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Get road trip ready because we have a lot going on in Eastern Manitoba!  Come find out where Canada’s Heart Beats on your visit to this region, where the sun rises, the place where Manito Ahbee sits.  There’s so much to love in Eastern Manitoba.  

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Gardenton Heritage Tour

Catch the tall grass prairie fever as former Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve Botanist, Laura Reeves, shares her passion for this endangered ecosystem with a walk around the Prairie Shore Trail (1 mile, easy terrain). Then marvel at the structural and creative beauty of Historic St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church while those dedicated to its preservation enlighten you with stories of years gone by. Feeling hungry? Local volunteers will be waiting for you at the Gardenton Museum with delicious home-made Ukrainian cuisine and an eagerness to share their memories and stories with you as you tour the Museum grounds and buildings. Schedule your tour June through September. Bus/group tours (min. 10 people).

City: Gardenton
Dates: June 1, 2018 to September 15, 2018
Event Times: all day
Event Admission: $32

Canada Day Weekend Festivities & Fireworks in Lac du Bonnet

Come on out to beautiful Lac du Bonnet on Canada Day Weekend and have some fun! The Lac du Bonnet Lions Club has a number of family-friendly events happening from June 29 – July 1, 2018 to celebrate Canada’s birthday, including: • WONDER SHOWS – Friday to Sunday, June 29th - July 1ST, Noon to Closing • BEER GARDEN & ENTERTAINMENT – Friday to Sunday, June 29 – July 1st. Live Entertainment Saturday Evening • PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Saturday & Sunday, June 30 – July 1st, from 9-11 am at the Pioneer Club • MIXED SLO-PITCH TOURNAMENT – Saturday & Sunday, June 30 & July 1st • TALENT SHOW – Sunday, July 1st at 2pm at the Community Centre • FAMILY FUN ZONE – Saturday, June 30 from 1-4pm at the Community Centre. Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Barrel Train Rides & More • LIONS CANTEEN – Saturday, June 30th from 1-6pm at the Community Centre. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & Beverages • PICKEREL FRY – Saturday, June 30th from 4-6pm at the Community Centre • PARADE – Sunday, July 1st, Leaving Watertown at 12:30 pm • CAR SHOW ‘N SHINE – Sunday, July 1st on Second Street, Overflow at the Community Centre Parking Lot • FIREWORKS – Sunday, July 1st at Dusk at the Town Dock (Rain Date Monday, July 2) • HELICOPTER RIDES - Saturday & Sunday, June 30 & July 1 (rides depend on availability of helicopters) FESTIVITIES ALL WEEKEND! Fun for the Whole Family! This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada. Please visit the Lac du Bonnet Lions Club Facebook page for updates.

City: Lac du Bonnet
Dates: June 29, 2018 to June 29, 2018
Event Times: Noon to Midnight
Event Admission: Free

St-Labre 200

Day 1 - You Build / Day 2 - You Race

St-Labre 200 is so unique and original, that we dare say it’s the only event of its kind in Canada. St-Labre 200 Inc. has 18 teams registered to build their own go-karts within 24 hours. Every team sets up their build area alongside the pit lane. All teams are provided with identical basic power train components (motor, wheels, chains, sprockets, brakes). Teams show up with raw steel and must build their frame on site within the 24 hour allotted period. A team is composed of approx. 8 people. In order to make sure they have the best kart, some teams equip themselves with professional mechanics, welders, and engineers. A not to be missed event in rural Manitoba!

City: St-Labre
Dates: July 6, 2018 to July 8, 2018
Event Times: 9AM - midnight
Event Admission: FREE - Be a Fan, Bring a Can

St-Labre 200

For 2 days out of the year, imagine having in your backyard; a race-track, over 40 go-karts, family games, campsites and sitting room to accommodate 1500 spectators, live entertainment, friendly competitions, an outdoor kitchen filled with volunteers to feed everyone, food trucks and the best backyard fireworks display in Manitoba. FRIDAY - DAY 1 - YOU BUILD • 18 teams side by side in a building pit • Teams are provided with identical basic power components • 24 hours to build a racing go-kart • All mandatory pieces must be installed to the go-kart and then certified before being allowed on the track SATURDAY - DAY 2 - YOU RACE • 10 races will be setup throughout the day • The main race is a fast paced, nail-biting 200 lap race on a quarter mile dirt track • Track conditions get worse after every race – every lap • Many teams will have many drivers ready to switch out during pit stops to ensure fresh bodies to handle this aggressive and physically demanding battle.

City: Manitoba
Dates: July 6, 2018 to July 6, 2018
Event Times: All day July 6 & 7, 2018
Event Admission: Joel Grenier

Laura's "You can eat that?!" Wild Edible Adventure

Get ready for a fun adventure in wild edible plant identification, harvesting and preparation! These one-day workshops will give you the confidence you need to incorporate a variety of common wild edibles into everyday meals. With Laura's guidance, you will prepare a full-course meal with a variety of wild edibles that you gathered, yourself! See website for earlybird registration deadline. Class size limit: 12

City: Gardenton
Dates: July 7, 2018 to July 7, 2018
Event Times: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Event Admission: $130 - $150

Tractor Trek 2018

Grab your tractor, slip on your over-alls and join the 2018 Tractor Trek! Fire up your vintage tractor and join us on this trek across country to nearby communities as we work to support the efforts of both Mennonite Heritage Village and Eden Foundation. Pre-register for this event.

City: Steinbach
Dates: July 9, 2018 to July 9, 2018
Event Times: 9 am - 8 pm
Event Admission: Please contact

Pioneer Day Camp

What is it? Pioneer Day Camp enables children to experience how life was lived in a 19th century Mennonite village through exciting activities, games and crafts! Your child will be able to explore the village along with other kids and have a week full of fun! What do kids do there? Campers are given the opportunity to try a variety of hands-on pioneer activities. These include: • Baking schnetje (biscuits) • Working with tools in the Blacksmith Shop • Grinding wheat with a Miller • Playing traditional Mennonite games. The program is offered for two weeks during July and August, running Monday to Friday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. July 9-13 for ages 5-7 August 13-17 for ages 8-10. Register before May 31, the cost is $120.00 (equal to ONE FREE DAY!) If you register after May 31, the cost is $150.00. Visit www.mhv.ca to register.

City: Steinbach
Dates: July 9, 2018 to July 13, 2018
Event Times: 10 am - 4:30 pm
Event Admission: $150

Gardenton Ukrainian Festival

Join us for a celebration of our local Ukrainian heritage! Sing or dance along with the Ukrainian performers; enjoy delicious traditional Ukrainian fare; and learn about the lives of Manitoba’s Ukrainian settlers with guided tours of the museum. Kids will enjoy a variety of fun games and activities. The festivities continue all night with an old-time Ukrainian dance, complete with a live band for you to polka and two-step your heart out to! Looking for something a little more mellow? Sit in on the traditional Ukrainian church service or kick back and enjoy a drink with friends in the beer garden. Most activities take place in a beautiful outdoor setting, so please come prepared for the weather.

City: Gardenton
Dates: July 14, 2018 to July 14, 2018
Event Times: 10:00 am - 1:00 am

Heritage Classic Car Show

Special events at this years' Heritage Classic Car Show include Muffler Rapping Contest, Pedal Powered Kart Derby, LIVE BANDS - Cold Hard Cash, P-Noise, Jamie Rumley OTHER CAN’T MISS. A Shopper’s Paradise Market, Swap Meet, Food Truck Alley. Pre-Register by May 15 to ensure your spot in this event and receive your own 2018 Heritage Classic Car Show retro bowling shirt!

City: Steinbach
Dates: July 14, 2018 to July 14, 2018
Event Times: 9 am - 6 pm
Event Admission: Please contact

Gardenton Ukrainian Festival

Be immersed in tradition at this Ukrainian celebration - food, dance and music, all day long! Visit the historical school house and museum, watch some of the best Ukrainian dance in the southeast, and eat homemade Ukrainian food, prepared locally. There is something for everyone!

City: Gardenton
Dates: July 14, 2018 to July 14, 2018
Event Times: 10:30 church service, 1:00 stage show, 7:00 evening dinner and dance
Event Admission: Gate Admission $10, evening admission $15

Heritage Classic Golf Tournament

Join us for our Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament at Quarry Oaks Golf Course July 25, 2018. Brunch and registration at 10am then 11 am shot gun start. Dinner to follow. Contact Patricia to register, patriciaw@mhv.ca or call 204-326-9661

City: Steinbach
Dates: July 25, 2018 to July 25, 2018
Event Times: 10 am - 6 pm
Event Admission: $150

Richer Rough Stock Rodeo

Multiple "Rodeo of the Year" winner, the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo is scheduled for August 10, 11 & 12, 2018. Friday Night Bullnanza! Saturday and Sunday Heartland Rodeo! Live music on two stages, lots of activities for the kids and entire family. Giant Trading post with crafts and other goods! Friday night Cowboy Social and Saturday Night Concert/Social!

City: Richer
Dates: August 10, 2018 to August 12, 2018
Event Times: 11 am - 2 am

Prairie Day

Join us for a day trip of casual learning at the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve. Guided walks, special presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day. This annual event takes place the second Saturday of August at the Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail, 3km east of Tolstoi on PR 209.

City: Gardenton
Dates: August 11, 2018 to August 11, 2018
Event Times: 10am - 3pm
Event Admission: tba

Hanover Ag Fair

It’s a weekend packed full of entertainment and activities to suit all ages. There’s rodeo action, musical talent on the mainstage, revving engines during the enduro-cross and demolition derby, children’s activities, special meals and much, much more!

City: Grunthal
Dates: August 16, 2018 to August 19, 2018
Recurrence: Daily
Event Times: 6pm
Event Admission: $15/adult, $10/youth, age 8 & under FREE

Tolstoi Perogy Festival

Come celebrate those warm pockets of potato in the village of Tolstoi, home of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church, built in 1927. A community wide event that celebrates the area's history, culture and people. A full day of activities starting with a pancake breakfast, ball tournament, children's activities, heritage walking tour, historic building open houses, horseshoe tournament, classic car show, music, and the star of the festival, perogy supper and dance. Fun for the whole family!

Photo Credit: Wendy Lazaruk

City: Tolstoi
Dates: August 25, 2018 to August 25, 2018
Event Times: 8:00am - 12:00am

Gardenton Fall Supper

Enjoy some of the finest, home-made Ukrainian cuisine in Manitoba!

City: Gardenton
Dates: September 2, 2018 to September 2, 2018
Event Times: 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Zhoda Moto-X

Come for a day of racing at the Zhoda International Raceway! Sports, noise, competition and food trucks - what better way to spend your Sunday with the family?

City: Zhoda
Dates: September 9, 2018 to September 9, 2018
Event Times: 9 AM
Event Admission: $15 Adults $5 Kids

Lac Du Bonnet Regional Library Annual Fall Supper

Please join us at the Lac du Bonnet Legion Hall for our annual FALL SUPPER. The delicious buffet style turkey dinner includes stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, meatballs, cabbage rolls, veggies, pickles, coleslaw, delicious pies and more! There are two sittings: 5pm and 6:30pm and reserved seating is available for groups of eight or more and for those requiring accessable seating. Tickets go on sale August 1st. Make sure you call early as this event sold out last year!

City: Lac du Bonnet
Dates: September 15, 2018 to September 15, 2018
Event Times: 5pm and 6:30pm
Event Admission: $15.00/Adults & $7.00/12 and under

Steinbach Airport Open House

Join us for a family fun event at the Steinbach Airport annual open house. See the STARS Helicopter, WWII Harvard Aircraft and other aircraft and helicopters will be on display. If it's good skydiving weather, there will be jumping. Everyone is welcome and food will be served.

City: Steinbach
Dates: September 15, 2018 to September 15, 2018
Event Times: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Event Admission: Free

Otterburne Fall Supper

With everything from turkey, ham, meat pies, stuffing, mashed potatoes, salads, cukes, tomatoes to pickles and to top it off, assorted desserts and pies, all home-made. We don't know about you but they have us at meat pies.

Take a drive to Otterburne and see the beautiful fall colours then dine with locals on home-made fair.

Did you know Otterburne is the location of Providence University College and Theological Seminary. Providence College was founded in 1925 and re-located to Otterburne in 1970. Today, it is one of the largest Christian colleges and seminaries in Canada.

City: Otterburne
Dates: September 23, 2018 to September 23, 2018
Event Times: 4:00pm-6:30pm
Event Admission: Adults $14, Ages 5-10 $7, 4 & under free