It's Manitoba Time! Weekend planner for October 11 to 14, 2013 Wish a 568lb happy birthday to Hudson, see history and horror come to life at Lower Fort Garry or be wowed by time at the WAG – that's just a taste of the fun you can have in Manitoba this weekend!

Polar bear birthday party

Oct 11Assiniboine Park Zoo Celebrate Hudson's birthday at the Zoo! An exciting day is planned for the 568 lbs polar bear who will receive special birthday presents and treats from his keepers at 10:00 a.m. In addition, there are two Zoo keeper talks planned outside his enclosure at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and the first 500 visitors to the Zoo on Friday will receive a free "I Love Hudson" button. The Zoo is open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily throughout Thanksgiving weekend.

Fright at the Fort

Oct 11 to 12 | Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site Lower Fort Garry has cranked up its annual Halloween program with a brand new, blood-curdling experience called “Fright at the Fort.” See history and horror come to life with a frightfully thrilling tour through the old stone fort, one of the oldest collections of stone buildings in western Canada and a truly spooky location. Along the way, you’ll encounter Lower Fort Garry’s ghostly inhabitants and hear stories from its ghoulish past.

Christian Marclay: The Clock

Oct 11 to Jan 5Winnipeg Art Gallery If time is on your side, catch The Clock -- a cinematic tour de force that unfolds in real time. This ambitious project explores the wonderment and illusion of cinema through a dizzying chronology in which theatrical and real time fold into one.

Migration Weekend Celebration

October 11 to 14 | Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary, Whiteshell Provincial Park Celebrate the climax of the fall migration this Thanksgiving weekend at the Goose Sanctuary! Special events include a Goose Pond Guided Hike, Alf's Legacy Tour and Breakfast with the Birds. There will also be FREE giveaways of t-shirts, hats and other Manitoba Parks prizes at these events.

Beef and Barley Festival

Oct 8 to 13 | Russell The beef is back! Celebrate Russell's strong agricultural traditions at the Beef and Barley Festival!  Featuring classics such as The Barley Barrel Cabaret, crowning of the King and Queen and other fan favorites; this year's festival is sure to entertain the entire family.

Rumors Comedy Club

Oct 8 to 19Rumors Comedy Club, Winnipeg Catch the hilarious stand up of Mark Forward at Rumors Comedy Club! From the start, Mark was a breakout talent. He was a finalist for the Phil Hartman Award for Best Up & Coming Stand-up and Yuk Yuk’s Funniest New Comic in the year 2000.

October fright fests

There’s a chill in the air, the evenings are getting shorter, and the leaves covering the lawns have changed from gold to bleary brown. Coupled with the sudden influx of flyers for costume shops and candy discounts, it can only mean one thing: Halloween is right around the corner! Here is our eerie itinerary of twisted traditions and freaky fun.

The art scene

Various locations across Manitoba Spend an afternoon or evening enjoying some of Manitoba’s diverse arts offerings. Here's a handful of great exhibits you don’t want to miss this month.

Corn mazes

It’s that time of year to meander through the winding paths of a corn maze! Around the province, you can get lost in corn mazes at A Maze in CornBoonstra Farms, or Deer Meadow Farms. Check out what we had to say about corn mazes and fall suppers on BTWinnipeg.

Sunset Goose Flights

Open until dusk | FortWhyte Alive Arrive at FortWhyte Alive 30 minutes before sunset to witness this spectacular migration ritual. Learn about the goose migration during our nightly interpretive presentation. Enjoy a BBQ and concessions on the south deck of the Interpretive Centre. Gaze in awe at thousands of migrating geese landing on FortWhyte’s lakes, as the sun dips below the horizon.

Fall suppers

It’s suppertime in Manitoba. From now through mid-November, dozens of traditional community-based “fall suppers” – buffet feasts of down-home cooking, locally grown ingredients, and family recipes – are being served throughout the province. This weekend's suppers are in Woodlands.

Day trip: The Lockport Loop

Who doesn’t love a day trip? A day filled with adventure and a night in your own bed. What could be better? Manitoba’s prairie landscape and relatively sparse population make it easy to get out of town for the day.  In fact, if you drive from Winnipeg’s downtown for 10 minutes, you’ll find yourself on outskirts, and then quickly in the see-for-miles-ahead zone. Via Shel Zolkewich.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!