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10 things to do in Manitoba: March 29 to April 4

Posted March 26, 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, explore Winnipeg's Exchange District on foot or stay home and participate in a variety of virtual events from musical performances to online cooking classes for the whole family! Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...

1. Learn about the history of the Exchange District

Exchange District, Winnipeg

From City Hall to Banker’s Row to Stephen Juba Park, there is so much history to be explored in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. Now it’s easier than ever to learn the basics of that history with self-guided audio walking tours created by the Exchange District Biz. Enjoy the four 10-minute audio tours separately or combine them to create one longer loop. Find the free audio tours on the Exchange District Biz’s website.

2. Get to know Manitoba’s wetlands

Oak Hammock Marsh

Immerse yourself and your family in the wonders of wetlands during Oak Hammock Marsh’s Wild Wetland Week March 29 to April 1. Each day there will be activities focusing on a different type of wetland inhabitant, from birds to invertebrates. Activities include guided walks, marsh bingo, scavenger hunts and more.

On the weekend head to the marsh for a GPS Easter Egg hunt and Bunny Bingo. Pre-registration is required for the Easter activities as only two household groups will be allowed to participate in each time slot.

3. Listen to Jazz

stage with big band music stands reading WJO.

Credit: Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra

Online
Stream release March 29 | 8 p.m.

Tune in to the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra’s Latin Connection concert to hear the incredible talent of some of Manitoba’s exceptional Jazz performers. This fourth instalment of the Big Band concerts series highlights the Chilean and Brazilian connection in Winnipeg. Musicians Rodrigo Muñoz and Marco Castillo perform alongside vocalist Amber Epp. You can view the 30-minute concert starting March 29 at 8 p.m. and it will be available to steam for free for two weeks following its release.

4. Share your poetry — dans n’importe quelle langue!

Credit: Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain

Online
March 31 | 7 p.m.

Get creative with language at JUST(e) SLAM!, an evening dedicated to spoken word poetry and sharing words, laughter and emotion. Join the Zoom meet up to listen to others’ works and perform your own poetry pieces. The event is free to all and encourages participants to share their voice in whichever language they’d like.

C’est le moment d’être créative avec le langage lors d’une soirée JUST(e) SLAM!. Cet évènement gratuit et en ligne est dédié à l’art de la poésie orale et vivante. Joignez-vous à la rencontre Zoom pour écouter les performances d’autres personnes et partager vos propres poèmes dans n’importe quelle langue.

5. Order in from a local restaurant

Ciao’s annual dining event Dine About Winnipeg looks a little different this year. It encourages participants to order and pick up specialty Dine @ Home menu items or be reminded of the best dishes each restaurant has to offer. Read through Ciao’s online edition to see all the participating restaurants and their offerings.

6. Tune into the final week of Safe at Home Festival

Online

Manitoba Arts Network hosts the final events of the two-month Safe at Home Festival this week.

Join the virtual Visual Arts Workshop on March 30 – Photo to Fibre: Intro to Creating Fabric Landscapes. Then tune in on March 31 for a virtual musical performance by Canadian country singer Kendra Kay.

7. Cook with your kids from the comfort of your home

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March 29 to April 2, daily workshops


Get your kids in the kitchen and start cooking along with The Food Studio’s virtual cooking classes. This week try your hand at cinnamon buns, chicken fingers, artisan bread and more. Register for these free online workshops through Eventbrite.

8. Watch a virtual Fringe show

Online
March 31 | 7 p.m.

Multi-time Winnipeg Fringe performer Stéphanie Morin-Robert brings her performance of Eye Candy into your home with a virtual show as part of the Winnipeg Fringe's winter series. The show is filled with comedy, physical humour and storytelling as she recounts her experience with childbirth.
This show contains mature content and may not be recommended for all ages. Please read the full show description on the Winnipeg Fringe website before watching.

9. Explore the outdoors at FortWhyte Alive

FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
April 3 | 1-3 p.m.

Spring is in the air and it’s a beautiful time to get out and enjoy the warming weather. Connect, learn and explore our connection to the natural world with an assortment of self-guided activities at FortWhyte Alive during their Alive in the Woods event. The experience is included with general admission on April 3.

10. Get crafty with St. Andrews Rectory

Online / pick-up at St. Andrews Rectory

Pick up an Easter-themed craft kit from St. Andrews Rectory for a fun activity for the kids. There are three crafts in the kit featuring bunnies, eggs and chicks. Register on their website and pick up until April 2.

If you’re too far for pick up you can also participate in the St. Andrews Rectory virtual Easter egg hunt. Sign up on their website then explore the rectory using the 3D virtual tour and search for hidden eggs.

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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