Crisp mornings and warm, sunny days. That's what this time of the year is all about. Celebrate the closing of summer with a number of events this week in Manitoba. Open Farm Day will get you closer to Manitoba's food producers, while fall suppers are just winding up in communities across the province. Here are our 10 picks for the week...
1. Spend a day in the country on Open Farm Day
September 15 | Various locations
Spend a day on the farm and meet local farmers on Open Farm Day. There are more than 56 host sites to explore, where you can take a tour of the facilities or get hands-on with interactive farm experiences. Host sites are open rain or shine!
2. Celebrate the harvest moon at a festival
September 13 to 15 | Clearwater
Pembina Valley is stunning in the fall - and what better way to experience this region of Manitoba than at a festival? The Perennial Harvest Moon Festival will take you to the small town of Clearwater, Manitoba for a cozy weekend of music, food, artisans and workshops.
3. Try a brew at the Zoo
September 13 | Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg
Get to know the growing craft beer industry at Brew at the Zoo, an after-hours, adult's-only experience at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Grab your friends for an evening of sampling craft brews and playing giant lawn games (think corn hole and ladder toss).
4. Get knitting at the Fibre Festival
September 13 to 14 | Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg
Calling all yarn enthusiasts! The Manitoba Fibre Festival is a unique gathering of all things fibre. Spinners, knitters, weavers and felters of all skill levels are invited to the Red River Exhibition Park to experience a variety of workshops, demonstrations and vendors.
5. Experience a Pow Wow
September 14 | Camp Amisk, La Salle
Experience an Indigenous Pow Wow and celebrate the last days of summer at the Opikihiwawin New Directions 15th Annual Pow Wow. Those travelling from Winnipeg can catch a free shuttle that runs every 2 hours from 717 Portage Avenue.
6. Rock out on a Magical Musical History Tour
Embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of Winnipeg’s illustrious rock ‘n’ roll history with Heartland Travel. See the house where Neil Young lived and began his song writing career, and the home where Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman of the Guess Who wrote These Eyes, No Time. The tour is packed with vintage photographs, music and plenty of colourful stories.
7. Prepare for a delicious battle
September 13 to 15 | Riverbank Discovery Centre, Brandon
3 days of food trucks?! Yes please. Head to the Brandon Riverbank Discovery Centre for the 3rd annual Food Truck Warz, where you will have the chance to try everything from BBQ and BeaverTails to poutine and walleye.
8. Shop at the Manitoba night market
September 14 | Assiniboia Downs, Winnipeg
Head to the Assiniboia Downs for the Manitoba Night Market, an all-evening event that brings local artisans and food trucks to the track. There's fun for the whole family, including kid's activities, beer gardens and more.
9. Hop aboard the Prairie Dog Central
September 14 and 15 | Departing from Winnipeg
Prairie Dog Central's end of season is coming up fast, so don't miss your chance to hop aboard this diesel locomotive. There are two events of note this weekend: the Mystical Magic Train, where Gregoire the Astonisher will entertain with magic tricks on the way to Grosse Isle, and the Family Fun Day, where you will be treated to live music, ballon animals and magic onboard.
10. Welcome the season at a fall supper
Various dates and locations
Fall just wouldn’t be fall without the opportunity to enjoy a hearty, home cooked meal. Fall suppers are a long standing (and very tasty) Manitoba tradition, bringing together local communities with warm meals.
September 12: FortWhyte Alive Harvest Supper,