Halloween is still more than a week away, but that has hardly stopped adrenaline junkies from seeking out the thrills that lead up to this one-night event. For those looking less for the scare-'em tactics, but still wanting to have every bit of fun that this province can throw their way, Manitoba has an exciting lineup of events that we're pretty sure will make the cut. Here's what's hot in Manitoba.

Watch a warm, witty play on matters of head and heart

Royal MTC's Sense and Sensibility by Leif Norman

continues this week
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

Local playwright Ellen Peterson brings the romantic classic of Jane Austen to life in this brand new production by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Sense and Sensibility is a witty tale of the Dashwood sisters whose family is on the brink of financial ruin. As one sister, Elinor, is guided by her head and a motivation to save her family, the other sister, Marianne, is ruled by matters of the heart. Both sisters must learn how to strike that fine balance between the two. Sense and Sensibility continues this week at John Hirsch Mainstage.

Get code cracking at The Leg

Manitoba Legislative Building with Max Muench (@muenchmax)

October 28
Manitoba Legislative Building Main Entrance, Winnipeg

For the Dan Brown fans, the Hermetic Code Tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building is the perfect way to discover an architectural wonder while uncovering a few mysteries of the occult. Join Dr. Frank Albo on Sunday at 4 p.m., as he takes guests on a journey unlike any other, filled with intrigue at every turn.

Take a walk down the 80s memory lane

WAG 80s Film nights

continues this week
WAG, Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, The 80s Image, focuses on painting and still photography during the decade and the rise of technology during that period. Fifty Canadian artists’ will display their works, which helped define the era.

Go Xtreme at Assiniboine Park


ends October 31
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg

First came the dinosaurs, then Assiniboine Park brought some Xtreme BUGS, featuring 19 giant, animatronic bugs along the forested trail inside the Zoo. This exhibit is the perfect way for kids to see the physical characteristics of bugs up close and discover the science behind some of their behaviour. Don't miss the final days of this exhibit if you haven't had the chance as yet to take your kids out for this exciting experience.

Capture final moments at FLASH Fest

Flash Photographic Fest

ends October 31
various venues, Winnipeg

The FLASH Photographic Festival is wrapping up its month-long schedule of events across the city where Manitoban photographers of all skill levels and genres will have their works featured. For details of venues and the final days of this event, click here.

Take in the sounds of an introspective jazz artist

Jazz artist Jill Barber

October 22
West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg

Jazz artist, Jill Barber, brings her evolving sound and introspective take on musical genres and life to the West End Cultural Centre this evening. Barber will perform songs from her latest album, Metaphora

Step on the CaRaVaN stage


October 22
Forth, Winnipeg

Forth is definitely a downtown hotspot for the coffee craver and also happens to serve up some good grub. This week, Forth is taking the mundane out of your Monday with its anything-goes CaRaVaN open mic and open stage event.

Take a plunge into the paranormal

Paranormal - Heartland

October 23
begins at Via Rail Train Station, Winnipeg

Equally fascinated by and fearful of the idea of ghoulish ghosts? Join Heartland Travel for a foray into the paranormal on The City of Ghosts Bus Tour where you’ll also discover some interesting historical details about Winnipeg. This tour starts from inside the Via Rail Train.

Give your brain a challenge

Wee Johnny Trivia

October 23
Wee Johnny’s, Winnipeg

Wee Johnny’s is launching Trivia Night starting this Tuesday and continuing every Tuesday night. Trivia Night kicks off at 8 p.m. with quizmaster host, Jeff Sinclair.

Be blown away by a Mardi Jazz performance

U of M Mardi Jazz

October 23
centre culturel franco-manitobain, St. Boniface

Get ready to be blown away by the University of Manitoba jazz band as it brings its talents to this week’s edition of Mardi Jazz. Head to the centre culturel franco-manitobain where all the magic will unfold.

Howl at a musical masquerade

Centennial Concert Hall Norman Foote

October 24
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

The Howl 18 A Musical Masquerade is a family event that features Juno award winner, Norman Foote, and an extra-large local youth costumed choir. Get ready for music and laughter for the evening’s celebrations.

Catch a foreign flick

Vivian Meier

October 24, 27 and 28
Winnipeg Cinematheque

Looking for an interesting movie experience? Winnipeg Cinematheque offers some of the best in Canadian and foreign films. This week’s lineup includes UK film, The Vivian Maier Mystery, and US film, Twilight Room of the Soul: The Universe of Ingmar Bergman.

Discover the stories hidden in a diverse group’s closet


October 24 to 27
Théâtre Cercle Molière, Winnipeg

Cercle Molière is uniting an international cast of artists for the production of L’Armoire. The story focuses on a diverse group from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds, all facing various struggles. In spite of life’s challenges, this group seeks to experience life’s simplest pleasures of joy and hope. L’Armoire plays at Cercle Molière from October 18 to November 3.

Have a jazz-filled dining experience

Resto Gare

October 25
Resto Gare and Train Bar, Winnipeg

Resto Gare is livening up Thursday dinners with Jazz at the Station. If you’re a jazz enthusiast, then you won’t want to miss the talents of Kelly Bado as she serenades the audience.

Have a whoop and a holler

Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival

October 26
Royal Canadian Legion, Portage la Prairie

The Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival is back with its live entertainment event that will feature just about anyone who has the talent and the nerve. Whether your strength is song, dance, hip hop, stand-up comedy, or something else, make your way to this open mic event for your chance to perform live.

Sip on wine in Dauphin

a wine fest

October 26
Parkland Recreation Complex, Dauphin

The Dauphin Rotary Club is hosting a wine-tasting fundraising initiative featuring wines from around the globe. If you’re a wine lover, then this is the perfect event to rub shoulders with like-minded aficionados and connoisseurs.

Head to a French film fest


October 26 to 28
Silver City Cinemas, St. Vital

Cinémental screenings for its 27th film festival continues this week. Festival des films francophone au Manitoba continues for another three days at Silver City Cinemas in St. Vital.

Watch Casablanca to live accompaniment


October 26 to 28
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Valentine's may still be a ways off, but that isn't stopping the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from putting the romance gears in motion. The romance between Casablanca’s Rick and Ilsa comes alive at Centennial Concert Hall this weekend to the live symphonic accompaniment of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Fit your comics and cosplay passions into one weekend

Comic Con

October 26 to 28
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

Whether you secretly love the villains, or wear your heart on your sleeve for the heroes, Comic Con is coming to Winnipeg. And, for an entire weekend, you are free to explore your passion for the world of comics and cosplay.

Fall into Christmas in Altona

Altona Christmas market

October 27
Millennium Exhibition Centre, Altona

The town of Altona is holding its Fall into Christmas Artisan Market on Saturday. The marketplace will feature handmade goods from over 50 local creators and emerging artists.

Shop the Morden market


October 27
Morden Activity Centre, Morden

Morden is gearing up for the season with its Christmas Market in the City at the Morden Activity Centre. This event will feature lots of vendors in an effort to raise funds for the Morden & District Lions Club.

Sip on cocktails in costume

Cocktail Renaissance Fest

October 27
McPhillips Station Casino, Winnipeg

Wine tastings are all the rage, but this Saturday, the 60s are making a comeback at McPhillips Station Casino with a Cocktail Renaissance Tasting Festival. Sip on cocktail samples, with over 50 to choose from. There will be live entertainment and guests are asked to come dressed in their best 60s costume.

Enter MTYP’s Mooninland universe


October 27 and 28
MTYP, Winnipeg

The Manitoba Theatre for Young People takes you into a mysterious universe of forests, magical caves and on high sailing seas, all in the miniature universe of Comet in Mooninland. This weekend, don’t miss Tove Jansson’s story of trust, bravery and ingenuity.

Attend a fall classical concert

Mennonite Community Orchestra

October 28
Canadian Mennonite University Chapel, Winnipeg

The Mennonite Community Orchestra, the Canadian Mennonite University’s resident orchestra, is holding its fall concert on Sunday afternoon. The event also serves as the debut for the orchestra’s new conductor, Andrea Bell. Tenor soloist, Nolan Kehler, will perform four songs by the late romantic German composer, Richard Strauss with the orchestra. Also on the program are Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture.

Feast at a fall supper

APC Fall_harvestsupper

What would fall be without the community suppers? Here’s a list of the ones to check out this week.

October 26

Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg Fall Harvest Supper

Community Centre, Lowe Farm Fall Supper

Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church Perogy Supper

October 27

Abundant Life Lutheran Church Fall Supper

October 28

Selkirk Regional High School Cafeteria, Selkirk United Church Fall Supper

Rec Centre, Benito United Church Fall Supper

Community Hall, Austin Fall Supper

Community Hall, Emerson Fall Supper

Gainsborough Community Club, Gainsborough Fall Supper

Westbourne Longburn Community Centre, Westbourne Fall Supper

St. Francis Anglican Church Fall Supper

St. Joseph Ukrainian Catholic Church Fall Supper

Sunova Centre, West St. Paul Lion’s Club Fall Supper

Check out a Halloween event


And not forgetting Halloween, here’s a list of events leading up to this one-night scare fest.

October 23 to 28

Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg, Dracula Unearthed! Revamped

October 25 to 31

McGillivray Blvd, Oak Bluff, Heebie Jeebies

October 26 and 27

Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie, Fright at the Museum

Deer Meadow Farms, Forbidden Forest & Haunted Hayride

FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg, Case at the Edge of the Woods, A Theatrical Murder Mystery Tour

October 26 to 28

Marine Museum of Manitoba Inc., Halloween Haunt at the Marine Museum

Highway 12, Anola, Terror on 12

October 27

St. Andrew’s Rectory National Historic Site, Mysterious Manifestations

Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre, Glenlea, Pumpkin Carving Party

La Riviere & Community Recreation Centre, Kids Hallowe’en Fun Day

Children’s Museum, Winnipeg, Halloween Howl

Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, Winnipeg, A Nightmare on Donald Street

October 27 and 28

Six Pines Haunted Attractions, Winnipeg, Family Fun by Day

October 28

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Stonewall, Halloween Fun & Pumpkin Decorating Workshop