Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze
Come and join us for an exciting, action-packed weekend at the 33rd Annual Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze August 17 to 20, 2023.
A free stakeholder and community barbecue in Victoria Park, sponsored by COREX Resources, kicks things off over the noon hour on Thursday. In the evening, Downtown Daze, organized and hosted by the Virden Community Chamber of Commerce, takes over the town’s main business district. It’s a fun atmosphere with live entertainment, a variety of food and activities for all ages to enjoy. In the kids’ zone, you’ll find inflatables, carnival games and face painting. There’s a mechanical bull, local vendors and displays, and much more. Take a trip back in time and check out the vintage rides at the Westman on Wheels Show & Shine located at the Virden Farmers Market area (weather permitting).
Three semi-pro rodeo performances, held in the Tundra Oil & Gas Place arena, attract top-caliber competitors from across the prairie provinces as well as the northern U.S.A., New Zealand and Australia. On Shootout Sunday, the best in each of the nine events, as well as the slack, return to compete for an added purse of prize money, championship jackets and saddles. Sunday is also Family Day, with rodeo fans 15 and under admitted free of charge. Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze is dual sanctioned by the Manitoba Rodeo Cowboys Association (MRCA) and the Canadian Cowboys Association (CCA). It is known as a make-or-break event for cowboys and cowgirls wanting to earn points towards the MRCA and CCA Finals in the fall.
On Friday, youth from throughout the province take part in the Manitoba High School Rodeo Competition, vying for the coveted titles of High Point Junior or High School Cowboy or Cowgirl. A pancake and sausage breakfast, prepared and served by members of the Virden Lions Club, starts off Saturday, followed by a town-wide parade. In the afternoon, a tailgate party, including barbecued bison burgers, a beer garden, live music, carnival games and inflatables leads up to the evening rodeo performance.
In the arena on Sunday it’s the Manitoba Calf Ropers Unlimited Tie-Down and Breakaway Roping Finals. Outdoors, a 3D Barrel Racing Jackpot, sanctioned by the Manitoba Barrel Racing Association, takes place on the fairgrounds both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
On the social side, relax with friends in the Barn Bar on Friday evening. The following night, kick up your heels at one of Virden’s biggest social events of the year – the Daze Dance in the Virden Curling Club, complete with a live band.
The Virden Demolition Derby, featuring a variety of car and truck heats, door prizes and a 50/50 draw, is held on Sunday afternoon. The track is located on Provincial Road 257, 1/8 of a mile west of the Trans-Canada Highway. It is the largest annual fundraiser for the Virden Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.
- Voted Rodeo of the Year numerous times over the past decade by the Manitoba Rodeo Cowboys Association
- 2015 – Voted “Event of the Year” by Tourism Westman and Travel Manitoba
- 2022 – Voted Rodeo of the Year by the Canadian Cowboys Association
Virden Demolition Derby
The Virden Demolition Derby is an annual smashing good time. Behind the scenes, it's multiple not-for-profit and volunteer groups coming together to create an entertaining and fun-for-all-ages community event. Profits above operating costs go towards a local charity/not-for-profit group.
Canada Day Celebrations
Every July 1st, Virden is host to a Canada Day celebration in Victoria Park. The event is free to the public and features a parade, opening ceremonies, free Canada Day cake, children’s activities, bouncy castles, afternoon entertainment on the Chevron Stage, and an evening band. The event wraps up with a fireworks display after dark.
Music in the Park
Every summer musicians entertain in Virden's Victoria Park in the early evening.
Virden Music & Arts Festival
Our goal is to give performers of all ages an opportunity to participate in dance, vocal, instrumental, speech, piano, and visual arts for constructive adjudication.
Our festival offers several scholarships and awards each year. Our awards recognize outstanding performances at our festival. Our scholarships are aimed towards providing additional study opportunities for our participants. A detailed list of our scholarships and awards is available on our website.
Multi-Cultural Street Festival
On the first Sunday in October, downtown Virden opens its heart to celebrate the cultural diversity that makes our town a community. This event is free to the public, and is a joint partnership between Arts Mosaic and the Westman Immigrant Services Virden Branch. Join us for art, dance, activities and good food.
Wolverine Supplies holds an annual Customer Appreciation Day and Open House every year featuring exclusive in-store only deals and free giveaways, and for the first time in 2013, a range event where people can have the opportunity to test out a variety of different firearms! It is a great opportunity to come out and see the store and range and get a taste of what shooting sports are all about!