The province is alive with the sound of, well, a lot of different events! The gentle tap of maple syrup can be heard at two separate festivals in rural Manitoba – the Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival in McCreary and the Sugaring Off Festival in Saint-Pierre-Jolys. Musical numbers will rock the house at Celebrations Dinner Theatre, the Burton Cummings Theatre and Tom Hendry Warehouse, all while laughter fills the room in various venues at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Don’t stay quiet – join in! Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Hang out with birds of a different feather
Blair Morrison Hall, La Riviere
It may not have come out on top in Festival Madness, but La Riviere Raptor Festival is still on the top of our list! No, this isn’t a festival dedicated to dinosaurs. Instead, Raptor Fest celebrates the spring migration of Manitoba’s amazing hawks and eagles through the gorgeous Pembina Valley region. The festivla is free with activities such as guided walking tours, photo contests and door prizes.
Get sappy at the Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival
Celebrate McCreary’s proud heritage and traditions at the Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival! This family-friendly event has a fun-filled day planned for all ages. Take part in tree tapping, eat your way up and down a stack of pancakes or enjoy many indoor and outdoor activities.
Catch the last days of hard water fishing
Clearwater Lake, The Pas
Fishing for a good time? Then head out on beautiful Clearwater Lake for the Bill Bannock Classic Ice Fishing Derby! The derby is one of the largest in Manitoba. First prize is $25,000 cash and if you catch the tagged fish, Lonesome Mary, you instantly win $25,000.
Sugar off in Saint-Pierre-Jolys
April 9 to 10
Celebrate the arrival of spring and the production of Manitoba maple syrup at the Sugaring Off Festival. Enjoy great traditional food and music, maple sugar production, historical interpretations, horse-drawn rides, activities for the kids, and more.
Laugh ’til you cry at a comedy festival
April 3 to 10
Various venues, Winnipeg
This year’s Winnipeg Comedy Festival is cheeky, with subtle notes of whimsy and wit, and a bold, sometimes bawdy finish. No matter your preferred flavour profile, you’ll get your fill of full-bodied laughs at this year’s festival, where they uncork another vintage year of superior stand-up and gags.
Visit an indoor farmers market
Various dates and locations
Long after the Farmers’ Markets of summer have packed up their goods and left for the season, the Downtown Farmers’ Market heads indoors for once a month shopping – this month’s date is April 7! The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s popular farmers’ market offers fresh baking, vinegar, jams, spices, meat, sauces, fruits, vegetables and preserves. New to the Winnipeg farmers’ market landscape is the Osborne Farmers’ Market, located at 383 McMillan, operating 7 days a week year round!
Kick it up at the Moose game
April 5-6, 9-10
The Manitoba Moose are back, baby! Winnipeg is welcoming this iconic team back to the arena with open arms, and AHL hockey has never been more exciting. This week, head to the MTS Centre to watch the Moose take on Milwaukee Admirals on April 5 and 6 and the Rockford IceHogs on April 9 and 10.
Make yourself at home in Brandon
April 8 to 10
Keystone Centre, Brandon
See the latest products in indoor and outdoor services and the best in exciting recreational fun crafts at the Brandon Home and Leisure Show. The show features over 165 exhibitors showcasing everything under the sun — all under one roof!
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.
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!
Find your center at FortWhyte Alive
There’s no better way to start the morning than with Cabin Yoga at FortWhyte Alive. On the docket this weekend is a brisk forest hike followed by guided, indoor yoga and meditation. Leader Ashley Bourgeois of Shakti SUP + Snow will help you tap into a zen moment on the most relaxing Saturday ever.
Rediscover Robin Hood
March 30 to April 10
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
You’ve never seen Robin Hood like this before. Head to the Manitoba Theatre for Young People for a fresh, modern and unexpected take on the classic tale we all know and love. Kids aged 8+ will adore this exciting adventure into Sherwood Forest.
Snap your heart out at the marsh
Oak Hammock Marsh
Amateur and beginner photographs alike are invited to Oak Hammock Marsh for a relaxing and inspiring Photo Walk through the marsh lands. Bring your camera (SLR, point and shoot or even your phone) and explore the many photogenic areas of Oak Hammock.
Go retro at the Pop Culture Expo
RBC Convention Centre
If you like music, movies, comic books, art, video games, toys and the 90’s – head to the RBC Convention Centre this weekend for the Winnipeg Pop Culture Expo! Guests include Kenn Scott of the 90’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Test your skills at 90’s trivia, compete in retro gaming tournaments and feel MAJOR love for pop culture past, present and future.
Rock around the clock tonight
April 1 to May 28
Celebrations Dinner Theatre
Who needs dinner and a movie when you have dinner and theatre? Go back in time to the 1950’s at Celebrations Dinner Theatre and celebrate all things rock and roll. Rock Around the Clock takes a look at one of the most-loved pastimes: the dance marathon. Expect music from Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and more.
Rock out with Janis Joplin
April 5 to 10
Burton Cummings Theatre
“Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last.” This week, celebrate Janis Joplin’s electric musical career and her journey to become the Queen of Rock n Roll. The musical production at the Burton Cummings Theatre will look at Janis’ unmistakable talent and voice as well as the incredible musicians – Aretha Franklin, Odetta and Nina Simone – who influenced one of music’s greatest legends.
Sing your way back to high school
March 31 to April 9
Tom Hendry Warehouse
Honey, whatcha waiting for? HEATHERS The Musical is based on the much-loved 1988 cult classic film and follows Westerburg High School senior Veronica Sawyer through her encounters with the original mean girls. Expect all the high school cliques, teen romance and yes, even murder. This musical production won over audiences in LA, NYC, and now Winnipeg!