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

Crimson + Twig 2018 Market

April 13
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

Manitoba Legislative Building

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

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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

Manitoba 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

Fort la Reine Museum Le Rideau

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

fish fry

April 8
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

April 9
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

Manitoba Opera The Barber of Seville

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

What to do with Albert - Prairie Theatre Exchange

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

CASATI music band

April 11
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

Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium - The Crucible

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

Red River Exhibition Park_Silver Cove’s Rock ‘n’ Gem Show Winnipeg

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

Fairmont Winnipeg Lounge happy hour

April 12
Fairmont Winnipeg

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

April 12
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

MapleFest tree taps

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

Winnipeg Cinematheque - The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

April 12 to 14
Winnipeg Cinematheque

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

Burrowing owl at La Riviere Raptor Festival

April 13
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

Fixed Stitches - The Kinship Studio workshops

April 13
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 Pop-up Market

April 14
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

tensions - Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba Brandon

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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

Monarch butterfly generic image

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.