November is off to a great start here in Manitoba and there are plenty of events and happenings to enjoy before winter arrives. Get ready for the coming season by relaxing at the spa, indulging in something sweet or by getting creative at a crafting workshop. Here are 10 things to do this week...

1. Rejuvenate and relax at the spa

Elkhorn Resort

Wouldn’t a day spent at a luxurious spa be just the ticket? Experience relaxation in a whole new way at the outdoor Scandinavian style oasis, Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature or escape to Ten Spa at Hotel Fort Garry for a self-detox Hamam. Riverstone Spa is an ideal (and very serene) option after a day of exploring The Forks. If you’d like to relax outside of the city limits, head northwest to Elkhorn Resort on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park.

2. Indulge in all things decadent 

Everything Chocolate Event

November 8
Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites

Get a taste of Manitoba's chocolate scene at the Everything Chocolate fundraising event, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Bring your sweet tooth and try chocolate products from vendors like Chaeban Ice Cream, Decadence Chocolates, Fourchette, Fromagerie Bothwell, Grysiuk Queen Bee Honey, House of Sweets and more. In addition to chocolate sampling, you'll also enjoy a complementary glass of wine, appetizers prepared by the chef at the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites, and specialty espresso beverages!

3. See two Victorian classics in one production

Flatlands Theatre Company Presents ‘Sherlock Holmes & The Case Of The Christmas Carol’

November 7 to 10
P.W. Enns Centennial Concert Hall, Winkler

Two Victorian classics go head to head in this ingenious fall show performed by the Flatlands Theatre Company. Written by John Longenbaugh, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol follows Dr. Watson as he visits his old friend Sherlock Holmes on Christmas Eve. 

4. Be moved by this stage adaptation

The Color Purple at John Hirsch Mainstage

On until November 16 | John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

This musical adaptation of the original “The Colour Purple” by Alice Walker is a tale of strength and humanity. Jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues flow throughout the show, enhancing this inspiring story.

5. Spend the Weekend in Brandon

Brandon Ghost Sign

Go beyond the Brandon's agricultural heritage, and discover an under-the-radar arts and culture scene that’s totally worth planning a weekend getaway to explore. Start in Brandon’s historic downtown, a handsome collection of heritage architecture – centered around Rosser Avenue and 10th Street.

6. Introduce your kids to theatre

Tiny Treasures

November 8 to 10
Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Winnipeg

Introduce your children (8 years and older) to the joy of theatre with Tiny Treasures, playing from November 8 to 10 at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People. The play tells the story of James, a thirteen-year-old boy responsible for caring for his unwell mother and helping raise his younger sister. When a school trip comes up, James has to choose between caring for his family or what it would be like to prioritize himself for a change.

7.  Shop a craft sale

Various dates and locations

Love giving handmade gifts but don't have a creative bone in your body? Fear not, craft show season is just around the corner which means you can shop handcrafted goods from hundreds of local vendors before the holidays arrive. There are several craft sales to check out this week:

Nov 8-9 | WinnipegCrafted Show + Sale, Winnipeg Art Gallery

Nov 9 | Winnipeg:  Tinsel & Turkey Craft, Vendor and Bake Show, 980 Winakwa Road

Nov 10 | Winnipeg: Holy Cross Craft Sale, 290 Dubuc Street

Nov 8-9 | BeausejourAnnual Christmas Craft Show and Sale, Beausejour Community Hall

Nov 9 | Stony Mountain: Craft Sale, Stony Mountain Rec Center 117 School Road 

Nov 9 | Selkirk: Welcome to Whoville Craft Sale, Ruth Hooker School, 430 Morris Ave

8. Learn about Winnipeg's Icelandic Battalion at the New Iceland Heritage Museum

Icelanders in the Great War

Frá vinsti: Konnie, Frank, Villi E, Óli og Stefán | Photograph credit: Alan Livingstone MacLeod 

On until January, 2020
New Iceland Heritage Museum

Head to the New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli, Manitoba and dive into the fascinating history of Winnipeg's Icelandic Battalion - a group that offered itself for service to the Canadian Army during WW1. 

9. Make something new

MakerLab at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

November 8 & 9
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Get crafty this November at the Winnipeg Art Gallery's MakerLab. This week, there are two crafting opportunities. On November 8, join Courtney Edworthy of iHooked and learn how to crochet scrunchies out of super soft velvety yarn. On November 9, join Ash Alberg of Sunflower Knit and learn how to dye cotton pillowcase covers with natural plant extracts.

10. Meet the lords of the arctic

November 8 to 15
Churchill Northern Studies Centre

The annual migration of polar bears has begun in Churchill, Manitoba and one of the best ways to experience this natural wonder is on a learning vacation with the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. The Lords of the Arctic itinerary includes two full days touring the Churchill Wildlife Management Area aboard a custom-built tundra vehicle. This is CNSC's most popular program and all proceeds support scientific research in Churchill.