We love downtown Winnipeg any time of the year, but the summer is particularly lovely. The warm weather seems to compel Winnipeggers out of their homes and offices whenever possible and the streets come alive with pedestrians, bicyclists, and tourists all exploring our beautiful city.
If you’re looking to try something new this August, we’ve compiled a list of awesome things to do downtown (that you probably didn’t know about) and of course a list of the best summer patios for you to enjoy before it’s too late (because you’re going to get hungry trying so many new things)!
Things to try:
- The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Canada Games Festival – This free festival runs until August 12 at The Forks, showcasing over 150 Canadian artists. The diverse, Canadian line-up includes headliners like Serena Ryder, Kardinal Offishall, Fred Penner and a performance by the Crash Test Dummies with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Make sure you stay for the fireworks at the end of each night’s concert!
- Movies on Memorial – Watch your favourite 90s movies under the stars for free in Memorial Park every Tuesday night in August! Pre-movie activities start at 7:00 pm, and the movie starts at sundown (approximately 9pm). Movies include The Little Rascals and Spice World.
- Splash and Dash Boat Tours – Take a scenic half-hour tour of Winnipeg’s waterways! Boats leave The Forks harbour every 15 minutes from 10:00 am to sunset, seven days a week and provide commentary and historical insights on many points of interest along the way. Tickets are available at the Splash Dash kiosk at The Forks dock.
- Free Skateboard Lessons – Feeling adventurous on your vacay? Until August 18, the Winnipeg Skateboarding Outreach Organization, in conjunction with Sk8 Skates, will be hosting free skateboard lessons for beginners at the Plaza at the Forks Skatepark. The lessons will run every day from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Skateboards will be available for use (free!) but it’s mandatory that participants BYO helmet.
- Folklorama – Folklorama is the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world. Pavilions feature lively entertainment, cultural displays, warm hospitality and authentic ethnic cuisine. This year you can take in five Pavilions at RBC Convention Centre. August 6-12: Cuban, Polish, and First Nations Pavilions. August 13-19: Brazilian and Mexican Pavilions.
Best downtown patios:
- Tavern United (MTS Centre) – This rooftop patio offers some of the sunniest dining downtown, with a fun, pub style menu. Head here for uncomplicated drinks, an amazing tan, and a fun meal in the heart of downtown.
- Earls Main – Earls on Main Street has managed to establish it’s self as the go-to after work hangout in downtown. The food is consistently good, the drinks are yummy, and the heaters and complimentary blankets make the outdoor experience a fun one even late into the summer.
- Era Restaurant at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights – Located in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (one of the world’s most architecturally progressive buildings) ERA is Winnipeg’s gathering place for good food, sharing and reflection. It’s beautiful patio is so peaceful and calm you’ll forget you’re in the center of the city. .
- The Baja Beach Club – Located at The Forks, on the banks of the Assiniboine, the Baja Beach club is a must go downtown vacation destination. Great tunes, cold cockails, and amazing water views will make you forget you’re in Winnipeg and give you flashbacks to from last tropical getaway.
- La Roca – Nothing says summer like a refreshing margarita, and La Roca delivers those every time! This spacious patio is beautiful and the drinks cold and delicious. Plus Tacos are never a bad idea.
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