of Dufferin – the first steam locomotive on the Prairies.
80. Launch water balloons at your opponent, race go-karts on a nearly mile-long course and practice your batting skills at the batting cages at Grand Prix Amusements.
81. View the city’s sites and get historical commentary while cruising down the Assiniboine and Red rivers with Splash Dash Guided River Tours.
82. Track down hidden geocodes scattered throughout St. Boniface using rented GPS technology from Tourisme Riel.
83. Groove to the sounds of the Caribbean during the Soca Reggae Music Festival. (July 14-16)
84. Take in performances of comedy, drama, improv and dance during the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. (July 19 – 30)
85. Ride the Ferris wheel, the Whacky Mouse Roller Coaster and more than a dozen other kid-sized rides at Tinkertown Family Fun Park.
86. Join the Winnipeg Arts Council on an illuminating tour that unveils some of the city’s best public artworks.
87. Zip-line through trees while getting a bird’s eye view of the corn maze at A Maze in Corn.
88. Sip, sample and stroll throughout downtown Winnipeg on your choice of five enticing Downtown Food Tours.
89. Join the lunch crowd in the centre of the city for free concerts starring local musicians during the Downtown Concert Series.
90. Have a laugh with top comedians as they perform their funniest material at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. (April 3 – 9)
91. Do some serious shopping on Kenaston Boulevard, Winnipeg’s home for big box retailers including IKEA, Cabela’s, HomeSense and so much more.
92. A truly unique theatrical experience takes shape at Shakespeare in the Ruins inside the Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park, where Romeo and Juliet will be staged. (June 1 – 24)
93. Dine al fresco while people watching along Corydon Avenue’s packed patios in summertime.
94. Hear tales of drama, intrigue and precedence on any one of ten walking tours offered by SquarePeg Tours.
95. Head to the Forks for Aboriginal Day Live for a wide range of activities including live entertainment at the Festival Park and Stage. (June 21))
96. Take a spirited tour of Capital K Distillery, Manitoba's first craft distillery where Tall Grass Vodka and Gin are produced.
97. Run, jump and play on a massive three-story play structure at indoor children’s centre Kid City.
98. Watch history come to life (in most humorous fashion) in St. Boniface Cemetery during a Theatre in the Cemetery performance.
99. Learn about Transcona’s 100-year history along with the beautiful murals that bring colour and spirit to this unique neighbourhood during a Transcona Heritage Walking and Mural Tours.
100. Partake in a weekend celebration of music, wine and culinary excellence during Interstellar Rodeo. (August 18 – 20)
101. See how the pros do it, while also getting to meet HGTV celebs like Bryan Baeumler, at the Home & Garden Show (April 6 – 9)