Do you know what tomorrow is? It’s the first day of spring! And while winter has been great strolling through Ice Castles and dining on a frozen river and skating on every frozen surface possible, it’s time to bid our fair friend adieu. Now, we’re looking forward to blooms and greenery, and just in time for spring’s birthday is this week’s list of what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Set a date with adventure at the Royal Aviation Museum

Royal Aviation Museum Canadair CL-215-Water Bomber or Super Scooper-Water Bomber or Super Scooper

Royal Aviation Museum, Winnipeg

This spring break, bring the entire family to see the iconic Canadair CL-215, also known as the Water Bomber or Super Scooper at the Royal Aviation Museum. This was the first aircraft in the world designed specifically for fighting forest fires. Climb aboard our flight deck to see them up close, or take a guided tour. The adventure waits!

Warm your heart with a feel-good story

Royal MTC_Tom Hendry Warehouse_Di and Viv and Rose

March 19 to 24 & March 22
Tom Hendry Warehouse & John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

We’ve all had our experiences with friendships; some of which endure the test of time. Royal MTC now brings the feel-good story of three friends, Di and Viv and Rose, to the Tom Hendry Warehouse stage, which is filled with humour, sentiment and heartwarming themes of life and love.

Some measure of dysfunction runs at the heart of almost every family. In Royal MTC’s latest production, The Humans, you should 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.

Say hello to spring in the Design Quarter

The Design Quarter Winnipeg Market, Exchange District

March 24
Hut K Space, Exchange District

The Design Quarter Winnipeg Market is saying goodbye to winter and welcoming spring with an immersive, interactive pop-up experience, which will give the public a glimpse into what the Design Quarter is all about. Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring! also gives visitors the opportunity to explore the District and all of its potential.

Attend two exhibits in one outstanding evening

Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery

March 19 to 24
Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, Winnipeg

The Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery is currently exhibiting the works of two incredible artists, Faye Hall (Seven Whole Days) and Anthony Chiarella (Poetical Movement within Art). There is no charge to attend either exhibit, but donations are welcome.

Have a few laughs at Rumor’s

Rumor’s Comedy Club

March 20 to 24
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 Winnipeg Comedy Fest favourite Ryan Ash and Comedy Cellar regular, Phil Hanley.

Enter the walls of an asylum play

The Black Hole Theatre Company

March 21
Gail Asper Performing Arts Hall, Winnipeg

The Black Hole Theatre Company is bringing its final production of the season to the mainstage to the Gail Asper Performing Arts. The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum Charenton weaves its way through the walls of the Charenton Asylum in France in 1808, where French nobleman and eccentric Marquis de Sade has written and is staging a dramatization of the assassination of political writer Jean-Paul Marat by the rebel Charlotte Corday. As the patients of the asylum get into their roles, the play quickly devolves and threatens the continued existence of the asylum.

Sing along with some wannabe Spice Girls

Spice Girls Tribute Band _William Glesby Centre

March 22
William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie

Take a journey back to the 90s with the Spice Girls Tribute Band as they make their way to the William Glesby Centre for a night of nostalgia, glitter and girl power.

Support a pop-up arts and crafts market

Churchill Creative CollectiveMarch 23
Churchill Creative Collective, Churchill

The Churchill Creative Collective is highlighting local talent with a pop-up arts and crafts market this week. Look out for unique handmade items, photography prints and canvases, as well as moccasins and jewelry.

Get ready for spring at APC

The Manitoba Orchid Society

March 23 to 25
Assinboine Park Conservatory, Winnipeg

The Manitoba Orchid Society is putting on a show for spring at the Conservatory. There will be information sessions, a judging competition, and a variety of orchid species, hybrids, and growing supplies on sale.

Get inspired at a lake and cabin show

Cottage Country’s Winnipeg Lake and Cabin Show

March 23 to 25
Red River Exhibition, Winnipeg

Spring is just around the corner and so are the weekend retreats to the cottages and cabins. Before you pack up the vehicle and head out, check out the Cottage Country’s Winnipeg Lake and Cabin Show at Red River Ex for some inspiration for your own little perch.

Introduce your kids to a new form of communication

Manitoba Theatre for Young PeopleMarch 23 & 25
Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Winnipeg

If your kids can never quite sit still, enjoy interaction, dance and climbing walls, MTYP has the show that’s just right for them. Tetris explores the manner in which people connect and communicate with one another using dance as its vehicle.

Put on your tartan for the Scottish Fest

Winnipeg Scottish Festival Committee

March 23 to 25
Canad Inn Destination Centre, Polo Park

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.

Get fishing at a derby


March 24
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.

Make your garden more inviting

Oak Hammock Marsh

March 24 & 25
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Considering ways to make your garden more inviting to wildlife during the spring and summer months? Oak Hammock Marsh has a few great ideas and will be sharing them in a two-day workshop. There you will learn how to attract birds, butterflies, and even bats to your garden with nesting structures.

Listen to the raw sound of Raine


March 24
WECC, Winnipeg

She may be only 5 ft. tall, but singer-songwriter and guitarist-violinist Raine Hamilton packs a punch with her powerful, raw sound. This weekend, she will be performing music from her latest album Night Sky at the West End Cultural Centre.

Be amazed by your province’s beauty

Golden Prairie Arts Council

Golden Prairie Arts Council, Carman

Let the beauty of our province capture you at the photographic exhibition, Expanding Horizons. Head to the Golden Prairie Arts Council where photographer Roxanne Fjeldsted will be displaying some of her stunning images of the province over the next month.