Jazz shows seem to be dominating the entertainment scene this week in Manitoba. Of course that's not all that's happening, the haunted houses, theatres and festivals are also making a play for your attention this week! From the artful to the creepy and 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.
Explore Manitoba’s best kept secret
open all year
Riding Mountain National Park
Hike, bike, snowshoe, or ski through Riding Mountain National Park. Explore a trail in this four season paradise no matter what the season. Buy a day pass or purchase a Discovery pass, good for every national park & historic site in Canada! Start planning your next adventure by finding what trail best suits you.
Have a dynamic jazz experience
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, St. Boniface
Mardi Jazz is on this week and this week’s event will feature the music of Impressions. The band takes its inspirations from sounds from all over the world and you can get a taste of those sounds this Tuesday night.
Get code cracking at The Leg
October 9 and 10
Manitoba Legislative Building Main Entrance, Winnipeg
For the Dan Brown fans, the Hermetic Code Tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building is the perfect way to discover an architectural wonder while uncovering a few mysteries of the occult. Join Dr. Frank Albo as he takes guests on a journey unlike any other filled with intrigue at every turn.
Have a knit and a nosh
Across the Board Game Café, Winnipeg
Across the Board Game Café is doing what it does best: combining fun pastimes with good company and great food. Take your love for knitting, nosh, and lively conversation there this Tuesday.
Take in a cultural comedy
October 9 to 14
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
The theatre houses are picking up again and the drama begins at Prairie Theatre Exchange’s latest production Prairie Nurse. This romantic comedy focuses on two Filipina nurse migrants, Penny and Puring, who leave all they know behind to forge new lives in a strange land.
Have a Handsome laugh
Handsome Daughter, Winnipeg
The Handsome Daughter is hosting an open mic comedy night this Thursday. There is no cover charge to attend this event.
Get swept up in the Lights of the North
ends October 14
Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg
Chinese culture is making a bold display at Red River Exhibition Park with the Lights of the North, a Chinese lantern festival. This expo, spread over 10 acres, features the works of over 75 Chinese artisans and light artwork depicting Manitoba. Local and Chinese fare are also available on site.
Hit the FLASH fest
various venues, Winnipeg
The FLASH Photographic Festival is on now at various venues throughout the city. For the month of October, Manitoban photographers of all skill levels and of all genres will have their works featured. For details of venues, click here.
Celebrate human rights and Mandela
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is honouring the memory of Nelson Mandela with a riveting exhibit. Mandela: Struggle for Freedom looks at Mandela’s life and his efforts to end apartheid.
Trace the Canadian experience at an exhibit
The RCA Museum, Shilo
The RCA Museum’s temporary exhibit, 1918 – The Last 100 Days continues this week. This exhibit traces the Canadian experience at the end of the First World War in France and Belgium.
Head to Bella’s for Oktober festivities
Bella’s Castle, Morden
If you can’t make it to Germany, then let Germany come to you. Bella’s Castle will be celebrating Oktoberfest this month where you will be treated to aspects of German culture. For more details, contact Bella’s Castle at 204-823-0810.
Unearth Stoker’s Dracula
October 11 to 14
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg
How much do you know about Dracula? This week, the Dalnavert Museum is making you a part of Bram Stoker’s story. This revamped version of Dracula Unearthed will include more rooms, interaction, and opportunities to be alone in a dark house.
Feast at a fall supper
The fall suppers are beginning to wind down. Don’t miss your chance to dine at one of these wholesome community dinners. Here’s a list of the fall suppers you can look forward to this week:
Pioneer Hall in the St Adolphe Arena, St. Adolphe Parish Fall Supper
Ridgeville Centennial Hall, Ridgeville Fall Supper
Transcanada Centre, Ile des Chenes Fall Supper
Laurier Community Centre, Laurier Fall Supper
Rivers Legion Hall, Rivers United Church Fall Supper
Baroque ‘n’ Roll with Aisslinn Nosky and the MCO
Westminster United Church, Winnipeg
Aisslinn Nosky is Toronto’s Eric Clapton of the violin. The stylish virtuoso play conducts mega-hits from the Baroque era with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. A highly energetic concert that grooves, bourrées, and dazzles, and is not to be missed.
Put your pipes to the test for karaoke night
The Good Will Social Club, Winnipeg
If you’re just itching to let loose on a karaoke machine, then you’re not going to want to miss this Wednesday evening at The Good Will Social Club. There’s no cover charge, but seating is limited, so you’re likely going to want to get there early.
Plunge into the paranormal
October 10 to 12
Via Rail Train Station, Winnipeg
Equally fascinated by and fearful of ghoulish ghosts? Join Heartland Travel for a foray into the paranormal on the The City of Ghosts and Talking to the Dead bus tours where you’ll also discover some interesting historical details about Winnipeg. This tour starts inside the Via Rail Train Station.
Have a jazzy dining experience
Resto Gare, Winnipeg
Resto Gare is livening up Thursday dinners with Jazz at the Station. If you’re a jazz enthusiast, then you won’t want to miss the talents of Kelly Bado as she serenades the audience.
Watch a gripping tale come to life
October 10 to 14
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and acclaimed choreographer Lila York are taking Margaret Atwood’s gripping novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, and transforming it for the Centennial Concert Hall stage. This production is recommended for mature audiences.
Shop an exciting craft show
October 12 to 14
Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg
An exciting craft show is happening this weekend at Red River Exhibition Park and we feel pretty confident it’s one you’re not going to want to miss. With over 100 vendors to browse and buy from and with gift-giving season fast approaching, Scattered Seeds Craft Market might just be the perfect place to find what you’re looking for.
Get terrified on 12
October 12 to 14
Highway 12, Anola
Prepare yourself for an unforgettable, hair-raising Terror On 12 experience! It’s time to put your courage to the test with new and unexpected twists and freakishly frightening features as you attempt to make your way across the haunted estate for an interactive ghostly adventure.
Pet a parrot
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Stonewall
A day of family fun awaits you at Oak Hammock Marsh this weekend. Cook bannock dogs over an open fire, or join an interpreter on a guided fall walk. The Parrot Club of Manitoba will also be on site with a few of these colourful, talkative birds.
Celebrate Irish culture
October 12 and 13
Fort Rouge Crescent United Church, Winnipeg
Winnipeg Irish Fest celebrates traditional music and arts of Irish culture. This 25-year-old festival kicks off on October 12 at the Irish Association of Manitoba, while the music and culture workshops take place at Fort Rouge Crescent United Church.
Take in an intimate music performance
Jenny Mitchell, stage name Bird City, is making her way to Winnipeg for a matinee performance at Forth. Bird City, known for her Canadian-indie music sound and scene, will be performing some of her latest works and most personal yet.
Wine down at a fundraiser
Waterfront Centre, Johnson Hall, Gimli
The Gimli Film Festival is hosting a wine-tasting fundraising initiative. If you’re a wine lover, then this is the perfect event to rub shoulders with like-minded aficionados and connoisseurs.
Challenge yourself with a marathon
Lakeview Hecla Resort, Hecla Provincial Park
Looking for your next physical challenge? Look no further than scenic Hecla Provincial Park, which will be host to the Hecla Half Marathon with a 10K and a 5K race. Each course finishes with a 2 km trail run next to the Hecla Golf Course and around Gull Harbour Point.
Solve a murder mystery
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
There’s nothing quite like a good murder mystery and this weekend, Royal Aviation Museum needs your full attention to solve the Case at the Edge of the Woods. This exciting tour begins at nightfall with two shows at 7 p.m. and at 9 p.m.
Get serenaded by a rising vocalist
October 13 and 14
Rady JCC, Winnipeg
For Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan music lovers, Jazzmeia Horn Quintet comes pretty close in her musical delivery in her vocal range and virtuosity. Don’t miss her performance at the Rady Jewish Community Centre this weekend.