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. Don your favourite fall scarf and climb aboard the nearest hay ride, because this week is hotter than a mug of freshly brewed PSL…
Give thanks at the zoo
October 3 to 12
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Bring the family together for a fun-filled Thanksgiving Festival at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. First, wear your favourite scarf for a Thanksgiving greeting photo at the Photo op Station. Next, head to the various Pumpkin Presentations to watch the zoo animals receive a special autumn treat. Watching the animals feast will surely spike your appetite, so take a break at the Tundra Grill and try the popular Chicken Apple Dog. Oh, and did we mention the 25% discount for regular zoo admission?
Gather for a terrifying tale of haunted aircraft
October 6, 8 and 11
Royal Aviation Museum of Canada
Do you frequently mistake planes for UFOs? Do you only travel with your handy ghostbuster kit? If you answered yes to one or more questions, the Aircraft Graveyard Tales is right up your alley. Gather at the Royal Aviation Museum of Canada to hear ghastly tales of haunted airplanes, airstrips, hangars and unidentified flying objects. Cue X-Files music.
Come on and slam
You know I couldn’t write about this event without quoting at least a few lines from Space Jam. The NBA is coming to Winnipeg as the Chicago Bulls take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in an exciting preseason game at the MTS Centre.
Get under the world’s largest big top
September 10 to October 4
Under the big white top on Kenaston Blvd, Winnipeg
Beautiful music, astounding acrobatics and magnificent horses. Get ready Winnipeg, the world’s largest touring big top is about to hit town! The internationally acclaimed Cavalia will push the limits of live entertainment with its latest production Odysseo. Head under the world’s largest big top for an equestrian and acrobatic production that will bring you to some of the planet’s most unforgettable landscapes. Check out our review on the show!
Say boo at a haunted attraction
October 8, 9, 10 and 12
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 Barn of Doom’s Six Pines Mortuary, the Scary Terror Train and the CARNEVIL. As if we weren’t already terrified of clowns.
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.
Little Britain United Church Supper – Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive School
Spooktacular Fun at Shelmerdine
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!
Create, reflect and explore in nature
Get in tune with nature and creativity at Wildcraft, a four-week series that facilitates exploration through crafting and nature. First up is workshop leader Helga Schrute Schoeer of FIBREARTISTRY who will teach the fine art of felting. Book your spot now – last spring’s event sold out!
Unlock the mystery of an escape room
Various dates and locations
You’re locked in a room with 60 minutes to escape or find your objective. What do you do? Don’t worry – there are plenty of clues for you to uncover to help find your way out. Escape rooms are growing in popularity across Canada, and Winnipeg just happens to boast a few of the best. Test your skills at Enigma Escapes‘ Jewel of Zanzibar as you hunt down a mystical gem from a powerful warlord or head to The Real Escape to escape Death Row after you and your friends are wrongfully convicted. Whatever you do, don’t run out of time.
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!
Tour Winnipeg’s spookiest places
Muddy Waters Ghost Tours
Get into the spirit of Halloween with a hair-raising tour of Winnipeg’s spookiest places. Follow costume characters through the streets and listen to tales of crime, tragedy and haunted spirits. Wicked Winnipeg follows the city’s connection to notorious criminals and the stories behind their dastardly deeds. The Talking to the Dead Bus Tour enters the realm of the spirit world and attempts to communicate and capture evidence of this mysterious dimension. The City of Ghosts Bus Tour is an introduction to paranormal activity and is best suited for those who want to learn about spirits without engaging. We’re creeped out already.
Strive for a sustainable future
October is Sustainability Month, and in celebration, the Manitoba Museum is hosting the 20×20 Sustainability Night. Fast paced presentations will explore the ongoing projects, initiatives, ideas and research that contribute to a more sustainable province. It is the perfect opportunity to think deeply and reflect on our collective and individual impact on the environment and the world.
Declare war at an art battle
Centennial Concert Hall
It’s an all out creative brawl at the Centennial Concert Hall for Art Battle 313. This exciting event features live competitive painting where 12 artists duke it out to make it to the Winnipeg Finals, taking place next spring. The audience members act as judges, voting on their favourites of the night. Bob Ross would definitely approve of this event – but remember, “We don’t make mistakes… just happy little accidents.”
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.
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.