What does your ideal fall day look like? Is it packed with pumpkins? Crammed with crafts? Filled with football? If you answered YES to any of these, we have good news: this week has all of that and more! Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba…

Take the (craft) show on the road


From jewellery to home décor, to clothes and toys, craft sales in Manitoba are the ultimate shopping destination.

Oct 7 | Winnipeg: Spooks and Sparkles Craft and Specialty Show, CanadInns Club Regent Casino & Hotel

Oct 7 | PiersonPierson Carnival of Crafts, Edward Sports Centre

Sample a night of art, culture and chocolate

In Wonderland Chocolate Event at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Photo by: Tony Nardella

October 7
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Get ready for a fantastical journey inspired by food, drink…and gourmet chocolate. Let the whimsy of Wonderland capture you this weekend at the WAG in a celebration of culinary art and French Manitoba. in Wonderland is a can’t-miss event, which will feature culinary genius Christophe Morel as he creates an Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired original chocolate showpiece.

Watch the migration over dinner


October 3 and 4
FortWhyte Alive

Migration is a magical time of the year, and FortWhyte Alive is celebrating with bountiful feasts and viewing opportunities. Dine lakeside and watch the setting sun serve as a backdrop for thousands of migrating geese. The three-course dinner is prepared by Buffalo Stone Cafe.

Put your pumpkin to the test


Photo by Shannon VanRaes

October 7

Pumpkin this, pumpkin that. Is there ever enough pumpkin in the fall? We think not. If you agree, head to Roland for the Pumpkin Fair. Craft sales, car displays, a bouncy house and beer gardens can be enjoyed throughout the day. The real event, however, is the Great Pumpkin & Vegetable Commonwealth Weigh-Off, where one pumpkin will come out on top (if you can lift it, that is). Imagine the jack-o-lantern possibilities? Endless!

Root for our boys in Blue


October 6
Investors Group Field

Not only have the Bombers had an absolutely awesome and exciting season, but you just can’t beat a warm fall evening socializing with friends while watching a thrilling football game at the stadium. This Friday, the boys in Blue will be taking on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. C’MON BLUE!!

Discover exceptional art


October 6
Exchange District

Wander the Exchange District in search of incredible art at First Fridays. First Fridays is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts in the Exchange area.

Spooktacular Fun at Shelmerdine


October 2 to 7
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, face painting and more. This year’s fun zone also includes a NEW AMUSEMENT PARK featuring a Train Ride, Bumper Cars, Swings and a Merry-Go-Round! It is also one of the best places in Manitoba to shop for all of your seasonal decor and plants!

Attend a fall community celebration


October 3 to 8

Russell’s annual Beef and Barley Festival is known for its community wide Scarecrow Competition, where creative scarecrows come out to compete on front lawns, on door steps and even in store fronts . The rest of the week includes a Kids Amazing Race, Senior’s Hoedown Dance, movies, and a Heritage Fair.

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 5: Morden Thanksgiving Banquet Fall SupperWinkler Senior Centre Vereniki Fall Supper

October 7: Middlebro Fall SupperRosa Fall Supper & DanceRoland Pumpkin Fair Harvest Fall Supper,

October 8: Lorette Fall Supper,

Fear the Waking Dead


October 6 and 7
Adrenaline Adventures

Since the zombie outbreak a few years ago at Fun Mountain, the military has managed to herd the last of the undead to Adrenaline Adventures and are seeking daring volunteers to test the limits of the terrifying environment. Select groups of thrill seekers will test how zombies react to humans, and of course, how humans react to the different types of zombies. In the end, it’s up to each individual to make it out alive. Will you accept the challenge?

 Sip on a cocktail

Prairie 360 feature image

While the origins of the cocktail may be in dispute, there’s no debating how creative these drinks can get. Earlier creations combined traditional ingredients such as spirits, sugar, water, and bitters. And while these ingredients remain standard in your everyday cocktail, don’t be surprised if you come across variations that include a liqueur. We were curious about the varieties of cocktails out there, particularly those with ingredients unique to Manitoba. With the help of a few restaurants and bartenders, here are the ones that come highly recommended.

Listen to jazz in Brandon

Lady of the Lake, Brandon, Manitoba

October 5
Lady of the Lake, Brandon

Unwind in one of the prettiest restaurants/shops in Brandon and enjoy a fabulous jazz concert. Composer and lauded jazz pianist Michael Cain will  join forces with Eric Platz on drums for a memorable evening of music titled SOLA.

World history lesson at RCA Museum


Open Monday to Friday
RCA Museum, Shilo

100 years ago, Canada entered into what would become one of the greatest and horrendous world events that mankind had yet to experience. World War One changed the human experience, the map of Europe, Britain’s relationship with its Colonies and Canada forged an independent sense of itself as a nation. This is just part of the story told at The RCA Museum.

Listen to the songs of Riding Mountain National Park


These songs aren’t your run-of-the-mill one hit wonders. They haven’t reached the top of the charts and you won’t find them on your city’s number one radio station. In fact, the songs of Riding Mountain National Park can only be heard for those who venture into the Manitoba Escarpment. And when you get these tunes stuck in your head, you’ll wish they never leave. Experience a true immersive nature experience with a splash of town life and a touch of comradery as you hum along with the songs of Riding Mountain National Park…

Discover our prehistoric past


Open daily
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden

Trek out to Morden to see the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada. If you like dinosaurs or sea monsters you will love “Bruce” their 43 ft  Mosasaur, the fiercest of all the marine reptiles. He’s bigger than a T Rex and just as scary. It’s because of him that the Cretaceous seas were considered the most dangerous of all time.

Visit an indoor farmers market


October 5
Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg

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 5! The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s popular farmers’ market offers fresh baking, vinegar, jams, spices, meat, sauces, fruits, vegetables and preserves.