Header Credit | Photo: Errisson Lawrence © 2015 Cirque du Soleil Costume: Kym Barrett

We hope you brought your appetite, because Thanksgiving weekend is here and with it comes a bounty of stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce and family-fun activities. A true autumn weekend requires an abundance of pumpkin patches, corn mazes, petting zoos and haunted forests, as well as a cornucopia of fall suppers and spooky outings. And if you want to do something totally out of this world, don’t miss the ship to TORUK – The First Flight. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…

Discover exceptional art

First Fridays in the Exchange District, Winnipeg

October 7
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.

Take the (craft) show on the road


We are sitting on the cusp of craft show season, and we’re all for getting ahead. Where else can you find one-of-a-kind items? From jewellery to home décor, to clothes and toys, craft sales in Manitoba are the ultimate shopping destination.

October 8

Ste Rose du Lac: Hoof & Hooler Craft Sale, Community Centre

Spooktacular Fun at Shelmerdine


October 8
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, ziplines, face painting and more. 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

Beef and Barley Festival

October 2 to 9

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 (The Secret Life of Pets and Ghostbusters) and Russell’s own Culturama.

Journey to Pandora

TORUK: The First Flight

Photo: Errisson Lawrence © 2015 Cirque du Soleil Costume: Kym Barrett

October 5 to 9
MTS Centre, Winnipeg

Inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight is a spectacular journey that brings you to the planet of Pandora. Cutting-edge visuals paired with puppetry and cinematic score will guide you through this imaginary world of discovery and possibility.

Feel the vibe of Dame Evelyn Glennie

 Evelyn Glennie at the WCO

October 4
Westminster United Church, Winnipeg

Evelyn Glennie is a master of percussive instruments, a motivational speaker, an arranger – and she’s also deaf. The world’s premier solo percussionist is coming to the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra to perform marimba and vibraphone arrangements and a piece by frequent MCO collaborator, Michael Oesterle.

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!

Say boo at a haunted attraction


October 7, 8, 10
Six Pines Haunted Attractions

Family fun by day, fear by night. Six Pines Haunted Attractions is the ultimate destination for Halloween. By day, families (and those who don’t like to be scared) can walk through interactive venues, meet Mother Goose and her petting farm and embark on a hay ride. The Famous Barn of Doom is tuned down during the day and geared for ages 10+. By night, older kids and adults line up for the bone-chilling Famous Bone-Chilling Twisted Barn of Doom ~ “ThunderRidge Hotel”, the Scary Terror Train and the CARNEVIL. As if we weren’t already terrified of clowns.

Hear stories of the haunted sky

Spooky Skies at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

October 2 to 30 (Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada has something special planned for October. Gather round to hear spooky stories of the ghosts who haunt airplanes, airstrips, hangers and unidentified flying objects around the world. Tours are free with admission!

Focus in at the Flash Photographic Festival


October 1 to 31
Various locations

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.

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.

Root for our boys in Blue


October 8 | 3:00 pm
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 Saturday, the boys in Blue will be taking on the BC Lions. C’MON BLUE!!!

Watch the migration over dinner

Goose Flight Feasts at FortWhyte Alive

October 5, 6, 7, 8
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.

Fear the Waking Dead

Fear the Waking Dead

October 7, 8, 9
Adrenaline Adventures

Since the zombie outbreak last year 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?

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 6

Morden Thanksgiving Banquet Fall Supper

October 9

Lorette Fall Supper – Notre Dame de Lorette Parish

October 10

Woodlands Fall Supper