This weekend is a pretty special one! Not only is it Manitoba’s birthday, it’s also Mother’s Day. So how about we keep this short so you can get to the good stuff. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Take an historic walk through the Exchange

Winnipeg Exchange District guided walking tour

May through September
Exchange District, Winnipeg

Winnipeg’s Exchange District is one of Canada’s most iconic and vibrant areas. See for yourself what all the fuss is about on a guided walking tour of this national historic site. Knowledgeable guides will accompany you and regale you with tales of corruption and heroism, all while you imbibe the gorgeous architecture the district is known for. Exclusive this year is “Strike! The Extended Walking Tour”.

Catch the races at Assiniboia Downs

Assiniboia Downs racing

May 12 through September 8
Assiniboia Downs

Live racing returns to Assiniboia Downs on Mother’s Day, begins at 1:15 p.m. Racing continues Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:15 p.m. with some special afternoon race cards throughout the season. Check out the schedule for more details. 140 VLTs are open daily from 9 a.m. - 2 a.m. Admission and parking are free.



Celebrate Mom

Mother's Day brunch at Fairmont

May 12
various venues

Here are a few ideas to help you celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day.  

Fairmont Winnipeg

The tables are turning this Mother’s Day in the most delicious way! Fairmont invites you to treat your mom to an exceptional dining experience on Sunday in celebration of Mother’s Day.

SMITH, Winnipeg

Head to SMITH for a five-course dinner, carefully crafted by Chef de Cuisine Quinlan Cook. Limited seating available, so book early!

Farm Fresh Food Hub, Winnipeg

Hit a market with mom and bring a plant along for a plant swap! Farm Fresh Food Hub has a great afternoon planned with brunch by Eadha Bread & Anna Sigrithur!

Pizzeria Gusto, Winnipeg

Pizzeria Gusto is serving up its Mother’s Day brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an à la carte family-style-inspired menu.

Resto Gare and Train Bar, St. Boniface

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Resto Gare and Train Bar will be serving up a special menu in celebration of Mother’s Day! Indulge at an omelette station, savour slices of carved glazed ham, snack from a seafood platter, and sample the assorted dessert bar.

Heritage Centre, Niverville

Niverville’s Heritage Centre is serving up all the brunch favourites at its annual Mother’s Day weekend event.

Kismet Creek Farm, Steinbach

Kismet Creek Farm is treating moms to an incredible plant-based brunch buffet. After brunch, explore the farm animals with the kids.

Sing happy birthday to Manitoba

Manitoba flag Manitoba day

May 11
Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

Celebrate Manitoba’s 149th birthday at the Mennonite Heritage Village with a full day of activities for families and friends. There will be a workshop on spring planting and gardening, followed by a short ceremony. And of course, what birthday party would be complete without a birthday cake? Don’t miss the horse-drawn wagon rides. Admission is free for all.

Get some comic relief at a play

The Cottage Photo: Dylan Hewlett

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John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

Royal MTC brings another great production to the John Hirsch Mainstage. The Cottage follows three siblings who must make a decision about the family cottage on the request of their ailing mother, but comically choose to do everything but. The Cottage continues this week until May 18.

Have a luxurious night in support of a good cause

Fairmont Winnipeg Earth Day Initiative

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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.

Learn a few new camera tips

Don's Photo class at Forth

May 7
Forth, Exchange District

Don’s Photo is taking the classroom to Forth with a themed event: film photography. Get some good feedback from photographers on all things photography and leave with some great tips. Don’t forget to bring your camera along!

Have a Handsome laugh

Handsome Daughter

May 9
Handsome Daughter, Winnipeg

The Handsome Daughter is hosting its open-mic comedy night this Thursday. There is no cover charge to attend this event.

Shop an indoor farmers’ market

Buy fresh food at your local farmers’ market.

May 9
Cityplace, Winnipeg

With spring in the air, the farmers’ markets are beginning to make an appearance. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is once again hosting its Downtown Indoor Farmer’s Market, this time at Cityplace.

Paddle the Brokenhead River

Paddle Manitoba

May 10
Brokenhead River

Paddle Manitoba is taking its open-water experience to the Brokenhead River. This Friday evening, if you’re up for an adventure and making new friends, head out to the Service Road Bridge over the Brokenhead River at Highway 44 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening on the water.

Shop a new vegan market

WOW Vegan Village

May 10
New Millennium Centre, Winnipeg

Fresh on the heels of its Mexican pop-up restaurant, WOW is now hosting its first-ever vegan market. Vegan local and hand-crafted items will also be on sale at the historic New Millennium Centre.

Take a weekend cruise


May 10
CFRY Radio parking lot, Portage la Prairie

If vintage cars, trusty old trucks and old-school motorcycles are your kind of thing, then travel down memory lane this weekend cruise for Portage la Prairie’s Cruisin’ the PLAP.

Grace Mamma Mia! with your glorious presence

Mamma Mia!

May 10 to 12
Community Hall, Flin Flon

If you don’t make it to Greece in the near future, you can at least make it to Flin Flon’s Community Hall a night of Mamma Mia! and a lifetime of memories. Join a daughter on her journey to discover which of the three men from her mother’s past might actually be her dad.

Band a bird at Oak Hammock

Bird banding Oak Hammock Marsh

May 11
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Oak Hammock Marsh this Saturday. Events kick off as early as 8 a.m. with a Shorebird Survey Walk. There will also be an educative session on shorebirds, bird banding and a parrot club. Be sure to register for this event.

Delve into perspectives from India to Canada

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begins May 11
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.

Shop a springtime market


May 11
Dome Building, Brandon

Hit Brandon’s springtime market Apple and Pine on Saturday at the Dome Building in Brandon. There will be over 50 local artisans and creators on site.

Harvest a few edibles

Laura’s “You can eat that?!” Wild Edible Adventure

May 11
Prairie Shore Botanicals, Gardenton

Prairie Shore Botanicals is ready to take you on wild and edible plant identification, harvesting and preparation adventure. This one-day workshop is limited to 12 participants so don’t miss your chance to sign up.

Head to the snake pits for a workshop


May 11
Narcisse Wildlife Management Area, Narcisse

Oak Hammock Marsh is conducting an offsite workshop at the Narcisse Snake Dens with expert and snake enthusiast Cathy Wasserman. Discover a few new things about these fascinating creatures and their world-famous natural habitat. Pre-registration is required for this event.

Help spring along in Boissevain

International Peace Garden, Boissevain

May 11
International Peace Garden, Boissevain

Celebrating Arbor Day in Boissevain by planting a tree at the International Peace Gardens. There will be tree-climbing demonstrations along with games and activities for kids.

Get on a ride at a spring carnival

WestLand Spring Carnival

ends May 12
McPhillips Station Casino grounds, Winnipeg

What better way could there be to pass spring than at a carnival with family and friends? The WestLand Spring Carnival features rides, games and treats and you have only this weekend left to experience it.