Free Activities for Spring/Summer

You don't have to break the bank to have fun in Winnipeg. Take advantage of the green spaces, walking trails and free programming.


1.  Cheer on your favourite horse when you watch live racing at Assiniboia Downs every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and select Sundays.

2.  Experience interactive and awe-inspiring exhibits at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights for free on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

3.  Learn the story of hydroelectric development in Manitoba from 1870 to today at the Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre, open Monday to Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

4.  Admire the breathtaking architecture of the Manitoba Legislative Building on guided tours from July 1 to the Labour Day long weekend in September offered on an hourly basis. Groups of 10 or more require advance tour reservations during the summer season.

5.  The Winnipeg Art Gallery is opening up their doors and closing their ticket office on the 1st Friday of every month in order to inspire the community through art.  

6.  Half Pints Brewing Co. offers free tours every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Arrive early because they fill up fast!

7.  Each Thursday throughout July and August, round up the family for themed adventures at Living Prairie Museum. Discover some of nature’s neat critters as different ones are explore each week through presentations, games, crafts and time out on the prairie.


1.  First Fridays is a great way to get to know the Exchange District the 1st Friday of each month, 5-9pm. Enjoy dinner at a great café, talk to artists in their studios, attend Gallery openings and explore the unique shops.

2.  Downtown BIZ hosts the Downtown Concert Series every Tuesday at Outdoor Cityplace Terrace and every Wednesday at Air Canada Park from noon till 1:00 p.m.

3.  Salsa Sundays under the canopy at The Forks offers great Latin bands and DJs, dance classes, and performances from local groups and international guests.

4.  When summer festivals such as the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and the TD International Winnipeg Jazz Festival are in full swing, head to Old Market Square for free entertainment on The Cube entertainment. 

5.  Listen to the sounds of summer with the Summer Entertainment Series at Assiniboine Park, featuring the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Ron Paley Big Band, and Walle Larson, amongst others. 

6.  Watch popular movies al fresco during movie screenings in Assiniboine Park, taking place during the first four Fridays in August .

7.  Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet puts on spectacular performances July 25-27 for Ballet in the Park at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park.

8.  Canada Day offers a whole host of activities and festivities spread across the city. Osborne Street in Osborne Village is shut down to traffic and filled with vendors. For family fun and fireworks, make your way over to Canad Day Picnic in the Park at Assiniboine Park. The Forks features live entertainment, a public market, arts and crafts for kids and fireworks.

For a complete listing of free events happening in the city, please reference our Upcoming Events page and check off "free events."

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