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Here & Now: What To Do In Winnipeg in July and August

Our picks for must-see and do activities during your stay.

Credit Joey Senft

Credit Joey Senft

Folk Fun


July 6-9 – The revered Winnipeg Folk Festival gives the stage to local and big‑name talent (pictured). Camp out for the whole weekend or escape for a day and see shows by Feist, City and Colour, Barenaked Ladies, and Foy Vance. Eat, drink, shop and dance to live music at nine stages throughout the park. Free shuttle buses depart every 30 minutes from the bus stop at 389 Balmoral Ave, downtown Winnipeg. Birds Hill Provincial Park, visit winnipegfolkfestival.ca for tickets.

Fringe interest


July 19-30 – The 30th annual Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival takes over the Exchange District for two and a half weeks. The celebration of independent theatre boasts more than 180 creative and boundary-pushing shows from across Canada and the world. Old Market Square is the festival’s main gathering spot with live music and local vendors selling food and drinks. Tickets available at the door or with a 7 or 14-show pass. Various venues. 204‑943‑7464 or winnipegfringe.com for full schedule.

Movies on the beach

July 26-30 – Travel North of the city and join thousands of people at the 18th annual Gimli Film Festival. More than 100 dramas, documentaries and short films are screened at indoor venues or on the beach at sunset. See popular movies like American Graffiti and Footloose. Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to movie start time. Rush seating. Various locations. Tickets and festival passes available in advance at gimlifilm.com or at the door.

Go for gold

July 28-Aug 13 Get into the fast paced action this summer and watch young athletes compete for gold in 16 different sports at Canada Games. During the Games, The Forks will act as a central hub showcasing Canadian talent every night with headliners such as Ontario’s Kardinal Offishall, Quebec’s Coeur de Pirate, and Manitoba’s Sierra Noble. Various venues. For tickets and info visit 2017canadagames.ca


Cross the globe


Aug 6-19 Travel the world—no passports required—at Folklorama, the world’s largest and longest running multicultural festival. Enjoy entertainment, such as the flaming limbo at the Caribbean pavilion, and traditional meals, like perfectly pinched perogies and scratch made kolbassa at the Ukrainian show. With 41 pavilions to explore, take a VIP Tour to bypass line-ups and visit multiple pavilions in one night for the ultimate world tour. For information, visit folklorama.ca or call 204‑982‑6210.

My my, how can i resist you?


Aug 10-31 Watch as sunny and funny Mamma Mia! unfolds on a Greek island paradise. The jukebox musical tells the story of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads, all set to the tunes of ABBA. Rainbow Stage, Canada’s largest and longest‑running outdoor theatre tucked away in Kildonan Park is the setting for this hilarious musical show. 2021 Main St. For tickets, call 204‑989‑0888 or visit rainbowstage.ca

My kind of rodeo

Aug 18-20 Music festival Interstellar Rodeo pairs artists such as Beck and Father John Misty with gourmet beer and wine for a full VIP experience. Don’t miss the local food trucks on site. This outdoor celebration takes over The Forks, with weekend and single day attendees free to wander Winnipeg’s meeting place. The Forks, 1 Forks Market Rd. Visit interstellarrodeo.com for tickets and info.

Lots of laughs

Aug 24-27 The 3rd annual Oddblock Comedy Festival returns to South Osborne featuring more than 50 comedians. Catch acts from The Late Late Show writer Eliza Skinner and returning festival favourite Matt Braunger (pictured). Venue-hopping attendees can grab a bite from nearby restaurants and food trucks or relax at streetside beer gardens. Join in the fun during the free open mic nights on Friday and Saturday, 8 pm-12 am. Various locations. 204‑478‑7275 or oddblock.ca for tickets.

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