In Manitoba, we may or may not be known as a quirky bunch, and this week is no exception. We wholeheartedly accept a festival dedicated solely to chocolate, and even go on epic road trips in search of larger-than-life catfish, vikings and science fiction characters. We like throwing hatchets and awesome space parties. This week in Manitoba is a mix-up of wacky, weird and everything in between, just the way we like it…
Go crazy for cocoa at Ciao’s Chocolatefest
April 1 to 30
Did someone say chocolate? Forget Christmas, this is the best time of the year in Manitoba. The Ciao! Magazine’s 11th annual Chocolatefest is 30 days of non-stop chocolately goodness. This year features sippable options for $8 each. Start your chocolate journey at The Forks where multiple vendors are serving up their most delectable creations before heading to restaurants such as Prairie Ink, Ripe and The Merchant Kitchen.
Attend an intergalactic party
Shoot for the stars at Manitoba’s biggest space party. Yuri’s Night celebrates the first humans paceflight by Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961. This adult-only party will feature space programming, rocket science, a cash bar and a space-themed costume contest. Head to the planetarium to dance the night away under the stars. Astronaut helmets, galaxy leggings and alien-inspired looks all welcome.
Build it and they will come
April 13 to 17
Watch unique and critically acclaimed films that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life at the Architecture + Design Film Festival! The festival covers a range of design-oriented topics from architecture and urban design to graphics and product design. Films this year are from countries all over the world and are complimented by locally made short films, panel discussions and tours.
WAVE at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
On until April 17
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Clay, fibre, glass, jewellery, wood, paper, stone, painting, and photography are the mediums represented by the artists of WAVE, a group of over 20 Manitoba artists from the Interlake’s Wave Studio Tour. Now, you can see them under one roof at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. See work from local artists such as Linda Goodman, Brenda Brooke and Raye Anderson.
Throw the hatchet at FortWhyte Alive
If you missed the Lake Shaker, this might just be the next best thing. Think of it as ‘Lake Shaker Lite’. Head to FortWhyte Alive to try your hand at a hatchet throw, and trust us, it’s addicting! No experience necessary to join into this exciting activity.
Spend spring at the Assiniboine Park Zoo
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Polar bears and monkeys and leopards, oh my! Say hello to all the beautiful wild animals at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Zoo has over 80 park-like acres for you to explore and interact with wildlife species from around the world. In celebration of spring, each weekend visitors will have the opportunity to meet a zookeeper and learn about two animals. This weekend is all about big cats with the Amur Tiger taking the spotlight at 11:00 am and the Snow Leopard at 2:00 pm.
Craft your heart out
April 16 and 17
The Ultimate Women’s Show kicks off this week at the Assiniboia Downs, with an awesome craft show as the highlight of the event. The Ultimate Craft Show celebrates creativity in all forms and features handmade goods made by Manitobans. Browse aisles of bath & body products, clothing, accessories, dolls, toys, furniture, artwork, glasswork and even gourmet food.
Join into theatrical tomfoolery and fun
March 30 to April 23
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
Unnecessary Farce is a chaotic, comedic and absolutely amusing tale of mistaken identity. When a town mayor is suspected of embezzling funds, two bumbling police officers set up a sting operation to try and lure him into a confession. Things of course go terribly awry in an epic display of theatrical tomfoolery that will have you howling!
Take a flight back in time
Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 3 to 28
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
People today take passenger travel for granted. Indeed, there was a time when taking off from Winnipeg seemed like a far-fetched dream. By 1938, Winnipeg’s central position made it the perfect spot for the new Trans-Canada Air Line’s head office, transforming the city into one of the country’s busiest air centres. The historic building is now home to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, where you can take a guided tour of the original headquarters, step aboard the Vickers Viscount and go on a trip back in time.
Drive for desserts
In Manitoba, we serve up a thick slice of our history, in cake, torte and pastry form. Whether drawing inspiration from Japan, France, or simply from a serious doughnut craving, you can count on our sweet spots to be every bit decadent.
Tour our quirky roadside attractions
Catfish, garter snakes and a very tall viking are just a few of the strange monuments found in Manitoba. Head out on the road to discover our local mascots with a Roadside Madness road trip. Tour our province’s quirkiest roadside attractions while taking in the scenery, shops and restaurants that each location has to offer. Twitter user NHLJets2point0 covered 830 km on the second #shaunaslandmarkchallenge2016. How many can you see in one day?
Enter the country music landscape
Centennial Concert Hall
This week, 8-time CCMA Entertainer of the Year and 5-time CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Terri Clark, brings a unique country flair to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. With well known hits such as “Better Things to Do”, “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” and “I Just Wanna be Mad”, you can bet this show will be a toe tapper AND a foot stomper.
Take a trek in the Whiteshell
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.
Watch me neigh neigh
April 15 to 17
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.
Head for the hills
Rising dramatically from the prairie landscape, Riding Mountain National Park is a vast expanse of boreal forest and pristine aspen parkland that is sure to enchant and inspire you. You’ll feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world as you hike the Escarpment trail system, where the Manitoba plateau falls away 300 metres to the prairies. An abundance of wildlife, forest trails and lakes have attracted nature lovers, camping enthusiasts and summer cottagers for generations. There’s truly something for everyone in this scenic region.
Journey to the wildest places on Earth
On until April 24
Organized around Earth’s spectacular eco-zones – polar regions, oceans, rain forest, mountains, caves, and savannas – Earth Explorers brings to life the unparalleled adventures of National Geographic. Visitors to the Museum will learn about the daring men and women who go farther…deeper…higher than anyone else to discover new places, help protect our planet’s biodiversity, and unearth new scientific discoveries.