This week, Wednesday, to be very specific, will mark the first day of spring! We simply can’t wait to welcome it! Now, we’re looking forward to brilliant blooms and all the shades of greenery. And just in time for spring’s birthday is this week’s list of what’s hot in Manitoba. Here we go…

Shop a brand new artisan market

The Goat Artisan Market

March 23 and 24
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

Mark your calendars for The GOAT Artisan Market, the Manitoba Museum’s inaugural local artisan market. This market will feature creators from across the province with activities that the entire family can enjoy.

Celebrate spring with a new play

Royal MTC 2019

opens March 20
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. The latest Royal MTC production will mark the beginning of spring at the John Hirsch Mainstage.

See one of ballet’s oldest productions

COPPELIA: A Comedy with Love
March 21 and 23
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
Flin Flon Community Hall, Flin Flon

Canada’s Ballet Jorgen’s is celebrating its 31st season with the beloved comedy COPPELIA: A Comedy with Love. One of the world’s oldest productions, Coppelia is a daring and hilarious story that takes delves into the mysterious mind of Dr. Coppelius, a lonely and disillusioned toy maker who wishes he could bring a perfect doll to life. One-day shows only in Brandon and Flin Flon.

Celebrate human rights and Mandela

Mandela: Struggle for Freedom at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has been honouring the memory and legacy of Nelson Mandela with a riveting exhibit. Mandela: Struggle for Freedom looks at Mandela’s life and his efforts to end apartheid.

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.

Get cozy at a concert

Piper Hayes and Annie Sumi - Café on Prince, Portage la Prairie

March 18
Café on Prince, Portage la Prairie

Piper Hayes and Annie Sumi are set to bring their musical talent to Portage la Prairie for a live event at Café on Prince.

Take in some lively jazz sounds

mardi jazz - USB Band

March 19
centre culturel franco-manitobain, St-Boniface

Celebrate the arrival of spring at centre culturel franco-manitobain and this week’s edition of mardi jazz. You can look forward to a lively evening with the USB Band.

Have a knit and a nosh

Across the Board Game Café

March 19
Across the Board Game Café, Winnipeg

Across the Board Game Café is doing what it does best: combining fun pastimes with good company and great food. Take your love for knitting, nosh, and lively conversation there this Tuesday.

Have a few laughs at Rumor’s

comedian Chris “CP” Powell

March 19 to 23
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg

Looking for a good way to release after a stressful day? Rumor’s Comedy Club is bringing the laughs this week with comedian Chris “CP” Powell.

Enjoy a wry Icelandic film

Under the Tree - Winnipeg Cinematheque

March 20 and 23
Winnipeg Cinematheque

Some of the most gripping foreign films can be found at Winnipeg Cinematheque and the theatre is teaming up with Gimli Film Festival for the presentation of the Icelandic film, Under the Tree, a wry film rife with dark Icelandic humour.

Have a Handsome laugh

Handsome Daughter

March 21
Handsome Daughter, Winnipeg

The Handsome Daughter is hosting its open mic comedy night this Thursday. There is no cover charge to attend this event.

Head to Selkirk for a local market

shop local market

March 21
Gwen Fox Gallery, Selkirk

The Bud & Bloom Artisan Market is on this week at the Gwen Fox Gallery in Selkirk. All products will be of the “make it, bake it, or grow it” variety.

Learn all about the northern lights

Oak Hammock Marsh northern lights

March 21 and 23
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Fascinated by the northern lights? Head to Oak Hammock Marsh and learn a few of the secret that scientists are discovering about this phenomenon. There will be an indoor presentation followed by an outdoor observation session on the rooftop. Oak Hammock Marsh will also be hosting a movie event this week that’s perfect for the entire family.

Enjoy some catchy beats

singer Morocco-born prairie girl, Faouzia

March 22
WECC, Winnipeg

Morocco-born prairie girl, Faouzia is the musical powerhouse featured on the song “Battle” by well-known DJ David Guetta. Now, she is taking her catchy pop rhythms and heartfelt lyrics to the West End Cultural Centre on Friday night and you get the chance to see her in action.

Put on your tartan for the Scottish Fest

Winnipeg Scottish Festival Committee

March 23
University of Winnipeg

Join the Winnipeg Scottish Festival Committee as it celebrates Scottish Heritage in Manitoba. The festival will feature the best bagpipers and drummers competing in solo events and musicians from across the prairies, British Columbia, Ontario, Minnesota and North Dakota.

Enjoy a comedic French play

Cercle Moliere Que-faire-dAlbert

ends March 23
Théâtre Cercle Molière, Winnipeg

The creator of Et que ça saute !, Danielle Séguin-Tétreault, is back with her latest production Que Faire d’Albert. This comedic play follows an eighty-something-year-old widower whose daughter proposes to put him into a home, an idea Albert is quite opposed to. Que Faire d’Albert finishes its run at Cercle Molière this week.

Have a taste of France in Morden

The curved porch, all lit up at Bella's Castle, in Morden

March 23
Bella’s Castle, Morden

If you can’t make it to France, then let France come to you. Bella’s Castle continues its international dinner nights, with this week’s dinner featuring some of the best in French cuisine.

Feel alive at FortWhyte

FortWhyte Alive in the Woods

March 23
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

Winter is coming to an end, but before it does, celebrate what’s left of the season with FortWhyte Alive. Head out on a nature-inspired snowshoe experience.

Get fishing at a derby


March 23
Narrows West Lodge Inc., The Narrows

Ice fishing season will soon be winding down, so if you haven’t had a chance to get out on the ice as yet, the Lake Manitoba Narrows Game and Fish Ice Fishing Derby is a great option to plug into your calendar. Cash prizes are up for grabs.

Swing dance in the Exchange

Swing dance at Ted Motyka Dance Studio

March 23
Ted Motyka Dance Studio, Winnipeg

The 50s are back with a swing in its step this Saturday and every Saturday at the Ted Motyka Dance Studio. If you love dancing – swing dancing in particular – then head to the Exchange District for the Saturday Swing Out where you can dance the night away to some of the music that shaped history.

Learn the secrets of open-fire brewing

open-fire brewing - FortWhyte Alive

March 24
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

FortWhyte’s resident beer master is letting you in on his secret to making unique beer with local ingredients. Join Barret Miller at the cozy cabin in the woods for this open-fire brewing session. Don’t forget to bring along your ID!

Track the path of the monarch

Monarch butterfly generic image

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New Iceland Heritage Museum Inc., Gimli

The New Iceland Heritage Museum Inc continues its exciting exhibit, which 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.