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10 things to do in Manitoba: April 19 to 25

Posted April 16, 2021 | Author Kit Muir

We continue to stay safe, stay home and physical distance in 2021. Here are ways you can explore Manitoba at home and close to home.

A visit to Manitoba means travelling through Treaty 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Territory and through communities who are signatories to Treaties 6 and 10. It encompasses the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Anish-Ininiwak, Dakota, Dene, Ininiwak and Nehethowuk and the homeland of the Métis. To learn more about Manitoba's Treaty areas, click here.

This week get outside and connect with nature or stay home and participate in a variety of virtual events from musical performances to filmmaking workshops to art exhibits. Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...

1. See a circus-cabaret

April 19 to 25

Watch in awe as circus artist, dancer and musician Amara Condé performs the circus-cabaret Wonghê toûn (Allons seulement). The show will feature a variety of disciplines including aerial acrobatics, dance, tomtom and clown art. Watch the performance for free on Théatre Cercle Molière’s YouTube until April 25.

2. Enjoy dinner and a show

April 22 | 7 p.m.

Though the Winnipeg Wine Festival couldn’t host their annual event in-person this year, that isn’t stopping them from hosting an incredible evening of food, wine and music. Buy a ticket to their virtual concert with musical performer Little Miss Higgins. You can also add on a dinner from Corrientes restaurant and a bottle of wine to complete your at-home experience. This event is in support of Special Olympics Manitoba.

3. Celebrate the Earth

Marais Oak Hammock

Oak Hammock Marsh
April 22 | 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Learn how you can help protect Manitoba’s wetlands this Earth Day at Oak Hammock Marsh. Become a Wetland Wanderer to learn about the marsh through this self-guided activity or attend presentations and demonstrations throughout the day about the benefits of wetlands.

4. Watch and learn from a stop motion master

Amanda Strong

April 19 | 6:00 p.m.

Learn about the art of stop motion with filmmaker Amanda Strong. Start by watching four of Amanda Strong’s stop motion films for free through Winnipeg Cinematheque. Then tune in for her online masterclass workshop to learn about this artist’s process and techniques. Register for the masterclass for $5 on the Winnipeg Film Group’s website.

5. Learn to decorate eggs – the Ukrainian way


Credit: Folklorama

April 23 | 7:00 p.m.

Join a virtual workshop with Folklorama to learn the intricate techniques for creating Pysanka – Ukrainian dyed and decorated eggs. Follow along with Raelene Blahey as she shares the tradition and symbolism behind the decorations while demonstrating the decorating techniques. Register for the workshop for $10 through Folklorama’s website.

6. Appreciate art online

Admire and appreciate art by rural Manitoba artists. Momentum is a group exhibition put together by four artists in the Rural Arts Mentorship Program under the mentorship of Brenna George, a Winnipeg-based artist. Go to the Manitoba Arts Network website to see the pieces which range in medium from clay and sculpture to watercolour and photography.

7. Hike the trails of Hecla

Immerse yourself in Hecla’s past as you walk the self-guided trail of restored buildings including its school, church, community hall, boarding house and fish station. Hold your breath as you hike to the Wildlife Viewing Tower Trail and let the awe of nature capture you on the Grassy Narrows Marsh Trails. Journey along the Lighthouse Trail with its stunning views of the shoreline with Lake Winnipeg on one side and Gull Harbour on the other until you arrive at the island’s lighthouse and most iconic feature.

8. Listen to the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra

stage with big band music stands reading WJO.

Credit: Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra

April 19 | 8:00 p.m.

Tune into a livestream of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra for your weekly dose of jazz. This week the WJO performs the Kansas City Suite by legendary jazz performer and bandleader, Benny Carter whose works include Vine Street Rumble, Wiggle Walk and Blue Jive Five. Tune in for this live performance on Facebook or on the WJO website.

9. Learn to sketch Manitoba wildlife


April 23 | 12:00 p.m.

Take a seat at the drawing table and tune in for the virtual class The Basics of Sketching Birds. Learn to turn your photos or sightings of Manitoba’s feathered friends into drawings by exploring the use of shape, shading, space and colour. The class will be led by Heather Hinam, a naturalist, educator and illustrator, as part of the Lunch and Learn series with CPAWS Manitoba.

10. Take a tour of Aurora Farm

Get outside and visit some friendly animals with a tour at Aurora Farm. In St. Norbert, Aurora Farm offers private tours so you can see what farm life is like for people and the animals. Learn about sustainability projects, hear farm stories and get some free time to visit with the animals on this one-hour tour. Tours can be booked for up to 4 people for $40.

About The Author

Hi! I'm Kit, a Franco-Manitobaine from the Interlake and a champion of the phrase "there's no place like home." If you see me out exploring the province, say hi! Or reach out at kmuir@travelmanitoba.com.

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