10 fun things to keep you busy this Canada Day in Manitoba

Since you're not stuck at the office, keep busy with this list of Canada Day activities.

6 things to do in Winnipeg, 4 if you're elsewhere in the province

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights served as the backdrop for this year's Canadian 'living flag' on Tuesday, featuring about 2,500 people wearing red and white T-shirts. ( Winnipeg BIZ)

What to do in Winnipeg

1. Free cake and barbecue in Transcona

Location: Transcona Centennial Square, 135 Regent Ave. 

Time: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On top of the free food there will also be inflatable toys for kids, face painting and balloon animals, and live music.

2. Free pony rides at the Downs

Location: Assiniboia Downs, 3975 Portage Ave.

Time: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Head to the Downs for free pony rides, a petting zoo and more inflatable toys.

3. Be a part of Winnipeg's living flag

Location: Shaw Park, 1 Portage Ave.

Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

The event's fifth year marks the 50th birthday of Canada's national flag. Red and white T-shirts will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis between 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with the photo being taken at 11 a.m.

4. Hit up St. Norbert's farmers market

Location: St. Norbert's farmers market, 3514 Pembina Hwy

Time: 11 a.m. to dusk

The day ends with fireworks at dusk but before that, there will be a barbecue, games, pony rides and fun on the splash pad. 

5. Picnic in the park

Location: Assiniboine Park, 15 Conservatory Dr.

Time: 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Parking is available at the Canadian Mennonite University and the Asper Jewish Community Campus so that you can make it to the park for the magicians, face painting, Manitoba's "largest selfie" and fireworks. 

6. Festivities at the Forks

Location: The Forks, 1 Forks Market Rd.

Time: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

Starting at noon and going until 11 p.m. there will be live performers. Other activities involve an obstacle course, touch football, and arts and crafts — with fireworks kicking off at 11 p.m. 

What to do outside the city

1. Winnipeg Beach festivities

Location: Winnipeg Beach

Time: 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The day involves all the Canada Day staples from horse-drawn wagon rides, inflatable bouncy houses, free face painting and a relay obstacle course. Fireworks start at 11 p.m.

2. Stony Mountain family festival

Location: various places in Stony Mountain

Time: 5 p.m. to dusk on June 30; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 1

The fun starts Tuesday with family activities ranging from pony rides to bingo and fireworks. Wednesday there is a pancake breakfast, parade and community water fight.

3. Thompson celebrates Canada's 148th

Location: Thompson Regional Community Centre

Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The day starts with a community brunch, live concerts, kids games, and lots of food — and it ends, of course, with fireworks.

4. Selkirk's annual celebrations

Location: Selkirk waterfront

Time: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The more unique activities of the afternoon involve horse and carriage rides, geocaching, a 5 kilometre run, and  a game show. Fireworks start at 11 p.m.