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10 things to do in Manitoba: April 5 to 11

Posted April 01, 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.

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

1. Watch a virtual play

Online
April 8 to 25


Watch the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s most recent theatre production in the comfort of your home from April 8 to 25. The one-woman musical centres around a postmistress in a small town who sees all the comings and goings through the letters in the mail. Playwright Thomson Highway says his show The (Post)Mistress is about “love, love letters and love of life.” Purchase tickets for the virtual show on MTC’s website.

2. Listen to the MCO’s first Spring Festival concert

Online
April 8 | 7:30 p.m.

The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra is launching their annual Spring Festival online this year. Listen to incredible musical performances from April through June, starting with the opening show on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. Pianist Stephen Hough will play works from Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann and J.S Bach-Busoni. Purchase a ticket for $20 on MCO’s website.

3. Learn to play an instrument with the West End Cultural Centre

Online

The West End Cultural Centre hosts yearly music lessons for kids as part of the Tune-In Youth Music Program. This year the lessons are all online and accessible to anyone for free. Each video lesson in the 27-lesson series is between 15 and 45 minutes and covers techniques for guitar, bass and drums. Find the lessons on the WECC’s YouTube or Vimeo.

4. Attend an open mic series

Online
April 6 | 7 p.m.


Join a community of poets and share your work or listen in as an audience member during the monthly Speaking Crow series. This virtual open mic night invites writers to polish up their poems for their three minutes of fame. Register in advance to be on the schedule as a performer or attend as an audience member to show your support for the poets’ works. This month’s evening starts with featured guest J.R. Léveillé, who will perform his poetry in both English and French.

5. Head out for a hike

Credit: JP Media Works

The trails are drying and opening up all the wonderful hiking opportunities in Manitoba. Go outside, breathe in the fresh air and take some time to appreciate this beautiful place we live in. Check out this blog post and start exploring these 20 amazing trails that you may have never heard of.

6. Paint without a brush

Online
April 9 | 7 p.m.

Learn to paint without a brush with Winnipeg artist Jorge Figueroa. This master artist will teach participants of this Folklorama online workshop the techniques of acrylic painting without a brush using vibrant colours. Register for the workshop for $10 and optionally add a kit of supplies for an additional $30.

7. Get to know Manitoba’s wildlife

Online
April 9 | 12 p.m.


Join the Lunch & Learn speaker series hosted by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society this week for Up Close with Owls: Studying Manitoba’s Nocturnal Birds. Listen to biologist Dr. James Duncan speak about these majestic and wild birds that volunteers have been monitoring and researching for over 20 years.

8. Be inspired by a Manitoban artist

Online
April 8 | 7 p.m.

Tune in for an artist talk Reclaiming my Spirit through Clay with KC Adams. Hosted by the Manitoba Craft Council, this online talk will let participants hear how working with clay has connected KC Adams to her ancestors and helped her reclaim her personal history. This is the third artist talk in the Spring Talks series, all of which can be watched on YouTube after the live streams.

9. Head out on a road trip

Roadside attraction of a full-size mosasaur in Morden.

Take a drive to explore the incredible natural beauty, roadside attractions and delicious dining options around Manitoba. Start by choosing the area of the province you want to explore then check out this blog post for bakery stops along the way and this blog post for incredible drive-ins where you can grab a bite on route, all outside of Winnipeg.

10. Reconnect with nature in Brandon

Brandon Tourism (Riverbank Discovery Centre)

Explore all the outdoor beauty in the City of Brandon. Start in the city at the Riverbank Discovery Centre, the beginning of a network of trails that runs through the prairie and wetland area around Brandon. Cross the Red Willow Pedestrian Bridge to admire the thawing Assiniboine River and keep your eyes open for migratory birds as they come home for the summer.

Once you’ve explored the areas in the city, take a hike in the Brandon Hills Wildlife Management area, 10 kms South of Brandon. Here you can choose to hike trail loops ranging in difficulty and length from 2.5 kms to 7.5 kms.

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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