Free Things to do in Winnipeg This Weekend August 4-7


Free Things to Do in Winnipeg This Weekend August 4-7.  A list of free weekend events is usually posted every Thursday before 7:00 PM.

If you are planning to go to an event, please click on “More Info” and read carefully. Check if it needs RSVP or registration.  

Some events may be free but are donation based which means a donation is encouraged.  However, donations are mostly at minimal costs.  

Events that have “no cover charge” means free entry but food and drinks are extra.

In Downtown:

1) First Fridays in the Exchange

August 4 @ 5:00-9:00 PM

Gallery hop. Stroll. Eat. Shop. Start your weekend with a walk in the Exchange! Talk to artists in their studios, experience Art Gallery openings and explore unique shops and restaurants. See what’s on and download the Guide on the website:

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2) Jeux du Canada Games Festival

July 29 – August 12 
The Forks,1 Forks Market Rd

Celebrate The Hottest Summer in Half a Century with live music, dancing, and cultural activities. 

August 4
17:05 Lanikai
18:00 Raphaël Butler
18:55 Mike Plume
20:00 Les Hay Babies
21:20 Matt Andersen
22:30 Fireworks | Feu d’artifice

17:35 Folklorama – Winnipeg Steel Orchestra
18:35 Traditional Games of the NWT | Jeux traditionnels des Territoires du Nord-Ouest
19:35 100 Decibles Mime Troupe
20:55 National Film Board of Canada Short Film – New Brunswick

August 5

17:00 The Mariachi Ghost
17:55 Kinnie Starr
18:55 Madeline Merlo
20:05 Alex Cuba
21:20 Loverboy
22:30 Fireworks | Feu d’artifice

17:30 The Red Nose Diaries
18:30 Spence Tradition
19:40 Contemporary Dance Works
21:00 National Film Board of Canada Short Film – British Columbia
O.N.F. – court métrage – Colombie-Britannique

August 6

17:00 Rayannah
17:55 Little Miss Higgins
18:55 The Pistolwhips
20:05 Buffy Sainte-Marie
21:20 The Sheepdogs
22:30 Fireworks | Feu d’artifice

17:30 Folklorama – Shanley Spence Hoop Dancing | Danse de cerceaux
18:30 National Film Board of Canada Short Film – Saskatchewan
O.N.F. – court métrage – Saskatchewan
19:40 Contemporary Dance Works
20:55 Double the Trouble

August 7

14:00 Yoza
15:00 Fred Penner
16:05 Spitfire Kings of the RCAF Band
17:05 Faouzia
17:40 Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
18:05 William Prince feat. Sierra Noble
19:05 The New Meanies
20:10 Royal Canoe
21:25 Crash Test Dummies w/ WSO
22:35 Fireworks | Feu d’artifice

13:30 DJ Co-op
14:30 Madame Diva
15:48 National Film Board of Canada Short Film – Manitoba
O.N.F. – court métrage – Manitoba
16:40 Ray St. Germain
18:40 Summer Bear Dance Troupe
19:50 Dirty Catfish Brass Band
21:00 DJ Co-op

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3) Traditional Trails: Indigenous Led Group Rides

August 6 @ 12:00 pm2:30 pm

The Métis Ride: Louis Riel and the Red River Rebellion The group will then ride from The Forks over the Provencher bridge to St. Boniface where they will visit the burial site of Louis Riel and talk about the history of the Métis in the area.

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4) Lanterns for Peace 2017

August 6 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm
Memorial Park, 470 York Ave. (at Memorial Blvd.)
Winnipeg, CA 
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Every August, Peace Alliance Winnipeg, the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, and Council of Canadians-Winnipeg Chapter commemorate the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima (Aug. 6) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9) with a Lantern Ceremony in Memorial Park. We believe it is important to keep the memory of those horrible events alive so that current generations understand we must never allow nuclear weapons to be used again. It’s something the whole family can enjoy.

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5) BYOD (Bring Your Own Drums)

August 6 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm
Winnipeg, MB, 400 Cumberland Avenue
Winnipeg, R3A 0J7 CA 
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BYOD – Bring Your Own Drums 7:00pm / Central Park / Sun Aug 6, 2017 Join us as we build bridges together through music and invite drums of all nations to jam together 😀 Bring a friend from a different background then you along, the more ethnicities the bigger the village becomes ♡

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Elsewhere in Winnipeg:

6) CP Canada 150 Train in Winnipeg

August 4 @ 5:00 pm8:00 pm

In recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday, CP invites communities to come together and celebrate. Just as the railway connected Canada, the CP Canada 150 Train events will reconnect all generations of Canadians through shared stories of the country’s past; acknowledging heroes and leaders of today; and building optimism for the future.

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7) Open jam

August 5 @ 3:00 pm7:00 pm
Windsor Hotel, 187 Garry Street
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Open mic/jam. All music styles welcome

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8) Open Board Game Day

August 6 @ 12:00 pm6:00 pm
A Muse N Games, 1783 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, R3J 0E8 CA 
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Come out with your favourite game or grab something from our ever growing demo library and play some games. Need help learning something new we’d be happy to help get you started! There is no charge some come on down for some all-day fun!

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9) Canada Summer Games – No Ticket Required for Select Sports

July 30August 12
Various Locations, Winnipeg,

The following list of sports at the Canada Summer Games have free entry, courtesy of Manitoba’s Credit Unions.  No ticket is required.


Kanoe/Kayak (Manitoba Canoe and Kayak Centre)

Click the links for times

C-1 – 500m Female, C-1 – 500m MaleC-2 – 1000m FemaleC-2 – 1000m Male


Tennis (Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club)

Team Mix Start Time: 9 Am & 2 PM

Detailed tennis schedule 

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10) FAMILY FUN DAYS @ Assiniboia Downs

August 7 @ 8:00 am5:00 pm
Assiniboia Downs, 3975 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada 
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FAMILY FUN DAYS Free family fun activities include: pony rides, petting farm, glitter tattoos, bouncy gym. Family fun activities take place from noon – 4 p.m.  Live racing starts at 1:15 p.m. Family fun days are Sunday, May 14, Monday, May 22, Sunday, June 18, Monday, August 7, Monday, September 4 & Sunday, September 10

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Near Winnipeg:

11) Canada Summer Games – Sailing

July 30August 4
Gimli Yacht Club,95 1 Avenue

Canada Summer Games – Sailing FacebookTwitterLinkedIn Sailing competitions are from Sunday, July 30 – Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Gimli Yacht Club. Click here to see detailed sailing schedule. Entry to sailing competition is free courtesy of Manitoba’s Credit Unions. No ticket is required.

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12) Icelandic Festival of Manitoba

August 4 @ 8:00 am – August 7 @ 11:00 pm
Gimli, MB,Gimli

This Star Celebration has a history of 128 years of serving up Icelandic culture & heritage as Manitoba’s longest running cultural festival & the 2nd longest running cultural festival in North America. Once you attend, you’ll see why! A celebration of Icelandic heritage through song, food, prose, and fun.

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Every Weekend:

13) FREE Swim

August 4August 6
Various Locations

Here’s the summer schedule for Free Swim at various locations in Winnipeg. Note: Youth Swim is only for ages 9-19. For Family Swim, at the very least one parent must accompany at least 1 child. A single adult or child is not allowed during Family Swim.

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14) Skateboard Lessons @ The Forks Skatepark

July 17August 18

Starting July 17th until August 18th 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 10:30am-12:30pm. It is mandatory that participants bring a helmet, but skateboards will be available for use. Each participant (or their legal guardian if under the age of 18) will be required to sign a waiver at Sk8 Skates, located at the Forks Market.

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15) Silver Spike Presents – No Cover Charge

August 4August 5
Silver Spike Saloon,202 Bond St

Silver Spike Presents.  Band On stage at 9:45 PM At Winnipeg’s best live music destination.

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16) Corydon’s Dancing in the Avenue

August 4August 5

Put on your dancing shoes and join us every Friday and Saturday evening starting June 23 through August 26th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm on Corydon Avenue and dance under the stars!

August 4:  River City Rock’n Roll (Rock and Soul) @ Lilac St. S

August 5:  The Twilights (50’s & 60’s Doo-Wop) @ Cockburn St. S


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17) Movies in the Park Presented by Scotiabank 

August 4 @ 7:00 pm11:15 pm
Assiniboine Park,
55 Pavilion Crescent

7:00 Sing, 9:15 La La Land

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18) Cowboys Roadhouse‏ – Saturday Nights, No Cover Charge for Ladies Before 11 PM

August 5 @ 9:00 pm2:00 am
Cowboys Roadhouse‏,
1034 Elizabeth Rd

Winnipeg’s TRUE home of country brings you a Saturday night party like no other. Disastrous drink specials and a casual atmosphere combine for a sloppy & satisfying good time. Saturdays are for the boys… so we made it ladies night! Ladies in FREE before 11pm.

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19) Jazz in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden

August 6 @ 3:00 pm4:00 pm
Assiniboine Park, 55 Pavilion Crescent

Performer:  Helen White

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20) Summer Music Series at the Lyric Theatre

Sunday, August 6, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

@ Lyric Theatre, Assiniboine Park

Every Sunday (and various dates during the weekday).  Listen to the melodies and harmonies from the Lyric Theatre mingle with the rustle of the leaves in the breeze.  August 6 Performer:  Ray St. Germain

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21) Have you GOT? S7 Ep.4

August 6 @ 8:00 pm10:00 pm
X-Cues Cafe & Lounge, 551 Sargent Ave.
Winnipeg, R3b 1W4 CA 
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Game of Thrones, Season 7 Episode 4, The Spoils of War! Watch the best show ever made on X-Cues large HD screens! Plenty of seating, delicious food, and drink. Table reservations available. Please, be early, and don’t miss a thing! We GOT you covered!

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