We’re just coming off from a long weekend, which means that this week will be a bit of a short one. Still, there is so much happening that we hope you’ve made at least a little bit of space on your calendars to fit a few fun things in, especially considering that the forecast looks so promising! And we get it, the hustle and bustle of life can sometimes get in the way, but take a moment to stop and take in all in or you might miss the beauty of it. Here’s what’s hot this week.
Show some Pride
May 26 to 28
Various venues, Winnipeg
With a weekend full of activities that showcase the diversity that is the LGBTTQ community, the Pride Festival brings together peoples from all walks of life with activities that include a flag raising at City Hall, sports tournaments, barbecues, art shows, live entertainment across the city, and much more.
Join Dr. Frank Albo on an intriguing tour
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.
Get a taste of ballet’s best
May 25 to 27
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
Get a taste of some of ballet’s most iconic performances at the John Hirsch Mainstage. For three nights, the RWB School Professional Division will feature its main stage production Spotlight, which will focus on excerpts from the best of the traditional ballets, including La Bayadère, Le Corsaire, Coppélia, and Don Quixote.
Hit a rural art exhibit
May 23, 24
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.
Get ready for another round of laughter
May 23 to 28
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg
If you’re ready for another round or two of laughter, then Rumor’s Comedy Club has two great comedians to keep the laughs coming. This week, Big Daddy Tazz and Jay Chandrasekhar will be in the house.
Tackle a hard topic with humour
May 23 to 28
U of W, Asper Centre of Theatre & Film, Winnipeg
Sarasvàti Productions’ hard-hitting premiere Breaking Through tackles the topic of mental health with a humour and honesty that makes it very real. Follow the story of five Winnipeggers as they face the challenges of living with mental health issues.
Reflect with an artist
May 23 to 29
Cultural Arts Centre, Steinbach
Join local artist Don Hoeppner at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre as he exhibits his watercolour works, Forest Reflections.
Hit the Hydro market
Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg
The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ farmers’ market is back in full swing inside Manitoba Hydro Place. Get your pick of local produce, baked goods and treats, among lots of other goods.
Tap your feet at Centennial
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Spend an evening at Centennial Concert Hall tapping your feet to the funky sounds of Royal Canoe backed by the full force of the WSO in a performance that promises to be unique and exciting.
Fly fish in Roblin
May 25 to 27
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 amateur fly fishing tournament where participants get the chance to test their skills, make a few new fishing buddies, and return for the next year’s event.
Be moved to tears and laughter
She may be only 5 ft. tall, but singer-songwriter and guitarist-violinist Raine Hamilton packs a punch with her powerful, raw sound. Don’t miss the opportunity to be moved to tears and laughter by her music when she performs at the West End Cultural Centre.
Visit a small-town festival
May 26, 27
St. Jean Baptiste, MB
The town of St. Jean Baptiste will be hosting its two-day HOK Festival. This family friendly event will include a pancake breakfast, Chinese buffet, horseback rides, face painting, a poutine fest, and games for the entire family.
Tantalize your taste buds at a rodeo
May 26 to 28
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 farce of a weekend in Gimli
May 26 to 28
A-Spire Theatre, Gimli
Spend a weekend in Gimli with the performers of A-Spire. From their improv performances and comedy skits and musicals, the A-Spire Players bring you their latest performance, Blithe Spirit, an improbable farce in three acts.
Prepare from now for Fire & Water
Legion Hall, Lac du Bonnet
The Fire & Water Festival may still be a few months away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing ahead of the festivities. Fire & Water fan favourite Andrew Scott will be giving one of his energetic performances at Legion Hall to get you ready for the festival.
Experience Asian-Canadian culture
The Forks, Winnipeg
The Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month at The Forks. Representatives from various Asian cultures will meet under the canopy during the Asian-Canadian Festival.
Hit the Miami Mud Bog
Fair Grounds, Miami
Get ready for a downright muddy day of racing during the Miami Mud Bog at the Fair Grounds with lots of fun activities for the family.
Run! Jump! Fly! at a museum
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg
The Children’s Museum is all about inspiring kids and its latest project is no different. Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures In Action™ seeks to get kids involved in physical activity. This adrenaline-inducing exhibit gets kids’ practicing their balance, improving their strength, and testing their endurance in themed areas like Surf & Snow Boarding, Kung Fu Forest and Climbing Canyon.
Explore nature’s gifts at Oak Hammock
May 27 & 28
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
Why settle for worms when you can have birding and breakfast? Oak Hammock Marsh will host its Early Riser Birds and Breakfast on Saturday with resident naturalist Paula Grieef. For the mineral lovers, Sunday will be all about you. Learn all about the minerals and fossils you will find in our province. While you’re at it, you can try your hand at panning for gold!
Downton Abbey meets Celebrations
Celebrations Dinner Theatre, Winnipeg
The Crawley family will be taking their act to Celebrations Dinner Theatre this weekend. It’s Lady Mary’s birthday, but a mysterious guest is promising to put a damper on the festivities. If you were a fan of this post-Edwardian era classic, Celebrations might be just the place to see it live.
Get your fill of cars and cruises
If cars are your passion, then any one of these events will likely appeal to your mobile senses:
Jim’s Vintage Garages, Headlingley
Pony Corral Grant Park
Up for an evening cruise? Then head to Pony Corral’s Grant Park location. Antiques, classics, and special-interest vehicles and motorcycles are welcome.
Minnedosa Beach, Minnedosa
The Minnedosa Lake Car Show promises to be a great day for the entire family and all special-interest vehicles welcome.
Grab the perfect opportunity for a family run
When was the last time you went for a run? This weekend presents the perfect opportunity to get out with the family as YMCA Brandon will be holding its 38th Annual YMCA Spring Run.
Head to FortWhyte for Paddlefest
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
Paddlefest is back at FortWhyte Alive with canoeing and kayaking workshops offered by Mountain Equipment Co-op. Bake bannock, test out the Voyageur canoe and even play a voyageur games, or visit the sod house pioneers.
Run in honour of Canadian Forces
17 Wing Fitness and Recreation Centre, Winnipeg
This weekend offers the perfect opportunity to honour the men and women of the Canadian Forces. Test your fitness mettle at the Royal Canadian Air Force Run. No matter age or ability, everyone is welcome to attend.
Live dangerously on the Prairie Dog
Prairie Dog Central, Winnipeg
This might just be the perfect way to end the weekend! Climb aboard the Prairie Dog Central as it continues its journey with another Great Train Robbery – Cowboys ’n Gals. This weekend’s dangerous ride on the steam locomotive attempts a trip to Grosse Isle with the ever-present threat of cowboys. Passengers also get a chance to explore the beautifully restored Heritage Village and indulge in a few treats, followed by live music by Fire and Ice.