While today may only be Monday, come Friday, you can count yourself extra lucky because it’s going to be an extra-long weekend. And in the build up to May long, there are always exciting things happening. For one, people will be gearing up to plant their gardens. Indigenous cultures will bring the city and surrounding areas to life in celebration of the Manito Ahbee Festival…all these things and more in the place where the Creator sits. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.
Welcome summer at St. Norbert Farmers’ Market
St. Norbert Farmers’ Market
The St. Norbert Farmers' Market will open for its summer season this Saturday. Meet over 100 local producers, at Manitoba's largest farmers' market. Everything sold at the market is made, baked and/or grown right here in Manitoba, making it a truly local market.
Mandela’s message still echoes at CMHR
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg
Artist Kal Barteski’s thought-provoking script and Mandela’s words come to life at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Get your hands on a copy of a journal or a small artwork print, which combines a powerful quote from Nelson Mandela and artwork by Barteski at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights boutique. Mandela: Struggle for Freedom continues at the museum into the summertime.
Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture
May 15 to 19
various venues, Winnipeg
Celebrate the arts, culture and music of Indigenous peoples in a festival unlike any other across Canada. Manito Ahbee Festival descends on the city and its environs for five days of events that the entire family can enjoy and discover together.
Indulge your taste buds at a pop-up dinner
San Vito Coffee House, Winnipeg
We’re giving you a full week’s head start on this event! MasterChef Canada contestant Chef Jonathan Rahim and his brother Jeremy of Good Buds Bakery and Catering will be hosting a hot-ticket pop-up dinner on Saturday, May 25. “A Night of Good Tapas” will celebrate the company’s one-year anniversary with great food, tasty drinks, live entertainment and a multi-course, tapas-style menu highlighting the bold flavours of Spain, the Caribbean and Latin America. Tickets include a welcome cocktail, 8 tapas-style courses and sweet endings. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; event begins at 7 p.m.
Head to ‘The Cottage’ for some comic relief
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
Royal MTC brings another great production to the John Hirsch Mainstage. The Cottage follows three siblings who must make a decision about the family cottage on the request of their ailing mother, but comically choose to do everything but focus on the task at hand. The Cottage continues until May 18.
Go on an anatomical safari
continues this week
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out is the Manitoba Museum’s latest exhibit that presents a fascinating and rare opportunity to see what’s under the skin of more than 100 animal specimens. Described as an anatomical safari, guests will experience the intricate biology of a variety of the world’s most spectacular creatures including an octopus, horse, reindeer, bull, camel, ostrich, giraffe, as well as a human.
Explore architecture and comics at an exhibit
May 13 to 17
Architecture+Comics: Canadian Cartoonists and the City continues this week. The exhibit continues until June 30 and features Canadian cartoonists and their exploration of cities, streets and buildings.
Run, bike and run some more at Birds Hill
Birds Hill Provincial Park
The WTC Birds Hill Duathlon Series, now in its 36th year, is on this Tuesday at Birds Hill Park. Bring the entire family along for a fun, friendly atmosphere of running, bike riding and some more running.
Challenge your brain
Wee Johnny’s, Winnipeg
Wee Johnny’s is launching Trivia Night starting this Tuesday and continuing every Tuesday night. Trivia Night kicks off at 8 p.m. with quizmaster host, Jeff Sinclair.
Get ‘Seussical’ and musical
May 15 to 18
Asper Centre for Theatre & Film, Winnipeg
For four days this week, Asper Centre for Theatre & Film will be featuring Seussical the Musical, an ode to the well-loved Dr. Seuss tales. This musical event is perfect for the entire family with themes of friendship, loyalty, love and community.
Learn something new about human behaviour
opens May 16
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon
Brandon’s art gallery is opening a brand new exhibit, which will feature Brandon University professor, Lisa Wood. Openings delves into the intricacies of socialization and behaviour. Exhibit opens on Thursday.
Evening cruise anyone?
May 16 and 18
Rosser Avenue, Brandon
Diner on 52, Steinbach
Head to Brandon’s Cruise Night this Thursday where the antiques will be on display. Meet up at Rosser Avenue. If you're up for another cruise night, Diner on 52 will be hosting a show ‘n’ shine event where a free ice cream treat will be offered to all who participate. There will also be a draw for the door prize.
Kick back at a Coen brothers film night
Every Thursday at 7 p.m., Forth will be showcasing its film favourites in the back café. The theme for May is the Coen Brothers.
Get your buds and blooms at a market
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.
Wet your whistle at the Fairmont Lounge
Looking for a new wind-down watering hole to get you ready for the long weekend? The Fairmont Winnipeg Lounge is open for happy hour with highballs, wine, cocktails and a rotating selection of craft beer.
Geek out at Keycon
May 17 to 19
Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown
Science fiction and fantasy go hand in hand and there’s no better place to get your fill than at Keycon, the premier event in the fans. Head to the Radisson Hotel where for an experience that includes writing, visual arts, television and film, among other points of interest.
Celebrate with Birtle
May 18 and 19
Community Hall, Birtle
Celebrate 12 years of the Annual Birdtail Valley Pasture Pickin’ Jamboree with Birtle this weekend. You can look forward to traditional country, gospel, and bluegrass music. There will also be a pancake breakfast and lots of other events. Call 204-842-5212 for further information.
Feast at FOOD TRIP!
May 18 and 19
Tyndall Park Community Centre, Winnipeg
There’s no better way to celebrate diversity than with food. FOOD TRIP! celebrates Filipino culture and its dishes, grilled entrees and delicacies. Make your way to Tyndall Park for this feast.
Learn about wetlands and biodiversity
May 18 to 20
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Stonewall
It’s a weekend of wildlife, wetlands and biodiversity at Oak Hammock Marsh. Learn all about the wetlands, feed a few critters and take in a wildlife movie while you’re there.
Live life in the fast lane
Gimli Motorsports Park, Gimli
Get geared up for Race Day in Gimli! For one day, you get to live in the fast lane and enjoy a fun day of watching and cheering on your favourite drivers in a race to the finish line at the Gimli Motorsports Park.