It's Manitoba Time! Weekend planner for April 12 to 14, 2013. Taste Manitoba maple sugar goodness, listen to operatic passion among the pyramids, learn about Manitoba's best kept secrets with Bill Stillwell, laugh out loud at the comedy festival, or enjoy "all that jazz" in Flin Flon -- those are just a few of the fun things you can do in Manitoba this weekend.

Chicago - The Musical

Apr 12 to 14 | R.H. Channing Auditorium, Flin Flon Catch the Flin Flon Community Choir in action as they present Chicago the Musical! Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz and one show-stopping song after another.

Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival

Apr 13 | McCreary Savour some maple syrup sweetness at the first annual Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival! This family-friendly festival has a fun-filled day planned for all ages. Take part in tree tapping, eat your way up and down a stack of pancakes or enjoy many indoor and outdoor activities.

Sugaring Off Festival

Apr 13 to 14 | Saint-Pierre-Jolys Celebrate the arrival of spring and the production of Manitoba maple syrup at the Sugaring Off Festival. Enjoy great traditional food and music, maple sugar production, historical interpretations, horse-drawn rides, activities for the kids, and more.

Manitoba Wild with Bill Stillwell

Apr 13 | Oak Hammock Marsh Explore the province through the eyes of Bill Stillwell, author of the award-winning book Manitoba Wild. Bill will share his vast first-hand experience and knowledge of Manitoba's best kept scenic secrets and wild places. Pre-registration required. Workshop fee is $5 plus admission.

Aida at Manitoba Opera

Apr 13Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg The grandest of grand operas, Aida returns to Manitoba Opera for the first time in over a decade! Impassioned arias, surging choruses, and exhilarating orchestral music shows us Verdi at the peak of his powers – masterfully balancing pomp and pageantry with a deeply moving personal tragedy.

The Olden Girls

Apr 13 | Arborg Community Hall, Arborg You're invited to a dinner theater and dance party in Arborg! This annual fundraising event provides a break from the "norm" with an active theatre presentation while you enjoy a delicious dinner before you dance the rest of the evening away. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. For ticket information, call 204-376-5079.

Ultimate Women's Show

Apr 13 to 14 | Assiniboia Downs Gather all the women you know and head out to the Ultimate Women's Show for a fun-filled day of shopping opportunities, interactive demonstrations, exhibits, decorating, fashion, beauty, health, fitness and entertainment!

Winnipeg Comedy Festival

Apr 8 to 14 Various venues around Winnipeg Get ready for comedy that is “perfectly baked” at the 12th annual Winnipeg Comedy Festival! This year’s festival features a stellar lineup of some of the best comedians on the circuit.

Gunmetal Blues at PTE

Apr 4 to 21 Prairie Theatre Exchange Solve a musical murder mystery at Gunmetal Blues at PTE. This show is a hard-boiled detective yarn disguised as a lounge act — or maybe it’s the other way around. Special deal:  Buy one ticket, get one half price.

The art scene in April

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. Have a great weekend!