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Here & Now: What To Do In Winnipeg in May and June

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

Photo courtesy of Winnipeg Wine Festival

Photo courtesy of Winnipeg Wine Festival

WINE DOWN

APR 30-MAY 1 The 16th annual Winnipeg Wine Festival showcases wines from across the world. The year’s theme spotlights Canada’s 150th birthday with Canadian wine, featuring British Columbia VQA and VQA Wines of Ontario. Swirl and sip through homegrown vintages and discover the diversity of flavour that has earned Canada a reputation as the most exciting New World wine region. Tickets available at winnipegwinefestival.com. RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave

Photo by Matt Duboff.

Photo by Matt Duboff.

SACRED SITE

MAY 17-21  The 12th annual Manito Ahbee Festival celebrates Indigenous arts, culture and music. Aiming to unify, educate, and inspire, the five-day event is filled with art expos, jigging and square dancing competitions, and an Indigenous marketplace and trade show. This cultural fest is famed for hosting one of the largest powwows in North America. Various Winnipeg venues. Tickets at manitoahbee.com or call 204-956-1849.

Pride Festival courtesy of Pride Winnipeg.

Pride Festival courtesy of Pride Winnipeg.

FULL OF PRIDE

MAY 26-JUN 4  The Pride Winnipeg Festival marks its 30th anniversary with a week full of events leading up to the signature parade on Pride Day. This year, the parade moves to Portage Avenue, retracing the steps of Winnipeg’s first Pride march, to celebrate this important milestone in the community. Visit pridewinnipeg.com for full list of venues and events.

Courtesy of Doors Open Winnipeg

Courtesy of Doors Open Winnipeg

EXCLUSIVE VISIT

MAY 27-28  Explore the fascinating architecture of more than 85 unique buildings during Doors Open Winnipeg. The two-day free event presents the opportunity to learn about the history of some of Winnipeg’s oldest buildings, including many heritage sites not typically open to the public. Discover hidden secrets and architectural quirks inside buildings like the Manitoba Legislature. Visit doorsopenwinnipeg.ca for more details.

CONCERT CALENDAR

MAY 12  DEAN BRODY
Popular Canadian country music artist returns to the MTS Centre.

MAY 19-20  INVESTORS GROUP STARS ON ICE PRESENTED BY LINDT
Three icons in Canadian men’s figure skating tour together for the first time during this award-winning show. MTS Centre

MAY 19  CHRIS HADFIELD
The first Canadian to walk in space celebrates the country’s milestone birthday with a discussion of our history and future. Burton Cummings Theatre 

MAY 19-20   WINNIPEG NIGHT MARKET
Discover and buy local products at this open-air market. Assiniboia Downs 

MAY 25  ROYAL CANOE WITH THE WSO
Winnipeg indie rock band teams up with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for an extraordinary musical experience at the Centennial Concert Hall.

MAY 31  THE HEAD AND THE HEART
American indie folk outfit rocks the stage at the Burton Cummings Theatre 

Martin girard/shootstudio.ca (kurios - costumes by philippe guillotel, © 2014 cirque du soleil)

Martin girard/shootstudio.ca (kurios – costumes by philippe guillotel, © 2014 cirque du soleil)

INTRIGUING ACROBATICS

STARTS JUN 2 Enter into a curious world inside Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. This Cirque du Soleil show features a cast of otherworldly characters performing amazing acrobatic feats, with elaborate costumes, staging, and mechanical set pieces plucked from a world that can only exist in the imagination. Take a seat inside the immense big top tent and let the magic begin. Kenaston Blvd and Sterling Lyon Parkway, visit cirquedusoleil.com for tickets.

Courtesy Winnipeg International Children's Festival

Courtesy Winnipeg International Children’s Festival

JUST KIDDING

JUN 8-11 Long running festival of fun, the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival returns for a 35th year. Silly shenanigans and wacky entertainers thrill all ages. Returning favourite performers like Les Soeurs Kif Kif, Fred Penner, and Splash’n Boots delight with funny songs and goofy comedy. Circus workshops teach budding acrobats how to fly high. Tickets available at the gate or on kidsfest.ca. The Forks, 1 Forks Market Rd, 204‑958‑4730

Gregory Porter courtesy of Jazz Winnipeg

Gregory Porter courtesy of Jazz Winnipeg

ALL THAT JAZZ

JUN 15-25 A stellar line up of talented musicians converge on the city for the annual TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. This yearly fest features a genre-spanning range of artists from pop to blues to bebop. Iconic songstress Mavis Staples headlines the festivities, joined by artists like Gregory Porter, one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary jazz vocalists. Also take in free lunchtime and evening open-air concerts in Old Market Square featuring local talent. Various venues. Call 204‑989‑4656 or visit jazzwinnipeg.com for full schedule and tickets.

Courtesy of Red River Exhibition Association

Courtesy of Red River Exhibition Association

RIDE OF YOUR LIFE

JUN 16-25 Dreams of carnival treats, live music and heart-pumping rides draw a crowd to the Red River Exhibition. Nightly concerts, agricultural exhibits, and the world’s largest travelling midway are all a part of this classic summer event. New this year, see a motorcycle stunt show, up close farm animal exhibit, and fireworks to celebrate Canada’s 150th. Visit redriverex.com for tickets, or purchase at the fair gates. Red River Exhibition Park, 3977 Portage Ave, 204‑888‑6990

CONCERT CALENDAR

JUN 3  JON MULANEY
Comedian sheds his Oh Hello on Broadway persona for sidesplitting stand up. Burton Cummings Theatre

JUN 7  TIM MCGRAW AND FAITH HILL
Country powerhouse duo join forces for the Soul2Soul world tour. See them perform at the MTS Centre

JUN 8  INTERNATIONAL SOCCER: CANADA VS COSTA RICA
Canada’s Women’s National Team faces off against Costa Rica at Investors Group Field.

JUN 13  BONNIE RAITT
Roots and blues icon is still going strong with Grammy-nominated 20th album, Dig in Deep. Catch her at the Burton Cummings Theatre.

JUN 9-16  AGASSIZ CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Celebrate Canada’s 150th with gorgeous chamber music and the premiere of new work that pays tribute to Manitoba’s 100,000 lakes.

JUN 17  THE FAB FOUR
Emmy-winning Beatles tribute band takes the stage for note-perfect renditions of classic hits. Club Regent Casino and Event Centre

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