It’s bound to be a noisy week in Manitoba. First will be the howls and screeches from our various haunted attractions, followed by the sound of cheers at sports games happening throughout the province. And this, all while audiences have a good ol’ laugh at comedic shows rolling into town. Ready to join into the fun? Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
All aboard The Howlin’ Halloween Express
Inkster Junction Station
Don your costume and climb aboard the Prairie Dog Central for a ride of fright and brunch. It may be early, but 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 caricatures will be offered to all on board.
Celebrate the migration at Oak Hammock Marsh
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 Astronomy Night: Migration on October 19 and get to know some of the brightest constellations in the dark autumn sky that help birds navigate. An outdoor observation session from the rooftop will let you explore the night sky. On October 22, say goodbye to the birds with classical music performed by musicians from the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.
Howl with the wolves
October 18 to 19
The 2nd international International Wolf & Carnivore Conference is kicking off in Thompson on October 18 and 19, with world class wolf and polar bear experts gathering from around the world. An air charter to see polar bears in Churchill will be available.
Examine the joys, foibles, and tragedies of Canada
October 18 and 19
Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie
With a cast of 7 multi-talented comedic performers, Canada, It’s Complicated will have you roaring in your seat to sketches and satirical songs that look at all of Canada as it is today, and in the future. Check out the show in Winnipeg at the West End Cultural Centre on October 18 and in Portage la Prairie at the William Glesby Centre on October 19.
Have a spooky weekend at the zoo
October 21 and 22
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Head to the zoo for a spooky experience every weekend in the month of October! The very scary Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit will be specially decorated for the season, while extra activities include face painting, ghost story time and creepy animal keeper talks. October 21 and 22 features special keeper talks on snow leopards.
Feel the terror on 12
October 20 to 22
Come one, come all to one of the spookiest attractions that Manitoba has to offer. Terror on 12 comes to life in October with a hair-raising, terrifying experience in a haunted estate. It’s freakishly frightening, and perfect for those who love a good thrill around Halloween. Hot drinks and food on site.
Get a scare at Six Pines
Oct 13-15, 19-22
Get your fear on at Six Pines Haunted Attractions! This annual haunt has grown for years into an interactive experience for families offering trick-or-treat fun with a variety of spook-tacular events for boys and ghouls of all ages. By day, the haunted attraction is family-friendly with Mother Goose and her petting farm, pony rides and a curtain maze with FRIENDLY clowns. By night, scare yourself silly with a visit to the Twisted Barn of Doom: “Hillbilly Manor”, the Voodoo Train and carnEvil – Fear the clowns. (Ugh, scary clowns. As if IT wasn’t enough this year.)
Witness the resurgence
On until April 8, 2018
Winnipeg Art Gallery
INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE is one show you simply can’t miss. The exhibit brings together 29 emerging-to-established Indigenous artists who are pushing boundaries with their work. Expressing political insurgency and cultural resurgence, the mixed media exhibit depicts the need to shift the Canadian paradigm. Curated by Jaimie Isaac and Julie Naga. Please note that the Winnipeg Art Gallery is closed for maintenance October 17 to 19.
Dare to discover Dracula
How much do you know about Dracula? On October 15, 22 and 29 the Dalnavert Museum is offering an in-depth look at the novel by Bram Stoker with a talk by Professor Vanessa Warne, who teaches Victorian Studies at the University of Manitoba. For a more intimate (and scary) experience, dare to explore the mansion with a flashlight to uncover clues at DRACULA UNEARTHED, happening on various dates between October 19 and 31.
Walk with haunting spirits
October 21 and 28
Fort la Reine Museum
Haunting spirits, creeping zombies and cawing ravens will keep you company as you trick or treat on a Ghost Walk through the candlelit Museum Village. You’re invited to dress up in ghostly garb, walk through the Living Dead Forbidden Forest and gather around the cauldron to meet the spooky villagers, all while enjoying free hot chocolate.
Fall in love with Shakespeare
October 19 to November 11
John Hirsch Mainstage
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare in Love will have audiences swooning over a budding Shakespeare, in his days of writing Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Facing a bout of writer’s block, Shakespeare is in search of inspiration – and that’s where Viola de Lesseps comes in. Fall in love with this tale of forbidden romance at the John Hirsch Mainstage.
Sail into terror
October 20 to 22
Marine Museum of Manitoba, Selkirk
It’s terror on the high seas 30 minutes north of Winnipeg, where the Halloween Haunt gives you a chance to explore the decks of a bona fide ghost ship. The M.S. Lady Canadian is recommended for those who spook easily, while the S.S. Keenora boasts ghoulish beasties around every corner. (It looks horrifically frightening.)
Learn, watch and network at the Manitoba Showcase
October 19 to 22
It’s that time of the year again! The Manitoba Arts Network has invited some of the best Canadian talent to showcase their work for arts organizations across the province. Attendees can watch 15 incredible performances, attend professional development workshops, admire visual art and network with other arts professionals. All shows are open to the public.
Catch a circus act
October 20 to 29
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Jamie Adkins likes to do things the hard way – which is why you know his show is definitely not going to go well. Enjoy a laugh with the family as Adkins wrangles an animated chair, tussles with a pesky hat and catches lemons with a fork. It’s a crazy, one-man marvel show!
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.
Winnipeg: Fort Garry United Church All-Handmade Craft Sale, Fort Garry United Church 800 Point Road
Morris: Fall into Christmas EXPO, Morris Multiplex
Brandon: Brandon’s Big One Arts & Crafts Sale, Keystone Centre
Brandon: Brandon’s Big One Arts & Crafts Sale, Keystone Centre
Reston: Christmas in the Country Trade Show 2014, Reston Curling Rink
Take an autumn road trip to Holland
There’s nothing like quite an autumnal road trip. Set your sights on the small town of Holland to see the windmill roadside attraction and to take a stroll through this quaint community. The Tiger Hills Art Gallery holds a small shop with local products, while this month’s exhibit is a mixed media showcase of Canadian pride. Don’t leave without a visit to the Our Lady of Prairies Trappist Monastery, which sells homemade oka cheese between 2pm – 5pm, Monday – Saturday
Cheer on those feisty Jets
October 17 and 20
The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 17 and the Minnesota Wild on October 20. As always, tickets are limited, so grab what you can before they’re all gobbled up. And there’s plenty of pre- and post-game action at the MTS Centre’s surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries.
Bust a Wheat Kings move in Brandon
October 20 and 21
Keystone Centre, Brandon
Will drive for hockey? Hit the road and go west to catch the Brandon Wheat Kings take on the Vancouver Giants on October 20 and the Victoria Royals on October 21.
Learn to improvise
October 17 to 21
The Gas Station Arts Centre
Head to Lower Fort Garry for a haunted circus
October 20 and 21
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada, St. Andrews
Get ready for the fright of your life at Lower Fort Garry. Fright Night at the Fort returns with an invitation from the governor to a haunted circus, where everything that can go awry does.
Hear stories of the mysterious sky
October (Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 pm)
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
Museums house the histories of our past, but every artifact holds stories hidden from the public eye. The life of a pilot in the age of aerial exploration was filled with adventure, but also rife with mystery and danger. From flying saucers to unfortunate final flights, discover the secrets behind some of Canada’s most unique aircraft. Guided tours launch at 2:00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays. Climb aboard!
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.
October 20: Minnedosa United Church Fall Supper
October 21: Charleswood United Church Fall Supper, Great Falls Annual Fall Supper, Fraternal Order of Eagles # 3870 Fall Supper, Fraserwood Fall Supper & Dance, Roland Fall Supper, Plum Coulee Fall Supper, Piney Fall Supper, St James Anglican Church Fall Supper
October 22: Benito United Church Fall Supper, Anola Fall Supper, Roseau River Bible Camp Fall Supper, Project New Hope Fall Supper, Mary, Mother of the Church Fall Supper, Killarney United Church Fall Supper, St Eugene Roman Catholic Church Fall Supper, United Church in Meadowood Fall Supper, West St. Paul Lion’s Club Fall Supper
Hit the FLASH fest
October 10 to 12
Various venues, Winnipeg
The FLASH Photographic Festival is on now at various venues throughout the city. For the month of October, Manitoban photographers of all skill levels and of all genres will have their works featured. For details of venues, click here.
Get to know Gracie
On until October 29
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
The Prairie Theatre Exchange is back for another phenomenal season. Gracie tells the story of a girl who grows up in a polygamous community. Gracie lives a full and irrepressible life surrounded by family and faith. By age 15, however, marriage is on the table and with increasing pressure on her, Gracie must decide whether to step outside the world she is used to, or conform.