Things to Do in Winnipeg While in Town for the Winnipeg Folk Festival

Things to Do in Winnipeg While in Town for the Winnipeg Folk Festival

Whether it’s your first time dancing in the sun or your annual gathering, you simply cannot say that anything is better than the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Spanning four days and nine stages, this event brings live music that fills hearts and creates memories you’ll be talking about for decades to come.

Extend your trip because there’s a ton to explore in Winnipeg before or after the festival. And to craft the perfect list of suggestions, we at teamed up with Winnipeg Folk Festival to recommend the top things to do while you’re in town for the celebrations. 


Music festivals were practically invented for friendship trips. And there’s no doubt that you and the crew will have a fantastic time swaying to the beats and filling your social media feeds. When you’re looking for something to do after the festival, these are some top choices. 

  • Where to Play: Are you and your friends a real squad? Test things out when you attempt to break out of an escape room together. Codebreakers Escape Rooms on Osborne Street and Epic Escape on Market Avenue are among the most popular. And if you like games but would prefer avoiding a locked room, head to Across the Board Café, which has old school games that can spark up nostalgic conversations and competitions. 
  • Where to Stay: Give yourselves a prime location when you stay at the Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown, which is close to a ton of pubs, sports bars, and restaurants.


The festival is open for music fans of all ages, making it an ideal event for the whole family and kids 12 and under get in for free. Bring the kiddos, grandma, the cousins you’ve been meaning to catch up with—bring everyone. And when you’re looking for something to do with the family, here are some top options. 

  • Where to Play: As the kids listen to festival tunes while stretched out on the grass, they may notice a splatter of stars and planets above. Give them a sky lesson when you stop into the Planetarium at the Manitoba Museum. After the show, they might even be able to identify those constellations against the inky black night. Other top picks in the city include the Manitoba Children’s Museum and the Winnipeg Railroad Museum. 
  • Where to Stay: After a day of music and exploration, we know you want to get the kids ready for bed as soon as possible. If you’re not camping at the festival, reserve a spot at the Humphry Inn Suites, which is situated close to the railroad museum as well as two parks. Plus, the hotel includes breakfast! Nothing beats bacon and pancakes to start a new day.


Couples that dance together stay together. If you and your partner are in town for the festival, we have a few suggestions for making it a vacation you’ll both never forget. 

  • Where to Play: Kick up the romance when you go for a lovely stroll through the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, located in Assiniboine Park. This is often considered one of the best date spots in the city, and a great place to talk about the music you heard earlier in the day. Speaking of beautiful things, don’t miss a tour through the Winnipeg Art Gallery, which features works from Picasso, among other famous names.
  • Where to Stay: Give you and your partner the gift of luxury during your Winnipeg holiday when you book a stay at the elegant Fort Garry Hotel. The in-house spa is top-notch and just about everything on the menu is made from scratch. 


On an epic solo adventure in Winnipeg? Perfect, the good vibes of the festival spill into the city all summer long. Here are some of the top things to explore during your holiday in Winnipeg. 

  • Where to Play: The Exchange District is one of the hottest areas of town, and perfect for a solo traveller on the hunt for boutique clothes and specialty desserts. You might also want to stop into The Forks Market, which has a world of trinkets and gourmet snacks.  
  • Where to Stay: Spoil yourself! Stay close to the bustle of the Exchange District when you drop off your bags at Alt Hotel Winnipeg. The hotel has happy hour every day of the week, so you can order up a cocktail or two and meet fellow travellers.

When you’re ready to experience Winnipeg to the fullest, there’s no better occasion than the famous Winnipeg Folk Festival. Enjoy the tunes, savor the town, and have yourself the trip of a lifetime. 

Author: Jennifer Cuella


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