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It has been a BIG week for Manitoba! Just in case you missed it, our province was named one of the world’s top 10 regions to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet. This recognition of Manitoba sets us apart, and lets the rest of the world see what we already knew all along. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.
Find the next best shopping or dining experience
With over 20 different locations for you to shop and dine – you will never have a shortage of places to visit. Everything you need is just around the corner. For more information, visit the Winnipeg Airport Authority website.
Pay tribute to fallen heroes
opens October 30
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
In the lead up to Remembrance Day, The Manitoba Museum is doing its part to highlight the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. In Flanders Fields explores Canada’s efforts at commemorating those lost during that period. There will also be a digital media display of the names of soldiers who died in 1918, and bilingual booklets featuring biographies of First World War Canadians. This exhibit in the museum’s foyer is free to view.
Hit the Warehouse for a sexy and sassy play
opens October 31
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
In it’s latest production, Vietgone, Royal MTC is doing away with stereotypes and exploring the lives of two people who have escaped to America after the fall of Saigon. Playwright, Qui Nguyen, relies on hip hop, kung fu, and everything in-between to tell the story of his parents’ escape. Quang, who helped to save lives during the war was forced to leave his own family behind, while Tong is excited to write her own story but discovers that America isn’t anything like what she thought it would be. This production previews at Tom Hendry Warehouse on Wednesday, and opens on Thursday.
Explore the differences that make us the same
October 30 to November 4
Cre8ery Gallery & Studio, Winnipeg
Our faces are continuously changing. Whether its because of ageing, or the impact of emotions, our expressions vary depending on the moments in our lives. Faces in the Mirror, Cre8ery’s latest exhibit explores those changes, differences and the uniqueness of all these characteristics.
Watch a warm, witty play on matters of head and heart
continues this week
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
Local playwright Ellen Peterson brings the romantic classic of Jane Austen to life in this brand new production by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Sense and Sensibility is a witty tale of the Dashwood sisters whose family is on the brink of financial ruin. As one sister, Elinor, is guided by her head and a motivation to save her family, the other sister, Marianne, is ruled by matters of the heart. Both sisters must learn how to strike that fine balance between the two. Sense and Sensibility continues at John Hirsch Mainstage this week.
Take a final crack at the Hermetic Code for the season
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. This will be the last date of Dr. Albo’s already extended tour for the season.
Walk down the 80s memory lane
continues this week
The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, The 80s Image, focuses on painting and still-photography during the decade and the rise of technology during that period. Fifty Canadian artists’ display their works that helped define the era.
Take in the last days of Xtreme BUGS at Assiniboine Park
ends October 31
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg
First came the dinosaurs, now it’s Assiniboine Park‘s Xtreme BUGS, which features 19 giant, animatronic bugs along the forested trail inside the Zoo. This exhibit is the perfect way for kids to see the physical characteristics of bugs up close and discover the science behind some of their behaviour. This exhibit closes on Wednesday.
Capture final moments at FLASH Fest
ends October 31
various venues, Winnipeg
The FLASH Photographic Festival comes to a close on Wednesday. Don’t miss the last days where Manitoban photographers of all skill levels and of all genres have their works featured. For details of venues, click here.
Step on the CaRaVaN stage
X-Cues Café & Lounge, Winnipeg
This week, The Purple Room is taking the mundane out of your Monday with its anything goes CaRaVaN open mic and open stage event. This week, the fun happens at X-Cues Café & Lounge.
Plunge into the paranormal
October 29 and 31
begins at Via Rail Train Station, Winnipeg
Equally fascinated by and fearful of the idea of ghoulish ghosts? Join Heartland Travel for a foray into the paranormal on the Ghosts Tours of Winnipeg where you’ll also discover some interesting historical details about Winnipeg. Tours start from inside the Via Rail Train.
Watch some musical jazz magic unfold
centre culturel franco-manitobain, St. Boniface
Get ready to be blown away by the band Casati at this week’s edition of Mardi Jazz. Head to the centre culturel franco-manitobain where the musical magic unfolds.
Discover the stories hidden in a diverse group’s closet
October 31 to November 3
Théâtre Cercle Molière, Winnipeg
Cercle Molière is uniting an international cast of artists for the production of L’Armoire. The story focuses on a diverse group from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds, all facing various struggles. In spite of life’s challenges, this group seeks to experience life’s simplest pleasures of joy and hope. L’Armoire plays at Cercle Molière until November 3.
Dine on jazz at Resto Gare
Resto Gare and Train Bar, 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.
Have a Handsome laugh
Handsome Daughter, Winnipeg
The Handsome Daughter is hosting its open mic comedy night this Thursday. There is no cover charge to attend this event.
Chuckle all the way to Rumor’s and back
November 1 to 3
Rumor’s Comedy Club
Looking for a laugh…or two? Rumor’s Comedy Club might have just the gig. This week, the club features Mark Normand who has been described as fun-loving and “the best joke in the city”. He has also opened for the likes of Amy Schumer and John Oliver.
Hit the Exchange District for First Fridays
The Exchange District, Winnipeg
It’s Friday…finally. Step out of the office and into the Exchange District for First Fridays. Immerse yourself in the ultimate cultural and artistic experience on a walk through Winnipeg’s original downtown.
Revisit the era of the Fallen
November 3 and 4
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, Winnipeg
Camerata Nova takes you back in time to World War I on a dramatic journey. Fallen is powerful story that follows a Manitoban Indigenous hunter/trapper who enlists, continuing a series dedicated to truth and reconciliation.
Spend an evening with the Harlem Globetrotters
Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg
Remember the Harlem Globetrotters? Remember sitting at the edge of your seat watching all the exciting moves as they dunked, slammed and alley-ooped? Well now you can experience this action-packed event firsthand as The Original Harlem Globetrotters make their way to the Bell MTS Place for one night only!
Learn all about songbirds
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Stonewall
With as many as 5,000 species of songbirds, Oak Hammock Marsh is making an event of it to introduce you to a few of these species of perching birds. Join resident naturalist, Paula Grieef, as she discusses with bird lovers the different groups of songbirds and their key features.
Feast at a fall supper
What would fall be without the community suppers? Here’s a list of the ones to check out this week.
St. Viator’s Roman Catholic Church, Perogy Supper
Legion Hall, Arborg Ag Society Fall Supper
Belgian Club Fall Supper
St. Saviour’s Anglican Church Fall Supper
Eriksdale Recreation Centre, Eriksdale Community Fall Supper
Red Barn, Stonewall Fall Supper
Westlake Community Centre, Eddystone Fall Supper
Community Hall, Minitonas United Church Fall Supper
First Presbyterian Church Fall Supper
Community Centre, Gladstone Fall Supper
St. Paul’s United Church, Morden Fall Supper
Town & Country Centre, Minto Fall Supper
Headingley Community Centre, Headingley United Church Annual Fall Supper
Holy Eucharist Parish Centre Fall Supper
Winnipeg Winter Club, Holiday Market
Shop a market or craft sale
Now is as good a time as any to visit the markets and craft sales to find unique and local items made by talented artisans. Here are a few that are happening this week.
November 2 and 3
Assiniboia Downs, Winnipeg, Inspirations Craft Market
Winnipeg Art Gallery, CRAFTED: Show + Sale
Brokenhead River Recreational Complex, Beausejour Annual Christmas Craft Show and Sale
Memorial Rec Centre, Brunkild Winterfest Craft Sale
Access Event Centre, Morden, Holiday Craft Sale
Community Hall, Plumas Craft Sale
centre culturel franco-manitobain, WEST Fall Etsy Market
Willow Grove Orchard, Winnipeg, Annual Christmas Market
November 3 and 4
Dakota Community Centre, Winnipeg, Dakota Christmas Craft Sale
Rockwood Centennial Centre, Teulon Mall in the Hall Annual Christmas Craft Sale
St. Vital Mustangs Football Club, Winnipeg, St. Vital Pop-up Market
Bridgehill Pottery Workshop, Woodmore, Harvest the Arts
Check out a Halloween event
Halloween is about to make its exit for this year, but before it's gone, here’s a list of events that will put the fright into your night.
October 29 to 31
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden, Halloween WEEK at the Museum
Highway 12, Anola, Terror on 12
October 30 and 31
Six Pines Haunted Attractions, Winnipeg, Family Fun by Day
Outlet Collection Winnipeg, Happy Howl-O-Ween
McGillivray Blvd, Oak Bluff, Heebie Jeebies
Dawson Trail Park, Richer, Trunk or Treat