cool gardens

july - september | THE FORKS + SURROUNDING AREA

Cool Gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installations that offer a shift of sensation for the summer—cooling—as a general theme for public projects in the downtown. The exhibit aims to bring architects, designers, landscape architects, and artists together to celebrate contemporary garden culture and the local landscape. The presentation of the cutting-edge garden designs places design culture at the centre of summer activities in Winnipeg and Brandon, while offering a pleasant relief from the summer exasperations. The exhibit intends to mirror the internationally acclaimed Winnipeg Warming Huts Program.



winnipeg design festival

WEDNESDAY, sept. 26 - SATURDAY, SEPT. 29, 2018 | various venues

The Winnipeg Design Festival is the largest annual event of StorefrontMB  and the first festival in the province dedicated to the promotion and celebration of local design culture. This year marks the 7th annual festival! The Winnipeg Design Festival aims to celebrate and promote contemporary design and art in the city of Winnipeg. We live in a designed world where everything from the clothes we wear, to the technology we use, the buildings we live in, the infrastructure that facilitates our urban life, and the cities we inhabit, are a product of a design process. Curated events are the means to cultivate interdisciplinary relationships with industry and like-minded organizations, promoting the value of good design of art, objects, architecture, and the greater built environment.


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The #WalkTheQuarterChallenge, as part of Winnipeg Design Festival 2018 programming, will take place over all 4 days of the festival, and encourage the public to traverse the Quarter on foot to VISIT, ENGAGE, + CELEBRATE our fabulous members! Throughout the 4-day festival…

VISIT : Any Design Quarter member.

ENGAGE : Post a photo on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook about your experience. Make sure you tag us @designQwpg, and use the hashtag #WalkTheQuarterChallenge

CELEBRATE : You did it! Now you’re automatically entered to win 1 of 10 $50 Design Quarter Winnipeg swag bags. How many other Design Quarter locations can you walk to? Multiple entries encouraged!

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culture days manitoba

FRIDAY, sept. 28 - SUNDAY, SEPT. 30, 2018 | various venues

Millions of Canadians engage in thousands of free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations, and municipalities in communities across Canada. We share all the inspiration, artistry, creativity and expression that reflects the mosaic of Canadian culture. As a leading national voice for an active and engaged cultural life, we provide marketing and industry development resources that lead to greater cultural engagement. The Culture Days national awareness campaign culminates in a three-day celebration of the arts starting on the last Friday of September. Every Culture Days weekend features thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities where the public can discover the world of artists, creators, heritage experts, architects, curators, designers and other creative professionals in their communities.


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nuit blanche winnipeg!

SATURDAY, september 29, 2018 | various venues

Nuit Blanche Winnipeg is a free all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art that takes place on the Saturday of the Culture Days weekend from dusk to dawn. Held annually since 2010, the events and exhibits attract thousands of people to the three zones of activity: St. Boniface, Downtown and the Exchange District. 

Artists, galleries, cultural organizations and independent curators create and host their own events around the city. These events are FREE to the public and encourage and celebrate arts and culture in our community.



container architecture exhibit


Join the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation on Nuit Blanche, September 29, 2018 for a pop-up exhibition on shipping container architecture - inside a shipping container! 

Shipping containers are being reused for a wide variety of buildings. Visit our exhibit to see examples from Winnipeg and around the world.

Entry is free. 

More info here.





Winnipeg’s renowned pop-up restaurant, RAW:almond extends its table to Riding Mountain National Park this fall. RAW:Wasagaming brings a 20-course menu to the shores of Clear Lake from September 29 to October 14. Learning through terrior, Chef Mandel Hitzer has dedicated himself to Manitoba cuisine. His 20-course menu features ingredients from across the province. Guests can expect the menu to be a symphony of flavours. The project's connectivity to nature remains front and centre with an eco-conscious focus throughout the food and design. 
RAW:almond's award-winning designer, Joe Kalturnyk, leads the architectural design with repurposed wood from the region. The aim of the project is to leave as small an impact as possible using natural materials in the area and returning them to the land once the project is complete. http://www.raw-almond.com/wasagaming/




design quarter winnipeg summer tours

thursday, august 2 + 23, 2018.

On these specially curated, interactive tours led by our very own Executive Director, Zephyra Vun, you will visit four, unique Design Quarter Winnipeg members. These one-time, exclusive tours will give access to meeting the local business owners and entpreneurs behind each stop, learning about how each contributes to Winnipeg's awesome design culture, plus everyone will engage in an interactive, hands-on activity or special experience at each stop! [ Expect to create a little something to take home with you! ]

August 2nd - Exchange District members

August 23rd - The Forks members


design quarter winnipeg anniversary: pop up box reveal

friday, june 1, 2018. | bijou park

Design Quarter Winnipeg turns one on June 1st! To celebrate, we will be unveiling our "POP-UP BOX", the middle shipping container permanently located in Bijou Park, to showcase what kind of pop-up opportunities can transpire within this unique, re-purposed vessel.

On June 1st, we will transform the “POP-UP BOX” into a mini cocktail bar + lounge area for the public as they are out exploring the Exchange District for First Fridays. We will also take this opportunity to distribute our new Design Quarter maps to visitors!

The overall intention of the “POP-UP BOX” is to provide our Design Quarter members with the opportunity to promote their businesses by temporarily activating Bijou Park through various programming such as pop-up markets, art production, performance, information dissemination, etc.


design quarter winnipeg agm + member networking event

thursday, may 17, 2018. | glasshouse rooftop

This will be Design Quarter's first-ever Annual General Meeting + Members-Only Networking Event! We are teaming up with The Kinship Studio to bring our fabulous members an early evening of information, mingling, and a little fun! The event will be held on the beautiful Glasshouse rooftop, complete with champagne, food, great conversation, + spectacular views of our downtown! 

Our members will have the exclusive opportunity to network + share ideas amongst each other, our Partners, + Board of Directors. Hear directly from our Board + Partners about why Design Quarter matters to our city! 



design quarter winnipeg market

saturday, march 24, 2018. | hut k space

Join us for this one-of-a-kind market experience to ring in Spring! Free entry; everyone welcome!  The intention of this event is to facilitate a fully-immersive and interactive design experience, giving the public a ‘glimpse’ or ‘preview’ of what Design Quarter is all about under one roof, then encouraging visitors to go out and explore the actual Design Quarter to its full potential! 

This is not your typical market with rows of vendors selling their wares! In addition to this, we are getting creative with the market set-up, working with the space to generate an engaging experience, where visitors can SEE, DO, LEARN ABOUT or BUY design-related activities +/or products.

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design quarter winnipeg launch!

friday, may 12, 2017. | old market square

Be the first to #DiscoverTheQuarter on Friday, May 12th at our public launch! Come on down to Old Market Square after work, where we will toast this exciting, new initaitive with some VIP members + city influencers!

We will be handing out Design Quarter maps, and have Winnipeg Trolley Company on deck to transport people around The Quarter starting at 6pm. Stick around the Exchange, or hop on the Trolley! They'll do a couple of loops, so you can catch a ride back to the Exchange; though the Quarter is very walkable!

Grab a map, and/or navigate our interactive map on our website to check out our 45 exceptional members thoughout the Exchange District, Downtown + The Forks, some of whom will be staying open late just for you. Show your Design Quarter map or promo card to take advantage of some special offerings from our members.