It's Manitoba Time! Weekend planner for October 25 to 27, 2013. Howl around at Manitoba's fright fests, travel to ancient Egypt at The Manitoba Museum, or whoop it up at the Wheat City Stampede – that's just a taste of the fun you can have in Manitoba this weekend!

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.

WRAPPED: The Mummy of Pesed

Oct 25 to Apr 6The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg For the first time in 45 years a real Egyptian mummy will be on display in Winnipeg! The Manitoba Museum’s temporary exhibit, WRAPPED: The Mummy of Pesed, showcases Pesed, “The Shining One”, a mummy and her coffin, and includes over 60 ancient Egyptian antiquities, CT scans and forensic facial reconstructions of Egyptian mummies.

Wheat City Stampede

Oct 24 to 27Keystone Centre, Brandon Hitch yer wagons and head out to Brandon for the Wheat City Stampede! This year’s event features the MRCA Rodeo Finals and a concert featuring Clint Black! You can also enjoy Chuck & Duck Team Roping, Ranch Horse Sale, Todd Stiles Memorial Race, North Country Draft Breeders show and sale, Fall Classic Team Penning and much more.

Tchaikovsky Festival

Oct 25 to Nov 2 | Various venues, Winnipeg and Brandon Listen to thunderous bravura, beautiful melodies and heart-tugging drama at the Tchaikovsky Festival! The WSO is presenting a week-long festival featuring the work created by the most-performed Russian composer of all time.

Venus in Fur at MTC

Oct 24 to Nov 9The Tom Hendry Theatre, Winnipeg Take in a suspense-packed study of the erotics of power at the funny, sexy and dangerous, Venus in Fur at the The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre! When Vanda walks into an audition hoping to land the lead in Thomas’ play based on the classic S&M novel Venus in Fur, they quickly assume the roles of two people ‘handcuffed at the heart’.

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 Chatfield, Arborg, Darlingford, Emerson and Steinbach.

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.

Harvey at MTC

Oct 17 to Nov 9 | The 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.

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. Manitoba’s most exciting art show and sale, Art Expo, is this weekend at Assiniboia Downs. View gallery quality, original Manitoban art by up to 50 artists, all under one roof. And on Monday....

Great Canadian Bucket List speaking engagement

Mon, Oct 28 | McNally Robinson Booksellers Head over to McNally Robinson for a special speaking engagement with travel writer Robin Esrock – author of the new book, The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences.   Have a fun weekend everyone!