Things to Do During August in Manitoba

If you are looking for a whole month of fun, Manitoba has you covered. Along with the famous attractions to visit, August is full of great events, festivals, and concerts. From family fun festivals to live concerts, there is something for everyone.

Listed below are just 50 of the many things to do during August in Manitoba.

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1. Explore the Night Sky

Join the Spruce Woods Provincial Park Interpreters and local astronomers with the Brandon and Area Astronomical Society to explore some of the darkest skies in southern Manitoba!  – Fridays, August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2019

Join Parks Canada for a full weekend of activities under the star filled skies of Riding Mountain. Learn about the Milky Way from the pros, learn about Anishinabe perspectives of the night sky, experience the park at night under the stars like never before! August 30 – September 1, 2019

2. Trek the Stanley Trail

The Stanley Trail is 51 km or 40 miles, from RM Stanley/Thompson boundary through RM Stanley to Rosengart. Open prairie skyscapes, shale cliffs, wild flowers, abundant wildlife, open grassland, rich agricultural lands, rolling hills, creek crossings, oak stands, poplar bush and dramatic views of the Red River Valley all promise to delight trail users.

3. Attend Hanover Ag Fair

Hanover Ag Fair promises a weekend packed full of entertainment and activities for all ages. From rodeo to live music, enduro-cross and demolition derby to children’s activities, special meals and much, much more! – August 15 to 18, 2019

4. Pick Your Own Fruit and Vegetables at U-Pick Farms

It is a well-known fact that Manitoba farmers grow some of the most amazing fruits and vegetables. Along with buying freshly picked produce at one of the many farmer’s markets around the province, you can pick your own fruit and vegetables during August. There are many U-pick farms across Manitoba where you can pick more than one variety of fruit.

5. Enjoy Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival

Celebrate everything Ukranian at the National Ukranian Festival. Enjoy dance, folk music, Borscht, Kubassa and Paska competitions, races, kids entertainment and more family fun. August 2 – 4, 2019

6. Boreal Shores Art Tour

From the surreal east shore beaches of Lake Winnipeg, through the Winnipeg River System to the rugged lake country of the Whiteshell, join us on a tour of art and landscapes as artists across this beautiful region open their homes and studios to share their world with you. August 17 & 18, 2019

7. Go on the Road To The World Cup

Catch the Canada vs Nigeria Men’s Basketball at Bell MTS Place on August 09, 2019.

8. Enjoy Pioneer Days

Travel through time and explore a turn-of-the century Russian Mennonite street village. Relive the Mennonite past through pioneer activities, steam powered threshing, music and lots of good food during Pioneer Days! August 2 -5, 2019

9. Camp at the Grand Valley Park

Located minutes from Brandon and just off the Trans-Canada Highway. Grand Valley is a campground set in the beautiful Assiniboine river valley and is home to the historic Stott Site. The park also has a viewing tower, picnic shelter, and interpretive walking trails which explains the rich First Nations history of the land.

10. Visit Margaret Laurence Home

Margaret Lawrence, founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada, is an internationally renowned writer. Five of her novels set in the fictional prairie town of Manawaka was based on Neepawa. Literary lovers for war and wide visit her home to pay homeage to this legendary writer. The Margaret Laurence Home is a designated Provincial Heritage Site and Level 2 Museum.

11. See Tractor Pull

Started in the 70’s by local residents, the Teulon Truck & Tractor Pull is the only 2 day Tractor Pull in Manitoba and attracts competitors from as far away as the Midwestern United States and spectators from Saskatchewan and Ontario. The event features trucks and tractors including mini mods and antique trucks. Don’t forget to stay for the delicious BBQ supper Saturday evening. – August 17 – 18, 2019

12. Go on a Moveable Feast

The tour includes a bike tour and menu samplings at five restaurant stops. in the heart of the city. Each tour has a unique combination of stops. – August 13, 2019 | 5:30 PM

13. Hike the Great Trail

Put on your hiking shoes and hike part of the trail from Pinawa to Seven Sister Falls. You will be rewarded with stunning views of the Winnipeg River and Seven Sisters Falls. If you are an avid cycler, you can cycle the trail from Beaconia through Grand Beach to Lester Beach.

14. Islendingadagurinn – Icelandic Festival of Manitoba

Held annually in Gimli, this heritage festival, attracts people from far and wide. Visit the Viking Village, where the lifestyle and culture of 9th and 10th century Western European nations are demonstrated by highly skilled reenactors. They will demonstrate the day to day lifestyle of the Vikings. Also enjoy food, music, entertainment, midway rides, events/activities, and Icelandic culture. August 2 – 5, 2019

Things to DO During August in Manitoba

Photo Credit: Icelandic Festival of Manitoba

15. Attend the Augustfest Homecoming Concerts

Spread over 5 days this summer music festival, now in its ninth season, celebrates talented musicians who began their musical career in Western Manitoba. – August 11 – 17, 2019

16. Go on Birding trips

Nature Manitoba frequently organizes various outdoor activities throughout the year. There are trips that cater to novice as well as the expert. August 12 to 14 is the Birding Week, where you will get a chance to see birds at the Mantario Lake region.

Things to DO During August in Manitoba

Photo Credit: Dennis Swayze

17. Stonewall Quarry Days Festival

Food, entertainment, midway rides, petting zoo, live music, show n’ shine, fireworks, beer gardens, pancake breakfast are just few things to enjoy during the Stonewall Quarry Days Festival. This year’s artists include Aaron Goodvin, Jason Greekey, Past the Perimeter, among others.  August 16 – 18, 2019

18. Enjoy Folklorama

Experience this memorable multicultural festival by visiting the 44 volunteer-run pavilions that feature lively entertainment, cultural displays, warm hospitality and authentic ethnic cuisine. Explore Folklorama between August 4 – 17, 2019.

19. Go to Stingray Beach

Stingray Beach is an aquatic exhibit located in a new rotating exhibit gallery at the Assiniboine Park & Zoo. It is currently home to cownose and southern stingrays. An optional feeding experience will be offered three times daily for an additional cost. Windows along the sides of the pool will offer underwater views of the rays.

20. Western Days 

Western Days is Sandy Lake’s largest family fun event taking place annually in August. Enjoy pancake breakfast, parades, beer gardens, BBQ Lunch, duck race and golf cart rodeo, supper, hymn sing, live entertainment, fireworks, and more. – August 9 – 11, 2019

21. Go on a Guided Hike along Islands of the Park

Gain an appreciation of the composition of Hecla/Grindstone from the North Point Viewing Tower. View Black, Deer, Punk and Little Punk Islands within the context of Lake Winnipeg’s expanse of water, rocky shoreline and large beaches which give the area a maritime-like feel. Follow this with a hike along a portion of the Harbour Trail and explore the processes that formed these islands and why they are a part of our favourite park. – August 22, 2019

22. RV at Spruce Sands RV Resort

A summertime family favourite, the Spruce Sands RV Resort offes stunning views of Lake Winnipeg and lush greenery. You can rent a kayak or bike, tee off at the 6-hole putting greens. The resort is equipped with amenities like,  modern washrooms, showers and a laundromat.

23. Canadian National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse

Brandon is hosting the 62nd annual Canadian National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse show where you can see top athletes compete in a variety of disciplines. – August 11 – 17, 2019

24. Portage Potato Festival

Have fun the whole day at Portage la Prairie’s Portage Potato Festival. This family festival has face painting, bouncy castles, a petting farm, circus performances and more for kids to enjoy. Enjoy Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning, free fries, 2 days of musical entertainment. – August 9- 10, 2019

25. Attend Brandon RibFest

Brandon RibFest is back for another year! There will be world class rib trucks, farmery beer tent, live entertainments and kids area. – August 16 – 18, 2019

26. Metis Days

Every year St. Laurens celebrates its unique metis culture during the annual Metis days. This popular event features range of cultural activities, Coureur de Bois Contest, a slow-pitch tournament, parade, the Miss Metis pageant, and fireworks. – August 2 – 4, 2019

27. See Quiet Riot

Come to the Burton Cummings Theatre and feel the noise on August 16 as Quiet Riot is coming!

28. Winnipeg International Burlesque Festival

Attend the 3rd annual Winnipeg International Burlesque Festival. If you love burlesque and you want to dip your toe in the glitter pool, don’t miss the Burlesque Workshops! – August 15 – 18, 2019

29. Manitoba Night Market & Festival

More than a 100 vendors, 20 and more food trucks, live music, beer gardens, micro breweries make up the Manitoba Night Market & Festival. There will be activities for kids to enjoy including pony rides, face painting, and bouncy castles. You can shop and enjoy hundreds of local Manitoba creators, makers, crafters, artists, and vendors in our indoor / outdoor space. — August 11, 2019

30. Head to Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze

The Virden Indoor Rodeo has been voted “Rodeo of the Year” by the cowboys and cowgirls multiple times over the last two decades. The rodeo performances are the heart of the weekend, highlighted by a “shootout” whereby the top cowboys and cowgirls compete for trophy saddles, championship jackets, and thousands of dollars in prize money. – August 15 – 18, 2019

31. Watch Movies on Memorial

Watch your favourite 2000’s movies under the stars for free at Memorial Park every Tuesday in August! This year Shrek, Mean Girls, School of Rock and Miss Congeniality will be playing.

32. Attend Melita Banana Days

Melita Banana Days is fun for the whole family! This year, Melita Banana Days is celebrating 10 years! August 9 – 11, 2019

33. An Evening Under the Stars

An Evening Under the Stars is a celebration in the Park in support of Canada’s Diversity Gardens. The Leo Mol Sculpture Garden will be magically transformed for an evening with delicious food, divine desserts, and lively entertainment.  – August 28, 2019

34. Hear Lost Voices

Created by MUO’s Artistic Director Brenna Corner and Winnipeg-based singer/director Sawyer Craig, Lost Voices brings MUO audiences back to La Cathédrale de Saint-Boniface. Ushered throughout the cathedral, audiences will travel in small groups through a century of history to hear singers explore topics as wide-ranging as marriage, motherhood, fascism, and iconic characters like Hamlet’s Ophelia and Mary Magdalene. August 18 & 21, 2019

35. Share the Legacy of the Beast 

Legacy Of The Beast Tour is based on its namesake mobile game which takes various incarnations of Eddie into many different Maiden Worlds. Like in the game, the stage show will take their fans through different Worlds and experiences set to appropriate songs. There are all kinds of crazy things going on, including a replica Spitfire plane dominating the stage during ‘Aces High,’ tons of pyro, a giant Icarus, muskets, claymores and some truly marvellous flame-throwers. — August 28, 2019

36. Morden Corn & Apple Festival

The Morden Corn and Apple Festival is a family event and has a reputation for catering to all age groups with a variety of events to guarantee the enjoyment of all. Free corn on the cob, and apple juice have been the chief attractions, along with free stage entertainment, the children’s events, the parade, shuttle bus service and parking. – August 23 – 25, 2019

37. Celebrate Terry Fox Day on a train

Enjoy a leisurely trip to the rural community of Grosse Isle aboard our beautifully restored vintage coaches. Sit back and relax as onboard musicians make their way through the train singing their hearts out. During the stopover you can walk through the steam locomotive as the engineer and fireman prepare for the return trip. Finally, stroll though the Heritage Village as the volunteers demonstrate items from years past. It’s a wonderful way to spend this holiday. – August 5, 2019

38. Historic Walking Tour

The Exchange District, a National Historic Site features an exceptional collection of heritage buildings built between 1880 and 1920. Nicknamed the “Chicago of the North”, the Exchange features massive stone and brick warehouses, elegant terracotta-clad buildings, narrow angled streets as well as cobblestone paths and alleyways. Take a guided walking tour today to explore its history and architecture. – May to August

39. Fun Mountain

Fun Mountain is a place where you spend a day enjoying the beauty of a Manitoba summer, the adrenaline of water slides, the tastes from the menu, and the excitement of many games areas from volleyball to bumper boats.

40. Enjoy a Hazy, Lazy Summer Day at the Marsh

Spend your weekend at the Marsh. Enjoy various activities from Milk Carton Boat Race to water games, go on a canoe adventure or participate in the toe dipping contest.  – August 3 – 5, 2019

41. Cinderella

Be enchanted by the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical, Cinderella. With a healthy dose of hilarity, this Tony Award winner combines the timeless songs you know and love with a fresh new take on the beloved fairly tale. Rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most cherished songs, including ‘In My Own Little Corner’, ‘Impossible/It’s Possible’ and ‘Ten Minutes Ago’ as you take in the lavish sets, gorgeous costumes and an array of colorful characters.  August 13 – 30, 2019

42. Shop the Sugar Mountain

Welcome to the Land of Candy! The store carries everything a candy lover could ever want from high-quality bulk, to imported U.K and U.S. candy, to the best (and cheapest) selection of Jelly Bellys, sugar free choices, and the very best of Canada too! With a selection of awesome treats and toys, you will find everything you want…and more!

43. Attend a RibFest

Rotary Club of Winnipeg’s RibFest is spread over 3 days at the Festival stage at The Forks. Listen to good music while enjoying delicious Food. Yummy, Meaty, juicy, delicious BBQ ribs from Canadian Champion ribbers. BBQ Ribs, Chicken, Pulled Pork. Need we say more? – August 23 – 25, 2019

44. Get tickets to Blue Rodeo

Hear one of Canada’s top selling bands. Blue Rodeo will be playing at Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg on August 7 to 8, 2019.

45. Tour the York Factory National Historic Site

Journey to York Factory, a huge fur trade era depot set in the remote Hudson Bay wilderness. This isolated post was a vital fur trade hub for more than 250 years and was the gateway to the vast interior for British trade goods, Hudson’s Bay Company employees, settlers and soldiers. Let York Factory’s pristine setting and untouched spirit transport you back in time.

46. Asham Stomperfest

Be a part of a festival that brings people together for a fun-filled weekend of camping and entertainment September Long Weekend in Reedy Creek/Kinosota, Manitoba! Featuring the Asham Stompers and Sagkeeng’s Finest, live music, World Jigging Championships, entertainment, activities for the Whole Family, food, shopping, fireworks and More! – August 30 – September 1, 2019

47. Visit International Peace Garden

Noted for its beautiful flowers and landscaping, the International Peace Garden‘s most popular feature of the garden is a working floral clock that displays a unique floral design each year. The garden is located on the Manitoba/North Dakota border 24 km south of Boissevain. In addition to enjoyin the beauty of the blooms, Visitors can go cycling, canoeing, picnic, hiking or visit the wildlife refuge. Attend the fundraiser Gala in the Garden on August 23.

48. St. Ambroise Beach Provincial Park

Spend a night under the stars at the St. Ambroise Beach Provincial Park. Located near the east end of the Delta Marsh,  this is a perfect spot to watch migratory birds or picnic on the fine sand beach, or go on a boat ride.

49. Grass River Canoe Route

Grass River Canoe Route is a popular wilderness canoe route with rapids, calm waters, scenic water falls, aboriginal pictographs, and is dotted with islands. First traversed more than 5000 years ago, the full route stretches all the way from Cranberry Portage to Nelson River and can take upto 3 weeks. Canoeists can also opt for the shorter trip from Cranberry Portage to Split Lake.

50. Somethin’ in the Park

Bring your lawn-chair or blanket and join us for some old fashioned radio dramas and more at Bethel Heritage Park in Winkler.  –  Mondays, July 8 to August 12, 2019

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