It’s an extra special week in Manitoba, especially since Friday, May 12 happens to be our birthday🎈! And would you look at that – the whole province is celebrating. Small town museums are opening their doors as a world-class exhibit lands at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. We’re not saying it’s all for us, but we feel pretty cool right about now. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Celebrate Manitoba’s birthday
Want to celebrate our province’s 147th birthday? Join into one of these parties!
The Manitoba Agricultural Museum (Austin): Wander through the Pioneer Village and view the Village of Quilts. The opening ceremony is at 10 am, followed by flag raising and cake!
New Iceland Heritage Museum (Gimli): Local cake decorators are invited to submit their Manitoba themed cakes, with prize for the best design. Children can decorate their own cupcake. Free admission all day.
Children’s Museum (Winnipeg): Learn about the province we call home with special crafts, activities and story time.
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Mother’s Day Concert (Winnipeg): Spend the afternoon with mom and enjoy lovely symphonic music from Bach, Pachelbel and Haydn.
Mother’s Day at Oak Hammock Marsh (Stonewall): Treat mom to lunch, take a ride on the horse-drawn wagon and shop the wildflower sale, a great way to attract butterflies to your yard this summer.
Delve into the world of Picasso
May 13 to August 13
Winnipeg Art Gallery
It’s been awhile since Winnipeg has seen the likes of Picasso. In fact, this is Manitoba’s first major showcase of work by Pablo Picasso in decades. Head to the Winnipeg Art Gallery to see two exhibits, Picasso in Canada and Picasso: Man and Beast, that highlight the many sides of the most well known artist in the history of Western art.
Pair a beer with your symphony
Little Brown Jug, Winnipeg
Spice up your weekend with a new take on happy hour. This free Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra pop-up performance at microbrewery Little Brown Jug will include music from the 1700s and 1800s. Who knew that the taproom has the perfect acoustics for a symphonic concert?
Welcome spring with a healthy dose of ballet
May 11 to 14
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Spring means welcome the new, which is fitting since it’s also when The Royal Winnipeg Ballet will usher in a new creation based on the music of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers, featuring the iconic ballerina Evelyn Hart. This emotionally powerful ballet is bursting with vibrant character, colour, texture, all enhanced by a live choir accompanied by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Sip your way through downtown Winnipeg
Get a taste of some of the best wine in Winnipeg on this guided tour that runs from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm through the heart of downtown Winnipeg. Enjoy two glasses of wine and small plates pairing at three restaurant and lounge stops. This month’s tour includes stops at The MET, Prairie 360 and Blaze Restaurant & Lounge.
Slither into the Narcisse Snake Dens
“Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?” The latter part of April and 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.
Laugh, laugh and laugh some more at comedy night
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg
It’s adult’s night at the Children’s Museum! Tap into your silly side and laugh out loud with live stand-up by great local comedians like Dan Verville. Grab a drink at the cash bar and experience the Children’s Museum galleries for some serious nostalgia.
Enjoy exhilarating horse racing at the Assiniboia Downs
Opens May 14
Assiniboia Downs, Winnipeg
Starting this Sunday, racing season is on at the Downs! Nothing gets the heart racing faster than the sound of thundering hooves and the encouraging yells of jockeys, especially if you have a few bucks on it. And remember, never bet on a horse named Tripod.
Tour our quirky roadside attractions
Camels, fire hydrants and windmills are just a few of the strange monuments found in Manitoba. Head out on the road to discover our local mascots with a Roadside Madness road trip. Tour our province’s quirkiest roadside attractions while taking in the scenery, shops and restaurants that each location has to offer.
Have a rendezvous with science
University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus, Winnipeg
Science Rendezvous is a free day of science, fun and discovery with hands-on exploration through creative activities, experiments and theatrical spectacles. The activities are suitable for adults and children alike and aim insight curiosity and excitement toward the science that is all around us.
Go on a wild edible adventure
Prairie Shore Botanicals, Gardenton
Want to start incorporating wild edibles into your everyday meals? Look no further than Laura’s “You can eat that?!” Wild Edible Adventure. This one-day workshop will teach you how to work with and identify wild edibles suitable for consumption. After spending time in the field, you will prepare a full-course meal with the materials gathered.
Explore the wondrous world of the caribou
On until September 5
Fort la Reine, Portage la Prairie
Fort la Reine is officially open for the season! After exploring the 28 heritage sites, check out the current travelling exhibition: Panache: Caribous and other Cervids of Canada. The exhibition looks at the world of the Woodland Caribou and other Cervidae (moose, reindeer, wapiti and deer) that have been entwined in our history and ecology since time immemorial.
Take a walking tour through Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District
Monday to Saturday
Exchange District, Winnipeg
Explore one of Winnipeg’s most iconic and vibrant neighbourhoods on an exciting walking tour with Exchange District Biz. Tour this National Historic Site to gaze at our exceptional collection of heritage buildings and find out why Winnipeg was once nicknamed, “Chicago of the North.”
See North America’s largest urban bison herd
May 11 | 1:30 pm
Located in the heart of Winnipeg (off McCreary Road) FortWhyte Alive boasts the largest urban bison herd in North America on its 70-acre Bison Prairie. The centre is home to about 30 of the burly behemoths. The large furry beasts once freely roamed the plains. Hunted to near extinction in the late 1800s, these magnificent creatures are definitely worth seeing on a Bison Safari.
Take a tour of Winnipeg in style
Starting May 14
Hop aboard the Winnipeg Trolley for a 95 minute tour around our capital city; Winnipeg’s only public sightseeing tour. You will discover why Winnipeg was once regarded as the ‘wickedest city in Canada’, our connection to the world’s most famous spy, James Bond, and much more. Tours run Tuesday through Sunday and depart from The Forks.
Celebrate the Filipino community
Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg
Celebrate the community through fashion, food, music and dance at Dalagita, the latest event from Culture Card. Enjoy a three course dinner from Jeremy Senaris of Master Chef and be entertained through song and dance. The evening is also the final celebration of 4 contestants as they stage the stage for a public speaking competition.
Bedazzled by stars on ice
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
History will be made as three of the greatest Canadian Men’s figure skaters of all time tour together for an epic show on ice. See four-time World Champion and four-time Canadian Champion Kurt Browning, three-time World Champion, 2014 Olympic Silver Medallist, and eight-time Canadian Champion Patrick Chan, and two-time Olympic Silver Medallist, three-time World Champion, and seven-time Canadian Champion Elvis Stojko in action this week in Winnipeg.
Score a deal at Winnipeg’s new outlet mall
555 Sterling Lyon Parkway, Winnipeg
Last week, Winnipeg’s brand new outlet mall (Outlet Collection) opened with a bang. Make it a shopping weekend and browse shops like Saks Off Fifth, Designer Shoe Warehouse, Banana Republic Factory Store and more!
Sing along to your favourite showtunes
Gas Station Arts Centre
The more the merrier at this big Broadway sing-along extravaganza, featuring all the hits from the most popular Broadway musicals. Get ready for songs from Chicago, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar and of course, a whole lot of Disney!
International Migratory Bird Day
Oak Hammock Marsh
Head out to one of the best areas in North America to watch migratory birds and celebrate International Migratory Bird Day! See songbirds up close by participating in bird banding or join a warbler workshop.
Catch some good hits (and eats) at the ballpark
May 10 to 11
Shaw Park, Winnipeg
Root for the home team at Shaw Park during a Winnipeg Goldeyes exhibition game! This week, the Fish host the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Stroll around the ballpark, laugh with the crowd, and enjoy the overall atmosphere. Good times.
And if you’re hungry, the ballpark is the best place to get your nosh on having everything from pretzels to poutine at the concessions. The Clay Oven restaurant overlooking the field serves up some of the city’s best East Indian cuisine. After the final run, head to a nearby pub in the Exchange District or hit up a patio at The Forks for post-game relaxation.
See a story about true grit
On until May 13
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
With Red River settlement as its backdrop, Sarah Ballenden tells the story of the Métis wife of a high-ranking Hudson’s Bay Company officer who shows true grit even in the midst of turmoil when everything and everyone seems to be against her.
Catch a channel cat on the Red
Whether the channel catfish is the ugliest fish to inhabit Manitoba waters is certainly a topic of debate. What isn’t up for discussion is their ability to deliver fantastic fishing action, no matter if they are big or small. You can catch these toothless fighters in lots of places in Manitoba, but if there’s one place that offers increased odds, it’s near Lockport on the Red River.
Be enveloped in human stories at CMHR
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, The Forks
Contemplate inspiring stories of struggle and triumph at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This new national museum strives to create inspiring encounters with human rights, by engaging you in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others.
Discover Mennonite culture
Mennonite Heritage Village Museum, Steinbach
Hitch your horses and pack your luggage for a harrowing tale of migration and settlement at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Travel through time to a turn-of-the century Russian Mennonite street village on our 40 acre site, taste traditional Mennonite fare at the museum’s Livery Barn Restaurant, and explore a classic Mennonite housebarn and a fully operational Dutch windmill during the summer.
Get in a game of golf
Picking which club to use to make that shot may be easier than deciding which of Manitoba’s more than 120 golf courses to play. From lakeside links, to fairways next to farmers’ fields, to putting greens nestles along rocky Canadian Shield outcrops, tee off at top courses surrounded by Manitoba’s natural beauty. Try one of these 15 golf courses that will make you want to grip it and rip it in Southwestern Manitoba.
Get acquainted with comic sensation Jay Malone
May 2 to 13
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg
If you aren’t familiar with Jay Malone, give us a moment to get you acquainted. This Canadian-born comedian, actor and writer, has been nominated Best Male Comedian at the Canadian Comedy Awards and Best Supporting TV Actor at the Canadian Screen Awards. He has guest starred on Boston Legal, NCISLA, Monk, Dollhouse, and has even starred in his own Showtime comedy special. For the next two weeks, the comedic genius will be setting up shop at Rumor’s Comedy Club. Now that you’ve made his acquaintance, you’ve got little excuse to miss his sketch.