What’s your passion? Is it the arts? Then fall into fantasy at the Faerie Queen ballet or go old-school Greco-Roman at the brilliant new Olympus exhibit. Is fine wine and good food more your thing? Then feast your senses on the Winnipeg Wine Festival or get a taste of Manitoba at #LoveLocalMB. Or is being outside what you crave? No worries, the gorgeous McGillivray Falls hike is waiting for you to explore its nooks and crannies, while the Radical Reels film fest wants you to get those outdoor adrenaline juices flowing. Here is the best of the week…
The Faerie Queen by RWB
Apr 29 to May 3
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Experience an enchanting story filled with love, magic, and deception as Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents The Faerie Queen! Fantasy meets visually exquisite dance as choreographer John Alleyne paints the stage in this full-length ballet based on Henry Purcell’s opera of the same name, and on Shakespeare’s magical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Apr 26, 2015 to Apr 17, 2016
Winnipeg Art Gallery
See ancient Greek and Roman art right here on the prairies at Olympus. Whether you’re an art lover, scholar, family with kids, or never been to a museum, you’ll be blown away by this extraordinary collection and the many different ways you can experience it.
Radical Reels Action Sports Film Festival
McCreary Community Centre, McCreary
There is no better way to get stoked about skiing, biking, riding, or paddling than by seeing the 2015 edition of the Radical Reels Tour! Jaw-dropping bike jumps, nail-biting kayak drops, and mind-blowing powder. Experience wild action sports as seen through the eyes of some of today’s top athletes and most talented adventure sport filmmakers.
Winnipeg Wine Festival
Apr 26 to May 2
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Take your senses on a world tour at the Winnipeg Wine Festival! From unique and fun ancillary events to a gala dinner and auction, the festival has everything you could wish for if you’re a wine lover. This year’s theme country, Wines of Chile, brings over 116 wines from 29 wineries to the event and the public tastings will have over 515 wines in total! The festival is one of the largest and most respected wine festivals in the country as well as the largest single fundraiser for Special Olympics Manitoba.
May 1 to 3
Catch the epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption at Les Miserables in Flin Flon! Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The true modern classic is based on Victor Hugo’s novel and features one of the most memorable scores of all time.
Spring is here and what better way to celebrate than with flowers! The Arden Crocus Festival is a rural family-friendly event that includes Free fun for children. including pony rides, a petting zoo, crafts, a rainbow auction and an amazing race.
First Fridays in the Exchange
Exchange District, Winnipeg
Enjoy the warmth of studios and galleries filled with fine art. First Fridays is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts in the Exchange area.
McGillivray Falls self-guiding trail, Whiteshell Provincial Park
Trek through one of the Whiteshell’s most beautiful gems, McGillivray Falls. This self-guided hiking trail is located off Highway 44 close to Caddy Lake. Spring is the best time of the year to check out this hiking trail as the rapids are rushing from McGillivray Lake into Caddy Lake – Just be sure to bring water-proof footwear! The waterfalls are located at the beginning of the hiking trail and from there you can either hike a short 2.8 km loop or take the 4.6 km loop that takes you all the way to McGillivray Lake.
#LoveLocalMB – Beer, wine and food event
Ambassador Room, Cana Inns Destination Centre Club Regent Casino Hotel
Taste, celebrate and buy local at the 2nd annual #LoveLocalMB event! Savour some delicious delectables by a few of Manitoba’s best food and beverage artisans while enjoying a fun and relaxing evening filled with live music by Doug Edmond & Band.
May 1 to 3
Keystone Centre, Brandon
Celebrate the power and wonder of the horse-human relationship at Horse3! The event features a multitude of equine disciplines like clinics, demonstrations and entertainment. You can also Ride-with-the-Experts and see the latest products at the H3 Trade Show.
Clever Little Lies at MTC
Apr 23 to May 16
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
Catch a fast and funny show about the lives of a family with an abundance of secrets at Clever Little Lies! Overwhelmed by the stresses of work and a new baby, Billy cracks under the pressure and makes an alarming confession to his father. Sensing trouble, his intuitive mother Alice invites the whole family over in an attempt to intervene.
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
Colin James brings his blues-inspired music (and some of that Voodoo Thing) to Brandon for his Up Close and Personal acoustic tour! This tour is for fans. It is Colin James like you have never seen or heard him before. James will perform his hits and blues standards in an intimate acoustic setting featuring incredible guitar chops and great vocals, with special guest, master guitarist Chris Caddell.
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