The weather reports are looking promising with temperatures rising, even to the double digits! Sure there are reports of rain, but after a long winter, the rains are a welcome way to truly welcome spring and the melt. And it couldn't be better timing with some exciting things happening in the province. The Hermetic Code returns this week, pop-up markets are making an appearance, and the McCreary’s Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival is back as well. See for yourself what’s hot in Manitoba.
Shop a spring market
Masonic Lodge, Winnipeg
The Crimson + Twig 2019 Spring Market is on, but only for one day. The exciting market features only hand-crafted products and lots of ideas for the perfect gifts that takes the guesswork out of the equation.
Unlock a few mysteries of the occult
begins April 10
Manitoba Legislative Building Main Entrance, Winnipeg
The Hermetic Code Tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building is the perfect way to discover an architectural wonder while uncovering a few mysteries of the occult. Join Dr. Frank Albo as he takes guests on a journey unlike any other filled with intrigue at every turn.
Get a lesson in history at a play
ends this week
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
Rick Miller is back for the 2.0 of his multimedia hit BOOM with BOOM X. The one-man show will feature more than 100 characters over the period from Woodstock in 1969 to the early days of the internet in 1995. BOOM X ends its run at the John Hirsch Mainstage on Saturday.
Head to Comic Con
April 13 and 14
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg
Manitoba Comic and Pop Culture Expo is bringing a more intimate version of its October show to the RBC Convention Centre. For those who just can’t wait till then, head to this weekend-long event.
Clue your way out of a new escape room
begins April 8
Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie
Fort la Reine is launching its Escape le Rideau inside of an old railcar. This escape room has an interesting historical twist to it, which revisits the formation of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Feast at a fish fry
Burntwood Curling Club, Thompson
The Burntwood Curling Club is bringing back its Fish Fry Mondays starting today! Enjoy the company of friends and family, hearty meals and tasty desserts at the curling club.
Learn to make Easter eggs at a workshop
Constance Popp Chocolates, Winnipeg
Want to learn how to make your own Easter chocolate eggs? Chocolatier Constance Popp is offering a workshop where you can do just that.
Laugh at a Manitoba Opera production
April 9 and 12
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!
It’s one laugh after another in this crazy tale of close shaves, disguises, and hilarious antics as Figaro the barber saves the day for two young lovers. The opera made famous by Bugs Bunny, The Barber of Seville is on for three shows next month! Fun for all ages.
Enjoy a heartwarming comedy at PTE
previews April 10
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
Danielle Séguin-Tétreault’s latest production Que Faire d’Albert continues, this time in English at Prairie Theatre Exchange. What to do with Albert is a comedic play that follows an eighty-something-year-old widower whose daughter proposes to put him into a home, an idea Albert is quite opposed to. This production previews on Wednesday and continues throughout the week.
Enjoy a melodic trio
Avalon Theatre, Souris
The trio CASATI blends the sounds of folk and jazz. Take in their melodic harmonies on ukulele, guitar, double bass at the Souris Avalon Theatre.
Revisit an old play with an enduring message
April 11 to 13
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
Neelin Performing & Visual Arts Department will set Arthur Miller’s The Crucible to modern musical selections in its exploration of how accusations can hurt a person’s reputation. The three-night showing takes place at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium.
Be dazzled at a gem show
April 11 to 14
Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg
The Canada Gem Show is bringing its collection of stones, home decor, jewelry, mineral specimens, fossils, crystals and more to Winnipeg’s Red River Ex Park. The Silver Cove’s Rock ‘n’ Gem Show Winnipeg will run for four days.
Wet your whistle at the Fairmont Lounge
Looking for a new wind-down watering hole to get you ready for the weekend? The Fairmont Winnipeg Lounge is open for happy hour with highballs, wine, cocktails and a rotating selection of craft beer. And of course, no happy hour is complete without live entertainment!
Sip on wines and beer at Fort Gibraltar
Fort Gibraltar, Winnipeg
Fort Gibraltar and Cystic Fibrosis Canada invites you to dress in your best voyageur-chic outfit for its wine and beer tasting evening for a good cause.
Satisfy your sugar craving
April 12 and 13
various venues, McCreary
Check out McCreary’s Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival as it celebrates local producers, culture and heritage. You’ll learn all about how maple syrup is made, and you’ll even have the chance to tap a few trees.
Watch a documentary on Canada’s own Jane Goodall
April 12 to 14
Before Jane Goodall, there was Anne Innis Dagg, a then-23-year-old Canadian biologist who made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to become the first person in the world to study animal behaviour in the wild on that continent. The Woman Who Loves Giraffes shows an older, wiser Dagg where she began her journey more than half a century ago.
Alight at La Riviere Raptor Festival
Blair Morrison Hall, La Riviere
Birders, this is definitely your week. Get out and into your element at La Riviere Raptor Festival 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.
Pick up an old pastime as a new hobby
The Kinship Studio, Winnipeg
Fixed Stitches is offering a beginner workshop that will teach you the basics of hand embroidery, including preparing and stretching fabric, a few simple stitches, and finishing and framing.
Pop in at an artisan market
St. Norbert Community Centre, Winnipeg
Support local artisans and find something unique this weekend at the St. Norbert Pop-Up Market. Admission to this event is free.
Address tensions at an exhibit
continues this week
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon
The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is featuring work of artist Amy Malbeuf, which focuses on the nuanced portrait of Métis familial ties. tensions is an exhibit of tarps, bison hide, caribou hair, rabbit fur, beading, bear grease, inheritance, and quiet resistance.
Track the path of the monarch
continues this week
New Iceland Heritage Museum Inc., Gimli
The New Iceland Heritage Museum Inc. has an exciting exhibit that focuses on the monarch butterfly. On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly features micro-photographic images and aerial photographs of the flight and journey of these winged creatures from Canada to Mexico.