All the world’s a stage – at least it is this week in Manitoba. Creativity takes center stage as arts season unravels, with the renowned Book of Mormon making a return visit to Winnipeg. Continue the ultimate week of art and theatre as Culture Days and Nuit Blanche ignites our city’s artistic side. Even birds get their chance in the spotlight as migration time continues. Ready to raise the curtain? Here’s what’s hot this week…
Create, participate and share during Culture Days
September 30 to October 2
Canada is gearing up for another cross-country celebration of all things art and culture, and it’s no surprise that Manitoba is all in. We are known for our thriving arts scene, so an all-weekend event celebrating just that is so up our alley (alley party, actually). Culture Days raises awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Get a rare glimpse into the worlds of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, designers and all creative people by attending an official Culture Days event.
Go on an all-night adventure of contemporary art
October 1, 6:00 pm to 6:00 am
Nuit Blanche Winnipeg is one of the most popular Culture Day events, so much so that it deserves its own entry in Hot this Week. This free, all-night event celebrates contemporary art and invites people from all walks of life to set off on a dusk-til-dawn adventure through Winnipeg. All events and exhibits are spread across three main zones of activity: St. Boniface, Downtown and the Exchange District. In the past, the night has presented sing-along theaters, flash mobs, art installations and travelling choirs. And since you never know what the next year could bring, it’s one of the best nights to be out and about!
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.
Headingley Fall Supper, Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church Perogy Supper, Pembina Threshermen’s Museum Fall Supper, Schanzenfeld Fall Supper
Headingley Fall Supper, Roland Pumpkin Fair Harvest Supper, Stonewall Fall Supper, Steinbach Legion Fall Supper, Wanless Fall Supper, The Pas Fall Supper
Cooks Creek Fall Supper, Faspa & Saengerfest, Grosse Isle Fall Supper, Miami Fall Supper, McCreary Fall Supper, Langruth Fall Supper, Isabella Fall Supper, Norwood St. Boniface Legion Dance & Fall Supper, Sainte-Agathe Fall Supper, Riverton Fall Supper, St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church Harvest Fall Supper, St. Francois Xavier Fall Supper, Ste. Anne Parish Fall Supper,
Steinbach Legion Fall Supper, Wanless Fall Supper, The Pas Fall Supper
Go on a haunted walk in the park
Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Help solve the murder of Stewie the Skink on a guided night hike through the mysterious Spruce Woods Provincial Park. You will participate in stargazing, watch the film Going Batty, tour the haunted museum and enjoy a campfire with hot chocolate and crafts. Add-ons include a wagon hay ride through the Spirit Sands.
Examine treasures from the north
October 1 to April 9
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic features treasures from the Government of Nunavut Fine Art Collections. These rarely seen sculptures, prints, textiles, and new media reflect identity, family, and community, broadly showcasing Inuit art and culture. Don’t miss this stunning display at the WAG, home to the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth.
Hear the good word
September 27 to October 2
Centennial Concert Hall
Heralded as “the best musical of this century” by the New York Times, The Book of Mormon returns by popular demand to restore your faith in musical theatre. Follow along on the hilarious adventure of two mismatched missionaries who have been sent across the word to spread the Good Word. Don’t miss this international sensation!
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
September 30 | 7:30 pm
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 Edmonton Eskimos. C’MON BLUE!!!
Roland Pumpkin Fair
Pumpkin this, pumpkin that. Is there ever enough pumpkin in the fall? We think not. If you agree, head to Roland for the Pumpkin Fair. Craft sales, agricultural displays, petting zoos and beer gardens can be enjoyed throughout the day. The real event, however, is the Great Pumpkin & Vegetable Commonwealth Weigh-Off, where one pumpkin will come out on top (if you can lift it, that is). Imagine the jack-o-lantern possibilities? Endless!
Tour Winnipeg’s spookiest places
Square Peg Tours
Get into the spirit of Halloween with a hair-raising tour of Winnipeg’s spookiest places. Follow costume characters through the streets and listen to tales of crime, tragedy and haunted spirits. Wander down one of Winnipeg’s most iconic streets on the Broadway Ghost Walk (September 28), follow the victim of the gallows and hear stories of true crime on the Murder, Mystery & Mayhem Tour (September 29) or spend 3 hours exploring the spirits of the St. Boniface Museum on the St. Boniface Museum Ghost Hunt (September 30).
Witness the magic of migration
Oak Hammock Marsh
Migration is a pretty big deal – so why not celebrate with the birds? This two day festival features a variety of activities including Songbird Banding, face painting and horse-drawn wagon rides. Get a closer look at our feathered friends with Birds of Prey from Wildlife Rehabilitation. Don’t miss the climatic event at sunset where visitors head to the roof to watch the migration fly-in. Ready for takeoff?
Get a head start on hockey season
September 27, 29 and 30
Canada’s favourite sport has returned for an exciting pre-season. The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets take on the Calgary Flames on September 27, the Minnesota Wild on September 29 and the Edmonton Oilers on September 30. As always, tickets are limited, so grab what you can before they’re all gobbled up. And there’s plenty of pre- and post-game action at surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries like Shark Club, The Met, and Tavern United.
Focus in at the Flash Photographic Festival
October 1 to 31
For the entire month of October, cafés, shops, public spaces and galleries will breathe new life as they become the venue for a variety of Winnipeg photographers during the FLASH Photographic Festival. The Festival aims to bring photographers, arts and design enthusiasts together for a showcase unlike any other. Seminars and workshops on photography techniques, presentations, and a variety of demonstrations will also take place throughout the festival.
Spin, knit and weave at the Fibre Festival
September 30 to October 1
Red River Exhibition Park
Spinners, knitters, weavers and felters unite in the Fourth Annual Fibre Festival. That’s right – this festival celebrates all things fibre related and strengthens the connections of the great fibre community within Manitoba. Participants can wander the market vendors, attend workshops and watch demonstrations. Sheep, alpacas and llamas are considered honourary guests at this one-of-a-kind festival!
Listen to nature’s frequency in Riding Mountain National Park
Riding Mountain National Park
There’s no static on this station – and certainly no commercials. Tune into nature’s frequency on a night walk with Earth Rhythms and discover a listening experience where the reception is always crystal clear – this is Nature 101 FM. On select Saturdays (Sept. 10, 17, 24, and Oct. 1 & 8) throughout the fall, the Acoustical Evening Walk by Earth Rhythms will guide you off the beaten path and into the night for an autumnal evening in the golden aspens and boreal greens of Riding Mountain National Park.
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. The Scarecrow Forest in Steinbach has just about every farm activity you could think of, from Bales of Fun to Pig Races. 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!
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.
Dauphin: Autumn Splendour Quilt Show, Watson Art Centre
Winnipeg: Spooks and Sparkles Craft and Specialty Show, CanadInns Club Regent Casino & Hotel
Altona: Fall Flourish Creative Market, the eXchange (Seeds of Life Church)
Pierson: Pierson Carnival of Crafts, Edward Sports Centre
Dauphin: Autumn Splendour Quilt Show, Watson Art Centre