All the world’s a stage – at least it is this week in Manitoba. Majestic horses, vengeful brides, and made-up-on-the-spot characters take center stage as arts season unravels. Have the ultimate week of art and theatre in the cultural oasis of Winnipeg, or head out of town to play the lead role in your own relaxing getaway. Even birds get their chance in the spotlight as migration time continues. Ready to raise the curtain? Here’s what’s hot this week…

Be entranced by Giselle

Giselle Royal Winnipeg Ballet

September 30 to October 4
Centennial Concert Hall

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s new season begins with one of the greatest ballets of the Romantic Era. With over 170 years of history, Giselle is a haunting tale of broken hearts, shattered dreams and ultimately, forgiveness. When Giselle is driven to her untimely death, she must enter the moonlit forest to the spirit world of abandoned brides. After her lover visits her grave, only Giselle’s love can save him from the deathly dance of the spirit world.

Learn to improvise

Winnipeg If...Improve Festival

September 29 to Oct 3
The Gas Station Arts Centre

There will be no shortage of laughs this weekend at the Winnipeg If…Improv Festival. What if you had to make up a theatrical play right on the spot? Could you do it? The Winnipeg If Festival celebrates just that. Watch some of the best improv performers from Manitoba and beyond as they collaborate live on stage to create dialogue, story and characters without use of a written script. Get ready for a standing ovation!

Head out to the lake for a day of fishing

It’s no wonder anglers fall hook, line and sinker for our many fishing holes. Trophy size catches are common and locals in every region rightly claim their streams offer some of the best fishing anywhere. With more than 100,000 lakes, casual anglers cook their catch of the day over campfires at prime sites from back-country hideaways to easily accessible roadside parks and the vast shores of Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba.

Get your fill at a fall supper

Fall Suppers Manitoba

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.

October 3

Grand Marais Fall Supper, Prawda Fall Supper & Dance, Roland Pumpkin Fair Harvest Supper

October 4

Basswood Fall SupperCooks Creek Fall SupperEdwin Fall SupperGrosse Isle Fall SupperNorwood St. Boniface Legion Dance & Fall SupperSainte-Agathe Fall SupperSt. Andrew’s River Heights United Church Harvest Fall SupperSt. Emile Roman Catholic Church Fall Supper, St. Francois Xavier Fall SupperSte. Anne Parish Fall SupperTilston United Church Fall SupperWest St. Paul Lion’s Club Fall Supper

Discover exceptional art

First Fridays Exchange District Winnipeg

anARCHI design’s 3rd Drink & Draw is happening at 63 Albert Street

October 2
Exchange District, Winnipeg

Wander the Exchange District in search of incredible art at First Fridays. First Fridays is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts in the Exchange area.

Journey to the wildest places on Earth

National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers

October 3, 2015 to April 24, 2016
Manitoba Museum

Organized around Earth’s spectacular eco-zones – polar regions, oceans, rain forest, mountains, caves, and savannas – Earth Explorers brings to life the unparalleled adventures of National Geographic. Being inspired by the exploits of National Geographic’s adventurers, visitors will apply their explorer skills with an official Manitoba Museum Passport which will take them on a journey of discovery through the Museum Galleries, Planetarium, and Science Gallery.

Danny, King of the Basement

Manitoba Theatre for Young People

October 1 to 18
Manitoba Theatre for Young People

MTYP‘s new season starts up again with Danny, King of the Basement, which tells the story of a young boy named Danny Carter who uses imagination and creativity to overcome the struggles and realities of a tough childhood. This is a great show for a family night out on the town with young teens and tweens. Why not make an evening of it and start with dinner at one of our recommended best places to eat this fall?

Clap along to the electrifying Riverdance

Riverdance 20th Anniversary Tour Winnipeg

September 28 to 30
Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg

Riverdance returns to Winnipeg by popular demand for its 20th Anniversary World Tour. This exciting blend of dance, music and song draws from Irish traditions in an incredible evening of energy and enchantment. Riverdance has been called an ‘Irish phenomenon’ and ‘a show of superlatives’ so it’s safe to say we are a wee bit excited to see this worldwide hit. One thing’s for sure – you’ll be tapping your feet and clapping your hands along to every minute of this electrifying show.

Roland Pumpkin Fair

Roland Pumpkin Fair

Photo by Shannon VanRaes

October 3

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!

Witness the magic of migration

Oak Hammock Marsh Migration Viewing Desk

October 3 to 4
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?

Take a breather on a getaway in the Whiteshell

Enjoying the view from the dock at the HIgh Lake Eco Cabins

Dock at Juniper Eco Cabin on HIgh Lake

Let the wonders of nature be a backdrop for reflection on the power of the human spirit at Whiteshell Provincial Park. Begin your Whiteshell journey at the Bannock Point Petroforms near Nutimik Lake before embarking on the eight kilometre trail at Rainbow Falls. For the ultimate relaxing getaway, book a few nights stay at the Falcon Trails Resort and practice the 10 steps to clearing your mind.

Get a head start on hockey season

Winnipeg Jets Pre Season

September 29 and October 1
MTS Centre

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 Ottawa Senators on September 29 and the Calgary Flames on October 1. 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.

Get under the world’s largest big top

Carousel Cavalia Odysseo Winnipeg

Photo by Shelley Paulson

September 10 to October 4
Under the big white top on Kenaston Blvd, Winnipeg

Beautiful music, astounding acrobatics and magnificent horses. Get ready Winnipeg, the world’s largest touring big top is about to hit town! The internationally acclaimed Cavalia will push the limits of live entertainment with its latest production Odysseo.  Head under the world’s largest big top for an equestrian and acrobatic production that will bring you to some of the planet’s most unforgettable landscapes. Check out our review on the show! 

Take the (craft) show on the road

Craft Show Manitoba

October 3

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 are the ultimate shopping destination. The Pierson Carnival of Crafts is one of rural Manitoba’s largest and most well attended; not to mention the perfect event for those go-getters who like to get their Christmas shopping done early.

Spin, knit and weave at the Fibre Festival

Manitoba fibre festival

October 2 to 3
Red River Exhibition Park

Spinners, knitters, weavers and felters unite in the Third 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!

Keep your campfires burning

Manitoba Autumn Camping

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.