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.
Free Things to do in Spring and Summer
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. Half Pints Brewing Co. offers free tours every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Arrive early because they fill up fast!
6. 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 explored each week through presentations, games, crafts and time out on the prairie.
7. The Winnipeg Police Museum features displays and artifacts relating to the history of the Winnipeg Police Force dating from its beginning in 1874 to the present.
8. Visit Union Station, Winnipeg's oldest train station that was built in 1911 and was designed by Warren and Wetmore, the masterminds behind New York's Grand Central Station.
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 Thursday in June & July at the Downtown Farmer’s Market (Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Ave.). Every Tuesday from June to August at noon at cityplace (333 St. Mary Avenue), and the last Fridays of June, July and August also at noon at Portage Place (393 Portage Ave). Please check the website for concert listings.
3. 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 Stage.
4. Listen to the sounds of summer with the Summer Entertainment Series at Assiniboine Park, featuring a variety of talented groups and musicians.
5. Watch popular movies al fresco during Movies in the Park at Assiniboine Park (each Friday in August) and Movies on Memorial (Every Tuesday in August).
6. Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet puts on spectacular performances for Ballet in the Park at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park, July 25 - 27, 2018.
7. 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 Inns Family Fun Day at Assiniboine Park. The Forks features live entertainment, a public market, arts and crafts for kids and fireworks.
Free Things to do in Fall and Winter
1. Warm up in style while skating on the river in one of The Forks’ award-winning Warming Huts.
2. View the largest collection of Ukrainian historical and cultural artifacts in North America at Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre.
3. Sharpen your blades and go for a skate on the duck pond at Assiniboine Park.
4. Glide down Red River Mutual Trail, which is one of the world’s longest naturally frozen skating trails.
5. “Ride” the rails, table tops, and jumps that make up the Snowboard Fun Park at Arctic Glacier Winter Park, located at The Forks.
7. Twirl around on ice skates to piped-in music under the canopy skating rink at The Forks.
8. Admire the fall colours as you stroll down the Riverwalk at The Forks.
9. Knock your opponents out of the way and get as many rocks into the middle of the rink as possible playing Crokicurl, the Winnipeg-born version of Crokinole, at The Forks.
10. Enjoy flying down a hill while tobogganing at some of the city parks. Check the website for working hours and parks conditions.
11. Visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on the first Wednesday of every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., when the Museum offers free general admission.
12. Take a tour at Half Pints Brewery every Saturday at 1:00 P.M., where skilled brewers guide visitors through the process from grain to bottle. Arrive early because tours fill up fast!
13. Learn the story of hydroelectric development in Manitoba from 1870 to today at the Manitoba Electrical Museum.
1. Watch teams battle it out on the water during the FMG Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival, taking place from September 7 to 9, 2018, at The Forks.
2. Bring the little ones to experience some holiday magic and catch a glimpse of jolly old St. Nick during the Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade. (November 2018)
3. Ring in the New Year with free entertainment and fireworks at the Wawanesa Insurance Family New Year’s Eve at The Forks. (December 31st , 2018)
4. Indulge your inner bookworm during Winnipeg International Writers Festival for a week of readings, lectures, interviews, conversations, book launches and other events. (September 21–29, 2018)
5. Enjoy the ultimate holiday shopping event featuring Canadian handmade talent from coast-to-coast under one roof at Signatures Craft Show & Sale. (November 22 to 25, 2018 at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg).
For a complete listing of free events happening in the city, please reference our Upcoming Events page and check off "free events."