The fall months can be some of the most beautiful months of the year, and the best time to explore Manitoba. Summertime tends to take the spotlight. However, it is the four months of fall that should be the favourite.
Between festivals, community events, and destinations to visit before the snow falls, there is nothing short of adventure and excitement. Add one of the following to your fall bucket list from our top 50 things to do in Manitoba in fall.
See who holds this year’s largest pumpkin at the “Gigantic Pumpkin” contest. The festival showcases some of the finest bounties from gardens and pumpkin patches across the Interlake. This year, the Teulon Pumpkinfest is on September 21. Teulon Pumpkinfest
Fall On The Farm
Experience harvest work, hearty food, corn on the cob, music, hog butchering and pioneer demonstrations at Mennonite Heritage Village.
Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches
Pick a pumpkin, get the best fall produce for your Thanksgiving table, go on hay rides and get lost amongst giant stalks of corn. Whether with kids or as a date, a day at the farm always fun! Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches
Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival
Every year, FMG Manitoba hosts the Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival at The Forks. This year the annual event is September 6 through 8 and is in partnership with the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, as well as The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. Register your team to race down the river on large dragon boats. Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival
Bakers Narrows Lodge
Plan a very Canadian fall vacation at Bakers Narrows Lodge. The lodge prides itself for the trophy fishing on Lake Athapaskow. Fall is an excellent time to fish, so pack up the bags and make this a weekend-long trip. Bakers Narrows Lodge
Honey Garlic & Maple Syrup Festival
Who doesn’t love honey, garlic, and maple syrup? Combine all three, and you have one delicious and entertaining festival. The annual festival is September 6 and 7 in Manitou where you can enjoy a “Taste of the Pembina Valley.” Enjoy the farmer’s market, entertainment, pancake breakfast, and a whole lot more. Honey Garlic & Maple Syrup Festival
Roland Pumpkin Fair
Head to the small town of Roland at the beginning of October for the Roland Pumpkin Fair. See massive pumpkins that people from all over bring to compete for the largest of the year. October 5, 2019. Roland Pumpkin Fair
Two times a year the rival provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan go head-to-head in the CFL for the most epic football games ever. September 7, 2019. Banjo Bowl
Here’s a fall festival for the whole family. The Many Fest is full of activities for kids, a wine and beer garden for the adults, live music, and even food truck wars. End summer with a bang with this festival from September 6 through 8. Many Fest
Enjoy all things vegan in tghe Beautiful Manitoba. Winnipeg VegFest features an all-star lineup of speakers, a full day of informative panels, an incredible vendor market, an all-vegan food court, a food contest, fun games, a kids’ zone, yoga, meditation, and so much more!
Winnipeg Blue Bombers Legacy Gala Dinner
Calling all football fans. Get tickets to one of Manitoba’s most anticipated events on October 9th. This year, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will induct Less Browne, Dr. Bert Lonstaffe into the Blue Bombers Hall of Fame during this evening of fanfare. Winnipeg Blue Bombers Legacy Gala Dinner
BeachScape Harvest Festival
The annual BeachScape Harvest Festival is for all the artisans in the area. SCAPE, a non-profit organization in Winnipeg Beach, creates a festival where people can gather with their crafts, show off their artwork, and experience live performances. BeachScape Harvest Festival
Manitoba Fibre Festival
Do you like to knit, quilt, or crochet? The Manitoba Fibre Festival (September 13 and 14) will bring together all things fibre related. From vendors to workshops, to the fibre art show, you’ll experience everything you need to know about fibre. Manitoba Fibre Festival
Harvest Moon Festival
Fall usually means harvest, so it seems appropriate to have the Harvest Moon Festival in September. From the 13 to the 15, the popular prairie festival brings live music, local foods, a Fair Trade Fair and Farmer’s Market, and even educational workshops. It’s fun for the whole family. Harvest Moon Festival
Enjoy a festival that celebrates artistic women. The FemFest, from September 14 to the 21, will showcase plays by women to showcase the female talent in Manitoba. FemFest
Food Truck Warz
Taste food from over 26 food Trucks from all over Manitoba, enjoy the thrill of midway by Wonder Shows Carnival and more at this Food Truck Festival held at Princess Park in Downtown Brandon. Food Truck Warz.
Zipline over Golden Trees in Pembina Valley
Enjoy fall in Pembina Valley through an adventure! The Hywire Zipline Adventures is the place to where you can cruise the Pembina Valley from above. Pembina Valley Adventures
Fall is an excellent time to go horseback riding at Birds Hill Provincial Park. Head to Birds Hill Park Ranch for a trail ride around the park and enjoy spectacular scenery and wildlife.
WNDX Festival of Moving Image
A unique festival across the city of Winnipeg, the WNDX Festival of Moving Images showcases innovate work by Canadian filmmakers and video artists, focusing primarily from Manitobans. See what is overlooked by the mainstream in film from October 2 to 6. WNDX Festival of Moving Image
Manitoba Culture Days
Across the entire province on the last weekend of September is the Manitoba Culture Days. Celebrate the arts and culture of Canada through various free activities. Manitoba Culture Days
Nuit Blanche Winnipeg
Really kick off fall with an all-night art party. On September 28 from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am, the Nuit Blanche celebrates contemporary art in downtown Winnipeg. Nuit Blanche Winnipeg
Pinawa Heritage Suspension Bridge
Head north to the Pinawa Heritage district to explore the area and travel across the suspension bridge. The 1 metre wide and 54 metres long bridge gives visitors a breathtaking view of Pinawa. Visit in the fall for a beautiful, picturesque scene before the snow falls. Pinawa Heritage Suspension Bridge
Experience the magic of migration! Head to the Oak Hammock Marsh on September 28th and 29th to enjoy this fun family event.
Glorious Christmas Wish Sale
Don’t leave your Christmas shopping for the night before. Visit the 2019 Glorious Christmas Wish Sale in Neepawa on November 23. The annual craft and gift sale brings in artisans from across Manitoba. Glorious Christmas Wish Sale
Travel across the fairly new Icelandic Bridge in Riverton, where you can take in the beauty of the Icelandic River. There is also the riverside path at ground level that you can take a stroll down as well.
Explore Flin Flon
Start the fall season off with an extended weekend exploration of Flin Flon, a northern town in Manitoba that is less explored compared to others. There are tons to do in the area, including a 4.2-kilometre boardwalk hike, a drive-in theatre, and even a petting zoo. Explore Flin Flon
A Fluid Expression of Nature’s Beauty
Winnipeg’s premiere silk painting artist Wendy Lee is exhibiting her large silk paintings at the Assiniboine Park Pavilion Community Gallery. The gorgeous detail and colours of Wendy’s art features Manitoba-themed flora and fauna, including butterflies, dragonflies, polar bears, and prairie scenes. Until October 27, 2019
Archaeology, Rocks and Minerals Weekend
Calling all geology lovers, the Archaeology, Rocks and Minerals Weekend in Stonewall is September 14 and 15. See unique rocks and fossils from all around the world, and even test your skills at gold panning and digging for fossils. Archaeology, Rocks and Minerals Weekend
Take in the thrill of horse racing at the Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg. The rack is open to the public from 11:30 am until 11:30 pm. Take a break from the races and head to the casino-style gaming lounge.Horse Racing
For most of September at the FortWhyte Alive in Winnipeg, the Bison Safari gives you an up-close encounter of bison. View the largest land mammal on North America in their natural habitat. Bison Safari
The “Big One” Arts & Crafts Sale
The annual “Big One” Arts & Crafts Sale in Brandon at the Keystone Centre is a place to see amazing and talented artists and craftspeople. For two weekends in October, explore their work and even buy a few items for yourself. The “Big One” Arts & Crafts Sale
Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna
If you haven’t experienced a Cirque du Soleil show yet, now is the time. For the first time in Cirque du Soleil’s history, Amaluna features a cast that comprises mostly women, with a 100% female band. Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Experience ice skaters and acrobats performing acrobatics and stunts you couldn’t even imagine. Cirque du Soleil
Fall Into Christmas Expo
Enjoy one of the largest shows in Southern Manitoba, the Fall Into Christmas Expo in Morris. On October 26, wander the expo and see various vendors and what they have to offer, just in time for Christmas. Fall Into Christmas Expo
Lakeview Hecla Half Marathon & 10K
Ever wanted to try your hand at a half marathon? Take on the Lakeview Hecla Half Marathon & 10K in support of the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium. Across the Hecla Provincial Park, you’ll take on one of the most scenic courses in the Interlake before relaxing in the mineral pool at Salka Spa. Lakeview Hecla Half Marathon & 10K
Lords of the Arctic
In October and November at the Churchill Northern Studies Center, experience the annual migration of Churchill’s polar bears. You’ll spend two days touring the Churchill Wildlife Management Area on a tundra vehicle, and assist researchers observing the bears. Lords of the Arctic/North: Ecology of Hudson Bay’s Polar Bears
Manitoba Art Expo
Head down to the Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg for the largest professional art show and sale in Manitoba. Each year, the Manitoba Art Expo hosts many vendors, showing off and selling their artwork. Manitoba Art Expo
Manitoba Open Farm Day
Across the province with participating farms, the Manitoba Open Farm Day allows you to get a first-hand look at the life of a farmer. Meet local farmers, learn about their lives, see demonstrations, and enjoy farm activates. Manitoba Open Farm Day
send+receive: A Festival of Sound
send + receive is on its 21st year! This international festival investigates the disciplines of experimental music and sound art, and is one of the longest standing media arts festivals in North America focusing exclusively on sound-based work.
PDC Railway – Howlin’ Halloween Express
Here is something the whole family can enjoy. The Prairie Dog Central Railway hosts the Howlin’ Halloween Express. Dress in your best Halloween costume to enjoy the spooky entertainment, prizes, and of course, goody bags. PDC Railway – Howlin’ Halloween Express
Winnipeg International Writers Festival
The last week of September is the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. The annual event brings in writers from across the country and around the world for readings, lectures, and various other events. Winnipeg International Writers Festival
Winnipeg Blue Bombers Fan Appreciation Day
Come meet the team, get autographs at this year’s annual Fan Appreciation Day! The first 6,000 fans will receive a free 2019 team photo poster and the first 2,000 will receive Old Dutch potato chips.
Fall is the perfect time to go dog sledding in northern Manitoba. Churchill is the place to be for this exciting adventure. Explore the area behind a group of dogs as they guide you throughout the region. Dog Sledding
View the Northern Lights
Fall is also the best time to view the northern lights in the Churchill area. The crisp fall air leaves for clear and beautiful night skies. View the Northern Lights
Of course, a list of things to do in fall wouldn’t be complete without some Halloween related activities. The Spooky Barn is a haunted attraction just outside of Winnipeg and is perfect for the whole family. Spooky Barn
Throughout October, the Corn Maze turns into a Haunted Forest. A fun and spooky adventure for the whole family, make your way through the maze and see what will happen. Corn Maze
Escape the Dead – Paintball Paradise
See how you would stand up against a zombie apocalypse with the Escape the Dead at Paintball Paradise. For only three nights in October, the paintball arena turns into a zombie breeding ground. Escape the Dead – Paintball Paradise
Just outside of Brandon is Grim Acres, a free venue that will scare the entire family. The event is actually a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Go through the haunted warehouse or the abandoned house and see how you handle it. Grim Acres
Grab a group of friends and take a creepy bus tour. There is the City of Ghosts Bus Tour or the Talking to the Dead Bus Tour. Each will take you to creepy locations to learn about the paranormal activity in the area. Bus Tours
Six Pines Haunted is north of Winnipeg and is suitable for older children and adults. See how you stand up against the creepy area and the scary clowns this Halloween. Six Pines
A Romantic Fall Getaway
Stay at one of the three authentic log cabins nestled in the forest on a rock ridge overlooking the boreal forest of White Shell Provincial Park. Falcon Beach Ranch.
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