Events Listings in ManitobaPlays, art shows, haunted houses, trains and theatres. Manitoba is just full of surprises. From the artful to the creepy and of course everything in-between, we’re pretty sure you’ll find something that fits with your pace of life this week. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

Follow a detective’s complicated life

Opens October 26
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

It’s the 1920s in Hong Kong and detective Tommy Lam faces an uphill battle trying to solve a series of murders of women, while trying to hold on to love, life and his reputation. Nine Dragons takes you into the depths of a nightclub where opium rages and a killer roams. Whether detective Lam comes out on whole on the other side of it all is anyone’s guess. Nine Dragons opens this Thursday at the Tom Hendry Warehouse.

Shop a final farmers’ market

October 28
Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, Winnipeg

The outdoor farmers’ markets are shutting down for the season. Don’t miss the chance this weekend to gather some local produce for those fall soups and winter stews at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market.

Attend a unique exhibit

More Than Just Art, Watson Art Centre, Dauphin

October 23 to 27
Watson Art Centre, Dauphin

The Watson Art Centre will be hosting an exhibit of a different kind this week. More Than Just Art, which will feature the work of 52 artists, is based on a set of artists’ book ideation cards designed for book artists and promises to be an interesting unique experience for creators and guests alike.

Take the kids to see The Wiggles

Wiggles, Burton Cummings

October 23 & 24
Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon

The Wiggles are coming to town and for two nights – one in Winnipeg and the other in Brandon – kids can look forward to being educated and entertained by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus

Take a plunge into the paranormal

Historic Vaughan Street Jail

Historic Vaughan Street Jail

October 23
Via Rail Train Station, Winnipeg

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

Have a jazz-filled evening

Brad Shigeta by Herb Benkel

Brad Shigeta by Herb Benkel

October 24
Centre culturel franco-manitobain, St. Boniface

Join master trombonist, Brad Shigeta, for another jazz-filled Tuesday evening at the centre culturel franco-manitobain.

Get a good dose of laughter

October 24 to 28
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg

If you’re looking for some good old comic relief, head to Rumor’s Comedy Club for a dose of therapeutic laughter from comedians Boris Cherniak and Kurt Braunohler.

Witness old pieces come to life again

Dark Sky with Deadfall by artist Sharon Loeppky

Dark Sky with Deadfall by artist Sharon Loeppky

October 24 to 28
Pembina Hills Art Council Gallery, Morden

Join Morden artist Sharon Loeppky for her exhibit Re-creation at the Pembina Hills Art Council Gallery where her works in ceramic come to life taking something old and creating something brand new.

Ponder tough questions at a play

Tribes at Berney Theatre

October 24 to 26 & 29
Berney Theatre, Winnipeg

“How can you feel a feeling unless you have a word for it?”

While he may be growing up in a close-knit Jewish family, Billy is the only one who is deaf. And although Billy’s family loving tries to include him in their world, it’s primarily through reading lips rather than sign language. But Billy’s world becomes a bit bigger when he meets Sylvia, a young woman who is becoming deaf but has grown up as the only hearing member of her family. As Sylvia teaches Billy sign language and introduces him to the Deaf community, he and his family must consider their place in this new world. Tribes opens on Tuesday at Berney Theatre.

Discover a new artist

Gwen Fox Gallery

October 24 to 28
Selkirk Community Arts Centre, Selkirk

Each month, the Gwen Fox Gallery exhibits the work of a different artist. This month, the work of artist Courtney Savoie will be on display.

Fall in love with Shakespeare

October 24 to 29
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

A lesser known but talented William Shakespeare is faced with writer’s block and is in dire need of inspiration. That inspiration comes in the form of Viola, an aspiring actor, who not only becomes Shakespeare’s muse but also his love, leading to what will be the playwright’s most famous love story. Shakespeare in Love opens on October 25 at John Hirsch Mainstage.

Celebrate with Brandon breeders

Manitoba Ag Ex

October 25 to 28
Keystone Centre, Brandon

It’s all about hard work and dedication and cattle breeders are taking the opportunity to showcase just what hard work bring at this year’s Manitoba Ag Ex, formerly known as Manitoba Livestock Expo. This annual four-day event kicks off at the Keystone Centre.

Get re-familiarized with Dracula

Dalnavart Museum

October 25 to 29
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg

How much do you know about Dracula? This week, 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 experience, dare to explore the mansion with a flashlight to uncover clues at DRACULA UNEARTHED

Hit the FLASH fest

Flash Photographic Fest

Flash Photographic Fest Facebook page

October 24, 26, 28 & 29
Various venues, Winnipeg

The FLASH Photographic Festival is on now and in its last few days. Don’t miss the chance to see Manitoban photographers of all skill levels and of all genres have their works featured at various venues throughout the city. For details of venues, click here.

Join ‘Gracie’ on her journey


October 24 to 29
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

The Prairie Theatre Exchange is back for another phenomenal season with the story of Gracie 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.

Thrill and challenge your senses

Tomorrow's Child, West End Culture Centre

October 24
West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg

If you’re looking for creative and adventurous ways to experience art head to the West End Cultural Centre for the unforgettable audio experience, Tomorrow’s Child. Theatregoers will be blindfolded and led to the performance space for a thrilling sonic landscape created by long-term Ghost River collaborator Matthew Waddell.

Add a theatrical twist to your haunted house experience

Burton Cummings Theatre

October 26 to 31
Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg

Tip-toe through the bowels of the historic Burton Cummings Theatre and encounter ghosts of performances past. This immersive experience puts a theatrical twist on a traditional haunted house.

Experience raw emotion


October 27 to 29
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, Winnipeg

Head to Centennial Concert Hall for the Autumn Festival and for an experience where the emotions of ecstasy and despair collide in Beethoven’s colourful interpretation of the Prometheus myth, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Górecki’s Symphony No. 3. Also, as part of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Autumn Festival, the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir will open its 95th season with selections from Haydn’s Creation, Mozart, Brahms, and much more.

Engage at a film fest

Global Justice Film Festival

October 27 & 28
University of Winnipeg

20 films in two days. Head to the U of W this weekend for the Global Justice Film Festival, which seeks to engage, educate, and empower people with thought-provoking films on current global issues and to discover the people who are making a difference in the lives of others.

Trick or treat with Friends of Riding Mountain

Creepy Hollow Hauntings, Friends of Riding Mountain National Park

October 27 to 29
Friends Learning Centre, Wasagaming

Celebrate Halloween with Friends of Riding Mountain National Park at the Friends Learning Centre. Creepy Hollow Hauntings is a family friendly weekend full of activities including, pumpkin carving parties and competitions, moonlight walk scavenger hunts, kids’ crafts, movies, and of course, tricks or treats.

Face your fears in Selkirk

October 27 to 29
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 ghouls around every corner.

Drop the mic in Manitou

October 28
Manitou Opera House, Manitou

Make a new discovery or embrace an old favourite at the Manitou Coffeehouse open-mic event. The atmosphere promises to be one of warmth, and the air guarantees to be one filled with light-hearted laughter.

Have the time of your life in La Riviere

La Riviere Halloween

October 28
La Riviere & Community Recreation Centre, La Riviere

No matter your age, La Riviere is promising the time of your life with ghoulish games, freaky fun and frightening food this Halloween. There will also be a bouncy slide/obstacle course combo, bingo, pumpkin decorating and prizes.

Get electrified in Portage la Prairie

Gordie “Crazy Legs” MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys

October 28
The William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie

Join Gordie “Crazy Legs” MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys for an electrifying performance experience of bluegrass, western swing, Celtic and Scottish country dance music in Portage la Prairie this weekend.

Hop aboard the Howlin’ Express

Prairie Dog Central, Howlin' Express

October 28 & 29
Prairie Dog Central Railway, Winnipeg

All aboard for a family friendly Howlin’ Halloween Express or Igor’s Spooktacular Brunch train ride! Keep your eyes peeled for Igor as he makes his way through the coaches choosing his favourite costumes and awarding prizes and goodies.

Get a scare at Six Pines


Oct 26, 27 and 28

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.)

Treat your kids to an incredible performance

October 28 & 29
Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Winnipeg

There’s no way like the hard way, at least in Jamie Adkins’ book. Head to the MTYP as he puts on his incredible Circus Incognitus show.