Just off the heels of a fantastic spring break and quality time with family, it’s back to the grind of school, work and busy schedules. No matter how busy it gets, you should still make some time to enjoy life and a few of the thrills of the province. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

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‘Sugar off’ in Saint-Pierre-Jolys

CDEM_laundry with wash board_Sugaring-Off Festival in Saint-Pierre-Jolys

April 6 and 7
Cabane à sucre, Saint-Pierre-Jolys

Celebrate Spring and satisfy your sweet tooth at St-Pierre-Jolys' Sugaring-Off Festival. Visit the Cabane à Sucre and learn about maple syrup production. With that comes the joy of tasting some ''taffy on snow'', a horse drawn wagon ride, taking a tour of the Goulet house, traditional fare and music! Free event for all.

Laugh at a Manitoba Opera production

Manitoba Opera The Barber of Seville

April 6, 9 and 12
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!
It’s one laugh after another in this crazy tale of close shaves, disguises, and hilarious antics as Figaro the barber saves the day for two young lovers. The opera made famous by Bugs Bunny, The Barber of Seville is on for three shows next month! Fun for all ages. 

Head to a Warehouse play

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premieres April 3
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

Jenny and Elias are trying to salvage their crumbling relationship and decide to take a tour of civil war sites around Gettysburg. The couple checks in to a bed and breakfast where their quirky hostess collects countless objets fondly displayed, each with its own story. This Warehouse play is the creation of Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker. John opens at Tom Hendry this week.

Step on the CaRaVaN stage

Caravan at X-Cues

April 1
X-Cues, Winnipeg

This week, The Purple Room is taking the mundane out of your Monday with its anything goes CaRaVaN open mic and open stage event. This week, the fun happens at X-Cues Cafe & Lounge.

Challenge your brain

Wee Johnny Trivia

April 2
Wee Johnny’s, Winnipeg

Wee Johnny’s is launching Trivia Night starting this Tuesday and continuing every Tuesday night. Trivia Night kicks off at 8 p.m. with quizmaster host, Jeff Sinclair.

Make your Tuesday all about jazz

mardi jazz Keith Price

April 2
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, St-Boniface

If you’re looking for a musical experience that will resonate with you, look no further than guitarist Keith Price this week at mardi jazz as he takes his talent to the centre culturel franco-manitobain stage.

Learn a few new camera tips

Don's Photo class at Forth

April 2
Forth, Exchange District

Don’s Photo is taking the classroom to Forth with a themed event: film photography. Get some good feedback from photographers on all things photography and leave with some great tips. Don’t forget to bring your camera along!

Explore your love of chocolate at a workshop

Decadence Chocolates

April 4
Assiniboine Park & Zoo, Winnipeg

Explore your love for chocolate with Helen Staines of Decadence Chocolates at Assiniboine Park & Zoo. Get to know a bit of the history behind this well-loved sweet treat, including details about how the fruit is grown and processed. While you’re at it, indulge in some taste testing yourself.

Enjoy a stage take on The Greatest Showman

Prairie Drama Academy-This is Me

April 4 to 6
Herman Prior Centre, Portage la Prairie

Based on the hit movie The Greatest Showman, This is Me is the Prairie Drama Academy’s ode to Barnum and Bailey Circus and the men and women who played an important part in it’s success. Choose from one of three nights and head to the Herman Prior Centre in Portage la Prairie.

Meet some of HGTV’s best

Winnipeg Home + Garden Show

April 4 to 7
RBC Convention Centre

The Winnipeg Home + Garden Show is making its way back to the RBC Convention Centre for another exciting year of home renovation ideas. This year’s special guests include HGTV staples, Masters of Flip, Kortney and Dave Wilson and Carson Arthur.

Have some firsts this Friday

People crossing the street during First Fridays in the Exchange District

April 5
The Exchange District, Winnipeg

It’s Friday and the streets of the Exchange District are coming buzzing for another First Fridays. Step out of the office and into the Exchange District. Immerse yourself in the ultimate cultural experience on a walk through Winnipeg’s original downtown.

Sip on tea at a British comedy

James and Jamesy 2 for Tea

April 5
Steinbach Regional Secondary School

If you missed the highly comedic Oh Christmas Tea last year, the duo of James and Jamesy are back, this time with 2 for Tea. Already receiving rave reviews, the play celebrates friendship and imagination.

Check out Those Guys in Pinawa

Those Guys performing at the Brandon Jazz Fest

April 5
Community Centre, Pinawa

Those Guys is made up of nine performers and the group will be taking its dynamic show and ranging repertoire to the Pinawa Community Centre this Saturday.

Get fresh ideas for your spring garden

Nature and Garden Expo

April 5
Access Event Centre, Morden

The Nature and Garden Expo is the place to be if you’re looking for inspiration for your own garden this spring. This event is only on for one day at the Access Event Centre in Morden.

Indulge your senses at MTYP

MTYP - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

April 5 to 7
MTYP, Winnipeg

The stage adaptation of the classic Jules Verne Sci-Fi adventure, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, explores the power of nature and the nature of power. Manitoba Theatre for Young People brings this multi-sensory experience to the stage, which includes unforgettable characters, eye-popping projections and amazing technology. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.

Enjoy a melodic trio

CASATI music band

April 6
William Glesby Centre Theatre, Portage la Prairie

The trio CASATI blends the sounds of folk and jazz. Take in their melodic harmonies on ukulele, guitar, double bass at the William Glesby Centre Theatre.

Get a new lease on musical life with Ben Caplan


April 6
West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg

Looking for a unique musical experience in the city? We’ve got one for you. The West End Cultural Centre in collaboration with Winnipeg Folk Festival will be presenting the mad genius that is Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers with Geoff Berner. If you’ve never seen this band perform at Folk Fest, then this is your chance for a new lease on musical life.

Hit the Makers Market

Makers Market

April 6
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Centennial Concert Hall will be abuzz with over 50 local sellers of handmade and vintage supplies at the Makers Market. Admission to this event is free of charge.

Ice fish the weekend away

Bill Bannock Classic Ice Fishing Derby FB

April 6 and 7
Clearwater Lake, The Pas
Bakers Narrow Lodge, Flin Flon

The Bill Bannock Classic Ice Fishing Derby is back again this year and it’s double the fun coupled with The Flinty Ice Fishing Derby. Lots of prizes are up for grabs along with the chance to put your angling skills on full display.