This Sunday is Earth Day, a global event that reminds us all of our responsibility to maintain a clean and healthy environment for the generations to come. The day also marks the efforts of a multi-year campaign aimed at ending plastic pollution. As you head out to enjoy the frills and fancies of an event-filled week, don’t forget how much of an impact your own actions have on preserving the environment. Every little effort you make goes a long way. Live it up this week and enjoy all that’s hot in Manitoba.

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Celebrate Earth Day at the Royal Canadian Mint

Royal Canadian Mint

April 20 & 21
Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg

Take a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 in celebration of Earth Day. Touring guests will also receive a free Earth Day gift while supplies last.

Get an Earth Day education

Oak Hammock Marsh

April 22
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Learn of the different ways you can contribute to the saving the environment this weekend at Oak Hammock Marsh, where the day’s activities will be dedicated to promoting Earth Day.

Get planet conscious at FortWhyte

FortWhyte Alive Earth Day

April 22
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

FortWhyte Alive is offering free admission all day on Earth Day and is looking for your help to celebrate the planet with lessons in sustainability. The day’s events include a special lineup of live entertainment, environmental workshops and outdoor activities.

Alight at La Riviere Raptor Festival

La Riviere Raptor Festiva

April 21
Blair Morrison Hall, La Riviere

Birders, this is definitely your week. Get out and into your element at La Riviere Raptor Festival 2018 at Blair Morrison Hall. Celebrate the spring migration of some of nature’s most amazing birds, including hawks and eagles through Manitoba’s scenic Pembina Valley. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and camera. 

Follow the yellow brick road to the concert hall

Centennial Concert Hall

April 21 & 22
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Seventy-five-plus years since its debut, The Wizard of Oz is returning to the big screen, this time at Centennial Concert Hall and accompanied by the WSO. Dress in your favourite costume and follow the yellow brick road to an unforgettable classic.

See the impact of architecture

Architecture + Design Film Festival

April 18 to 22
various venues, Winnipeg

It’s no secret that architecture has played a significant role in shaping cultures. For an in-depth look at just how important architecture and design are to everyday life, the seventh annual Architecture + Design Film Festival will feature films that focus on different aspects of design, from graphics to urban and product design.

Find your way to Forth

Forth coffeehouse events

April 16 & 18
Forth, Winnipeg

Forth is definitely a downtown hotspot for the coffee craver and also happens to serve up some good grub. This week, Forth is taking the mundane out of your Monday with its anything goes CaRaVaN open mic and open stage event. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key but equally entertaining, Forth will also be hosting drink-making workshops where you’ll learn to create four cocktails with head bartender Josey Krahn. On Wednesday, make your way back to Forth for a performance by Matt Foster of the Crooked Brothers and Annie Sumi, along with performances by Quintin Bart and Gabriela Ocejo. 

Rethink your career at a symposium

Rotary Career Symposium_RBC Convention Centre

April 16 to 18
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

Expand your career horizons at the Rotary Career Symposium at the RBC Convention Centre. There will be over 185 exhibit booths across many career fields and 30 speaker sessions during this two-day event.

Refine your culinary skills at a cooking class

De Luca’s Cooking Class

April 17
De Luca’s Cooking Studio, Winnipeg

Sample wine while whipping your culinary skills into shape preparing a gourmet Italian meal at a De Luca’s Cooking Class. There will also be a full bar with drinks on sale. These classes fill up quickly, so don’t miss your chance to prep and dine.

Be overcome by the passion and pain of La Traviata

Manitoba Opera_La Traviata

April 17
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

The passion and heartbreak of 1920s Paris comes to life at the Manitoba Opera this Tuesday in La Traviata. The classic tragedy is one of devotion and sacrifice, as the wealthy Alfredo and the ill-fated heroine, Violetta, find true love, only to be separated by circumstance. La Traviata plays for one night at the Centennial Concert Hall.

Explore the nuances of an artist’s curiosities

Artist Valerie Wilson

April 17 to 20
Tiger Hills Art Gallery, Holland

Tiger Hills Art Gallery is exhibiting the work of Valerie Wilson this week. The artist’s latest exhibit, A Moment in Time, focuses on her love of history and her curiosity about people from the past, with carefully chosen fabrics used to mimic both dimension and texture.

Explore themes about nature at an exhibit

Urban Shaman Gallery_Roots Above Branches

April 17 to 21
Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg

Explore the themes of identity, individual perspectives, and our connection to the land at Urban Shaman’s latest exhibit, Roots Above Branches. This exhibit will feature the works of six recent University of Manitoba, School of Art Indigenous graduates.

Attend an exhibit of Winnipeg artists

Delights of the Soul art exhibit_Portage la Prairie

April 17 to 21
Portage & District Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie

The Portage & District Arts Centre are exhibiting the works of five Winnipeg artists in Delights of the Soul: A Raft in the Storm, where each artist will bring their own style and perspective to the exhibit.

Watch lived and literary worlds collide

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

April 17 to 21
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba will be the scene for a unique, collaborative experiment in theatre and installation. Theatre from the Jungle focuses on artists working with immigrants to workshop performances built from lived experiences and literary sources like Upton Sinclair’s 1906 novel The Jungle.

Watch a May-December romance unfold

Tom Hendry Warehouse

April 17 to 22
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

There’s something a bit off about the May-December relationship between the 75-year-old British butcher, Alex, and the 40-something American, Georgie. But there’s also something that has drawn this couple together and as the romance blossoms, and things get cozy, Georgie’s ask of a favour leaves Alex questioning her motives. The Royal MTC’s latest production, Heisenberg, continues its run at Tom Hendry Warehouse.

Learn about stories pasts

Along the Road to Freedom – Mennonite Women of Courage and Faith

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Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

Canada has called itself home to a great multi-ethnic, multicultural group. But perhaps what makes it all work so well is the stories each culture brings with it. Discover some of those stories at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach during its Storied Places Exhibit this week.

Have a birding breakfast

Birding at FortWhyte Alive

April 18
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

If you enjoy a hearty breakfast and can’t wait for the chance to go birding, then here’s the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy the two in one outing. Head to FortWhyte Alive for its Birding and Breakfast Spring Migration hike at sunrise.

Take a crash course in cocktails

Capital K Distillery cocktails

April 18
Capital K Distillery, Winnipeg

Capital K Distillery general manager and bartender, Jesse Hildebrand, will be giving patrons a crash course in creating exceptional cocktails. Learn how to create up to four drinks with recipes to take home. Snacks will also be provided.

Show your love for community in Portage la Prairie

All Nations Tribal Days_Portage la Prairie

April 19 to 22
various venues, Portage la Prairie

Take your love for sports and entertainment to All Nations Tribal Days in Portage la Prairie. The community-building event also offers performers, aspiring artists and athletes the perfect forum to showcase their talents.

Be dazzled at a gem show

Brandon Gem + Mineral Show FB

April 19 to 22
Keystone Centre, Brandon

The Canada Gem Show is bringing its amazing collection of stones, home decor, jewelry, mineral specimens, fossils, crystals and more to Brandon. The Silver Cove’s Rock ‘n’ Gem Show Brandon will run for four days at the Keystone Centre.

Take a lesson in astronomy

Oak Hammock Marsh

April 19
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Astronomy night is back at Oak Hammock Marsh, and this week’s event will focus on telescopes from Galileo’s time to modern space telescopes with a presentation by a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Dine on Japanese cuisine

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre_Donburi Lunch

April 20
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Winnipeg

Dine somewhere different this week with a visit to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s Donburi Lunch, where you’ll find lunches at reasonable prices and wide varieties from which to choose.

Harmonize with a chorale

Watson Art Centre

April 21
Watson Art Centre, Dauphin

Dauphin’s Keystone Chorus will be putting on another of its fantastic live performances on Saturday at the Watson Art Centre. The “Experiencing Technical Difficulties” show will also feature special guests, including the Parkland Women’s Choir, Theatre Amisk, and the Northern Nights Quartet.

Enjoy a barbershop-style chorus

Winnipeg Golden Chordsmen Barbershop Harmony Chorus_Bethel Mennonite Church

April 21
Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Golden Chordsmen Barbershop Harmony Chorus will be celebrating 70 years as a chapter this weekend. Hear the best of a cappella harmonies and your all-time favourites, all performed in barbershop-style at the Bethel Mennonite Church.

Have a spring fling in Morris

Spring Fling Craft & Bake Thing_Morris MultiPlex Inc

April 21
Morris MultiPlex Inc., Morris

Morris is the place to be for the annual Spring Fling Craft & Bake Thing. With last year’s event featuring over 70 vendors and 400 shoppers, this year is expected to be just as exciting.

Have a swing dance at a send-off

Saturday Swing Out_Ted Motyka Dance Studio

April 21
Ted Motyka Dance Studio, Exchange District

The 50s are back with a swing in its step this Saturday at the Ted Motyka Dance Studio. If you love dancing – swing dancing in particular – then head to the Exchange District for the Saturday Swing Out where you can dance the night away to some of the music that shaped history. This weekend’s event also bids farewell to trombonist Brad Shigeta, who will also be performing live.

Network at the Kinsmen Expo

Kinsmen Business Expo FB1

April 21 & 22
Parkland Recreation Complex, Dauphin

For 30 years, the Kinsmen Club of Dauphin has been hosting the Kinsmen Business Expo. This year, the tradition continues at the Dauphin Parkland Recreational Complex. You can look forward to learning about new products and services, increasing brand awareness and networking.

See alpacas in Brandon

Keystone Alpaca Classic

April 21 & 22
Keystone Centre, Brandon

The 2018 Keystone Alpaca Classic is on this weekend in Brandon. Make your way to the Keystone Centre for a fun and furry competition.

Attend an hilarious Irish comedy

Prairie Theatre Exchange

ends April 22
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

Belfast home care workers, Frances and Loretta, are responsible for the elderly Davy. When Davy, whose passions are for Frank Sinatra and betting on the ponies, suddenly passes away, he leaves behind the temptation of an unclaimed, winning race ticket, which his cash-strapped carers see as their way out. Fly Me to the Moon is a typical Irish comedy ends its run this week at the Prairie Theatre Exchange.