Programming & Events

Upcoming Events & Programs

July-August: Anishinaabe Cultural Workshop Series

July-August: Tea Party Tours!

July-August: Prairie Sundays

August 17: I Heart Heritage Festival

Summer/Fall Exhibits


Join us this Summer to take part in the Anishinaabe Cultural Workshop Series! These are FREE workshops, and are open to all ages and backgrounds!
Brought to you in partnership with the Women of Mother Earth Network, and generously funded by the Community Foundation of Portage and District.

  • July 3 (6:30-8:30pm): Traditional Tea Making Ceremony
  • July 17 (6:30-8:30pm): Panel Discussion on Reconciliation
  • July 31 (6:30-8:30pm): Sewing Bee for the Skirt Project
  • August 17 (Time TBA): Traditional Dance Demonstrations
  • August 28 (6:30-8:30pm): Sharing Circle & Series Wrap-Up


Tea Party Tours are back! When you book your private tea party experience in one of our beautiful heritage homes, you will also receive a free guided tour by one of our charismatic costumed staff members, tea/coffee/iced tea/hot coco (choose 1-2 for the table), and one dessert per person!

  • June-August (Times vary – booking in advance is required)
  • Group Sizes: 4-15 people (some exceptions for outdoor parties may apply)
  • Price: Museum admission, plus $4.00 food fee per person


Every Sunday from 1:00-3:00pm in July and August we will be offering a different hands-on heritage activity that is family-friendly and educational! Activities are included with regular museum admission.

  • July 7: Quills & Calligraphy
  • July 14: Vintage Table Games
  • July 21: Pioneer Survival Lessons
  • July 28: Bannock Cooking & Storytelling
  • August 4: Victorian Etiquette Lessons
  • August 11: Vintage Ice-Cream Making
  • August 18: DIY Ginger Ale
  • August 25: Traditional Tea Making


Join us for Portage’s very own multicultural festival, brought to you in partnership between the Fort la Reine Museum and Portage Learning and Literacy Centre!

The first annual I Heart Heritage Festival is a large-scale celebration and exhibition of our regional cultural diversity and histories. Learn about our vibrant community as you explore over 15 cultural pavilions throughout the Museum grounds: Mexico, Dakota, Greece, Syria, Africa (Nigeria, Ethiopia, Morocco), India, Hutterian, Philippines, Ukrainian, Irish/Celtic, Belize, Nepal, Bangladesh, and more! Enjoy the beer gardens filled with domestic and international beverages, food vendors, heritage activities, and a main stage for cultural performances throughout the afternoon and evening!

When: Saturday, August 17th (3:00-8:00pm) rain or shine!
Where: Fort la Reine Museum – Entrance/Exit through the Visitor Centre
Cost: Entry is by donation (all proceeds will go towards sustained the festival for years to come)
Bring: A lawn chair, and umbrella if needed

Interested in volunteering or performing on the main stage? Please reach out to the Museum or PLLC for more information. Thank you to our current sponsors and supportors who have made the festival possible: RM of Portage la Prairie, City of Portage la Prairie, United Way Central Plains.


Miijim: Traditional Foods of the Anishinaabeg

June 1 – August 31, 2019

Explore traditional and contemporary food gathering and preparation practices of the Anishinaabeg with this immersive hands-on exhibition from the Lake of the Woods Museum, Kenora. Complimenting the exhibition will be a five-part workshop series hosted by the Women of Mother Earth Network, to take place bi-monthly throughout the summer. Programming associated the exhibition will be possible from contributions from the Community Foundation of Portage la Prairie.

Explorez les pratiques de collecte et de préparation culinaires traditionnelles et contemporaines des Anishinaabeg grâce à cette exposition immersive et interactive du musée du lac des Bois, Kenora. L’exposition sera complétée par une série d’ateliers en cinq parties animée par le réseau Femmes de la Terre nourricière, qui se déroulera tous les deux mois pendant l’été. La programmation associée à l’exposition sera possible grâce aux contributions de la Fondation communautaire de Portage la Prairie.


Witchcraft Explored

May 12 – November 15, 2019

Witchcraft as we know it today, was largely understood to be practiced in North America during Colonization. This pop-up exhibition navigates the definition of witchcraft and its history in the Americas during the 18th century.

La sorcellerie telle que nous la connaissons aujourd’hui était largement comprise comme pratiquée en Amérique du Nord pendant la colonisation. Cette exposition éphémère navigue dans la définition de la sorcellerie et de son histoire dans les Amériques au XVIIIe siècle.


Keepsakes of Conflict: Trench Art and Other Canadian War-Related Craft

September 15 – November 15 2019

Trench art is defined as any item made by soldiers, prisoners of war and civilians, war material, as long as it and they are associated with armed conflict or its consequences. This exhibition interprets the human aspect of war, and how conflict affect us mentally, emotionally, and physically. The exhibition is loaned from the Moosejaw Museum and Art Gallery in Saskatchewan.

L'art des tranchées est défini comme tout objet fabriqué par des soldats, des prisonniers de guerre et des civils, du matériel de guerre, pourvu qu'il soit associé au conflit armé ou à ses conséquences. Cette exposition interprète l’aspect humain de la guerre et explique comment les conflits nous affectent mentalement, émotionnellement et physiquement. L'exposition est prêtée par le Moosejaw Museum and Art Gallery en Saskatchewan.