This weekend is a pretty special one. Not only is it Manitoba’s birthday, it’s also Mother’s Day. We’ve got a few ideas for each of those days and then some for during the week. So we’ll keep this short so you can get to the good stuff. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Holiday Inn Winnipeg South Spring Stay & Save Special Offer

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Take advantage of Holiday Inn Winnipeg South’s Spring Stay & Save Special Offer. Book now and enjoy a beautifully designed guestroom, complimentary breakfast in at the EnoBAR + Kitchen, plus a $20 gift card for the Outlet Collection Winnipeg Shopping Centre. For more information, call the reservations department at (800) 423-1337 and mention this package.

Take home your #ExploreMB photo book

#ExploreMB Book

May 12
Travel Manitoba Visitor Information Centre, The Forks

The new #ExploreMB book is officially here! We spent the entirety of 2017 hunting down the best photos of Manitoba to compile them in a beautiful photo book. Pick up yours for only $5 at our Visitor Information Centre for ONE DAY ONLY on May 12, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. With only 1000 copies available, don't miss your chance to pick up this collector's item that's perfect for the cabin coffee table or for gifting!

Sing happy birthday to Manitoba

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May 12
various venues

It’s Manitoba’s birthday this Saturday. Celebrate your province’s birthday by checking out one of these events.

Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Austin

The Manitoba Agricultural Museum invites you to celebrate Manitoba Day. There will be an opening ceremony and flag raising at 10 a.m. along with cake and refreshments. Spend the rest of the day exploring the grounds and discovering what life was like for the province’s pioneers.

Children’s Museum, Winnipeg

Learn more about the province you call home on Manitoba Day at the Children’s Museum. There will be special activities for the kids and story time that celebrates Manitoba’s official bird, the Great Grey Owl.

Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

Celebrate Manitoba’s 148th 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.

Slither into the Narcisse Snake Dens

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Narcisse

“Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?” The first three weeks of May are the best time of year to see this wild phenomenon. Spring is a hotbed of activity in Narcisse where you will find the largest gathering of snakes anywhere in the world. Keep an eye on the activity log to ensure your visit is successful.

Watching tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes at the snake dens came in at number five on our list of Top 10 wildlife encounters.

Choose the perfect way to celebrate your mom

Mother's Day

May 13
various venues

We’ve put together a few ideas to help you celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day in a big way.  

The White Big Top, Winnipeg

The world’s largest touring production, Cavalia Odysseo, is making its way back to Winnipeg this weekend. If your mom enjoys visual spectacles, they don’t get much more stimulating than this.

Kismet Creek Farm, Steinbach

Kismet Creek Farm is open this Mother’s Day and is the perfect place for animal-loving moms and their kids to get up close and pet a few animals.

Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Austin

For the moms who have passed on their skills at quilt making, some quality mother-daughter time at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum might be the perfect gift. Wander through the Homesteaders Village where their will be quilts on display from other mothers.

FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

Treat your mom to a scrumptious brunch at the Buffalo Stone Café. There will be complimentary mimosas and opportunities for an afternoon stroll along the trails of FortWhyte. Be sure to reserve a spot for your mom early!

ERA Bistro, Winnipeg

ERA Bistro is hosting a delicious brunch from 10 a.m. If your mom already has plans, or prefers a more low-key Sunday, ERA is also open on Saturday for Mother’s Day celebrations.

Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Help your mom to make her garden bee and butterfly friendly in time for summer. Oak Hammock Marsh is sure to spark a few creative ideas with its wildflower sale. There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides and a special Mother’s Day lunch.

Farm Fresh Food Hub, Winnipeg

For those mothers with a green thumb, Farm Fresh Food Hub is having its second annual Mother’s Day Market + Plant Swap this Sunday. There will also be a brunch at the market.

Centre Scolaire Léo-Rémillard, Winnipeg

If your mom thrives on early morning physical activity, sign her up – and yourself too – for a run with the Winnipeg Run for Women event. Not only do these runs support good causes, they’re also a good way to bond and get in your weekend workout.

The Park Theatre, Winnipeg

For the moms inspired by throwback tunes and just about anything vintage, Rosie & the Riveters is bringing its classic look and sound to The Park Theatre on Sunday.

Make your Monday a musical one

Music Monday

May 7
The Forks, Winnipeg

The Forks will be hosting Music Monday with the students of the Nelson McIntyre Collegiate Family of Schools along with other guests. The performances will take place under the canopy from 11.30 a.m. and everyone is welcome.

Head to The Purple Room

The Purple Room

May 7 and 8
The Purple Room, Winnipeg

This week, The Purple Room is taking the mundane out of your Monday with the  anything goes CaRaVaN open mic and open stage event. Tuesday is all about games with the Pants on Fire Comedy Game Show.

Support and celebrate student art

Gallery in the Park Altona

May 7
Gallery in the Park, Altona

Gallery in the Park is hosting its Student Art Show once again. Discover some of the young and fresh talent in the province. This year will feature work from Morden Collegiate, Garden Valley Collegiate, and W.C. Miller.

Celebrate May and working people

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May 7 to 13
Various venues, 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.

Let your inner science geek out

New Iceland Heritage Museum

May 7 to 13
New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli

The New Iceland Heritage Museum has a new and exciting travelling exhibition that will make a science geek of yet! A Taste of Science focuses on the role that science plays in delaying food decay and keeping food nutritious and safe.

Attend a book launch

Pemmican Wars

May 8
The Forks, Winnipeg

Join author Katherena Vermette, illustrator Scott B. Henderson, colourist Donovan Yaciuk, and special guest storyteller Lawrie Barkwell as they launch Vermette’s latest work, Pemmican Wars, at McNally Robinson at The Forks.

Wear your Goldeyes heart on your sleeve

Winnipeg Goldeyes

May 8 and 9
Shaw Park, Winnipeg

Baseball lovers, head to Shaw Park this week for an exciting exhibition game when the Winnipeg Goldeyes face off against the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks.

Attend a juried art exhibit

Tiger Hills Art Gallery, Holland

May 8 to 11
Tiger Hills Art Gallery, Holland

The Tiger Hills Art Gallery is putting on its 37th annual Central Region Juried Art Exhibit, which aims to promote artists within the central region. Each piece of artwork is juried and on display to the public for one evening with 40 to 45 pieces selected by the jurors. 

Attend an exhibit of Winnipeg artists

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May 8 to 12
Portage & District Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie

The Portage & District Arts Centre will be exhibiting the works of five Winnipeg artists in Delights of the Soul: A Raft in the Storm, where each artist will bring their own style and perspective to the exhibit.

Follow the lives of a complicated family

Berney Theatre

May 8 and 13
Berney Theatre, Winnipeg

The Tony Award-winning Falsettos continues at the Berney Theatre stage this week. This musical chronicles the complicated life of family relations that’s part dramatic, part comedic and part neurotic.

Explore nature themes at an exhibit

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May 8 to 12
Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg

Explore the themes of identity, individual perspectives, and our connection to the land at Urban Shaman’s latest exhibit, Roots Above Branches. This exhibit features the works of six recent University of Manitoba, School of Art Indigenous graduates.

Find grace in an unconventional play

John Hirsch Mainstage

May 8 and 13
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

The Royal MTC and the writer of 23.5 Hours bring yet another powerful and hilarious drama to the John Hirsch Mainstage this week. Morning After Grace takes the convention out of its plot and puts the spotlight on the lives of seniors Ollie, Abigail and Angus as they try to find joy again in life by sharing their sorrows.

Unlock the mysteries of the occult

Hermetic Code Tour

May 9
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 birding breakfast

Birding at FortWhyte Alive

May 9, 11 and 12
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 the two-in-one outing. Head to FortWhyte Alive for its Birding and Breakfast Spring Migration hike at sunrise. On Saturday, FortWhyte celebrates international migratory bird day with a guided professional photography walk and other fun, bird-themed events.

Guess your way through a Christie thriller

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

May 9 to 13
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Manitoba Bar Association are coming together for the 26th annual Lawyers Play. This year’s production features Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution. This suspense focuses on Leonard Vole who is accused of murdering a wealthy widow in a high-stakes case that could mean life or death for the defendant. Among Christie’s most celebrated works, this thriller plays for only four nights.

Head to a fiddling fiesta

Scott Woods and band

May 10
Selkirk Memorial Hall, Selkirk

Join Scott Woods and his talented band as they fiddle up a storm in Selkirk. From old-time fiddle music to traditional country and western swing tunes, to your country gospel favourites, fiddle fanatics are guaranteed to have a ball.

Discover some of the world through a photographer’s lens

The Marquis Project photo journalist Wendell Phillips

May 10
Evans Theatre, Brandon

The non-profit organization, The Marquis Project, will be hosting former Brandonite and award-winning photo journalist Wendell Phillips for an evening of photography and stories at Brandon University’s Evans Theatre. The 90-minute photographic presentation will illustrate the diversity of the life on five continents and will also include captivating images of everyday street life in remote locations and will explore the human condition in six dozen countries including Madagascar, Greenland, Iraq, Haiti, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Rock with Wreckin’ So

Portage la Prairie Wreckin’ So band

May 11
Watson Art Centre, Dauphin

Portage la Prairie’s Wreckin’ So is taking its brand of rock, metal and blues to Dauphin this Friday as part of the Watson Art Centre’s concert series.

Watch a happily ever after fairy tale classic

Theatre 53 Cinderella The Pas

May 11 to 13
Westminster United Church, The Pas

Theatre 53 will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic fairy tale, Cinderella, with help from The Pas Community Choir. All ages are welcome.

Take a weekend cruise

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May 11
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.

Go retro with REWiND

REWiND band

May 12
William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie

Turn back time at the William Glesby Centre this weekend with the REWiND band as it brings the hits of the 50s, 60s, and 70s to life.

Take a walk on the wild, edible side

Prairie Shore Botanicals, Gardenton

May 12
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.

Band a bird at Oak Hammock

Bird banding Oak Hammock Marsh

May 12
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 Shorebird Blitz. There will also be an educative session on shorebirds, bird banding and a bird survey. Be sure to register for this event.

Make a classic entrance

Manitoba Classic and Antique Auto Club

May 13
Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg

The Manitoba Classic and Antique Auto Club is hosting its 21st Annual Swap Meet in support of Winnipeg Harvest. Come rain or shine, take your classic to Red River Exhibition Park this Sunday. Vehicles and drivers are admitted free. Registration is required at the gate. This event supports Winnipeg Harvest and donations are welcome.

Join the circus

Winnipeg Circus Club

May 13
Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, Winnipeg

If you’ve ever dreamed of joining the circus, walking a tightrope, or riding a unicycle, The Winnipeg Circus Club is a great place to start. Join this diverse group on Sunday and pick up a few tricks of the circus trade.

Attend a recital

Pianist Deborah Grimmett

May 13
Fort Garry United Church, Winnipeg

Pianist, Deborah Grimmett, will be performing multiple solo piano recitals across Canada but this Sunday, she’ll be in Winnipeg at the Fort Garry United Church for a repertoire that includes the works of Brahms, Debussy, Respighi, Ligeti, Irish composer Rhoda Coghill, and Iranian-Canadian composer, Iman Habibi.