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Summer Calendar 2012

A guide to the season’s hottest events

TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival / Dirty Dozen Brass Band
TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival / Dirty Dozen Brass Band


June 1–23 — Shakespeare in the Ruins

Presents the final part of Henry V. Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park, 942-5483,

June 1, Jul 6 & Aug 3 — First Fridays in the Exchange
Shops and galleries welcome the public from 5-9 pm. Free. Visit

June 1 — Roger Waters
Experience The Wall live with unrivalled visual effects. MTS Centre, 855-985-5000

June 1–Aug 4 — Celebrations Dinner Theatre
Be entertained by Ghostbusted over dinner. 982-8282,

June 2 — Yoga in the Park
Stretch every Thu in Memorial Park. Noon. Free. 958-4640,

June 3 — Pride Parade
Hit the streets for the annual gay pride parade. Noon. Legislative Building.

Starts June 6 — Hermetic Code Tour
Unlock the mysteries of the Manitoba Legislative Building.

June 7–10 — Winnipeg International Children’s Festival
The annual kidsfest brings dinosaurs back to life. The Forks, 958-4730,

June 8 & 9 — River City Dragon Boat Festival
In support of Health Sciences Centre Foundation. Fermor East, Manitoba Waterski Park,

June 9-10 — Interlake Artists’ Studio Tour
11th annual self-guided studio tour. 10 am-6 pm, various locations,

Opens June 14 — Fun Mountain
Ten waterslides, hot tub, zipline and more. 255-3910,

June 14–23 — TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival
Performers include musicians such as Janelle Monae and Booker T. Jones. Various venues, 989-4656,

June 15–24 — Red River Exhibition

Games, rides, concerts, and Midway magic. Red River Exhibition Park, 888-6990,

June 16 — Manitoba Highland

Gathering Catch piping, drumming and highland dancing at this Selkirk festival. 800-894-2621,

June 18–Jul 8 — Footloose

Hit musical gets audiences moving under covered outdoor stage. 989-0839,

June 21–24 — Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition

Dubstep masters and electronic DJs electrify various venues downtown.

June 22 — Bryan Adams

Legendary rocker plays last show of Canadian tour. MTS Centre, 855-985-5000

Jun 25 — Cowboy Junkies

Blues/folk band from Toronto plays the West End Cultural Centre. 783-6918,

June 28-Jul 1— Dauphin’s Country Fest

Canada’s longest running country music festival. Acts include Reba, Zac Brown Band, Ronnie Dunn and Bachman & Turner.

June 30–Jul 1 — Osborne Village Canada Day Street Festival

All-weekend block party with vendors, food and concerts. 474-1008,


Juyl 1 — Canada Day at The Forks
Free family music concerts with late night fireworks. Enjoy live entertainment, skateboard plaza and face painted patriots.

July 4–8 — Winnipeg Folk Festival
Renowned folk performers, including Canada’s own Feist, play various outdoor stages at this 38 year old music festival. 231-0096,

July 12–15 — St-Pierre-Jolys Frog Follies
Annual French fest features frog races, food and entertainment. 204-291-4630,

July 18–29 — Winnipeg Fringe Festival
Local and International thespians invade various venues. 956-1340,

July 19–22 — Cirque du Soleil: Quidam
Follow a little girl into her imaginary world. MTS Centre. 855-985-5000,

July 19–22 — Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition
Bucking broncos and livestock shows take centre stage. Morris, 204-746-2552,

July 20–22 — Neepawa Lily Festival
Celebrate flowers with food and family fun. Neepawa.

July 20–22 — Summer Winds Family Music Festival
This music festival for all ages has a summery vibe. Victoria Beach,

July 25–27 — Ballet in the Park
Free performances by the renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Assiniboine Park, 956-0183,

July 25-29 — Gimli Film Festival
This beachfront film festival showcases more than 130 movies, documentaries and shorts. 204-642-8846,

July 27-29 — Manitoba Sunflower Festival
Enjoy Mennonite culture.


Annie / Rainbow Stage
Annie / Rainbow Stage


Aug 3–Aug 6 — Icelandic Festival of Manitoba
Celebration of all things Icelandic. Gimli,

Aug 3–5 — Canadian National Ukrainian Festival
This cultural fest includes market, wheat weaving demonstrations and bread from traditional wood ovens. 877-474-2683,

Aug 4 — Metis Days Festival
The proud Michif society of St-Laurent host fiddling, jigging, slow-pitch tournament and karaoke.

Aug 5–18 — Folklorama
Big cultural festival showcases heritage, food and traditions in more than 40 pavilions. 982-6210,

Aug 9–31 — Annie
Musical following little orphan Annie as she searches for her parents. Kildonan Park, 989-5261,

Aug 10-12 — Winkler Harvest Festival & Exhibition
Rides and music round out this fest. 204-325-5600,

From Aug 10 — Celebrations Dinner Theatre
LA doctor ends up in hot water with the Royal Canadian Navy in Canadian Affair. 982-8282,

Aug 17–19 — Winnipeg Barbeque & Blues Festival
Soul food and soulful music fill air at this cook-off and concert weekend. Red River Exhibition Park,

Aug 24–26 — Morden Corn & Apple Festival
The streets of Morden fill up in this celebration of summer fun.


All Summer

Adrenaline Adventures
Cable wakeboarding, ziplining, adventure and more. Headingley, 800-2060,

Assiniboia Downs
Live horse racing. 885-3330,

Assiniboine Park Zoo
Meet the newest residents: lion and tiger cubs. 927-6001,

Children’s Museum
Interactive family fun in 12 themed exhibits.

City Cats Fishing Tours
Full and half-day tours for anglers near Winnipeg. 955-2744,

Exchange District Walking Tours
Relive the history of some of Winnipeg’s most storied buildings. 942-6716,

FortWhyte Alive
Discover pristine prairie life inside Winnipeg’s city limits. 989-8355,

Grand Prix Amusements
Batting cages, bumper cars, go-karts and games. 254-3644,

Get cozy with a polar bear family in To the Arctic 3D. 956-IMAX (4629),

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site
Experience the rich history of one of the oldest original fur trading posts in North America. 204-785-6050,

Manitoba Agricultural Museum
See the evolution of prairie agriculture. Austin, 204-637-2354,

The Manitoba Museum
See the history of the province in over 10 galleries and a planetarium. 956-2830,

Muddy Water Walking Tours
Hear unexpected tales of true crime amongst others. 898-4678,

New Iceland Heritage Museum
The history of Lake Winnipeg and its fishing industry. Gimli, 204-642-4001,

Northern Soul Canoe Tours
Day trips down the Assiniboine and Seine rivers. 866-425-9430,

Out to Lunch
Munch on lunch during noon hour concerts each Wednesday in Air Canada Park. 958-4640,

Prairie Dog Central
Ride a vintage steam train during a Bonnie and Clyde-style holdup. 832-5259,

Red River Co-op Speedway
MDRA(NOPA)/WISSOTA sanctioned racing events. 582-0527,

Routes on the Red
More than 20 self-directed walking, biking, driving, or boating tours.

Open now – Splash Dash River Tours
Take a guided tour from The Forks. 783-6633,

Take the train around this family amusement park with miniature rides. 257-8095,

West End Mural Tours
Take a stroll through one of Winnipeg’s most diverse neighbourhoods with more than 60 pieces of colourful art. 954-7900,

Western Canadian Aviation Museum
Learn about the history and science of flight. 786-5503,

Winnipeg Goldeyes
Catch fish fever this summer with Winnipeg’s baseball franchise. Shaw Park, 982-BASE (2273),

Winnipeg Railway Museum
See Manitoba railroad heritage, including the first steam locomotive to cross the prairies. 942-4632,


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