Revel in our roots at the Winter Fair, clown it up at Festival of Fools, or soar with Puccini at La bohème -- that's just a taste of the fun you can have this weekend in Manitoba.
Royal Manitoba Winter Fair
Mar 31 to Apr 5 | Keystone Centre, Brandon
Celebrate the fun of farm country at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair! Get your hands dirty in the Ag-tivity Zone, scope out the competition worthy cows in Cattle Country, pick up new tricks at the Super Dogs demonstrations, or score some face time with cuddly critters at the Royal Petting Zoo. Don't forget to check out the many horse events and an exciting lineup of family-friendly entertainment.
Festival of Fools
Mar 29 to Apr 6 | The Forks, Winnipeg
The Forks Market comes alive with clowning, magic and general tomfoolery at the 14th annual Festival of Fools! Enjoy nine days of smiles at this FREE event that features jugglers, clowns, acrobats, swinging trapeze and tons of hilarious shows!
La bohème at Manitoba Opera
Apr 5, 8, 11 | Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Embrace one of the most romantic operas of all time at La bohème. This is Puccini’s glorious masterpiece of youthful flirtation, passionate love and heartbreaking tragedy set in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1830s.
Apr 6 | Asessippi Ski Area & Resort
Make a big splash on the last day of Asessippi's ski season at Slush Cup! The fun starts at 3:00 p.m. There will be prizes for biggest splash, best costume and best team.
August: Osage County
Apr 4 to 5 | Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
Catch the dark comic drama August: Osage County in Brandon. 7 Ages Productions presents this award-winning story that unflinchingly – and uproariously – exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.
Kim's Convenience at MTC
Mar 13 to Apr 5 | The John Hirsch Theatre, Winnipeg
Laugh and cheer at the "Stomach-hurtingly funny" comedy Kim's Convenience! Thoroughly funny and engaging, Ins Choi's award-winning play has delighted audiences all across Canada and has picked up quite a few awards along the way.
La Riviere Raptor Festival
Apr 5 | Blair Morrison Hall, La Riviere
Get up close and personal to live raptors: Swainson’s Hawk, Burrowing Owl, Perigrine Falcon, Red-tailed Hawk and American Kestal at the La Riviere Raptor Festival. Displays and educators will be on hand, kids activities will be available and a canteen of homemade soups, sandwiches and pies to keep you nourished.
Apr 4 to 6 | RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Put a spring in your step at the Home Expressions Show, which offers all the newest and best ideas in design, décor and outdoor living. Imagine the possibilities and turn your home and garden dreams into a reality.
Bill Bannock Ice Fishing Derby Classic
Apr 5 | Clearwater Lake, The Pas
Fishing for a good time? Then head out on beautiful Clearwater Lake for the Bill Bannock Classic Ice Fishing Derby! There are over $80,000 in prizes up for grabs -- First place is $21,000 guaranteed!
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.
First Fridays in the Exchange
Apr 4 | Exchange District
Enjoy the warmth of studios and galleries filled with fine art. First Fridays is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts in the Exchange area.
Mar 26 to Apr 11 | Manitoba Theatre for Young People, The Forks
Goodge is a nasty one-eyed bedtime monster that lives in six-year-old Tara’s bureau. But only she (and the audience) can see him. Meanwhile, her older brother Victor is afraid of an increasingly difficult bully on the playground. An all-time favourite with Manitoba educators and parents, Night Light uses ingenuity and laughter to help kids cope with their everyday fears.
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Open daily | Assiniboine Park Zoo
Tigers and bears and leopards, oh my! Say hello to all the beautiful wild animals at Assiniboine Park Zoo. Make sure you also visit the new Polar Playground, Arctic Treasures Gift Shop and Tundra Grill.
WRAPPED: The Mummy of Pesed
Oct 25 to Apr 6 | The 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.
Have a great weekend everyone!