This week is all about deciding to go outdoors or indoors, and with the particularly stunning fall weather we’re experiencing, both will be equally as enjoyable. Start outdoors with the NHL Heritage Classic before heading in for a tribute show, a haunted museum or a concert experience.
And don’t forget, you have only two weeks left to scare yourself (or preferably your kids ) absolutely silly at one of our varied Halloween haunts. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Cheer on legendary players at the Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™
October 22 to 23
Investors Group Field
The 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ kicks off on Saturday, October 22 at the Investors Group Field as legendary players from the Jets and the Oilers hit the ice for a special outdoor alumni game that pays tribute to hockey history. Hockey superstars making an appearance include Dale Hawerchuk and Teemu Selanne, along with the Oilers’ Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. On October 23, the Winnipeg Jets take on the Oilers for a regular season game on the same outdoor ice.
Kick it up at the Moose game
October 18 and 20
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
Welcoming the Manitoba Moose back was a no brainer! AHL hockey has never been more exciting as the home opener of the season brings the fans to the stands. This week, head to the MTS Centre to watch the Moose take on the Bakersfield Condors on October 18 and 20.
Bust a Wheat Kings move in Brandon
October 21 and 22
Keystone Centre, Brandon
We weren’t lying when we said it was going to be a full weekend of hockey. Hit the road and go west to catch the Brandon Wheat Kings take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday, October 21 and the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday, October 22.
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.
Visit a rural opera house
October 21 to 22
What? Manitou has an opera house? Yes, the Manitou Opera House was constructed in the summer of 1930 – which means if you haven’t heard of it, you must be living under a rock. We kid, we kid. Now on at the Manitou Opera House is The Last Gladiator, showing off Rome like you’ve never seen it before.
Feel the terror on 12
October 21 to 23
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.
Go on a Louisiana Hayride
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
This high energy show pays tribute to one of the most memorable and iconic live radio programs: The Louisiana Hayride. Join the talented cast on a magical, musical journey to a time when songs, words and sound were meaningful, understood and pleasant. Expect to see tributes to Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson.
Immerse yourself in a mystery at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
October 20 to November 12
John Hirsch Main Stage
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells the story of Christopher, a teenage boy who is extraordinarily intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he is accused of murdering his neighbour’s dog, he must step outside of his comfort zone to discover the truth.
Fuse live art with classical sounds
Centennial Concert Hall
Worlds collide at Symphonie Fantastique; a special event that’s part of WSO’s Music of the Impressionists Festival. The two part event brings the music of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra together with artist Nereo II and Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers.
Walk with haunting spirits
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 Sleepy Hollow Museum Village. You’re invited to dress up in ghostly garb, walk through the Living Dead Forbidden Forest and the NEW haunted mansion, gather around the cauldron and meet the spooky villagers.
Visit an indoor farmers market
Various dates and locations
Long after the Farmers’ Markets of summer have packed up their goods and left for the season, the Downtown Farmers’ Market heads indoors for once a month shopping – this month’s date is October 20! The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s popular farmers’ market offers fresh baking, vinegar, jams, spices, meat, sauces, fruits, vegetables and preserves.
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 zip-lining 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!
Find the balance between tradition and passion
October 13 to 29
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, My Name is Asher Lev follows the story of a Hasidic Jewish boy in New York City who grew up with the itch to draw and create art; a passion not necessarily supported by his traditional family and community. Follow along on Asher Lev’s journey as he navigates between tradition, belief and his own passion for life and art.
Get caught in the Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble
October 12 to 30
Prairie Theatre Exchange
Get pulled into this family drama that follows Bernice Trimble and her three adult children as they struggle to cope with the life-changing news of Bernice’s diagnosis. While Iris, the middle daughter, turns to making her mother’s famous casserole, the other siblings take different routes on coping – all of which play out in the kitchen.
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 22 | Glenboro: Glenboro Craft and Trade Show, Winnipeg Beach: 9th Annual Craft Sale, Matlock Recreation Club
Oct 23 | Reston: Christmas in the Country Trade Show 2014, Reston Curling Rink
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 18: Miniota United Church Fall Supper
October 21: Minnedosa United Church Fall Supper
October 23: Benito United Church Fall Supper, Mary, Mother of the Church Fall Supper, Oak River Fall Supper, Roblin Fall Supper, St-Pierre-Jolys Fall Supper, St Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church Fall Supper, St Eugene Roman Catholic Church Fall Supper, United Church in Meadowood Fall Supper, Westbourne Fall Supper, West St. Paul Lion’s Club Fall Supper