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 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
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
September 23 and 24
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
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
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
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
September 22 to 24
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 19 | Winkler Bible Camp Fall Supper
September 24 | Meadows Fall Supper, Moosehorn Fall Dinner, St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church Fall Supper, St. Charles Harvest Fall Supper, St. Leon Fall Supper, St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Fall Supper, Starbuck Community Fowl Supper, Ste. Genevieve Fall Supper, Winnipeg Paroisse Précieux Sang Fall Supper, Argyle Fall Supper, Carman Catholic Fall Supper, Christ the King Roman Catholic Church Fall Supper, Dominion City Fall Supper, Flin Flon Fall Supper, Friedensfeld Community Center Fall Supper, Gordon Howard Fall Supper, Grande Clairiere Fall Supper, Wawanesa 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
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
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
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
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!!!