Just off of a weekend of remembrance and celebration, this week will be a short one for some of us. But it’s still more than enough time to take in a comedy night here, a play there, or some other event happening in the province. We’ve put together a pretty lengthy list of options for you to choose from. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Sample goodies from Dalnavert’s Victorian Make & Bake Sale

Dalnavert Museum_christmas baking

November 18
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg

All of your holiday stresses melt away at this cozy, intimate craft and bake sale. From Christmas puddings and fresh bread to mitts, knits, cute cards and creative crafts, we’ve even got stuff to keep your kids busy making their own creations, and a photo booth to add a fun, personal touch!

Map your way to the Santa Parade

Santa parade map

November 17
Downtown, Winnipeg
Downtown, Brandon

You know Christmas is around the corner when the Santa Parade makes its way to the streets of downtown Winnipeg. This Saturday, take the kids out for the chilly treat and follow along. The fun begins at 4 p.m. with the Santa’s Block Parties, while the parade action begins at 5 p.m. And Winnipeg won’t be the only city hosting a Santa Parade. Brandon too is getting in on the action this week to get you in the spirit of the season.

Celebrate Jewish Tarbut

Violinist Aaron Weinstein

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Rady Jewish Community Centre, Winnipeg

Celebrate Jewish Tarbut this week at the Rady JCC. This annual event, Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture brings together local and non-local performers, including jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein. In addition to the musical buffet, prominent author presentations, compelling Jewish feature films and visual arts.

Plan your next staycation

Aaron's on the Lake

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Aaron’s on the Lake, Matlock

Aaron’s on the Lake only recently opened, but it’s proving to be the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. This bed and breakfast also hosts weekend soirées with a fondue weekend coming up soon. For more information, and to book your next staycation, check out the website.

Hit the Warehouse for a sexy, sassy play

Royal MTC's Vietgone. Photo: Dylan Hewlett

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Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

In its latest production, Vietgone, Royal MTC is doing away with stereotypes and exploring the lives of two people who have escaped to America after the fall of Saigon.  Playwright, Qui Nguyen, relies on hip hop, kung fu, and everything in-between to tell the story of his parents’ escape. Quang, who helped to save lives during the war was forced to leave his own family behind, while Tong is excited to write her own story but discovers that America isn’t anything like what she thought it would be. Final curtain call on this production is November 17.

Count down the days to the first ice fishing trade show

Photo of ice fishing hole with rod next to it on the ice

November 17 and 18
Red River Exhibition Place, Winnipeg

For the first time ever, the Red River Exhibition Centre will be the venue for the first annual Winnipeg Ice Fishing Show. There will be vendors, outfitters, power sport equipment and presenters from across North America on site.

Catch a couple rounds of laughter

Dan Soder

November 13 to 17
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg

Here’s your chance at another round of laughter. This Tuesday and Wednesday, the Rumor’s Comedy Club stage will be occupied with a couple of great comedy acts by Dean Jenkinson and Dan Soder.

Take a tour of 100 years in women’s fashion

Daly House Museum

November 13 to 19
Daly House Museum, Brandon

Daly House Museum has just opened its latest exhibit The New Woman’s Fashion Revolution: 1880-1980. Spanning a 100-year period, this retrospective exhibit focuses on the changes in women’s fashion and the shifts in women’s roles in Canadian society.

Pay tribute to fallen heroes


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The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

The Manitoba Museum is highlighting the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. The World Remembers explores Canada’s efforts at commemorating the those lost during that period. There will also be a digital media display of the names of soldiers who died in 1918, and bilingual booklets featuring biographies of First World War Canadians. This exhibit in the museum’s foyer is free to view.

Trace the Canadian experience at an exhibit

Medals of honor, RCA Museum

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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.

Get close to the edge at an exhibit

Kathy Levandoski's new exhibit, Riding the Edge: the next generation

November 13 to 17
Portage and District Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie

Mixed media artist Kathy Levandoski brings her exciting new exhibit, Riding the Edge: the next generation, to the Portage and District Arts Centre. Levandoski’s latest work is inspired by her very own Manitoba backyard, Riding Mountain.

Find your Happy Place

Prairie Theatre Exchange's A Happy Place

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Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

Winnipeg-born playwright, Pamela Mala Sinha, brings a brave and touching play that explores the courage and compassion of a group of women living in an in-patient care facility. Each woman has her own story and trauma, but the solidarity they build as a community becomes the best therapy they could ever need, not to mention the humour. A Happy Place previews continues this week at Prairie Theatre Exchange.

Spend an evening under the stars

FortWhyte Stardome mobile planetarium

November 15
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

Spend an evening under the stars at FortWhyte with Darren Townsley as he shares stories about the sky from the Stardome mobile planetarium.

Enjoy a free music night

Parkland Women’s Choir

November 15
Dauphin Public Library, Dauphin

The Parkland Women’s Choir will be performing at the Dauphin Public Library for this week’s Third Thursday Music Night. This free event kicks off at 7 p.m.

Sing along with Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

November 15 to 18
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon

Mary Poppins is among one of the best-known musicals and this Thursday, the stage production is making its way to the doorstep of the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium.

Stop, Drop and Write at Station 8

Stop, Drop and Write at Station 8

November 16
Station 8 Café, Winnipeg

If you’re a budding writer looking for a space to hone your skills, Station 8 Café offers a safe and welcoming environment to do just that. Stop, Drop and Write takes place every Friday and lets you set your own pace among like-minded individuals.

Get cozy at a concert

The Stevens sisters

November 16
Tiny Gallery, Winnipeg

The Stevens sisters are taking the blues out of your fall with a cozy concert at the Tiny Gallery on McDermot. One sister, Emma, will be exhibiting her artwork, while Sophie will be performing solo songs as well as duos with Emma. Bring your blankets and pillows and get ready to get cozy.

Join a parade in Selkirk

Holiday Alley, Selkirk

November 16
Eveline Street, Selkirk

Wondering how to spend your Friday evening? Head out to Selkirk for The Parade of Lights from 7 p.m. The parade route begins at Heap Avenue and continues up Eveline Street, ending at the Waterfront.

Take a page out of the great American songbook

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Swing

November 16 to 18
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is taking a page out of the great American songbook. If you can’t recall the last time you listened to the music of greats like Duke Ellington’s orchestra, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and Ethel Waters, then make your way to Centennial Concert Hall this weekend for a refresher.

Revisit fairy tale favourites


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Children’s Museum, Winnipeg

It’s back! For those with vivid imaginations who prefer to conjure up their own stories, Eaton’s Fairytale Vignettes present visuals for retelling old favourites like Sleeping Beauty and Old Mother Hubbard.

Say ‘Cheese!’ with Santa

Santa friends of riding mountain

November 17 and 18
Friends Learning Centre, Wasagaming

The Friends Learning Centre in Riding Mountain invites you this weekend to have your photo taken with Santa. Kids can even bring along their pets on Sunday November to get in on the photo action.

Capture nature on a scenic hike

Hiking Manitoba

November 18
Whiteshell Provincial Park

Looking for ways to get outdoors and improve your photography skills all at once? Then head to Whiteshell Provincial Park this Sunday for a 4.5-kilometre scenic trek along the Amisk self-guiding trail with a park interpreter as we trek the scenic. Be sure to dress for the occasion.Space is limited, so be sure to register.

Shop a market or craft sale


Now is as good a time as any to visit the markets and craft sales to find unique and local items made by talented artisans. Here are a few that are happening this week.

November 16

Community Hall, Carberry, Handmade Market

November 16 and 17

Teulon-Rockwood Centennial Centre, Teulon Farmers Market’s Winterfest Craft Sale

November 16 to 18

331 St. Charles Street, Winnipeg, Fall into Christmas Craft Fair

November 17

Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, John Pritchard Craft Sale

North Kildonan Community Centre Craft Sale

Calvin Christian School Craft & Bake Sale

Transcona Country Club, 3rd Annual Winnipeg Craft and Gift Christmas Market

Tolstoi Senior Centre, Christmas Craft and Bake Sale

Community Hall, Dominion City Craft Sale

Lac du Bonnet Community Centre, Lac du Bonnet Christmas Craft and Gift Sale

Oakbank Springfield High School, Oakbank Springfield Kinette Christmas Craft Sale

Community Hall, Carman, One-Stop Shop in the Hall

Friedensfeld Community Centre, Steinbach, Annual Holly Jolly Craft & Vendor Sale

Sunova Centre, West St Paul, Annual Santa’s Little Helpers Craft and Vendor Show

Riverbank Discovery Centre, Brandon, Annual Christmas Craft Sale

November 17 and 18

Selkirk Recreation Complex, Festival of Trees & Craft Sale

Lakeview Hotel, Gimli Countdown to Christmas Gift Sale

November 18

Canad Inns Club Regent, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree 2018

Scandinavian Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Christmas Market and Sale

Lawrence Community Centre, Rorkerton, Annual Holiday Craft Sale

George P Buleziuk Centre, Russell Lions Home and Craft Show

Scandinavian Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Scandinavian Centre Annual Christmas Market