We may not be Martha Stewart, but here in Manitoba we like to think of ourselves as a rather crafty bunch. We can craft a wicked and terrifying Halloween attraction and we can craft the most delectable fall supper. We tend to get creative when thrown into nature (see Wildcraft) and our seasonal craft shows are a shopper’s paradise. What’s more, we certainly aren’t afraid to think outside the box – whether it be for a unique theatrical production or a niche festival. Here’s what’s hot this week…
Celebrate our visitor centre’s grand opening
October 16 and 17
Visitor Information Centre, The Forks
Find yourself in the heart of Manitoba’s unique travel experiences at the grand re-opening of our Visitor Information Centre at The Forks! Our new centre features interactive technology that will immerse you in our thrilling and unique tourism experiences. Please join us on Friday, October 16 (9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, October 17 (9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) to celebrate our grand re-opening. There will be gift bags for the first 50 visitors, photo book giveaways, a fun green screen and special demonstrations by our tourism partners.
Wander through the Lower Fort Garry Penitentiary
October 16 and 17
Lower Fort Garry
There’s a mutiny on the rise at the Lower Fort Garry penitentiary, and the most heinous and dangerous inmates have escaped their cells. Enter the grounds at your own risk and navigate through the Fort as you encounter local residents, North West Mounted Police officers and the bloody rampages of the escaped convicts.
Climb up to Halloween Hill
Birds Hill Park Ranch
Ghosts, goblins, witches and bats gather for Halloween on the Hill; Birds Hill, that is. The evil White-nose Fun-guy has risen to power and is threatening to destroy the bats of Manitoba. Join forces with Batty the Bat in a spooktacular battle through the forests of Birds Hill Park. If you are victorious, stick around for a guided night hike, face painting, campfire, crafts and more.
Get the (craft) show on the road
Remember last year when you were running through the mall on December 24th, desperately seeking that perfect (but inevitably sold out) gift? That’s not going to happen this year. That’s right, craft season has arrived and there are tons of shows and markets to browse.
Oct 16-18 | Scattered Seeds Christmas Craft Market, Red River Exhibition Park
Oct 16-17 | Headingley: 9th Annual Christmas Arts and Craft Sale, Headingley Community Centre
Oct 17-18 | Brandon: Brandon’s Big One Arts & Crafts Sale, Keystone Centre
Oct 17 | Grandview: 5th Annual Fall Harvest Craft and Trade Show, Grandview Kinsmen Community Hall
Sundays until December 27 | Niverville: Indoor Fall/Winter Market, Niverville Heritage Centre
Sample new wines from around the world
October 16 to 18
Gather with great company at The Forks for an evening that will fill the senses and capture the romance of yesteryear. At the International Wine Festival of Manitoba, you can sample an incredible selection of fine wine from over 250 wineries around the world accompanies by cheeses and pâtés. Afterward, take a stroll around The Forks to take in the gorgeous autumnal scenery of the season.
Gather for a terrifying tale of haunted aircraft
October 13, 15 and 18
Royal Aviation Museum of Canada
Do you frequently mistake planes for UFOs? Do you only travel with your handy ghostbuster kit? If you answered yes to one or more questions, the Aircraft Graveyard Tales is right up your alley. Gather at the Royal Aviation Museum of Canada to hear ghastly tales of haunted airplanes, airstrips, hangars and unidentified flying objects. Cue X-Files music.
Say boo at a haunted attraction
October 15 to 18
Six Pines Haunted Attractions
Family fun by day, fear by night. Six Pines Haunted Attractions is the ultimate destination for Halloween. By day, families (and those who don’t like to be scared) can walk through interactive venues, meet Mother Goose and her petting farm and embark on a hay ride. The Famous Barn of Doom is tuned down during the day and geared for ages 10+. By night, older kids and adults line up for the bone-chilling Barn of Doom’s Six Pines Mortuary, the Scary Terror Train and the CARNEVIL. As if we weren’t already terrified of clowns.
Spooktacular Fun at Shelmerdine
Shelmerdine in Headingley
Where else can you shop for adorable Halloween goodies while your kids play in a not-so-scary indoor playground? Head to Shelmerdine for a fun, kid-friendly playzone featuring a haymaze, tire swings, bouncy castle, ziplines, face painting and more. It is also one of the best places in Manitoba to shop for all of your seasonal decor and plants!
Create, reflect and explore in nature
Get in tune with nature and creativity at Wildcraft, a four-week series that facilitates exploration through crafting and nature. This week features workshop leader Vanessa Kunderman of Rogue Wood Blog who will help participants delve into the world of spirituality and self-care. Book your spot now – last spring’s event sold out!
Celebrate the season with hay rides, corn mazes and pumpkin patches
Various dates and locations
Nothing says fall quite like hay rides, corn mazes and pumpkin patches. Don your boots, scarf and sweater and head out to A Maze in Corn for all of the above, plus a petting zoo, pony rides, exhilarating ziplining and a spooky Haunted Forest. The Scarecrow Forest in Steinbach has just about every farm activity you could think of, from Bales of Fun to Pig Races. Other options include Deer Meadow Farms, Boonstra Farms and Meandher Farms. Might as well make a fun day out of it and declare a Corn Maze Road Trip!
Tour Winnipeg’s spookiest places
Muddy Waters Ghost Tours
Get into the spirit of Halloween with a hair-raising tour of Winnipeg’s spookiest places. Follow costume characters through the streets and listen to tales of crime, tragedy and haunted spirits. Wicked Winnipeg follows the city’s connection to notorious criminals and the stories behind their dastardly deeds. The Talking to the Dead Bus Tour enters the realm of the spirit world and attempts to communicate and capture evidence of this mysterious dimension. The City of Ghosts Bus Tour is an introduction to paranormal activity and is best suited for those who want to learn about spirits without engaging. We’re creeped out already.
Venture to the outskirts of the wild, wild west
October 13 to November 7
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
This western has all the usual suspects – a notorious outlaw, a gunslinger, and a lawless town. When a young lawyer travels west in search of new adventures and opportunities, he is beaten and left for dead by Liberty Valance. After he is nursed back to health, he brings order to the chaotic town. But when Valance returns to finish what he started, our unlikely hero is faced with the ultimate choice: to turn and run, or stand his ground?
Reach for the stars
October 15| 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Oak Hammock Marsh
Oak Hammock Marsh has the best skies. When it isn’t full of migrating birds, it’s littered with the brightest stars. Attend the next Astronomy Night and get to know how migrating birds use celestial bodies to navigate their way North or South. An outdoor observation session from the rooftop will let you explore the night sky.
Feel the rhythm of Quartetto Gelato!
October 16 to 18
Centennial Concert Hall
Latin rhythm + Gypsy Showpieces + Neapolitan Songs = the beautiful and lively Quartetto Gelato! In a show unlike any other, Quartetto Gelato enchants audiences with exciting acrobatics and high energy performances. Expect a sizzling performance of unforgettable songs.
All aboard The Howlin’ Halloween Express
Inkster Junction Station
Don your costume and climb aboard the Prairie Dog Central for a ride of fright. Igor is loose on the train and he’s sure to give you a scare if you don’t see him coming. Chris Without the Hat will entertain with amazing juggling and Igor will even stick around for a haunting workshop. Boo!
Come on down for the Price is Right
October 15, 17, 18
Club Regent Casino
Who hasn’t dreamed of having their named called on the Price is Right? Now is your time to shine. This interactive stage show at the Club Regent Casino gives guests the chance to play classic Price is Right games such as Plinko™, Cliffhangers™, The Big Wheel™, and the fabulous Showcase. Prizes up for grabs include appliances, vacations and even a brand newwwww car!
Get your fill at a fall supper
Various dates and locations
Fall just wouldn’t be fall without the opportunity to enjoy a hearty, home cooked meal. Fall suppers are a long standing (and very tasty) Manitoba tradition, bringing together local communities with warm meals.
Charleswood United Church Fall Supper (Advance Tickets Required), Fraserwood Fall Supper & Dance (Advance Tickets Required), Fraternal Order of Eagles # 3870 Fall Supper, Plum Coulee Fall Supper, St Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Fall Supper (Advance Tickets Required)
Go back to the stone age
October 15 to 18
Canad Inns Transcona
Amethyst Clusters. Fire Agate. Emerald. Who said only diamonds are a girl’s best friend? The Winnipeg Rock and Mineral Show & Sale is the place to go for one-of-a-kind treasures and over 60 tables of rocks, crystals, minerals, fossils and unusual specimens. Rumour has it that a life-sized Velociraptor will even be making an appearance!