With the fall season already afoot, the indoor cultural hotspots are getting geared up for a brand new season to get you through the chilly months. Old haunts like the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is livening things up with pop music, while Burton Cummings Theatre is bringing in the ballet. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the airport

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October 20
Winnipeg Richardson International Airport

Curious about what goes on behind the scenes at the airport? The Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is hosting an Open House and Travel Expo in October. Sign up for an exclusive airport tour, connect with travel agents and tour operators to jumpstart your winter getaway planning. Spend some time mingling with QX104 who’ll be live on location for the day! Free parking will be available, and there will also be trip giveaways and tours.

Feast at a fall supper

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September 18 to 23
various venues, Manitoba

Fall is just a few days around the corner, and one by one, communities are starting to announce their suppers. Here is a list of the ones you can look forward to this week:

September 18

Winkler, Winkler Bible Camp Fall Supper

September 21

Heartland Community Church, Landmark Fall Supper

September 22

Community Club: Elma Fall Supper
East Beaches Senior Scene, Victoria Beach Fall Supper

September 23

Community Hall: Dominion City Fall Supper
Community Center, Steinbach, Friedensfeld Fall Supper
Curling Club, Otterburne Fall Supper
Vita Bible Church, Vita Fall Supper
Argyle Curling Rink, Argyle Fall Supper
Community Hall, Moosehall Fall Dinner

Get on pointe at the ballet

Les Ballets de Montreal

September 17
Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg

Les Ballets de Montreal is coming to town. If you’re a fan of the ballet, then make your way to the Burton Cummings Theatre for Dance Me, an exclusive new creation inspired by the profound work of Montreal-based poet, artist and songwriter, Leonard Cohen.

Stage a resistance

FemFest 2018

September 17 to 22
Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, Winnipeg

For eight days, the Asper Centre will be abuzz as Sarasvàti Productions presents FemFest 2018: The Game and White Man’s Indian This festival, now in its 16th year, will feature captivating plays by women that just about anyone can find a message with which to walk away.

Celebrate human rights and Mandela

Exploring the Nelson Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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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.

Get swept up in the Lights of the North

Giant dragon in front of a lit temple at the Lights of the North festival

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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.

Go Xtreme in Assiniboine Park

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Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg

First came the dinosaurs, now Assiniboine Park is bringing its Xtreme BUGS, which will feature 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.

Attend a juried art exhibit

Buhler Gallery, St. Boniface Hospital Juried Art

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Buhler Gallery, St. Boniface Hospital

The Manitoba Rural and Northern Juried Art Show is on this week and will feature works from across the province. Make your way to the Buhler Gallery of the St. Boniface Hospital to see the works of artists from as far as Flin Flon and The Pas, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics and textiles. Contact Nicole Shimonek, (204) 943-0036, for more details.

Unlock the mysteries of the occult

Dr. Frank Albo speaks to a group of people at the foot of the stairs in the Manitoba Legislative Building

September 19
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.

Experience FortWhyte Alive at sunset

Geese on water

September 19 to 23
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

Not sure where to spend your free time, or what to do with it? FortWhyte Alive has a fun week of activities and we’re pretty sure that one of them will suit your fancy. Of particular interest this week is FortWhyte’s Goose Flight Feasts where you can enjoy a meal at sunset as you watch thousands of birds migrate.

Get up close to bison

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FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

If you’re constantly on the lookout for opportunities to spend time outdoors, you need look no further than FortWhyte Alive. The Bison Safari Venture begins this week with up-close encounters with North America’s largest land mammal.

Get your laugh on

Sarasvàti Productions ResisDance - FemFest

September 21
The Good Will Club, Winnipeg

Karaoke nights are always a hit at The Good Will Club and so too will be the comedy. The Club is hosting a night of feminist comedy and dance, with all proceeds going to Women's Health Clinic! DJs Mama Cutsworth and Lady LP will also be on site. Doors at 8 p.m. Comedy gets going at 8:30 p.m.

Have Big Times in the Suncatch


September 21 and 22
Suncatch Park, Morden

Big Times in the Suncatch is a weekly concert that takes place in the recently refurbished Suncatch Park on 8th Street, behind the Pembina Hills art gallery. Concerts are free. Food trucks will be onsite, and refreshments are available for purchase. Big Times in the Suncatch runs every Friday and Saturday during the summer in Morden’s beautiful downtown.

Choose your adventure at Oak Hammock Marsh

Oak Hammock Marsh canoe

September 20 to 22
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Oak Hammock Marsh is heating up the chilly weekends with a host of activities geared to get you out and enjoying the outdoors. From its astronomy night on Thursday, to its evening canoe on Friday, that culminates with a birding and breakfast event on Saturday, you’re guaranteed to find something that appeals to your sense and pace of adventure.

Fill up on 80s classics

The Handsome Daughter’s Rock ‘n’ Roulette

September 21
The Handsome Daughter, Winnipeg

Get your fill of 80s music at The Handsome Daughter’s Rock ‘n’ Roulette. This Friday, four bands will rock the joint, including The Smiths, The Cure, Pixies, Minutemen, and a few more surprises. Doors at 9:30 p.m.

Celebrate WSO’s new season with the Beatles

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Beatles Tribute new season

September 21 to 23
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is opening with a bang and an ode to pop music. For its 2018-2019 season, the WSO presents Pops Series. Beatle lovers will be treated to over a dozen Beatles masterpieces with live symphonic accompaniment, just as they recorded them.

Hit a harvest fest in Teulon


September 22
Rockwood Centennial Centre, Teulon

It’s that time of year again and Teulon Rockwood Hall is gearing up for its harvest festival, Pumpkinfest. A morning breakfast of pancakes will be served, followed with lots of activities for the kids a market, food, live music, a dog show and much more.

Have Caribbean cocktails at Forth

Exchange District Food Tour-Forth

September 23
Forth, Winnipeg

Forth’s Tropical Hangout is back for another instalment with tropical drinks and Caribbean cocktail creations from resident bartenders Helen Panyushkina and Lucas Gladu. Don’t forget your appetites at home either, as guest chef Max Frank will be creating special snacks and food pairings.

Trace the Canadian experience at an exhibit

In the Footsteps of Vimy Ridge at the RCA Museum in Shilo, Manitoba

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The RCA Museum, Shilo

The RCA Museum will be opening a new temporary exhibit, 1918 – The Last 100 Days. This exhibit traces the Canadian experience at the end of the First World War in France and Belgium.