Art comes in many forms and this week there is so much of it to see across southeastern Manitoba! Celebrate the art of drag with Pride Winnipeg, embark on an open studio tour, appreciate Winnipeg's architecture, and learn about the art of making craft beer. However you decide to spend your week, please follow all safety guidelines put forth by the Government of Manitoba, respect physical distancing protocols, and wear a mask when able. Here are ten things to do this week in Manitoba...
1. Celebrate Pride digitally
September 12 & 13
Pride Winnipeg is going digital this year as they celebrate gender, sexual and relationship diversity across the prairies. Live performances start streaming at noon on Saturday. This year's headliners include Jaywood, PopTart and Sierra Noble. During these performances you'll also catch special drag performances by the Sunshine Bunch and Miss Sandi Bay. Pride Winnipeg's Digital Festival will also feature children's programming from Jessee Havey and the Banana Band and drag queen story time!
2. Explore the Manitoba Fibre Trail
Various locations on treaty 1 territory
September 11 to 13
The Manitoba Fibre Festival has adapted this year to create a safe and physically distanced festival. Taking on the form of a tour, participants can visit fibre-focused studios and shops across some of Manitoba. There are ten Winnipeg locations as well as stops in Kleefeld, Ste-Genevieve, Roseisle and Roseau River.
3. Get a peek at Winnipeg's past
Various locations in Winnipeg / Treaty 1 territory
September 12 & 13
One of Winnipeg's biggest history events is on this weekend! Various historic buildings across the city will welcome visitors for Doors Open Winnipeg. Take a peek inside buildings such as Maison Gabrielle Roy, St. Norbert Guest House and the ever popular vaughn Street Jail during this year's event. To account for COVID-19 safety protocols and groups size restrictions, visitors will need to pre-register online before showing up any of the sites.
4. Enjoy food and nature at FortWhyte Alive
Winnipeg / Treaty 1 territory
FortWhyte Alive is a nature paradise on the edge of the city. Complete with trails, small lakes and a bison enclosure, it's a great close-to-home nature getaway for those who live in Winnipeg. This week there's also the added bonus of enjoying a local food truck's food if visitors head there on Monday, Saturday or Sunday. Visit the food trucks at FortWhyte event page for more details.
5. Find art in the Pembina Valley
Various locations in the Pembina Valley region / Treaty 1 territory
September 12 & 13
Studios across Manitoba's Pembina Valley region are opening their doors this week to welcome art lovers and buyers alike for the Pembina Valley Studio Tour. Meet over 30 artists in Winkler, Morden, Carman, Manitou and many more during this weekend of art appreciation. Please follow all public health advisories while travelling in Manitoba, particularly when stopping in small communities.
6. Spend a weekend at a heritage hotel
Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 territory
When it first opened in 1913, the Hotel Fort Garry was deemed Winnipeg's "new castle of opulence." Today the hotel is still a wonderful getaway for a treat-yourself weekend of luxury. After booking a room for the night, get pampered at Ten Spa then enjoy a decadent meal accompanied by live music in the Palm Lounge.
7. Admire the art of Norval Morisseau
Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 territory
September 11 to October 31
The Urban Shaman Gallery opens their newest exhibit this Friday. The exhibit will feature the works of Norval Morrisseau, whose paintings often feature themes on exploration of spirituality, allegory, and representation. Please wear a mask when visiting the Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery.
8. Appreciate and support local theatre
Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 territory
September 13 / 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy a physically distanced evening under the iconic Rainbow Stage dome and support the arts at the Rainbow Stage Pot of Gold Benefit Concert. Some of Manitoba's top musical theatre performers will belt out classic songs that will bring you down memory lane. You can purchase a ticket for the concert only or add on a picnic basket, provided by Prairie's Edge, to enjoy in Kildonan Park. (Please note: the above image is from a previous year and does not represent current physical distancing measures for this event.)
9. Take a brewery tour
Hargrave Street Market, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 territory
Book a 45-minute tour of Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, located on the first floor of True North Square, to see how this brewery crafts its beverages. Sip a pint while learning about the brewery's history and don't forget to add a souvenir takeaway when you book!
10. Visit Camp Morton
Camp Morton / Treaty 1 Territory
Crashing waves, verdant lawns, and fresh air abound - Camp Morton is pure solitude along the shores of Lake Winnipeg. The grounds were once a camp for kids and the remnants of its ornate architecture can still be explored, making Camp Morton an idyllic spot to reflect and recharge in nature. Check out this blog post for more ways to spend a meditative weekend in Camp Morton.