Header photo by Robyn Hanson
Got your costume ready? Good, because this is the last week to indulge in the spook-tacular time of year that is Halloween. But it’s not all scary. The faint of heart can opt for a hockey game, theatrical performance or cabin yoga (which certainly sounds more relaxing than screaming your way through a haunted house). Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Catch a fright on Halloween
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.
Parade with the pumpkins
It’s time to hail to the pumpkin king in Gimli, Manitoba, where townfolk and visitors will gather with their jack-o-lanterns and battery powered candles for a glowing parade. The event kicks off at 6:00 pm at the Gimli Harbour Area.
Discover the duality of the human spirit at the Autumn Festival
On until November 4
Centennial Concert Hall
At this year’s Autumn Festival, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will dive into ying and yang, and the musical visions of the highest aspirations and the darkest conceits. The week of music includes Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins and Natasha Paremski in recital.
Try a new bakery
Fresh baking…the aroma alone can waft away any worry and warm the chilliest fall day. While the art of baking may be lost on some of us, luckily, there’s a bakery (quite a few, actually) for that. Check out 10 bakeries outside the breadbox.
Bust a Wheat Kings move in Brandon
November 3 and 4
Keystone Centre, Brandon
Join in the excitement and help cheer on a local team in Brandon, Manitoba. Hit the road and go west to catch the Brandon Wheat Kings take on the Kootenay Ice on November 3 and 4.
Take a hike on Hecla Island
The Hecla Village Self-Guiding Trail depicts the history of this small lakeshore settlement, with stops at the village’s centuries-old icehouses, sawmill, dockside fish station, general store as well as its modern museum.
The Grassy Narrows Marsh features a network of trails offering fine bird watching. Boardwalks and blinds provide vantage points for spotting pelicans, terns, hawks, grebes, red-winged blackbirds and bald eagles. A wildlife viewing tower not far from the main road promises early morning glimpses of moose and even the occasional wolf.
Embark on a scenic road trip
One thing’s for certain, no matter where you are, or where you have been, there’s always something new that you can discover along the way. So sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery on a road trip through Manitoba. Sometimes even the best destinations are all about the journey.
Find your center at FortWhyte Alive
There’s no better way to start the morning than with Cabin Yoga at FortWhyte Alive. On the docket this weekend is a brisk forest hike followed by guided, indoor yoga and meditation. Leader Ashley Bourgeois of Wild Path will help you tap into a zen moment on the most relaxing Sunday ever.
Take a glimpse into history
On until January 12
The Royal Canadian Artillery Museum
Visit the The Royal Canadian Artillery Museum in Shilo to see the international travelling exhibition from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Learn about Anne Frank’s time in hiding during the Holocaust and of the Canadian participation in WW2.
Dive into culture
Club Regent Casino Event Centre
You don’t have to be Polish to have a blast at this one-day festival that showcases and shares traditional Polish food, dance and language. The event will entertain and excite with local talent from the Polish community and beyond.
Follow a detective’s complicated life
On until November 11
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.
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.
November 5: Arborg Ag Society Fall Supper, New Bothwell Fall Dinner, Minto Fall Supper, Minitonas United Church Fall Supper, St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Fall Supper, Stonewall Fall Supper, Riding Mountain Fall Supper, Eddystone Fall Supper
Shop local wares
Various dates and locations
I don’t know what it is, but there’s something particularly comforting about buying something handmade. Maybe it’s the nostalgic smell of a hot glue gun and paint lingering in the air that brings back memories from childhood, or the fact that love and care has gone into each and every item. Craft Show season is back in Manitoba and there are plenty of sales to mark on your calendar leading up to the holiday season. Take a look at our craft sale list to find upcoming dates.
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 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.
Fall in love with Shakespeare
On until November 11
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.