While many of our events this week happen to land on April 1, rest assured, none of them are April Fools pranks. There is however, tons of fun to be had at each and every one of these events. Let your heart leap along with the equestrians at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, or tap into your silly side at the Festival of Fools. And if you need to clear some of your schedule to enjoy one or more of these activities, take a peek at our spring break blog post for some ideas on how to keep the kids occupied! Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Have home-grown fun at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair
March 27 to April 1
Keystone Centre, Brandon
The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is back for another year – and with it comes the best in agriculture, local food and equestrian competitions that the country has to offer. It is, in fact, the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and equestrian competition in Manitoba, where families return year after year to join in on the action.
Feast upon a festival
March 25 to 31
The Festival of Fools is making a return to The Forks Market. If you’ve never taken the kids to this event, now’s your chance. This family-friendly festival is free of charge and runs for seven days. All you need to do is pick one…or all, if you feel so inclined. Kids will be treated to a spectacle of jugglers, clowns, acrobats, swinging trapeze acts and circus workshops, not to mention lots of laughs.
Forget mad, get bitter
On until April 8
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
Dumped by the guy you thought was your knight in shining armor? Forget crying about it. Rather, gather three of your best friends for moral support and sing your way to brighter, bitter days. Bittergirl: The Musical continues its hilariously relatable run at John Hirsch Mainstage this week.
Celebrate Cannes Lions creativity with an Encore
Mar 24 to 30
If you missed the Winnipeg premiere of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Cannes Lions, you can enjoy it this time around as the gallery presents Cannes Lions Encore, a special screening of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Celebrate award-winning commercials and the creativity of those selected from over 30,000 entries around the globe.
Unearth the past
Trek out to Morden to see the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada. If you like dinosaurs or sea monsters you will love “Bruce” and “Suzy” two gigantic mosasaurs, the fiercest of all the marine reptiles. Bruce is bigger than a T-Rex and just as scary. It’s because of these two that the Cretaceous seas were considered the most dangerous of all time.
Go retro at the Comic Con & Sci-Fi Expo
April 1 to 2
RBC Convention Centre
If you like music, movies, comic books, art, video games, toys and the 90s – head to the RBC Convention Centre this weekend for the Manitoba Comic Con & Sci-Fi Expo! Previously known as the Pop Culture Expo, the Manitoba Comic Con & Sci-Fi Expo is a more intimate version of the C4 Comic Con that occurs every October in Winnipeg. This year’s guests include Tom Cook, and Destiny Nikelsen.
Have fun-filled camp days
Various dates and locations
If your kids enjoy the day camp experience, we have at least three fun-filled and event-packed ones for them to choose from. From March 26 to April 1, the Children’s Museum has a full roster of events that will keep your kid’s minds and bodies active with creative indoor and outdoor activities and geared towards discovery and interaction. If you’re dropping by there is also a great program lineup that kids are guaranteed to enjoy. Kids can also let loose at Assiniboine Park’s Spring Break Zoo Camp from March 27 to 31. There’s an activity for just about every day to keep your kids happy.
Have the time of your life
March 21 to April 2
Centennial Concert Hall
No one puts baby in a corner! Dirty Dancing hits the Centennial Concert Hall stage from March 21 to April 2, bringing with it passionate romance and of course, plenty of electrifying dancing. Expect to hear hits like “Hungry Eyes”, “Hey Baby” and the iconic “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”.
Dive into the slush cup
Why not don a costume and dive into a pit of slushy ice water? Such is a tradition at the Slush Cup of Asessippi Resort, where there are prizes for the best costume, biggest splash and the coolest style.
Immerse yourself in a theatrical performance
On until April 15
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
Widower Jake has given up everything and made all the sacrifices in an attempt to be the best caretaker to his disabled son, Joey. But as Joey enters adolescence and disaster strikes, the question is raised: Who is taking care of who? This fast-paced dark comedy examines the theme of how and why we care for the people we love.
Scavenge and hunt
Not only is it spring break, it’s also the time of year where kids venture out in search of Easter’s little gifts: eggs! On April 1, FortWhyte Alive will hold its annual scavenger hunt where kids roam the grounds in search of eggs while also exploring the natural world to see how many wonders they can find.
Dig (or browse) for treasure
March 23 to 26
Be dazzled as you peruse through 10,000 square feet of rare rocks, crystals, fossils and exotic minerals from all over the world at the Manitoba Rock and Mineral Show & Sale. The event is FREE and includes demonstrations, jewelry making classes, lapidary demos and more.
Pass through time via embroidery
On until April 15
Daly House Museum, Brandon
Kaleidoscope: Embroidery Through the Ages is a tribute to the art of embroidery in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Look close to see the fine and timeless art of embroidery and how it has evolved over the last 150 years to become more and more personalized and artistic.
Sit back and enjoy a film fest
March 31 to April 1
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Are you a skating, surfing or snowboarding enthusiast? All of the above? If so, don’t miss the Border X Film Fest happening at the Winnipeg Art Gallery this weekend, where films like The Legend of Eddie Aidau, Skateboarding in Pine Ridge and Northern Grease will make it to the big screen. Entry is free!
See oddities in the Sam Waller Museum
Pas Community Courthouse, The Pas
Housed in the oldest brick building in northern Manitoba (built in 1916), the must-see Sam Waller Museum houses exhibits related to natural history and northern culture, along with oddities such as costumed fleas collected by late naturalist, teacher and taxidermist, Waller. Visit the Susan MacCharles Gallery from February 4 to March 30 to see STUFF: The Artwork of Linda Munro.