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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.

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Find the next best shopping or dining experience

WAA_friends having drinks

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

Royal MTC Vietgone

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

Faces Cre8ery

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

Sense and Sensibility - Leif-Norman

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

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November 4
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

WAG 80s Film nights

continues this week
WAG, Winnipeg

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

Flash Photographic 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

Caravan at X-Cues

October 29
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

Paranormal - Heartland

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

Mardi Jazz: Casati

October 30
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 – French Cuisine in Winnipeg, Manitoba

November 1
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

November 1
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

Comedian Mark Normand

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

People crossing the street during First Fridays in the Exchange District

November 2
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

Camerata Nova: 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


November 4
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 - songbirds

November 4
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

Fall Suppers

What would fall be without the community suppers? Here’s a list of the ones to check out this week.

November 2

St. Viator’s Roman Catholic Church, Perogy Supper

November 3

Legion Hall, Arborg Ag Society Fall Supper

Belgian Club Fall Supper

St. Saviour’s Anglican Church Fall Supper

November 4 

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

Willow Grove

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

November 3

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

November 4

St. Vital Mustangs Football Club, Winnipeg, St. Vital Pop-up Market

Bridgehill Pottery Workshop, Woodmore, Harvest the Arts

Check out a Halloween event

Take a Pumpkin Spice Tour of Manitoba

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

October 30

Highway 12, Anola, Terror on 12

October 30 and 31

Six Pines Haunted Attractions, Winnipeg, Family Fun by Day

October 31

Outlet Collection Winnipeg, Happy Howl-O-Ween

McGillivray Blvd, Oak Bluff, Heebie Jeebies

Dawson Trail Park, Richer, Trunk or Treat