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. 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
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
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
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.
St. Norbert, Winnipeg
Shop the family friendly St. Norbert Outdoor Farmers’ Market and chat with local farms and artisans while munching on baked treats.
Recreation Centre, Winnipeg Beach
Explore the crafts and other items of the Winnipeg Beach Recreation Centre’s local market.
Recreation Centre, Onanole
Shop regional and local goods, arts, farm produce and bakes goods At the Farm Gate Spring Market.
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
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’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
May 15 to 21
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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, 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, 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
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
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.