Events Listings in ManitobaWhile 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. The farmers’ markets will be bursting with fresh produce and yummy treats, dinosaurs will be roaring in a museum and park near you, while 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 this week.

Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture

Manito Ahbee

May 17 to 21
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.

Walk with dinosaurs

Assiniboine Park's Dinosaurs Alive!

Assiniboine Park’s Dinosaurs Alive!

Opens May 18
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg

Lions may be the king of the jungle, but it’s the mighty dinosaur that will have the last roar this summer. Assiniboine Park Zoo takes its visitors back to prehistoric times with Dinosaurs Alive!® Explore the zoo’s forested path where 16 life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs will be on exhibit. For the budding paleontologist, there will also be dig and excavation sites.

Revisit prehistoric times

Manitoba Museum

Opens May 19
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

If 16 life-sized dinosaurs just isn’t enough, then head on over to the Manitoba Museum’s newly renovated Alloway Hall for its World’s Giant Dinosaurs exhibit. This exhibit will feature a collection of some of the largest dinosaurs ever. There will be fossils, casts, videos and robotics to help you envision just what a world filled with dinosaurs looked like.

Shop a market or two

As the weather warms up, the markets are beginning to heat up. Here are six great ones for you to check out:

May 19 & 20
Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg

It’s the first of its kind in the city, but hopefully not the last. It’s the perfect excuse for some family time and a great opportunity to support local artisans. The Winnipeg Night Market opens at 5 p.m. and closes at midnight.

May 19 to 21
Blacknot Farm, St. Andrews

If you’re already out and about, then you might as well be On the Way to the Lake Artisans Fair.

May 20
St. Norbert, Winnipeg

Shop the family friendly St. Norbert Outdoor Farmers’ Market and chat with local farms and artisans while munching on baked treats.

May 20
Recreation Centre, Winnipeg Beach

Explore the crafts and other items of the Winnipeg Beach Recreation Centre’s local market.

May 20
Recreation Centre, Onanole

Shop regional and local goods, arts, farm produce and bakes goods At the Farm Gate Spring Market.

May 20
District Museum, Lac du Bonnet

Visit the museum open house and stop by the Lac du Bonnet Farmers’ Market for a few treats.

Experience the works of Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, WAG

Pablo Picasso, Cannes, France, 1956 in Cannes, France

WAG, Winnipeg

Spend the summer with Pablo Picasso. From his drawings to his paintings, watercolours and prints, Pablo Picasso’s impact on 20 Century art is undeniable. And for a limited time, you have the chance to witness his mastery at the Vollard Suite of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Gear up with Pembina Threshermen’s Museum

Pembina Threshermen Museum

May 15
Pembina Threshermen’s Museum, Winkler/Morden

Pembina Threshermen’s Museum invites you to its 49th anniversary celebration sharing history and old-fashioned fun. Find out what life was like in a pioneer town and see antique machinery and a historic village.

Hit a rural art exhibit


May 15 to 20
Watson Art Centre, Dauphin

When was the last time you hit a rural art show? Local, original art will be the focus of the Watson Art Centre’s two exhibits The Manitoba Landscape and Through Our Eyes with local artists David Yeo, Terry Maxwell, and Tim Greig.

Witness nature come alive in art

Neon Forest Mon Autre Amelie Laurence Fortin

Neon Forest Mon Autre Amelie Laurence Fortin website

May 15 to 21
CCFM, Winnipeg

Inspired by the sheer force of nature and the wilderness, four female artists, Isabelle Demers, Amélie Laurence Fortin, Jacinthe Loranger, Fanny Mesnard, come together to present Other – Alter Ego at centre culturel franco-manitobain.

Reflect on Flanders

Fort la Reine Fighting in Flanders

May 15 to 21
Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie

Explore the powerful exhibit Fighting in Flanders. Gas. Mud. Memory. at the Fort la Reine Museum as it honours Canadian soldiers from the Second Battle of Ypres, which led to the creation of the poem “In Flanders Fields” during the first World War.

Be enraptured by a concierto

Cellist Asier Polo

Cellist Asier Polo Facebook page

May 16
Westminster United Church, Winnipeg

Join the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra as it presents leading cellist Asier Polo in his third performance at the Westminster United Church. Polo will play two modern Spanish works Granados’ Intermezzo de Goyescas and Rodrigo’s Concierto in modo galante.

Network at Vision Quest

May 16
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

Now in its 21st year, the Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show provides the perfect setting for networking, exploring partnerships and opportunities, and purchasing one-of-a-kind creations. This year’s presenters include Kyle Nobess and Adam Beach who will also be available for a meet and greet at the RBC Convention Centre.

Discover the aviation breakthroughs of pioneers

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

May 16, 18, 20 & 21
Royal Aviation Museum, Winnipeg

The 1920s and 30s may have proved challenging for early explorers and settlers of Manitoba, but no sky or distance was too cold or too far to stop innovation that saw inventors and engineers make breakthroughs and advances in cold-weather technology. Discover for yourself just how far we’ve come with a visit to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada for its May Guided Tour.

Explore past and present connections

Urban Shaman Becca Taylor exhibit

Urban Shaman Becca Taylor exhibit

May 16 to 20
Urban Shaman, Winnipeg

Explore the connection between the physical and the ancestral beings, the land and communities in Traces, an exhibit at the Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery by artist, Becca Taylor.

Watch a comedian bring down the house

Comedian Angelo Tsarouchas

Comedian Angelo Tsarouchas Facebook page

May 16 to 20
Rumor’s Comedy Club

It may be a while since Canadian native Angelo Tsarouchas has lived this side of the border after gaining success in the comedy arenas of Hollywood, but that doesn’t mean he can’t bring his one-man show home. Get ready for five unforgettable nights of laughter when Tsarouchas will bring down the Rumor’s Comedy Club.

Get a second serving of Twin Fiddle Express

Twin Fiddle performers Scott Woods and Kendra Norris. Scott Woods

Twin Fiddle performers Scott Woods and Kendra Norris. Scott Woods Facebook page.

May 17
William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie

Canadian Fiddle Champion Scott Woods was so entertaining the last time he performed that he’s coming back to the William Glesby Centre for a second round, along with his sister Kendra Norris, for Twin Fiddle Express.

Celebrate May and working people

MayWorks Festival

MayWorks Artwork by Ricardo Levens Morales

May 17
The Ukranian Labour Temple, Winnipeg

Celebrate working people and their contributions all month long at the MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts. The multi-disciplinary festival, which was inspired by the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike focuses on working class themes and features artwork produced by artists and workers that depict their lives and struggles. For more details on the month-long celebration, check out the MayWorks calendar.

Three’s a charm at Burton Cummings

May 17, 18, & 19
Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg

They say good things happen in threes and if the lineup at Burton Cummings Theatre is any indication, then it must be true. For three nights in a row, there will be performances by Grammy-nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, Canada’s first spaceship commander, Colonel Chris Hadfield who will share a selection of stories, images, songs and ideas that celebrate Canada’s 150th, and American comedian Bill Burr, who is known for his work on Chappelle’s Show.

Gain deeper insights into Métis culture

May 18
Louis Riel Institute, Winnipeg

Take a journey through Métis history and culture with Louis Riel Institute on a family friendly guided bus tour that will touch on themes of the Battle of Seven Oaks, the Red River Resistance, Riel House, River Road and more.

Celebrate fantasy, fiction and fandom at Keycon


Keycon Facebook page

May 19 to 21
Radisson Hotel, Winnipeg

Do zombies fascinate you? Is the series Artemis Fowl among your favourite reads? Then Keycon might just be the place for you this weekend, where all things fantasy, fiction and fandom will be celebrated at the Radisson Hotel.

Celebrate with Birtle


May 19 to 21
Community Hall, Birtle

Celebrate 11 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 be a pancake breakfast and lots of other events. Call 204-842-5212 for further information.

Have lunch with the locals

Whitemouth Municipal Museum

Whitemouth Municipal Museum

May 20
Whitemouth Municipal Museum, Whitemouth

Be a part of 150 celebrations at Whitemouth Municipal Museum as Canadian heritage and Eastern Manitoba takes centre stage. Guests are invited to tour the museum, discover the tales of yesteryear, and lunch with the locals.

Get your breathe taken away by a pow wow

May 20 & 21
Various venues, Winnipeg

As 800 dancers descend upon the province, you get the chance to experience the breathtaking ritual of pow wow during the Manito Ahbee Festival.

Evening cruise anyone?

 Brandon & Area Car Enthusiasts

May 18, 21
Rosser Avenue, Brandon
Tavern United, Winnipeg

If vintage cars, trusty old trucks and old-school motorcycles are your kind of thing, then you’ve got two opportunities to travel down memory lane. On May 18, head to Brandon’s Cruise Night where the antiques will be on display. If you happen to be in Winnipeg set your cruise sights on Regent Avenue for the Cruisin’ the Peg event.

Learn about wetlands and biodiversity

Oak Hammock Marsh wetlands

Oak Hammock Marsh website

May 20 to 22
Oak Hammock Marsh, 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

May 21
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, free day of watching and cheering on your favourite drivers in a race to the finish line at the Gimli Motorsports Park.

Live dangerously on the Prairie Dog

Prairie Dog Central

May 21
Prairie Dog Central, Winnipeg

Climb aboard the Prairie Dog Central for a journey like no other. The Great Train Robbery takes you on a dangerous ride with Bonnie and Clyde as the steam locomotive attempts a trip to Grosse Isle. Passengers also get to chance to explore the beautifully restored Heritage Village and indulge in a few treats, followed by live music by Fire and Ice.

Fish for free


May 22
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

If you’ve never tried your hand at fishing, then perhaps FortWhyte Alive’s free fishing event is the perfect place to start. With open water season now open, it’s as good a time as any to find out exactly what species are lurking in Winnipeg’s waters. For a listing of all of FortWhyte Alive’s events, visit the website.

Pet a pony at the races


May 22
Assiniboia Downs, Winnipeg

Live horseracing isn’t just about the thoroughbreds, there are ponies too! This family friendly event also includes bouncy castles and a petting zoo.