How often do you imagine life in the shoes of another? With Halloween quickly approaching, this might just be the best time to give it a shot. Get into character at the Central Canada Comic Con, or embody a classic Halloween costume at one of our many haunted attractions and Halloween events. Imagine yourself soaring high above the crowd at a daredevil extravaganza, or play witness to a drama set in the wild west. There are endless options. Who will you be? Here’s what’s hot this week…
Dress up as your favourite character
Oct 30 to Nov 1
RBC Convention Centre
Characters from all walks of life, planets, and dimensions gather at the C4 Central Canada Comic Con. Fans and hobbyists can browse the artist alley and the exhibitor hall, all before getting the chance to meet special guests such as Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who), Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager) and Tim Rose (Star Wars – Return of the Jedi). Where else can you see Sailor Moon, Batman and Daenerys Targaryen all in one room?
Screech in horror at a Halloween haunt
Various dates and venues
‘Tis the season for fear and fright, and what better way to give yourself the shivers than by getting out to one of Manitoba’s many Halloween haunts. From haunted forests for the adults (Six Pines) to ghostly tours for the kids (Lower Fort Scary), there’s something bone-tinging for everyone this October.
Attend a family-friendly Halloween celebration
So you want something a little slower paced, with less screeches and screams? There are plenty of activities to do this week with the kiddies to celebrate Halloween.
Halloween at Fort Whyte kicks things off on October 31 with an exciting scavenger hunt and pumpkin carving. The Forks Market Halloween Party is an excellent venue for safe trick or treating, and also has a face painting station and a trick or treat bag decorating workshop. Oak Hammock Marsh will be hosting a Halloween Party & Pumpkin Decorating, inviting all to join on a guided marsh walk and learn the grim story of the wetland. Your last stop in the city will be the Assiniboine Zoo for the Halloween Spooktacular at the Zoo, in honour of Bat Appreciation Month, where your kids will enjoy a colouring corner and a spooky scavenger hunt. For those looking to get outside the city limits, head to La Riviere Kids’ Hallowe’en Fun Day, the Carman Halloween Carnival or the Big Brothers Big Sisters 10th Annual Haunted Forest in Brandon.
Cheer on those feisty Jets
Oct 27, 29
The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets take on the Los Angeles Kings on October 27 and the Chicago Blackhawks on October 29. 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 surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries like The Pint, Shark Club, The Met, and Tavern United.
Have your mind blown by fearless daredevils
You will be sitting at the end of your seat in anticipation, fear and excitement at Nitro Circus Live, the only action sports entertainment company of its kind that delivers mind blowing stunts from daredevils and risk takers. Do not try this at home. We repeat: do not try this at home.
Fill the senses as you sample new wines
Brandon Victoria Inn
Gather with great company in Brandon for an evening that will fill the senses and capture the romance of yesteryear. At the Westman Wine Festival, you can sample an incredible selection of 128 fine wines, all in support of the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre.
Head into the darkness for a twilight run
If you thought a 5 or 10k was hard in the daytime, try it at night at the Twilight Run! Don your headlamp and set out for a spooky fun run through the forests and trails of FortWhyte Alive. And since there’s a prize for best costume, we’re expecting to see quite a few extremely fit vampires, witches and sexy perogies.
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 31 | Morden: Christmas Market in the City, Morden 55+ Activity Centre
Nov 1 | Winnipeg: JDI Manitoba’s 2nd Annual Mall in the Hall, 1155 Wilkes Avenue
Nov 1 – Nov 30 | Beausejour: Christmas Craft Show, Brokenhead River Community Hall
Nov 1 – Nov 30 | Whitemouth: Christmas Craft Sale, Whitemouth Community Club
Nov 1 – Nov 30 | Seven Sisters Falls: Christmas Craft Sale, Seven Sisters Falls Community Club
Venture to the outskirts of the wild, wild west
Oct 13 to Nov 7
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance has all the usual suspects – a notorious outlaw, a gunslinger, and a lawless town. When a young lawyer travels west in search of new adventures and opportunities, he is beaten and left for dead by Liberty Valance. After he is nursed back to health, he brings order to the chaotic town. But when Valance returns to finish what he started, our unlikely hero is faced with the ultimate choice: to turn and run, or stand his ground?
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 ziplining 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!
Be enthralled under the big top
Sep 10 to Nov 1
Under the big white top on Kenaston Blvd, Winnipeg
Beautiful music, astounding acrobatics and magnificent horses. The internationally acclaimed Cavalia pushes the limits of live entertainment with its latest production Odysseo. Let your mind believe the unbelievable and lose yourself in one of the most spectacular shows on Earth as you experience four hearts of Cavalia’s Odysseo.
Focus in at the Flash Photographic Festival
October 1 to 31
For the entire month of October, cafés, shops, public spaces and galleries will breathe new life as they become the venue for a variety of Winnipeg photographers during the FLASH Photographic Festival. The Festival aims to bring photographers, arts and design enthusiasts together for a showcase unlike any other. Seminars and workshops on photography techniques, presentations, and a variety of demonstrations will also take place throughout the festival.
Feast with Gods and Goddesses
Winnipeg Art Gallery
A few fall menu and an ample supply of gods and goddesses are on the menu at this dinner-and-tour program at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Dr. Alison Surtees, University of Winnipeg Dept of Classics, will bring you through 160 Greek and Roman treasures in a rare night of history and delectable fare.
Rejuvenate and relax at the spa
Wouldn’t a day spent at a luxurious spa be just the ticket? Experience relaxation in a whole new way at the outdoor Scandinavian style oasis, Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature or escape to Ten Spa at Hotel Fort Garry for a self-detox Hamam. The Riverstone Spa is an ideal (and very serene) option after a day of exploring The Forks. If you’d like to relax outside of the city limits, head north to Elkhorn Resort on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park.
Be enveloped in human stories at CMHR
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, The Forks
Contemplate inspring stories of struggle and triumph at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This new national museum strives to create inspiring encounters with human rights, by engaging you in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others.
While there, check out the exhibit XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness. This exhibit about feelings is great for children and families. You will play, act silly, consider what makes you sad, mad and happy, think about love and think about forgiveness.
Get your fill at a fall supper
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. Fall suppers topped our list of best places to eat this fall.
Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church Perogy Supper
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Parish of the Resurrection Fall Supper, St. Joseph Ukrainian Catholic Church Fall Supper, St. Malo Annual Fall Supper, South Interlake Rockwood Ag Society Fall Supper, Minnedosa St. Alphonsus Catholic Church Fall Supper, Headingley United Church Fall Supper, Eriksdale Fall Supper
Journey to the wildest places on Earth
October 3, 2015 to April 24, 2016
Organized around Earth’s spectacular eco-zones – polar regions, oceans, rain forest, mountains, caves, and savannas – Earth Explorers brings to life the unparalleled adventures of National Geographic. Being inspired by the exploits of National Geographic’s adventurers, visitors will apply their explorer skills with an official Manitoba Museum Passport which will take them on a journey of discovery through the Museum Galleries, Planetarium, and Science Gallery.