The weather reports are looking promising with temperatures in the pluses being forecast all week long. And it couldn't be better timing with some exciting things happening in the province. The Hermetic Code reopens this week, the theatres are abuzz with great productions, and the Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival and the Winnipeg Comedy Fest will also be in full swing. Take a look at what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Start spring shopping at the Outlet Collection

Outlet Collection Winnipeg_Corridor

Outlet Collection Winnipeg

Kick off spring with some retail therapy at Manitoba’s only outlet shopping centre. With over 100 fashion and outlet brands, there’s something for everyone from the blog-worthy fashionista to the bargain-hunting mum of two. Visiting from out of town? Pick up a brochure from Guest Services for exclusive shopping rewards.

Unlock the mysteries of the occult

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begins April 11
Manitoba Legislative Building Main Entrance, Winnipeg

For the Dan Brown fans, 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.

Fill your week with a laughter fest

Winnipeg Comedy Festival

April 9 to 15, various venues, Winnipeg
April 13, Morris MultiPlex, Morris

Canada’s funniest comics converge on the city and Morris for seven full days of stand-up, sketch, and improvisational comedy. Choose your comedy event from a lineup of over 80 comics.

Explore themes about nature at an exhibit

Urban Shaman Gallery_Roots Above Branches

April 10
Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg

Explore the themes of identity, individual perspectives, and our connection to the land at the Urban Shaman’s latest exhibit, Roots Above Branches. This exhibit will feature the works of six recent University of Manitoba, School of Art Indigenous graduates.

Attend an exhibit of Winnipeg artists

Delights of the Soul art exhibit_Portage la Prairie

April 10 to 14
Portage & District Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie

The Portage & District Arts Centre will be exhibiting the works of five Winnipeg artists in Delights of the Soul: A Raft in the Storm, where each artist will bring their own style and perspective to the exhibit.

Attend an hilarious Irish comedy

Prairie Theatre Exchange

April 10 to 15
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

Belfast home care workers, Frances and Loretta, are responsible for the elderly Davy. When Davy, whose passions are for Frank Sinatra and betting on the ponies, suddenly passes away, he leaves behind the temptation of an unclaimed, winning race ticket, which his cash-strapped carers see as their way out. Fly Me to the Moon is a typical Irish comedy and continues this week at the Prairie Theatre Exchange.

Watch a May-December romance unfold

Royal MTC_Tom Hendry Warehouse_Heisenberg

opens April 12
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

There’s something a bit off about the May-December relationship between the 75-year-old British butcher, Alex, and the 40-something American, Georgie. But there’s also something that has drawn this couple together and as the romance blossoms, and things get cozy, Georgie’s ask of a favour leaves Alex questioning her motives. The Royal MTC’s latest production, Heisenberg, opens on April 12 at the Tom Hendry Warehouse.

Dance under the Planetarium’s stars

The Manitoba Museum_Yuri’s Night_Planetarium

April 12
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

The Planetarium is bringing the house down with DJs, VJs, and dancing under the stars for its Yuri’s Night event. There will also be a sci-fi costume contest for a chance to win a real meteorite. Pizza and refreshments will be available in the Science Gallery while exploring the exhibits.

Be dazzled at a gem show

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

April 12 to 15
Red River Exhibition Park

The Canada Gem Show is bringing its amazing 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.

Let in the light and Latin rhythms of the Andino Suns

Andino Suns band

April 13
Community Centre, Pinawa

Pinawa is gearing up for an evening of melodies, harmonies and Latin music with the Andino Suns. The multi-instrumental group will be performing live for one night only at the community centre. 

Savour the tastes of the Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival

MapleFest tree taps

April 13 & 14
various venues, McCreary

The musical quartet Swamp Gas takes its talent to the McCreary Community Hall this weekend, as the town celebrates the Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival. Learn how maple syrup is made, tap a tree, and savour maple syrup-smothered pancakes.

Go vintage at Little Brown Jug

Little Brown Jug Winnipeg_The Growler Vintage Motorcycle Show

April 13 & 14
Little Brown Jug, Winnipeg

Grab your helmets and head to the Little Brown Jug this weekend for the two-day motorcycle show. Ox Motorcycles, Pow Wow Moto and Little Brown Jug are collaborating to bring The Growler Vintage Motorcycle Show, where the brew house will be bustling with great food, strong coffee, 1919 beer, local, handmade goods of a few hand-picked vendors, and vintage and custom motorcycles.

Shed some tears at a French play

Cercle Moliere_Avant l’archipel

April 14
Cercle Moliere, St. Boniface

The tears of Lénaïque La Magnifique give life to the dragon fruits and nourish the orchards, but when Lénaïque encounters Brévalaire Spectaculaire, it is love at first sight. As the couple spend more and more time together, the orchards suffer the loss of Lénaïque’s tears and begin to dry up. As Lénaïque cries once again to save the trees, she also cries for the love she has lost, transforming her peninsula into an island. Head to the Cercle Moliere for this one-night-only engaging production of Avant l’archipel.

Have a honky tonk time in Portage la Prairie

Manitoban Country music singer Quinton Blair

April 14
William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie

If honky tonk music is your thing, then look no further than Quinton Blair as he performs his very own repertoire of roots, outlaw, and throwback country in Portage la Prairie this weekend.

Turn back time in Manitou

REWiND band

April 14
Manitou Opera House, Manitou

Turn back time with the Manitou Opera House this weekend for the REWiND band as it brings the hits of the 50s, 60s, and 70s to life. For more details, email to Thor Thorleifson.

Be overcome by the passion and pain of La Traviata

Manitoba Opera_La Traviata

April 14
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

The passion and heartbreak of 1920s Paris comes to life at the Manitoba Opera this weekend in La Traviata. The classic tragedy is one of devotion and sacrifice, as the wealthy Alfredo and the ill-fated heroine, Violetta find true love, only to be separated by circumstance. La Traviata plays for one night at the Centennial Concert Hall.

Head to Virtuosi for Robert Cohen and Bach

Eckhardt-Gramatté _Cellist Robert Cohen

April 14
University of Winnipeg Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Winnipeg

The Virtuosi Concerts will bring the exceptional talents of cellist Robert Cohen to the Eckhardt-Gramatté stage this weekend with a performance of The Complete Bach Cello Suites.

Celebrate a Chopin Concerto

Brandon_pianist Alexander Tselyakov

April 14
Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Brandon

Renowned pianist Alexander Tselyakov takes centre stage at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall along with the Brandon Chamber Players for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21 in F Minor. On the Ivories with Alexander will play for only one night.

Meet The Humans

The Humans_John Hirsch Mainstage

ends April 14
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

Some measure of dysfunction runs at the heart of almost every family. In Royal MTC’s latest production, The Humans, expect nothing less. As the family descends on daughter Brigid’s New York duplex for Thanksgiving, they move through Grandma’s incoherence, Mom’s insecurities, and Dad’s secrets. After a few drinks, the conversation flows and secrets come to light showing us how human and relatable families can be.

Have an encounter with The Night King at Comic Con

Manitoba Comic Con_RBC Convention Centre

April 14 & 15
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

Manitoba Comic Con is bringing a more intimate version of its October show this April to the RBC Convention Centre. For those who just can’t wait, head to this weekend-long event where Richard Brake, known for his role as The Night King in the Game of Thrones will be on hand for photo-ops and signatures.

Indulge at an expo

Winnipeg Indulgence Expo_Assiniboia Downs

April 14 & 15
Assiniboia Downs, Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Indulgence Expo is on this weekend with a showcase of the best that the city has to offer. Make your way through gourmet foods, artisan alleys, beauty products, fitness equipment, pools, spas, micro breweries, boats and much more. There will also be live entertainment and prize giveaways.

Listen to fireside stories

FortWhyte Alive

April 15
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

Spend some time with the storytellers of FortWhyte as they share stories fireside and marshmallows for roasting.

Solve a murder at a manor mystery

Providence University College, Otterburne_The Mousetrap

April 15
Providence University College, Otterburne

The Mousetrap is set in the 1950s at the fledgling Monkswell Manor, which is run by young newlyweds Mollie and Giles Ralston. As the Ralstons open their doors for the first time to welcome guests, a terrible snowstorm ushers in each arrival, leading up to an odd series of events…and a murder. Head to Providence University College for its production of this Agatha Christie play.

Roast marshmallows at Oak Hammock

Oak Hammock

April 15
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

An open fire and marshmallows go hand in hand. Head to Oak Hammock Marsh this week for a good old-fashioned marshmallow roast and learn about the wetland plant that was roasted to produce a similar sweet sticky treat.