Header photo from A Maze in Corn by @cateblc.

Is it possible to get through September without cooking a single meal? Maybe, especially when your day Hot this week emblem are filled with Poutine Trails, Fall Suppers and Honey Shows. And as we celebrate the first day of the Autumn Equinox (September 22), it’s time to get going on all the usual fall fixings: from hay rides to corn mazes to pumpkins galore. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…

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. 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!

Keep your campfires burning


Various locations

Why should camping end in the summer? Keep those campfires going all Autumn long with an extended campground season. Wake up in the morning to crisp air, a warm cup of coffee and a mosaic of red, yellow and orange. Here is the full list of campgrounds who have extended their season. Don’t forget to pack the marshmallows.

Buzz around The Forks at the Manitoba Honey Show


Photo by Shannon VanRaes

September 23 and 24
The Forks

To bee or not to bee, that is the question. Clearly, the answer is ‘to bee’ as the Annual Honey Show and Competition begins to buzz at the Forks. Come try the winners of the Honey Competition, shop hive related products and get a glimpse into what it takes to become a beekeeper.

Carve, bake and celebrate at the Teulon Pumpkinfest


September 23

Pumpkin enthusiasts, gardeners and artisans alike will gather at Pumpkinfest this weekend in Teulon. Fill up on pumpkin pie, participate in a workshop or enter a competition. Are you a master canner? Cake boss? Professional carver? Gardening connoisseur? At Pumpkinfest, talents of all types are recognized and celebrated. With $1000 up for grabs, the biggest award of the event will go to one lucky (and giant) pumpkin in the Largest Pumpkin Contest. Bigger is better!

Sip beer on an ale tour

Winnipeg beer brewery tour

September 20
Various locations

In case you missed it, Winnipeg is getting pretty good at this craft beer thing – and Winnipeg Trolley Company wants you to experience a taste of the scene. The Ale Trail Craft Brewery Tour is a delicious introduction to 3 of Winnipeg’s top breweries, set to the backdrop of our capital city’s wicked past. If you like sharing stories of days gone by over a pint or two (or three), you’ll love the Ale Trail Craft Brewery Tour

Help solve a murder mystery

September 22 and 23
F0rt La Reine

Mystery at the Museum is back for its 7th year with the crime-ridden town of Bloom, where an investigation begins as night falls led by a charming Detective. Move about the 20th century village and encounter characters, discover clues and find out who is guilty of the murder. There are various possible outcomes, which means anything can happen!

Take the (craft) show on the road


Various locations

We are sitting on the cusp of craft show season, and we’re all for getting ahead. Where else can you find one-of-a-kind items? From jewellery to home décor, to clothes and toys, craft sales in Manitoba are the ultimate shopping destination.

Sept 23 | Etsy Made in Canada MB Edition, Victoria Inn & Convention Centre

Savour autumn at The Forks


Oh fall, lovely fall at The Forks! The hustle and bustle of summer’s youthful enthusiasm has slowed down and matured into the golden splendour of autumn. This quiet season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness” should not be missed at one of Winnipeg’s great public spaces. Crisp mornings give way to warm afternoons. The low autumn sun shines through the golden foliage while the already fallen leaves rustle and crunch underfoot. And the varied paths of this place will have you winding up in places you had no idea existed — there’s a pleasant surprise around every bend. This place shines with beauty and originality in every season.

Take a hike


Hiking in Manitoba means you never need to worry about altitude sickness. But that’s not to say the province’s broad, sweeping canvas is bland. Ma Nature painted in tall wild grass prairie, rolling, forested hills, undulating river valleys, vast wetlands and the occasional view-encompassing escarpment. For even more variety, she sketched in innumerable lakes and rivers dotted with granite and limestone outcroppings, set among deep deciduous and evergreen forests. And guess what? Fall happens to be one of the best times to embark on a hike.

Feel the luck of the Irish at the Winnipeg Irish Festival

Winnipeg Irish Festival

September 22 to 24
Various Locations

30 years and going strong, the Winnipeg Irish Festival is back starting Friday evening with a party at Shannon’s Irish Pub featuring local musicians and dancers. On Saturday, take part in a workshop to learn to play traditional instruments before heading to the Gala Concert at the West End Cultural Centre to see International act, Luckpenny.

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.

September 19Winkler Bible Camp Fall Supper

September 23Maranatha Evangelical Free Church Fall Supper, Railway Fall SupperElie Harvest Fall Supper, Gunton Fall Supper

September 24 | Meadows Fall Supper, Moosehorn Fall DinnerSt. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church Fall SupperSt. Charles Harvest Fall Supper, St. Leon Fall SupperSt. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Fall SupperStarbuck Community Fowl SupperSte. Genevieve Fall SupperWinnipeg Paroisse Précieux Sang Fall SupperArgyle Fall Supper, Carman Catholic Fall SupperChrist the King Roman Catholic Church Fall SupperDominion City Fall Supper, Flin Flon Fall SupperFriedensfeld Community Center Fall Supper, Gordon Howard Fall Supper, Grande Clairiere Fall SupperWawanesa Fall Supper, Wanless Fall Supper

Get captivated by a FemFest

September 16 to 23
Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, Winnipeg

For eight days, the Asper Centre will be abuzz as Sarasvàti Productions presents FemFest 2017: Coming of Age. This festival, now in its 15th year, will feature captivating plays by women that just about anyone can find a message with which to walk away.

Uncover Manitoba’s most unique aviation story

Gimli Glider Exhibit

 Open 12pm – 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday

On a fateful Saturday in the early summer of 1983, the little town of Gimli, Manitoba made big headlines as an Air Canada pilot pulled off one of the greatest emergency landings in aviation history. The Gimli Glider is surely one of Manitoba’s (and the world’s) most unique aviation stories – with a happy ending, too. The Gimli Glider Exhibit tells the story of an extraordinary moment of flight and innovation with memorabilia, aircraft parts and artifacts from the now-famous Boeing 767.

Embark down the Poutine Trail

Manitoba's Poutine Trail

It’s about time someone stood up for what is right and what is gravy. The Poutine Trail brings together the best potato-cheese-gravy creations in southeastern Manitoba’s bilingual communities in one delicious, mouth-watering route. How many poutines can you fit into one week?

See North America’s largest urban bison herd


September 23
FortWhyte Alive

Located in the heart of Winnipeg (off McCreary Road) FortWhyte Alive boasts the largest urban bison herd in North America on its 70-acre Bison Prairie. The centre is home to about 30 of the burly behemoths. The large furry beasts once freely roamed the plains. Hunted to near extinction in the late 1800s, these magnificent creatures are definitely worth seeing on a Bison Safari.

Root for our boys in Blue


September 22
Investors Group Field

Not only have the Bombers had an absolutely awesome and exciting season, but you just can’t beat a warm fall evening socializing with friends while watching a thrilling football game at the stadium. This Friday, the boys in Blue will be taking on the Ottawa Redblacks. C’MON BLUE!!!