Things to Do During August in Manitoba

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Demolition Derby, Hanover Ag

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. Whoop & Hollar!

 

Have an unforgettable weekend of music under the trees by day and stars by night at the Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival. From the winding nature trails to the lively campfire jam sessions, there’s something for everyone. – August 27 – 29, 2021

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’s Bull Riders Canada Invitational

This will be Canada’s largest bull riding event of the year! The best riders from across Canada are coming to put on a great show, trying to go home with the biggest pot of prize money. See the toughest riders take on even tougher bulls during this exhilarating sport. BRC offers. – August 19 – 20, 2021

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. Travel Trade: Heart of the Prairies

Explore sprawling forests, deep gorges, prairie grasslands, and expansive clear lakes at Riding Mountain. Venture into the boreal forest to find a bear den, drive through the park to see moose, elk, bear, and beaver, explore protected grasslands and see wild bison, before returning to Wasagaming. Take time to discover the townsite set next to Clear Lake with gift shops, restaurants, cafés, and more. Thursday + Saturday, May to November, 2021

6. Enjoy Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival

Celebrate everything Ukranian at the National Ukranian Festival. Tune in online to watch some great performances from dance groups and bands to cultural presentations and so much more! July 30 – August 1, 2021

7. 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.

8. Selkirk Port D.O.G Days Market

Get outside and enjoy the summer at the Selkirk Port D.O.G Days Market. Located at the beautiful Selkirk Waterfront, the market runs every Wednesday in August from 10 am – 2 pm. July 21 – August 25, 2021

9. Go on a Bur Oak Guided Photo Walk

Join a Park Interpreter for an evening stroll at the Birds Hill Provincial Park. Bring your camera or smartphone to capture the unique bur oak forest community along the way. August 1, 2021 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

10. Hike Black’s Point Self-Guiding Trail

Located near Riverton, the Black’s Point Self-Guiding Trail is a 1.5 km family-friendly trail. Discover a rare and intricate ecosystem that takes over a century of succession to develop, Old Growth Boreal Mixedwood Forest. Many rare species can be found in the Black’s Point’s old-growth forest. The trailhead is located at Beach Parking Lot in Black’s Point Subdivision, Grindstone Provincial Park.

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11. 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.

12. Enjoy Prairie Sundays

Experience hands-on heritage programs at the Fort La Reine Museum every Sunday in July and August. – Sundays, until August 29, 2021

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. In 2021 Islendingadagurinn will celebrate Icelandic culture and heritage through a series of virtual, hybrid, and limited in-person events, in accordance with public health orders. July 30 – August 2, 2021

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15. Participate in Manitoba Mud Run

Manitoba Mud Run is the Province’s premier mud run. – August 7, 2021

16. Attend Unite 150 Concert

Join Manitoba 150 for a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of iconic Manitoba acts showcasing the province’ss diverse culture in a live broadcast event! Limited in-person tickets are also available – August 28, 2021

17. Family Fun Summer Fair

Enjoy Rides of Thrill, Games of Skill and all of your favourite carnival treats for 4 weekends in a row! Weekends, until August 22, 2021

18. Enjoy Folklorama

Be transported to different regions around the globe each night with stunning ethnocultural entertainment. Explore Folklorama between August 6 – 8, 2021.

19. Dinosaurs Uncovered

 

See an exciting and interactive new dinosaur experience at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Dig deep and learn about the latest archaeological discoveries, emerging technology and science, and evolutionary connections between distant dinosaur species and their modern-day relatives. On display throughout summer.

20. Manitoba Night Market & Festival

Manitoba Night Market & Festival at Assiniboia Downs features Manitoba’s top vendors, food trucks, and Winnipeg’s best live entertainment. – August 22, 2021

21. It’s Party Time

Enjoy live music over four nights on two weekends in a fully licensed site plus several food trucks and vendors at the Burt Block Party. – August 20 – 21 & 27 – 28, 2021

 

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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 annual Canadian National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse show where you can see top athletes compete in a variety of disciplines. – August 15 – 21, 2021

24. Cheer the BlueBombers

A new CFL season has started. Cheer your favourite team! They will be taking on Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto Argonauts, and Calgary Stampeders in August.

25. See an Exhibit

On display at Fort la Reine Museum is an exhibition on an old devasting pandemic that gripped the world in 1918-19, the Spanish Flu. With no effective vaccine or treatment available, the virus-infected Canadians living in cities, towns, and farms. Approximately 55,000 Canadians died; most of the casualties were young adults. – On display until August 30, 2021

26. Art at the Lake

Art at the Lake is a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Sioux Narrows Arts Festival. See the artwork of twenty past and present artists who have contributed to the Festival over the years. – Daily, July & August 2021

27. Pyotts West Music Fest

Head over to the Pyotts West Campground on August 20th for the Pyotts West music fest!

28. Watch Movies Under the Stars

Enjoy free outdoor screenings of French-language films with English subtitles at the Saint-Boniface Cathedral. Various dates until September 9, 2021.

29. Attend a Mindfulness Workshop

Experience an evening of mindfulness, movement and connecting to the natural world with CPAWS Manitoba environmental educator Avery Kash. You wull be guided through a beginner-friendly yoga session and mindfulness meditation with a focus on connecting to nature and releasing tension. Later, you will practice mindful walking as you explore the beauty within Assiniboine Park.– August 26, 2021

30. Downtown Patio & Mural Tour

 

Enjoy a walking tour of three patio stops and some of the amazing murals found in the centre of Winnipeg! – August 14 & 28, 2021

31. Summer Drive-in Convert Series

Attend a Drive-In Concert Series in support of One Hope Canada! The evening will feature Manitoba’s very own Prairie Joe, a well-known country Gospel band that entertains and inspires with their own blend of downhome music. – August 10 – 12 & 14, 2021

32. To Have and To Hold

Manitoba Underground Opera is embarking on a brand new operatic journey with a theme that is centered on weddings and the traditions surrounding them. Watch Winnipeg’s first drive-in opera, Béatrice et Bénédict as well as Svadba & Bluebeard’s Castle. – August 25 – 27, 2021

33. Demonstration Days at a Heritage Village

Explore a Russian Mennonite street village that features a fully operational Dutch windmill. You can taste traditional Mennonite fare at the museum’s Livery Barn Restaurant, and explore a classic Mennonite house barn. On Saturdays, many of the buildings will have volunteers ready to interpret the significance of these buildings to Mennonite life. You can also enjoy the barrel train and tour the village in a horse-drawn wagon. – Saturdays, July & August 2021

34. DIY Homesteader Festival

Participate in a one-of-a-kind event, that offers people a fun, and connected way to learn important skills they can bring into their modern life. – August 14 & 15, 2021

35. Mudd Mayhem

Join the excitement of fast action mud racing at Hilltops Mud Mayhem on August 14, 2021.

36. Watch Movies at Drive-In

Catch your favourite movies under the stars at Stardust Drive-in. – August 23 – 25, 2019

37. Enjoy a Sunset Paddle

Enjoy a leisurely paddle and explore less explored regions of the Marsh with a guide. – August 26, 2021

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. Lilac Resort

Lilac Resort is a place where you spend a day and night enjoying the beauty of a Manitoba summer, the adrenaline of water slides, dancing in the sand by the light of bonfires and Tiki torches, relaxing in a hot tub, and the memories last a lifetime.

 

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40. Birding and Breakfast

Experience the early morning magic of fall migration. Enjoy a guided walk to find birds in the marsh at sunrise followed by a hot breakfast. – August 28, 2021

41. Fusion Fest

Enjoy 2 days of amazing local and headlining talent across both stages, as well as an artisan market with multiple local shops, food trucks for variety, and daily workshops where you can learn everything from body painting to cajun drumming. August 6 – 7, 2021

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. Manitoba Dog Days of Summer Show

Taking place at Birds Hill Provincial Park Equestrian Facility, the Dog Days of Summer Showbill features various equestrians showing off their skills! – August 7 – 8, 2021

44. See Tramping Lake Pictographs

Tramping Lake Pictographs are over 1500 years old pictographs located along the shorelines of the Grass River near Wekukso Falls Provincial Park. Book a boat tour with Wekusko Falls Lodge to see these historic markers.

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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. sākihiwē festival summer pop-ups

Enjoy listening to beautiful music by local artists at pop-up concerts in Winnipeg! – Various dates from August 7 to 29, 2021

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 enjoying the beauty of the blooms, Visitors can go cycling, canoeing, picnic, hiking or visit the wildlife refuge.

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. Demolition Derby

Get your seat for the best in smashing and crashing action! See crushing motors, snapping axles, and blowing tires, all in an effort to be the last car running, and take the crown! – August 21, 2021

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