What a week we have ahead! There is soooo much going on that there’s really hardly any excuse – at least none that we could come up with – to not feast with all of our senses engaged on what’s hot in Manitoba. And for some reason, this weekend is brimming even more than usual with a host of exciting activities, perhaps in pre-celebration of Manitoba’s birthday? Whatever the reason, we aren’t complaining. Take a look and create your own fun itinerary from this list.
Explore Canada’s Rights of Passage
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg
Rights of Passage: Canada at 150 presents an overview of Canada’s human rights history, so far. The exhibition explores debates and issues central to the evolution of rights and freedoms, justice and equality. And, it does it all through stories, told as they were in their day. Check out the multimedia experience!
Rub shoulders with fellow wine lovers
April 30 to May 5
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg
Wine lovers, unite! The Winnipeg Wine Festival continues at the RBC Convention Centre. This year’s festival features wines from all over the world with special focus on Wines of Italy. Rub shoulders with other wine lovers and discover new wines at the public wine tasting.
Shop to your heart’s content at Third + Bird
Hudson’s Bay at Memorial Boulevard, 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.
Get ready for the new season with the Goldeyes
Shaw Park, Winnipeg
Catch the first glimpse of the 2018 Winnipeg Goldeyes at the team’s annual Open House this Sunday. The Winnipeg Goldeyes’ Open House is a free event for the public and fans to watch the Goldeyes team prepare to defend its back-to-back American Association championships. There will be complimentary hot dogs, soft drinks, and chips provided to the first 1,500 in attendance and hourly prize draws.
Find your beat
April 30, May 1, 4 to 6
West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg
The West End Cultural Centre has got a week of musical events where everyone is sure to find a beat that they can rock out to. If you’re looking for an evening filled with good music and great vibes, check out their calendar and choose your event.
Let your inner science geek out
April 30 to May 6
New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli
The New Iceland Heritage Museum has a new and exciting travelling exhibition that will make a science geek of yet! A Taste of Science focuses on the role that science plays in delaying food decay and keeping food nutritious and safe.
Have a knit and a nosh
Across the Board Game Café, Winnipeg
Across the Board Game Café is doing what it does best: combining fun pastimes with good company and great food. Take your love for knitting, nosh and lively conversation there this Tuesday.
Find grace in an unconventional play
May 1 to 6
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
The Royal MTC and the writer of 23.5 Hours bring yet another powerful and hilarious drama to the John Hirsch Mainstage this week. Morning After Grace takes the convention out of its plot and puts the spotlight on the lives of seniors Ollie, Abigail and Angus as they try to find joy again in life by sharing their sorrows.
Discover a few insider barn quilting tips
May 1 to 6
Dauphin Public Library, Dauphin
The Dauphin Public Library is having a one-of a kind exhibit of over a dozen barn quilts. While you usually find barn quilts…well in barns, this seven-day special exhibit offers a close up of the artistry that goes into making these massive squares and gives the chance to pick up a few inside tips.
Attend a juried art exhibit
May 1 to 6
Tiger Hills Art Gallery, Holland
The Tiger Hills Art Gallery is putting on its 37th annual Central Region Juried Art Exhibit, which aims to promote artists within the central region. Each piece of artwork is juried and on display to the public for one evening with 40 to 45 pieces selected by the jurors.
Have a sensory feast
May 2 to 6
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
The exceptional work of Mauricio Wainrot that is Carmina Burana returns to Winnipeg as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet treats audiences to a sensory feast this week. This iconic production is set to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C Major”.
Forage for mushrooms
Hollow Reed Holistic, Winnipeg
The Hollow Reed Holistic is hosting a guided walk in search of Manitoba’s edible mushrooms where you’ll learn how to tell the edible ones from their poisonous lookalikes. Bring along a bowl and spoon and discover some new and interesting preparation methods.
Explore inhibitions and self-acceptance
May 3 to 5
Rachel Browne Theatre, Winnipeg
Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers will premiere Beyond by Jason Martin, which explores human inhibitions and the road to self-acceptance. The three-night event will take place at Rachel Browne Theatre.
Discover a new Exchange artist
Exchange District, Winnipeg
It’s Friday…finally. Step out of the office and into the Exchange District for First Fridays. Immerse yourself in the ultimate cultural and artistic experience on a walk through Winnipeg’s original downtown. While you’re there, be sure to check out Mayberry Fine Art as it opens Terry Watkinson’s feature show.
Attend a themed quilt show
May 4 to 6
Morden Access Event Centre, Morden
The Barnswallow Quilt Guild members are putting on their annual quilt show and celebrating 30 years this weekend. This year’s event is themed “Then and Now”.
Get your bikes ready for summer
The Wrench, Winnipeg
The Wrench is hosting it’s 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.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
La Roca Mexican Restaurant, Winnipeg
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo at La Roca’s this weekend. It also happens to be the restaurant’s two-year anniversary making it a double celebration.
Follow the lives of a complicated family
May 5 and 6
Berney Theatre, Winnipeg
The Tony Award-winning Falsettos is coming to the Berney Theatre stage this weekend. This musical chronicles the complicated life of family relations that’s part dramatic, part comedic and part neurotic.
Meet creators and comics lovers
May 5 and 6
Millennium Library, Winnipeg
Comics lovers, the Prairie Comics Festival is back for its third 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.
Attend a snake workshop
Narcisse Wildlife Management Area, Narcisse
Oak Hammock Marsh is conducting an offsite workshop at the Narcisse Snake Dens with expert and snake enthusiast Cathy Wasserman. Discover a few new things about these fascinating creatures and their world-famous natural habitat. Pre-registration is required for this event.
Run a race for a cause
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
The 14th 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.
Take an historic walk
Don’s Photo, Winnipeg
Don’s Photo is taking the classroom to the streets of Downtown Winnipeg with an historic walk. Expert photographers will be on hand to assist those interested in photography with taking the perfect shot. Bring along your cameras and mobiles for this free and fun event.
Experience Asian-Canadian culture
Niverville Heritage Centre, Niverville
The Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba is celebrating its 16th anniversary this month with an out-of-town festival in Niverville. Representatives from various Asian cultures will present different aspects of Asian-Canadian Festival.
Make time for one more market before the weekend ends
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.
Mix education with fun
Mennonite Heritage Village (Canada) Inc., Steinbach
The Mennonite Heritage Village is hosting an educational event that will have a bit of fun mixed into it. There will be a presentation by Margruite Krahn on Mennonite floor patterns, along with musical entertainment and home-baked goods.