This week will be a bit of a short one, thanks to the long weekend, which, hopefully, we all took some time to enjoy. And yes, 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 this week in Manitoba.
Winnipeg Goldeyes – Opening Week
May 25 to 31
Shaw Park, Winnipeg
To kick off the 2018 season, the Winnipeg Goldeyes will raise its latest championship banner and welcome back the best fans in the league. The home stand continues with giveaways, a salute to Manitoba’s baseball heritage, and a night of celebration of our province’s Franco-Manitoban culture.
Show some Pride
begins May 25
Various venues, Winnipeg
With a weekend 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.
Dine among 1200
venue to be determined, Winnipeg
The venue for Table for 1200 More may still be a secret, but this event is anything but. Reserve your spot for this fun, exciting and delicious event while you still have the chance!
Shop a night market
May 25 and 26
Festival Field, The Forks
The night markets are back for another year and we’re pretty excited. You should be too. The Winnipeg Night Market opens at 5 p.m. and closes at midnight on both days.
Explore Winnipeg on a walking tour
May 26 and 27
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.
Get away from the city
Plan an impromptu weekend getaway right here in Manitoba. Evergreen Gate Bed and Breakfast offers a warm welcome and a hearty breakfast, all within a 30-minute-or-so drive from the city. Lilac Resort is the perfect fun spot for kids, while those with more exotic tastes can head to Journey Home Artist Retreat to spend a night in a Mongolian yurt. Bella’s Castle Bed and Breakfast is the offers up its royal charm.
Take a walking tour of Selkirk
The Regional Heritage Group is hosting a walking tour of downtown Selkirk where you’ll learn all about the saints and sinners of Selkirk’s early history. From the houses to the buildings and the street names, Selkirk’s history will be of intrigue to any history lover. More info is available by email.
Trace the Canadian experience at an exhibit
May 22 to 25
The RCA Museum, Shilo
The RCA Museum will be opening a new temporary exhibit, 1918 – The Last 100 Days. This exhibit traces the Canadian experience at the end of the First World War in France and Belgium.
Have a movie night in the park
The Park Theatre, Winnipeg
A sing-along movie night is happening at The Park Theatre and all-time favourite, Moulin Rouge, will be the evening’s feature movie.
Hit the Jewish Film Fest
opens May 22
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 30 screenings, opening and closing night receptions, and much more.
Get up close with bison
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
If you’re constantly on the lookout for opportunities to spend time outdoors, you need look no further than FortWhyte Alive. The Bison Safari Venture begins this week with up-close encounters with North America’s largest land mammal.
Unlock the mysteries of the occult
Manitoba Legislative Building Main Entrance, Winnipeg
For the Dan Brown fans, the Hermetic Code Tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building is the perfect way to discover an architectural wonder while uncovering a few mysteries of the occult. Join Dr. Frank Albo as he takes guests on a journey unlike any other filled with intrigue at every turn.
Have a Folk Fest preamble
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club, Winnipeg
Winnipeg Folk Festival is bringing the talents of acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, Martin Harley, to the High & Lonesome Club this week. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity ahead of Folk Fest.
Help plot a new play
May 23 to 26
Portage Place, Winnipeg
The Carol Shields Festival is a one-of-a-kind experience where the audience is actively involved in the development of new Canadian plays. For four days, the festival lets guests critique the new works of playwrights and discover what goes on behind the scenes.
Support a community production
May 23 to 27
Asper Centre for Theatre & Film, Winnipeg
Sarasvati Productions will premiere its latest production, New Beginnings. This community collaboration brings together a diverse range of artists, community members, recent newcomers and established immigrants.
Hit a high note at a musical
May 24 to 27
Tom Hendry Warehouse Theatre, Winnipeg
Follow Dewey Finn in a high-energy musical originally produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber. School of Rock focuses on a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. This production by Winnipeg Studio Theatre will play for four nights at the Tom Hendry Warehouse.
Get serenaded by a soprano
Westminster United Church, Winnipeg
Soprano Measha Brueggergosman is one of Canada’s most celebrated singers. This Thursday, she makes her way back to Manitoba’s Westminster United Church to perform Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines Fahrenden Gessellen (Songs of a Travelling Journeyman).
Fly fish in Roblin
May 24 to 26
Roblin & District Lakes, Roblin
The weekend is off to an early start in Roblin for the Bug Chucker Cup. This fly fishing destination will be holding its annual amateur fly fishing tournament where participants get the chance to test their skills and make a few new fishing buddies.
Head to the ballet
May 24 to 26
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is putting the spotlight on young dancers, some of whom will be taking their first step onto the professional stage. Don’t miss the chance to see 80 young artists from across Canada and around the world at the John Hirsch Mainstage in Spotlight featuring Coppélia.
Welcome spring at a festival
May 25 and 26
MCC Manitoba, Winnipeg
MCC Manitoba is shaking off winter with SpringFest. This year’s festival supports families who have experienced tragedies with a quilt show and sale, plant sale, and barbecue.
Tantalize your taste buds at a rodeo
May 25 to 27
Hanover Ag Grounds, Grunthal
Get ready for the three-day Spring Rodeo at Hanover Ag Grounds. From the Heartland Rodeo to the Rough Stock Riding School, there will be lots to do and to take in, not to mention some mouth-watering barbecue.
Have a whoop and a holler
Royal Canadian Legion, Portage la Prairie
The Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival is back with its live entertainment event that will feature just about anyone who has the talent and the nerve. Whether your strength is song, dance, hip hop and stand-up comedy, or something else, make your way to this open mic event for your chance to perform live.
Let your inner science geek out
New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli
The New Iceland Heritage Museum’s exciting travelling exhibition will make a science geek of yet! A Taste of Science focuses on the role science plays in delaying food decay and keeping food nutritious and safe.
Chat with an artist
May 25 and 26
PLATFORM Centre, Winnipeg
Performance and video artist, Bridget Moser, will be exhibiting her latest work, If You Have a Similar Story Keep it to Yourself at PLATFORM Centre from Friday with an opening reception at 7 p.m. and artist talk on Saturday at 1 p.m. Artist Shawn Dempsey will also be exhibiting her work.
Celebrate with Oak Hammock
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
Oak Hammock Marsh is celebrating 25 years and you’re invited to the celebration. Learn the basics about birds at a workshop. There will also be an outdoor familiarization walk.
Experience Asian-Canadian culture
The Forks, Winnipeg
The Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba is celebrating its 16th anniversary this month at The Forks. Representatives from various Asian cultures will meet under the canopy during the Asian-Canadian Festival.
Band a songbird
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
Oak Hammock Marsh is hosting an important research program that includes a banding session of songbirds. Not only will you have the chance to band birds, you will also learn why Oak Hammock is such an important stop on their migration path.
Celebrate summer in Dauphin
Fort Dauphin Museum, Dauphin
Mark the start of warmer weather and activities at Fort Dauphin Museum for its Pioneer Opening Day on Sunday. Bring the entire family along for a fun day of activities, demonstrations and entertainment.