You know that feeling where after a long day of work you just want to head home and crash? But instead, you end up vegging out, mindlessly watching the latest episode of whatever’s on TV. We know. We’ve done that too. And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with spending an evening in, there’s usually just that little bit of energy left to do something more. So, this week, we challenge you – and ourselves – to do just that: something more. With that stated, here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Meet the Zoo’s new baby gibbon

Assiniboine Park Zoo, gibbon baby born February 4, 2019

May 4, 5 11 and 12
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg

Earlier this year, the Zoo announced the birth of a white-handed gibbon. The sweet little baby is growing quickly and can’t be missed! For the first two weekends in May, our featured Zoo Chats, Hanging with Gibbons, will take place Saturday and Sunday at 11 am where you’ll learn about the adorable gibbon family.

Fairmont invites you to stay a little longer, experience more

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ends September 30
Fairmont Winnipeg

Be among the first to save on an unforgettable escape with early access to up to 25% off luxurious accommodations when you stay a little longer. Le Club AccorHotels members receive twice the rewards points when they book this offer through Fairmont Winnipeg.

Fill your week with festival of laughter

Winnipeg Comedy Fest

April 29 to May 4
various venues, Winnipeg
Morris MultiPlex, Morris

Canada’s funniest comics converge on the city and the town of Morris for stand-up, sketch, and improvisational comedy at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Choose your comedy event from a lineup of over 70 comics.

Go on an anatomical safari

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out at the Manitoba Museum

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The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out is the Manitoba Museum’s latest exhibit which presents a fascinating and rare opportunity to see what’s under the skin of more than 100 animal specimens. Described as an anatomical safari, guests will experience the intricate biology of a variety of the world’s most spectacular creatures including an octopus, horse, reindeer, bull, camel, ostrich, giraffe, as well as a human.

Enjoy an evening of drinks and Opera by the Pint

Group Flipside Opera by the Pint

April 30
Little Brown Jug Brewing Company, Winnipeg

Make your way to the Little Brown Jug Brewing Co. for drinks and spontaneous opera. Opera by the Pint features emerging and established artists who perform unrehearsed. Opera newbies and devotees are equally welcome. Entry to this event is free of charge. For more details, send email to Flipside Opera.

Challenge your brain

Wee Johnny Trivia

April 30
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.

Revisit Oz at the ballet

RWB Wizard of Oz

Photo by David Cooper
May 1 to 5
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is winding down its 79th season with the much-loved classic, The Wizard of Oz. Revisit this timeless tale of family, friendship and courage in a choreographed spectacle.

See the impact of architecture

Architecture + Design Film Festival Photo Credit: Alan Karchmer

May 1 to 5
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.

Have some firsts this Friday

First Fridays

May 3
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.

Get wowed at a pop up

WOW Spanish Pop-Up

May 3
New Millennium Centre, Winnipeg

Get ready to be wowed at a pop up restaurant. WOW Catering will be hosting a Vegan Pop-Up on Friday at the New Millennium Centre, where the menu will feature Spanish cuisine and vegan desserts by Le Monkey Bar!

Enjoy a spirited cover of musical greats

Amber Epp by Grant Goss

May 3
WECC, Winnipeg

If you enjoy the music of greats like Leonard Cohen, The Guess Who, and Joni Mitchell, then an evening with Amber Epp at West End Cultural Centre is a good place to stroll down music’s memory lane. Epps doesn’t simply cover these musical geniuses, but endeavours to preserve the original spirit of their works, while presenting it with a new energy all her own.

Attend a quilt show

2019 Barnswallow Quilt Show

May 3 to 5
Morden Access Event Centre, Morden

The Barnswallow Quilt Guild members are putting on their annual quilt this weekend. This year’s event will feature quilters Kathryn Laverty Luger and Lenore Laverty.

Clue your way out of a new escape room

Fort la Reine Museum Le Rideau

May 3 to 5
Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie

Fort la Reine continues its Escape le Rideau activity this week. This escape room, housed inside of an old railcar, has an interesting historical twist to it, which revisits the formation of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Get on a ride at a spring carnival

WestLand Spring Carnival

May 3 to 5
McPhillips Station Casino, Winnipeg

What better way could there be to pass spring than at a carnival with family and friends? The WestLand Spring Carnival will feature rides, games and treats.

Discover musical greatness in Death by Chocolate

Camerata Nova Death by Chocolate: The Life of Henry Purcell

May 4
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, Winnipeg

Camerata Nova explores the life of Henry Purcell, the greatest English Baroque composer in Death by Chocolate: The Life of Henry Purcell. While various rumours regarding his sudden death at age 36 have swirled around for centuries, Death by Chocolate explores Purcell’s triumphant rise and his most glorious choral music, featuring the voice of Canadian counter-tenor Daniel Cabena.

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift in Teulon

Springfest-2019-teulon

May 4
Teulon Hall, Teulon

Get ready for Teulon’s annual Springfest Craft Sale, hosted by the Teulon Farmers’ Market. If you’re wondering what to get for Mom for Mother’s Day, this is the perfect place to find just the right handcrafted gift. There will also be lots of eats, drinks and free parking so you can spend a relaxing day taking in the sights.

Ready your bikes for summer

Wrench Bike Bazaar

May 4
The Wrench, Winnipeg

The Wrench is hosting its bike bazaar to get you and your bikes ready for the warm weather. Don’t miss the chance to get a good deal on a refurbished bike, bike swap for your kids, or have your bike repaired. There will also be a barbecue. If you’re interested in volunteering for this event, email for further info.

Shop the Dawson Trail Museum artisan sale

Dawson Trail Artisan Craft Sale

May 4
Dawson Trail Museum, Richer

The Dawson Trail Museum is holding its second annual spring artisan sale where local artisans will put their creations on display. There will, of course, also be goodies on sale.

Explore architecture and comics at an exhibit

Winnipeg Architecture

May 4
Winnipeg Architecture

This Saturday marks the opening of the Architecture+Comics: Canadian Cartoonists and the City. The exhibit, which will run until June 30, will feature Canadian cartoonists and their exploration of cities, streets and buildings.

Shop to your heart’s content at Third + Bird

Third + Bird Spring Market

May 4 and 5
The Bay, Winnipeg

Third + Bird is back! Head to Hudson’s Bay and lose yourself among the 140+ local makers and amazing art installations all on one floor of the Hudson’s Bay, where you’ll also find delicious eats and a DJ onsite to keep the party going.

Engage with creators and comics lovers

Prairie Comics Festival

May 4 and 5
Millennium Library, Winnipeg

Comics lovers, the Prairie Comics Festival is back for its fourth year. This weekend, celebrate the creativity of fellow Winnipeggers at Millennium Library, including artists, writers, and publishers as they interact with fans, promote their material, sell their wares, and meet other creators.

Run a race for a cause

Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon

May 5
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg

The 15th annual Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon takes place on Sunday. This year’s race and charity event continues its support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Make time for one more market

Whitetail Meadow Event Centre

May 5
Whitetail Meadow, Niverville

Take a 15-minute drive south of Winnipeg along St. Mary’s Road to the Whitetail Meadow Event Centre where you’ll find a unique market of local artists and artisans, and an array of items from which to choose.