Ballet in the Park

Ballet in the Park

Ballet in the Park

It’s time to come together for one of Winnipeg’s favourite summer activities! Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet invites everyone to Ballet In The Park, at the Lyric Theatre stage at 7:30 pm nightly from July 27 - 29, 2016. Presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Ballet In The Park is a great way to experience ballet. A tradition since the early 1970s, this FREE family–friendly event attracts more than 20,000 people annually, from Winnipeg and beyond.

“The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and its school are world famous for their inspiring dancers and passionate performances,” said Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries CEO John Stinson. “As Presenting Sponsor for the ninth year in a row, we are extremely proud we can help bring this Manitoba institution to an enthusiastic local audience through Ballet in the Park. This classic summer tradition has always been a family favourite because it appeals to all ages, and I am sure it will create many new fans this season.”

The Ballet In The Park performances will also include excerpts from Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, a retro retelling of everybody’s favourite fairy tale, and pieces from everyone’s holiday favourite, Nutcracker. This unique take on an old-age story comes complete with vintage couture-inspired costumes and electric choreography melded with Richard Rodgers’ music, accompanied live by legendary Winnipeg bandleader Ron Paley. Audience members are also treated to selected performances from RWB School’s Professional and Recreational students.

“We often say that Ballet In The Park is the perfect introduction to many that may be experiencing ballet for the first time,” shares RWB Artistic Director André Lewis. “But to our audiences who return year after year, Ballet In The Park has become an annual summer activity. We are thrilled that we have become a summer tradition not just for Winnipeggers but for many who come in from out of town to see the show and experience everything that Winnipeg has to offer in the summer. We are extremely grateful for the annual support of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, our volunteers, our audiences and of course the lovely Assiniboine Park which gives us our unique outdoor setting.”

Support our green initiative this year at Ballet In The Park! Our program book is now AVAILABLE ONLINE. Download your copy today!

Cancellations due to inclement weather will be issued by local radio stations as well as on the RWB website at Patrons may also contact the RWB reception desk for cancellation information at (204) 956-0183.

Header Photo: Principal Dancer Jo-Ann Sundermeier, photo by Rejean Brandt

Pre-Show Activities

Bringing the whole family to Ballet In The Park? We have tons of pre-show activities planned to keep your little ones (or those of you who are young at heart!) happy leading up to the performance. This year’s activities include:

  • Colouring
  • Pointe Shoe Toss
  • Face Painting

While at Ballet In The Park, make sure you enter our Best Ballet Pose Contest! Post your best ballet photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #BalletInThePark and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to RWB’s 77th season opener Dracula.


Come for the ballet, stay for the food! The food trucks that will be at Ballet In The Park this year are: