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Plan a spring or summer visit into Manitoba and check out a wide variety of interesting, unique, and always fun festivals. Winnipeg, the capital city of Manitoba, hosts a number of different festivals during spring and summer – the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival is popular, as is the Manitoba Highland Gathering in nearby Selkirk.
Every June in Manitoba, jazz fans flock into Winnipeg for the nine-day TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. With performances held at a number of different venues across Winnipeg like the Centennial Concert Hall, Burton Cummings Theatre, and the West End Cultural Centre, the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival is an ideal way to spend some time during your summer visit to Manitoba.
Drive in from Headingley and enjoy the smooth jazz tunes, or check out popular area attractions like Shaw Park, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, or the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.
South of Winnipeg is Morris, home of Manitoba's only professional rodeo – the Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition. Held in late July, the Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition is held at the Manitoba Stampede & Exibition Grounds right next to the Morris Arena and the Southern Manitoba Convention Centre. Events include professional chuckwagon and chariot races, Mutton' Bustin', and even the Youth Stars of Manitoba Talent Competition.
Northeast of downtown Winnipeg, discover Selkirk. Be sure to visit during the third weekend in June when Selkirk, typically, hosts the Manitoba Highland Gathering. With events held at Selkirk Park, the Manitoba Highland Gathering is a celebration of Scottish heritage of the area. Enjoy the Highland Dance Competition, the Solo Piping and Drumming Competition, and the Heavy Games.
Located in southwest Manitoba, Brandon is a charming city and host of the annual Manitoba Summer Fair. Held in early June at the Keystone Centre, the Manitoba Summer Fair features a Breakfast Under the Domes, an Aboriginal Showcase, and Chrome in the Trees, a classic car show.
In Thompson, well north of Winnipeg, a summer visit should be met with a trip to the Annual Health and Leisure Mart. Held at the Thompson Regional Community Centre in early September, the Health and Leisure Mart is free, open to the public, and allows for businesses and health & leisure groups a chance to showcase what they've been up to during the year.