It's Manitoba Time! Weekend planner for October 18 to 20, 2013. Delve into drama at the RWB, watch a whimsical comedy of errors at MTC or laugh along with Shrek and Donkey in Brandon – that's just a taste of the fun you can have in Manitoba this weekend!

The Handmaid’s Tale at RWB

Oct 16 to 20Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg Watch the Royal Winnipeg Ballet push the envelope with their bold adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale! Adapted by acclaimed New York choreographer Lila York, this new ballet preserves Atwood’s prophetic spirit and human story, creating a powerful and poignant interpretation of the gripping tale about a dismal future America where women are reproductive slaves.

Shrek the Musical

Oct 17 to 20 | Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon Get ready for a 'make ogre' with the bigger-than-life stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film - Shrek the Musical! Kids will LOVE seeing their favourite animated characters brought to life... with a troupe of tap-dancing mice and a two-storey tall singing dragon. Get ready for a 'rip-roaring' good time on a funny, fast-paced trip to Duloc.

Harvey at MTC

Oct 17 to Nov 9The John Hirsch Theatre, Winnipeg Hop along to the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre to enjoy the delightful, droll, endearing, funny and touching classic, Harvey! Big-hearted Elwood P. Dowd makes friends wherever he goes, but his social-climbing sister has a problem with his dear friend Harvey, an invisible, six-foot-tall white rabbit.

Canad Inns Prairie Classic

Oct 18 to 21 | Portage Curling Club, Portage la Prairie Watch world class men's curling teams compete at the 2013 Canad Inns Prairie Classic! The tournament includes teams from Canada (Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland), the USA, China, Sweden, and Scotland.

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 Pinawa, Balmoral, Fraserwood, Hadashville, Piney, Roland, Stonewall, Belmont, Binscarth, Haywood, Ile des Chenes, Lyleton, Shellmouth, St. Adolphe.

International Wine Festival of Manitoba

Oct 18 to 20The Forks, Winnipeg The stage is set for an event that fills the senses and captures the mood and romance of days gone by at the International Wine Festival of Manitoba! Stroll through The Market Courtyard and sample some of the hundreds of wines on display during this three-day event.

The Best Brothers at PTE

Oct 17 to Nov 03Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg Did mom love the dog best? Find out in the hilarious and heartbreaking The Best Brothers at Prairie Theatre Exchange! After losing their free-spirited mother in a freak accident involving a large drag queen named Pina Colada, brothers Kyle and Hamilton Best have to find a way to work together to make the final arrangements.

Murder in the Sands – Murder mystery guided hike

Oct 19 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. | Spirit Sands Trailhead, Spruce Woods Provincial Park Help the park interpreters solve the mystery of Stewie the Skink by finding clues along the trail and determine the culprit. Be sure to bring a flashlight and wear hiking shoes for this 3km hike.

Fright at the Fort

Oct 18 to 19 | 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.

Halloween Haunt

Oct 18 | Marine Museum of Manitoba, Selkirk  It’s terror on the high seas 30 minutes north from Winnipeg at Selkirk’s Marine Museum of Manitoba, where the annual Halloween Haunt gives guests a chance to explore the decks of a bona fide ghost ship. There are two ships to choose from — the M.S. Lady Canadian is recommended for those who spook easily, while the S.S. Keenora boasts ghoulish beasties around every corner.

REEL PRIDE Film Festival

Oct 15 to 20Various venues in Winnipeg Celebrate queer media arts at the REEL PRIDE Film Festival – a forum that engages in deliberation and dialogue on issues of importance to the queer community; locally, regionally and internationally.

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.

Howlin’ Halloween Express

Oct 19 to 20 | Prairie Dog Central Railway, Winnipeg All aboard for a family friendly Howlin’ Halloween Express train ride! Keep your eyes peeled for Igor as he makes his way through the coaches choosing his favourite costumes and awarding prizes and goodies. Just a quick turnaround at Grosse Isle for freshly prepared hot dogs and refreshments before heading back to Igor’s Haunted Workshop!

The October 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.   Have a fabulous weekend everyone!