Spring has sprung, and Manitoba is breathing new life from every direction. The Forks is blooming with activities such Ring in Spring at our Visitor Information Centre and Agriculture in the City in The Forks Market. Every colour of the rainbow (especially green) come back to life for St. Patrick’s Day while fresh flavours (perfect for spring and summer BBQ) are making an appearance at the 2nd annual #LoveLocalMB. Goodbye winter, hello tulips and crisp spring mornings. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Sample food and beverages from local artisans
Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park
Taste, celebrate and buy local at the 3rd annual #LoveLocalMB event! Savour some delicious delectables by a few of Manitoba’s best food and beverage artisans while enjoying a fun and relaxing evening.
Drink the town green on St. Patrick’s Day
This St. Patrick’s Day, do as the leprechauns would do and take a tour of the province’s gold mines and awesome pubs! These mischief-makers are drawn to gold, lucky charms, rainbows and all things green, making Manitoba quite the destination for the Irish fairies. Here are our suggestions for a leprechaun’s tour of Manitoba, complete with St. Paddy’s Day pin ideas for this year’s celebrations!
Watch and discuss films on human rights issues
West End Cultural Centre
Explore and discuss human rights concerns at the M21 Human Rights Film Festival, which highlights the United Nations’ Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The festival features films such as One Gay City, Arctic Mosque and The Basketball Game.
Ring in spring with Travel Manitoba
March 18 to April 4
Visitor Information Centre, The Forks, Winnipeg
Ring in Spring with Travel Manitoba at the Visitor Information Centre in The Forks! Our brand new VIC will be decorated for the season with window paintings, flowers, bikes and more. Come by to check out displays from awesome tourist destinations across the province including FortWhyte Alive, Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Oak Hammock Marsh, Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Manitoba Museum. Demonstrations will take place March 19 and 20 from 10 am to 2 pm.
You won’t want to miss the most exciting event of the week – an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt taking place March 26th from 10 am to 2 pm! Kids are invited to hop into the VIC to pick up their Easter Scavenger Hunt form and embark on an epic hunt around the historic Forks site. Find the Easter Eggs hidden in The Forks and bring your completed form back to the VIC for a delicious prize from Chocolatier Constance Popp and The Almond Tree. Those who complete the hunt will also be eligible to enter to win our special Travel Manitoba Easter Basket. Thank you, Easter Bunny!
Experience the culture of northern Manitoba
March 11 to 27
Various venues, Churchill
Watch the skies dance and experience the culture, history and heritage of northern Manitoba at Aurora Winterfest. This annual event showcases traditional winter activities like snowshoe racing, dog mushing, snow carving, and also features local artists showcasing their skills in performances such as Aboriginal drumming, fiddling, square-dancing and jigging. Other events include a pie smash, fireworks, Northern Lights Talent Show and Parks Canada Trek to Prince of Wales Fort “Spirit of the Northwinds” celebration.
Mush your heart out
Race begins March 17
Gillam to Churchill
This week, the dogs will be ready to run at the annual Hudson Bay Quest Sled Dog Race, which celebrates the history of the early fur traders. Dog teams will test their mettle through forest and tundra, following a 330 km course spanning the edge of Wapusk Park (home to the western Hudson Bay’s polar bears) from Gillam to Churchill. A select section of the race is also run on the Churchill River.
Browse iconic cars from the past and present
March 18 to 20
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg
Rev up your engines, ’cause the 42nd annual Piston Ring World of Wheels returns this weekend! Enjoy three days filled with the finest Hot Rods, trucks and motorcycles – including the iconic VW Beetles, neon colours vehicles and more.
Tap into your childhood at a collectibles show
Remember when getting a new comic book was the best thing ever? Maybe it still is. Head to the Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport – Polo Park for the Winnipeg Comic & Collectible show, featuring tables of treasures from popular franchises such as Pokemon, Star Wars, Marvel and Lego. The Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza is taking place at the Viscount Gort Hotel, showcasing a great variety of dolls, teddy bears and dollhouse miniatures.
Set your sights to the stars
FortWhyte Alive’s 8th Annual Astronomy Dinner and Show is back, combining celestial mythology with a unique dining experience. The candlelit buffet dinner is followed by a wander onto the lakeside patio to watch the stars of the night sky. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will share wisdom on the science of the universe.
Catch a community film fest
The Legion, The Pas
Catch a community celebration of Indigenous filmmaking and Northern Peoples at Storytellers Film Fest! The festival features a program of short- and feature-length films of interest to northern and First Nations people.
Get jazzy in Brandon
March 17 to 19
Various venues, Brandon
Enjoy some toe-tapping, smile-inducing music this week at the Brandon Jazz Festival! Originating in 1983, the festival is an educational forum where young musicians perform and receive feedback on their playing and singing from top professional musicians as well as educators from across Canada and the United States.
Fish ’til you drop in Falcon Lake
West side of Falcon Lake
Cast your line through the ice to try your hand at winning big at the at the 12th annual Falcon Lake Winter Fish-off. There’s $40,000 in prizes to be won! Hot food and drinks will be served all day on the ice by Danny’s Whole Hog.
Discover agriculture in the city
March 18 to 19
The Forks Market, Winnipeg
Touch and taste what’s new in agriculture at Agriculture in the City. It’s a FREE, three-day event that offers the public a chance to explore the vibrant and innovative world of agriculture and its impact on our lives and well-being. There are interactive displays and live demonstrations taking place daily.
Watch robotic creations be put to the test
Tec Voc High School, Winnipeg
Watch Manitoba’s youngest mechanics, engineers, software designers, makers, and technicians put their robotic creations to the ultimate test at the Manitoba Robot Games. This friendly robotic competition pits students not only against each other, but against themselves. For months, teams of students have worked to design and build robots for their competition of choice. Admission is FREE.
Uncover the Myth of the Ostrich
March 9 to 26
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
Contrary to what the title of this play (or our feature image) might suggest, Myth of the Ostrich is not about an ostrich. The story begins with Pam arriving unannounced on single mom Holly’s doorstep, eager to discuss their teenagers’ blossoming romance. What follows is an unpredictable and bizarre afternoon and laugh-out-loud surprises. Vague much? Yes. But trust us when we say this play provides the perfect mix of comedy and wisdom.
Enter into a dynamic sonic experience at Cluster
March 12 to 20
Contemporary art and sound come to a head at Cluster, one of Canada’s most dynamic festivals of the arts. Artists gather at Cluster: New Music and Integrated Arts Festival to create, experiment and collaborate with the energy of converging artistic communities. Venues around Winnipeg host sonic experiences that will strike audiences in the heart and mind.
Be inspired by the women pioneers of aviation
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays | 2:00 pm
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
It was during the romantic age of flight when women began to spread their wings and take to the sky. But the freedom women found in flight was not unlimited, as they could not yet make it a career. It took women pioneers of aviation more than 50 years to push open all of the career cockpit doors. Head to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada to discover the first women who flew in war and those who even blasted off beyond our planet Earth.