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Crisp mornings and sunny days. That's what this time of the year is all about. Celebrate the closing of summer by lounging on the beach one last time, experiencing the magic of fall migration or enjoying one of the cultural festivals happening online and in person. Here are 10 things to do in Manitoba this week...

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1. Learn about the stars at the Manitoba Museum

Planetarium shows at the Manitoba Museum

Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory

Enjoy an adventure of discovery and exploration at the Manitoba Museum. Learn about the stars at one of the museum's planetarium shows, which run Thursday through Sunday. Make reconnecting with Manitoba's history and nature a part of your ultimate #staycation.


2. Appreciate live theatre at FemFest 2020

Monstrous at FemFest 2020 Photo of performance Monstrous - FemFest 2020

Online and various locations, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory
September 19 to 27

The annual theatre festival FemFest – showcasing plays by women for everyone – will be in-person and online this year. Over nine days the festival will present 27 shows, workshops, readings and walking tours. See the full schedule and find ticket details on their website.

3. Take a walk through Winnipeg's past

Self-guided Wicked to Riches Broadway Walking Tour by The Winnipeg Trolley Company

Broadway, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory

Take a stroll down one of Winnipeg's most well-known streets and learn about some of the not-so-well-known history that surrounds the city. The Winnipeg Trolley Company has created the 90-minute self-guided Wicked to Riches Broadway Walking Tour. Download the app, purchase the walking tour, plug in your headphones and start your journey into Winnipeg's past.

4. Witness the magic of the fall migration

Oak Hammock Marsh

Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall / Treaty 1 Territory

Fall migration has begun and you can see it up close at Oak Hammock Marsh. Over 100,000 waterfowl may stop at the marsh during a single day, making for a spectacular show as the geese take flight and continue their seasonal journey. Walk along the paths and boardwalks that weave through the marsh or rent a canoe and see how many other critters you can spot living in this natural wonderland.

5. Catch a flick all about architecture and design 

Architecture + Design Film Festival 2020

Online and at Cinematheque, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory
September 16 to 20

For an in-depth look at just how important architecture and design are to everyday life, the ninth annual Architecture + Design Film Festival will feature films that focus on different aspects of design, from graphics to urban and product design. This year the films will be available to rent online or see in-person at Cinematheque.

6. Sneak in one last beach day

Beach chairs at Patricia Beach

East Beaches / Treaty 1 Territory

The temperature may be cooling off but making the most of chilly weather is what Manitobans do best! Bask in those last warm rays of sunshine on one of the Beaches of 59 along the east side of Lake Winnipeg and soak in the last days of summer.

7. Immerse yourself in written works 

Winnipeg International Writers Festival - Thin Air

Online
Virtual launch on September 20 

For those who love all things written, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival is for you. This year's festival is a little different as it moves completely online bringing a wide range of content to you at home. Join writers from around the world in online forums, virtual workshops and presentations of written (and some visual) art.

8. Experience Joy (as more than just a feeling)

Joy is More Than Just a Feeling Exhibit - Wall-to-Wall Mural and Culture Festival

Synonym Art Consultation, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory
September 14 to 18

The Wall-to-Wall Mural and Culture Festival spans the entire month of September and brings new public art to Winnipeg every fall. This year, one of the first events is the Joy is More Than Just a Feeling exhibit hosted at their gallery space on Pacific Ave. Curated by Mahlet Cuff and Ekene Maduka, the exhibit will also debut 'Juno', a short-film by artist and filmmaker pluetoe. 

9. Dance the night away at a mini Harvest Moon Festival

The Beer Can, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory
September 19 / Noon until late

The music festival that usually fills Clearwater, Manitoba with tunes is moving to Winnipeg this year to host a smaller event in the city's downtown. Harvest Moon Festival will host an afternoon of family entertainment and an evening of music at The Beer Can. The show will also stream online for those unable to attend the event in person.

10. See ancient Manitoba fossils

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden / Treaty 1 Territory

The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre's many paleontology displays lay out a fascinating, ancient and dangerous world, now hidden by serene prairie. Check out Bruce, the largest mosasaur on display in the world, and four other assembled skeletons in the renovated Mosasaur Hall.