August is over. Harvest is in full swing. School will start next week. And there is one last long weekend this summer to enjoy. This one. 

Monday is Labour Day and the forecast is calling for some hot weather. If you are looking to get out and about and enjoy the outdoors in Manitoba, there are certainly plenty of choices. Here are a few things happening in our area this weekend.

Fun with Family Day 

Our Farm Greenhouse is hosting their annual Fun with Family Day on September 2nd. A free event with over 65 local vendors, live music all day, Touch-A-Truck and many more activities for the whole family. Fun with Family Day is always a fantastic way to end your summer. 

Free Provincial Parks 

For all of Labour Day weekend, all provincial parks are giving out free entry. It is a great reason to get out there and explore what Manitoba has to offer before the snow covers up all of the sights. Overnight camping fees and entrance fees to national parks will still apply, but taking in the sights and sounds of provincial parks for free makes the bittersweet exit of summer easier.  

Ashern Fair and Rodeo 

From plenty of kid's activities like face painting and bounce houses all the way to bull riding and barrel racing, the Ashern Rodeo is pulling out all the stops to make this event the best one yet. Street Dancing and fireworks on Friday night, a parade and the beginning of the rodeo on Saturday, and plenty more coming on Sunday. Make sure to mark your calendar for a stop in Ashern to take in the rodeo. 

Asham Stomperfest  

If you’re in the mood to take in some incredible talent from performers, the best choice is a trip to Asham Stomperfest in Reedy Creek. With the Word Indigenous Square Dance Championship and $10,000 dollars up for grabs for contestants, it will be a can't miss show. They have a fully stacked schedule and tickets are on sale on their website above. 

Sportsman’s Corner Fishing Derby 

At Sportsman’s Corner in Westbourne, you will be able to take home some fish and some cash prizes. They’re once again hosting the Family Fishing Derby, with brand new categories for kids to be able to compete. Entry fee is only $15, so make sure you get your gear ready to head on the water. 

Splash Island

There are plenty of beaches to enjoy in our region and that will continue all month. One place to cool off however closes on Monday. There are plenty of public swim times this weekend at Splash Island in Portage, however, Monday will be the last one. When that winds down Monday evening, the popular spot on the island will close until summer returns in 2024.


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