It’s not easy being green, but it’s worth it! April 22 is Earth Day, the day we give thanks to Mother Nature and honour her by living sustainable lives and being conscious of how the decisions we make affect the air we breathe, the soil we walk on and the water we drink. FortWhyte Alive and Oak Hammock Marsh both have big Earth Day events happening this week. In addition to the nature love, we have some hot hockey playoffs, sweeping music and amazing arts. Here is the best of the week…

Earth Day at FortWhyte

Earth Day at FortWhyte Alive

Apr 26
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

There is no better way to celebrate Planet Earth than a day at FWA! Embrace green transportation by busing, carpooling, cycling, or walking to FortWhyte. Get outside and enjoy family-friendly activities, games, workshops, and live entertainment. Explore nature trails while on the lookout for spring flowers and animals. There will be info booths, local food, used battery recycling, tire recycling by CAA, and more.

Earth Day celebration

Celebrate Earth day

Apr 22
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre

Celebrate Earth Day at Oak Hammock Marsh! Join interpreters for guided tours of the marsh to see just how important wetlands are for the health of the planet. Participate in a compost tour or a green building tour.

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

In celebration of Earth Day week, help clean Manitoba’s shorelines and become part of a global movement for environmental awareness and change! The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup gives all of us a chance to connect with our local rivers, lakes and streams, helping ensure the long-term health of our waters.

Beyond Us & Them: A collaborative conversation about Lake Winnipeg

Lake Winnipeg

Photo by Ken Pinchin.

Apr 22 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Road United Church, Winnipeg

Celebrate Earth Day with an evening of education and insight at Beyond Us & Them. Join the Lake Winnipeg Foundation for a moderated panel discussion about the complex challenges facing our great lake – and the emerging opportunities for shared solutions.

The Faerie Queen by RWB

The Faerie Queen by RWB

Apr 23
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon

Experience an enchanting story filled with love, magic, and deception as Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents The Faerie Queen in Brandon! Fantasy meets visually exquisite dance as choreographer John Alleyne paints the stage in this full-length ballet based on Henry Purcell’s opera of the same name, and on Shakespeare’s magical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets Playoffs

Apr 20, 22
MTS Centre, Winnipeg

Oh, Yeah! The Winnipeg Jets are in the NHL Playoffs and that means it’s time to get the Whiteout party started. The Jets are currently 0-2 in the series, but will be trying to get a few points on the board by doing a little Anaheim Duck hunting at home. Tickets are beyond sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out to enjoy the games. Here are a few good pubs to check out: The PintShark Club, Barley BrothersTavern United.

Also, see our countdown to Manitoba’s contributions to the Whiteout party.

Brandon Wheat Kings

Brandon Wheat Kings

Apr 24, 25
Keystone Centre, Brandon

The Wheat Kings are in the Conference Finals! The Brandon Wheat Kings advanced to the League’s Final Four last Friday with a dramatic come from behind 3-2 overtime win over the visiting Regina Pats. This weekend they will be taking on the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL Eastern Conference Final. Woohoo! Let’s go Wheat Kings!


Olympus at the WAG

Apr 26, 2015 to Apr 17, 2016
Winnipeg Art Gallery

See ancient Greek and Roman art right here on the prairies at Olympus. Whether you’re an art lover, scholar, family with kids, or never been to a museum, you’ll be inspired by this extraordinary collection and the many different ways you can experience it.

Charles Chaplin: The Circus by WSO

Charlie Chaplin: The Circus

Apr 25
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Apr 26
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon

Memorable moments abound as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra performs Chaplin’s own musical score at Charles Chaplin: The Circus. Engaged as a clown by a travelling circus, Charlie falls in love with the ill-treated daughter of The Circus proprietor, but meets a rival in the handsome new tight-rope walker. The Circus won Charles Chaplin his first Academy Award in 1929 for “Versatility and genius in writing, acting, directing and producing.”

Buy tickets: Winnipeg – Saturday | Brandon – Sunday

Clever Little Lies at MTC

Clever Little Lies at Manitoba Theatre Centre

Apr 23 to May 16
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

Catch a fast and funny show about the lives of a family with an abundance of secrets at Clever Little Lies! Overwhelmed by the stresses of work and a new baby, Billy cracks under the pressure and makes an alarming confession to his father. Sensing trouble, his intuitive mother Alice invites the whole family over in an attempt to intervene.


Apr 16 to 26
Manitoba Theatre for Young People

Enjoy “physical comedy at its best” at Kaput! This hilarious, acrobatic and dangerously clever performance tells the story of a clumsy ‘Mr. Fixit’ who, despite his best efforts to perform the simplest of tasks, manages only to fuel the catastrophe around him. Starring the larger-than-life Tom Flanagan (of the world-renowned Circus Oz and Tom Tom Crew).

Turandot by Manitoba Opera

Manitoba Opera presents Turandot

Saturday, April 18, 21, 24
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Catch Puccini’s grandest love story Turandot. In Ancient Peking, the beautiful, icy Princess Turandot announces that she will marry the man who can solve her three riddles, but gravely punish those who cannot. Puccini’s spectacular masterpiece features one of the most profoundly beautiful scores in all of opera.

The Hound of the Baskervilles at PTE

Hound Of The Baskervilles

Apr 9 to 26
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

Catch a hilarious spoof on the world’s most famous detective at The Hound of the Baskervilles! An ancient family curse, a desolate moor, a spectral hound and a deranged killer on the loose. This rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated tale, while mostly faithful to the original plot, is a cavalcade of characters, quick changes and sight gags, as Holmes and Watson investigate a suspicious death at Baskerville Hall in a zany, madcap telling of the classic tale.

Canadian Museum For Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Open Tuesday to Sunday
The Forks

Contemplate inspring stories of struggle and triumph at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This new national museum strives to create inspiring encounters with human rights, by engaging you in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others.

The Manitoba Museum

The Manitoba Museum

Photo by Paul Fleming (@lovethywalrus)

Open daily
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

The Manitoba Museum is always full of new things to do and see. Here’s what’s on right now:

  • The interactive exhibit Real Pirates tells the true story of the Whydah — a real pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago. Closes April 26!
  • The new exhibit, The Old Plesiosaur and the Sea: Fossil Vertebrates from the Manitoba Escarpment, features a spectacular fossil and displays the work of amateur collectors Wayne Buckley and Kevin Conlin.
  • Get your hands on some science in the Boeing Explore Science Zone. This zone serves as a science theatre, laboratory and hands-on activity centre.
  • LAKE WINNIPEG: Shared Solutions – One of the Science Gallery‘s most ambitious exhibits that asks the question, “How would you fix Lake Winnipeg?”
  • The Planetarium is showing One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s AdventureAttack of the Space Pirates and Wonders of the Universe.

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