This week will be a bit of a short one, thanks to the long weekend, which, hopefully, we all took some time to enjoy. Usually a short week means there’s a bit more to get done in a shorter space of time, but hustle and bustle we must, and taking a moment to stop and enjoy a few awesome happenings should also be a must. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

Take on the Poutine Trail Challenge

Poutine Trail Challenge

now through September
various locations

Need an excuse for a road trip? How about a poutine challenge? Discover the French flavour of the region by visiting some of Manitoba’s bilingual communities! The first person to take a selfie and tag @poutinetrail in all eight participating eateries will win bragging rights and a sweet Poutine Trail hat! Plan your challenge trip today!

RWB puts Spotlight on its young performers

Spotlight Primary RWB School PD Students Photo by Kristen Sawatzky

May 23 to 25
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

From marshmallows to tennis balls, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division’s year-end production is unlike anything audiences have seen before. Running from May 23 to25 at the John Hirsch Mainstage of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Spotlight features nearly 100 student performers over 90 minutes performing excerpts from beloved classical story ballets and original works. This brilliant group of young dancers will capture audience’s hearts with their dedication, talent, and spirit.

Explore Winnipeg during Doors Open

Doors Open Winnipeg

May 25 and 26
various venues, Winnipeg

Doors Open Winnipeg invites you to explore some of Winnipeg’s most fascinating buildings on free weekend walking tour. History and architecture lovers won’t be disappointed.

Show some Pride

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begins May 24
various venues, Winnipeg

With a week full of activities that showcase LGBTTQ diversity and community, the Pride Festival brings together peoples from all walks of life. Activities include a flag raising at City Hall, sports tournaments, barbecues, art shows, live entertainment across the city, and much more.

Indulge your taste buds at a pop-up dinner

A Night of Good Tapas

May 25
San Vito Coffee House, Winnipeg

Former 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 this Saturday. “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.

Get the kids stuck on TapeScape

Tapescape exhibit at Manitoba Children's Museum

continues this week
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg

This summer, take the kids to the Children’s Museum for the TapeScape experience, a unique play environment and creative art installation, custom-designed by artist Eric Lennartson.

Hit the Jewish Film Fest

Jewish Film Fest 2019

opens May 21
Rady JCC, Winnipeg

The Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival is on this week at the Rady JCC in the Berney Theatre. The festival will feature over 30 screenings, an opening night reception, and much more.

Learn something new about human behaviour

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba Lisa Wood exhibit

continues this week
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.

Have a luxurious night in support of a good cause

Fairmont Winnipeg Earth Day Initiative

continues this week
Fairmont, Winnipeg

Looking for the ideal weekend staycation? Fairmont Winnipeg has the perfect opportunity to do just that and all for a worthy cause. As part of its Earth Day Initiative, Fairmont launched its Save Our Polar Bear campaign, where, from now into August, the hotel is offering its Fairmont’s Journey to Churchill package.

Explore architecture and comics at an exhibit

Winnipeg Architecture

continues this week
Winnipeg Architecture

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.

Delve into perspectives from India to Canada

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continues this week
WAG, Winnipeg

Vision Exchange is Manitoba’s first major exhibition celebrating contemporary artists with roots in India. From videos and multi-media to paintings and drawings, see over 100 pieces by 20 leading artists from India and Canada.

Have a brush with books and art

Winnipeg Art Gallery Books and Brushes

May 21
WAG, Winnipeg

Head to the Winnipeg Art Gallery for a fun and informative discussion on artwork and books related to them.

Get your jazz fix

Winnipeg Jazz Collective

May 21
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, St. Boniface

Mardi Jazz is on again and this time, the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain will host the Winnipeg Jazz Collective, which features 10 of Manitoba’s best emerging jazz musicians performing original and contemporary compositions from Canadian jazz composers.

Run, bike and run some more at Birds Hill

WTC Birds Hill Duathlon Series

May 21
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.

Paddle La Salle

Paddle Manitoba

May 22
La Barriere Park, Winnipeg

La Salle boat launch, Winnipeg
Paddle Manitoba will be hosting a Wednesday night paddle on the La Salle River leaving from La Barriere Park near the bridge on Waverley. Participants should come equipped with their own canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard, as well as paddles, life jackets, throw rope, bailers and whistles. Paddlers sets off at 6:30 p.m. If you don’t have your own boat but would still like to get out on the water, You Should Be Paddling is offering boat rentals and will be launching its first urban paddling adventure for the season from the La Salle Boat launch at between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Have a birding breakfast

FortWhyte Alive-birding

May 22 and 24
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

If you enjoy a hearty breakfast and can’t wait for the chance to go birding, then here’s the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy a two-in-one outing. Head to FortWhyte Alive for its Breakfast Spring Migration hike at sunrise.

Get serenaded by a soprano

Measha Brueggergosman

May 23
Westminster United Church, Winnipeg

Soprano Measha Brueggergosman is one of Canada’s best-known singers. This Thursday, she makes her way back to Manitoba’s Westminster United Church to perform selections from Monteverdi and jazz legend Nina Simone.

Feast on jazz at Resto Gare

Resto Gare

May 23
Resto Gare and Train Bar, Winnipeg

Resto Gare is livening up Thursday dinners with Jazz at the Station. If you’re a jazz enthusiast, then you won’t want to miss this evening set to great music.

Kick back at a Coen brothers feature film night

Forth May movie nights

May 23
Forth, Winnipeg

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.

Stop, Drop and Write at Station 8

Station 8 Stop Drop & Write

May 24
Station 8 Café, Winnipeg

If you’re a budding writer looking for a space to hone your skills, Station 8 Café offers a safe and welcoming environment to do just that. Stop, Drop and Write takes place every Friday and lets you set your own pace among like-minded individuals.

Experience Asian-Canadian culture

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May 25
The Forks, Winnipeg

The Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba is celebrating its anniversary this month at The Forks. Representatives from various Asian cultures will meet under the canopy during the Asian-Canadian Festival.

Evening cruise anyone?

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May 24 and 26
CFRY Radio parking lot, Portage la Prairie
Diner on 52, Steinbach

If vintage cars, trusty old trucks and old-school motorcycles are your kind of thing, then you’ve got a couple opportunities to travel down memory lane in Portage la Prairie Head for its Cruisin' the PlaP evening and Diner on 52’s show ‘n’ shine.

Shop a night market

Night Market

May 24 and 25
The Forks, Winnipeg

The night markets are back for another year! The Winnipeg Night Market at The Forks opens at 5 p.m. and closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Hit the Roseau River Derby

Roseau River Derby

May 25
Stuartburn Bridge, Stuartburn

The Roseau River Derby is on this Saturday. Registration begins in Stuartburn from 9:00 and closes on 12 noon.

Hold a bird in your hand

A Bird in the Hand

May 26
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Oak Hammock Marsh’s A Bird in the Hand is one of its most popular and important research programs. Be a part of this process where songbirds are banded at the marsh and feel the birds gently flutter in your hands before they are set free again along their migratory path.

Live a little in the fast lane

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May 26
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.