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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

Hanover Ag Society Spring Rodeo

Polish your boots, dust off your hat and get your cowboy or cowgirl on! Three great days of SPRING RODEO in Grunthal, Manitoba on the Hanover Ag Grounds. Head on over to the Rough Stock School to try out the sport of bullriding, Gymkhana, and Heartland Rodeo, then later take in the BBQ and country style dance.

Round 'em up and visit Hanoverag.com for more details.

City: Grunthal
Dates: May 26, 2017 to May 28, 2017
Recurrence: Daily
Event Times: Please see website for the times of the different events
Event Admission: Friday $5, Saturday & Sunday $10, BBQ $10/plate, Dance $10

Fire & Water Presents Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott will be flying into town for one night and he’s coming just for his Fire & Water fan base. Andrew, who won’t be able to make it out for festival weekend this year, just needed to get in touch with his Manitoba Fan base and there is no better place than right here in Lac du Bonnet! Andrew Scott is an energetic and captivating singer/songwriter. His musicianship is top notch and his performances are always full of funk, humour, strange instruments, pterodactyl squawks, grunts, grooves, storytelling and good ol’ fashioned zinger wit. A fan favourite of Fire & Water Music Festival for years, Andrew has won the hearts of many Manitobans! Mark the date on your calendars and come on out to see Andrew Scott Live! This is a joint fundraiser for Fire & Water Music Festival, The Lac du Bonnet Legion and The Ladies Auxiliary.

Dates: May 27, 2017 to May 27, 2017
Event Times: 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Event Admission: $15.00

Thru the Years Fashion & Tea in LdB

Enjoy a fun filled afternoon with your daughters, grandchildren, and girlfriends as we look back at 200 years of fashion from the collection of the Costume Museum of Canada. Sit back and relax as you sip tea, feast on delicate sandwiches and dainties and enjoy the company of friends and family. The Costume Museum of Canada is Canada’s first museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, and presentation of clothing and textiles. The collection reflects the identity and social history of Canadians urban and rural, public and private. Closed to the general public, the Costume Museum of Canada now focuses on traveling with programs and exhibitions for all to enjoy.

City: Lac du Bonnet
Dates: May 28, 2017 to May 28, 2017
Event Times: 1:00
Event Admission: $20.00

RM of Lac du Bonnet BBQ and Birthday Party

The RM of Lac du Bonnet is turning 100 in 2017. We’re celebrating this monumental occasion with a huge yard party at the RM Office on June 2, 2017 and everyone is invited to come!

Enjoy some free BBQ and cupcakes and free entertainment including musical performances from Moon, Son, and Stars and Cohen Sieg.

City: Lac du Bonnet
Dates: June 2, 2017 to June 2, 2017
Event Times: 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Event Admission: FREE

Heritage Classic Car Show

Heritage Classic Car Show Dave Nickel Memorial Soap Box Derby & Swap Meet June 4, 2017 11 am – 4 pm Mennonite Heritage Village Contact Patricia for more information. Ph: 204-326-9661 Email: patriciaw@mhv.ca

City: Steinbach
Dates: June 4, 2017 to June 4, 2017
Event Times: 11 am - 4 pm
Event Admission: $10

Tractor Trek

Almost 50 antique tractors roll into town and gather for a lunch break at the Dawson Trail Park in Richer. Public invited. Free admission. Lunch available.

City: Richer
Dates: June 10, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Event Times: noon to 4 pm
Event Admission: free

June Classic Demolition Derby

Nothing is more crushing than missing out on Demolition Derby action with its flying mud, roaring engines and crunching metal!  Enjoy the show and shine at 1pm before heading to the demolition track for a smashing good time for the whole family!

City: Grunthal
Dates: June 11, 2017 to June 11, 2017
Event Times: Show and Shine – 1pm Demolition Derby – 2pm
Event Admission: Adult(age 16+) $10, Age 9-15 $5, 8 & under FREE

St. John’s Anglican Church RM100 Celebration Service

St. John’s Anglican Church in Lac du Bonnet will host a celebration service on June 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm for the 100th Anniversary of the RM of Lac du Bonnet. There will be greetings from St. John’s Anglican Church, also greetings from Loren Schinkel, the Reeve of Lac du Bonnet. Following will be a short afternoon prayer service. Rev. Brian Rountree, who was the Priest in Lac du Bonnet some years ago, will be giving a brief history of the RM of Lac du Bonnet. This event is being held at St. John’s Church as it is the oldest church and second oldest building in Lac du Bonnet. Refreshments will be served following the service. Everyone is welcome.

City: Lac du Bonnet
Dates: June 11, 2017 to June 11, 2017
Event Times: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Event Admission: FREE

St Malo Triathlon

The St. Malo Triathlon is a great race for first time triathletes, veterans and teams. Distances range from the Olympic distance (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run) to the Try-a-Tri (300m swim, 10km bike, 2.5 km run). Team, Duathlon and Aqua-Bike events are also available. Camping at the St Malo Provincial Park is a great way to enjoy the weekend activities. The swim is within the sheltered confines of the Park. The bike course heads out onto the wide open roads of The Great Plains region of Eastman. The run course is in the park along the forested campground roads. Come to St Malo to compete, cheer on a fellow competitor, or see the race up close as a volunteer. Visit our website for more information.

City: St Malo
Dates: June 24, 2017 to June 24, 2017
Event Times: 7 AM to 12 noon

St Malo Kids of Steel Triathlon

St Malo Kids of Steel triathlon is held at the St Malo Provincial Park. This swim/bike/run event is sanctioned by Triathlon Manitoba. Kids compete in 2-year age groups starting from the Tykes and Trikes event for kids 4 and under and going up to the 15-16 year old category. The event distances increase with age. The swim is in St Malo Lake along the beach. The bike in within the Park on the Campground Road. The run is along the gravel trails inside the park. Registration, rules and tips can be found at the Triathlon Manitoba website.

City: St Malo
Dates: June 25, 2017 to June 25, 2017
Event Times: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Canada Day Celebration

Ball Hockey, music, free food, kids and family activities, fireworks. All at the Dawson Trail Park.

City: Richer
Dates: July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2017
Event Times: noon - midnight
Event Admission: free

Canada 150 Ultramarathon

On Canada Day (July 1st) 2017 join us for the epic journey of 150 miles across the rich beauty of the Canadian Shield. The point to point course begins alongside the powerful Winnipeg River at Great Falls, taking you for a tour of the historical hydro electric dams along the edge of the shield until you are deep in the woods and skirting across pre-Cambrian Rock faces. Eight full aid stations and numerous water drops will sustain you as your voyage takes you to the finish line at the south east end of Falcon Lake, descending the ski hills of Falcon Trails Resort. Recognizing that not everyone is up to running 150 miles in one shot, we’re adding a 3 by 50 mile relay option. Find two friends and sign up for a great weekend on the trails. This is a one time event to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday; you do not want to miss this chance to truly challenge yourself!

City: Great Falls
Dates: July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2017
Event Times: 12:00pm
Event Admission: Free for spectators

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!

Go wild in Manitoba with Laura!

City: Gardenton
Dates: July 8, 2017 to July 8, 2017
Event Times: 9:00 - 6:00
Event Admission: $150 (earlybird $130)

Gardenton Ukrainian Festival

Join us for a celebration of local Ukrainian heritage! Sing or dance along with the Ukrainian performers; fill up on delicious traditional Ukrainian fare (you know those little, puffy pockets filled with potatoe); and learn about the lives of Manitoba’s Ukrainian settlers with guided tours of the museum. 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 15, 2017 to July 15, 2017
Event Times: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Springfield Country Fair

For 135 years, the Springfield Country Fair has been celebrating rural life in Springfield on the third Saturday in July at the Dugald Fairgrounds.

Brought to you by the Springfield Ag Society, this year on July 15, it features quilting, sewing, horticulture, canning, baking, craft and photography exhibits. They also have a pancake breakfast, petting zoo, live entertainment, bouncers, mini golf, barrel train rides, children's crafts, scarecrow building contest, pet show, tractor pull, Huck-a-Boot contest (yes, you heard right), face painting, LEGO building contest, bicycle decorating contest, all topped off with the delicious Country Fair Supper. More information at springfieldagsociety.com.

City: Dugald
Dates: July 15, 2017 to July 15, 2017
Event Times: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Event Admission: $3/$10 per family

Fire and Water Music Festival

Fire & Water Music Festival is Manitoba’s fastest growing, family-friendly, summer festival featuring the best Manitoba has to offer in Music and Arts. Once a year, we celebrate musicians, visual artists, sideshow performers, dancers and artisans alike. Fire & Water offers four stages of music featuring independent Manitoba musicians; playing everything from Roots, Country to Hard Rock, artist workshops, children’s programming and activities that is fun for all ages and so much more. We bring it all together with the Artisan Square Craft Sale and Trade Show featuring the best hand made crafts and fine arts in the Province and new for 2017 we will be featuring a 2 day Chainsaw Carving Jamboree! Make a weekend of memories with your family by staying at one of our unserviced RV or Tent camping sites.

For more info visit firenwater.ca Winner of the 2016 Festival Madness Contest, 3 time recipient of Get Out There Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards and runner up for the Manitoba Tourism Award: Event of the Year in 2015 & 2016; this is the festival you don’t want to miss.

Come See What You’ve Been Missing this August Long in Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba!

City: Lac du Bonnet
Dates: August 4, 2017 to August 6, 2017
Event Times: Friday 7:00 to Midnight; Saturday 10:00 to Midnight; Sunday 12:00 to Midnight
Event Admission: Weekend Pass $60.00 (Adult) & $30.00 (Youth 13-17) - Friday Passes $20.00 (Adult) & $10.00 (Youth 13-17); Saturday and Sunday Passes: $25.00 (Adult) & $12 (Youth 13-17) Kids 12 and under are free all weekend

Richer Rough Stock Rodeo

Annual award winning rodeo and community festival featuring rodeo action, giant "Trading Post", music, family entertainment and more. All at the Dawson Trail Park.

City: Richer
Dates: August 11, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Event Times: 8am - 3 am
Event Admission: varies

Angels Cabin Music Festival

Enjoy a fun and relaxing evening of rhythm and blues, country and light rock featuring local Manitoba artists in a beautiful outdoor setting. Canteen, beer garden and children’s activities. Free overnight camping. Gates open at 2:00, concert starts at 3:00.

City: Gardenton
Dates: August 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Event Times: 2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Event Admission: $10 advance, $15 at gate

Prairie Day

Feel, see and experience the tall grass prairie. Guided walks, special presentations by wildlife experts, and activities for the kids provide an opportunity to learn about this amazing endangered ecosystem. It is a place where waving grasses stand nearly two meters high. It is a place where plants smell of licorice, peaches, oregano, and chocolate. It is a place where the bubbling sound of bobolinks and wolf-whistles of upland sandpipers will bring a smile to anyone’s face. It is the largest remnant of tall grass prairie in Canada, nestled between the towns of Tolstoi, Gardenton and Vita.

It is a place of solitude and peace – a place where time stands still.

City: Gardenton
Dates: August 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Event Times: 10:00am
Event Admission: TBA

Carrick Days 25th Annual Event

Welcome to the community of Carrick, home of the horseshoe competition in Eastern Manitoba. Saturday, August 12th the gates open at noon starting with a parade then continuous music, bands and entertainment through the weekend. Serving up homemade grub, the canteen will be open all day with supper starting at 4:30pm. Horseshoe tournament registration is at 1:00pm with 8 lanes. Get your team registered for a chance to beat the reining champions! Someone needs to knock those two guys off! Challenge yourself on the mechanical bull while the kids have fun at the inflatable tent and kids games. Enter the silent auction and draw for a chance to win a 4-wheeler quad.

Join us for more fun on Sunday, August 13th with free admission to events. Breakfast starts at 10am, Carrick Has Talent competition at noon and Karaoke after the competition. 

Swing, sing and celebrate with locals at the 25th annual Carrick Days!

City: Carrick
Dates: August 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Event Times: August 12 & 13

Hanover Ag Fair

Loads of fun, food and festivities await you at the 2017 Hanover Ag Fair, August 17-20th in friendly Grunthal, Manitoba. Lots of rodeo action, motorsports, concerts, Family Fun Zone and petting zoo, parade, fireworks, specialty meals and more!

Family fun, food, and festivities! What more could you ask for?!

City: Grunthal
Dates: August 17, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Recurrence: Daily
Event Times: Please see website for the times of the different events
Event Admission: Please see our website

Boreal Shores Art Tour

Creativity runs deep in Eastern Manitoba and inspiration flows at every turn. From the surreal east shore beaches of Lake Winnipeg, through the Winnipeg River System to the rugged lake country of the Whiteshell, join us on a tour of art and landscapes as artists across this beautiful region open their homes and studios to share their world with you. Immerse yourself in our world! The Boreal Shores Art Tour is a self guided driving tour through juried artist studios and group locations where you will find diverse artwork for sale and to view and where you will also find opportunities to create your own works of art at hands on locations.

Immerse yourself in our World...

Dates: August 19, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Event Times: 10 am to 5 pm
Event Admission: Free

4th Annual Telus ATV Ride For Dad

The 4th annual Telus ATV Ride For Dad will be held in Woodridge on Sept 9, 2017. This event is to raise money for the treatment and research of prostate cancer and all funds raised, stay within our province. There will be breakfast and lunch available, along with ATV dealer displays, 50/50 tickets, RFD merchandise, celebrities in attendance, and some free gifts for our riders. Registration fee is $40.00 and can be done on line at RideForDad.ca. All registered participants will receive a chance to win a custom motorcycle valued at $124,000 for every $200 in donations raised.  See details and contest rules at RideForDad.ca. All riders must have a licenced and insured machine, sorry no jeeps, sidekicks or dirt bikes . The trail is approximately 75 km and will be a scenic ride for all levels of riders, with no mud . To date Ride For Dad has donated more than $18 million towards prostate cancer research and awareness! Come and join us for some fun and riding while raising funds for a great cause.

City: Woodridge
Dates: September 9, 2017 to September 9, 2017
Event Times: 8am to 5pm
Event Admission: $40.00 registration

Niverville 3rd Annual Winterfest & Market

Niverville's 3rd Annual Winterfest & Market Saturday November 18, 2017 *More Details to come

City: Niverville
Dates: November 18, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Event Times: 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM