There’s no need to gamble on good times in Manitoba. Here’s a list of lucky seven sure bets on some of Manitoba’s best.

 1. Best bet for a good laugh: Winnipeg Comedy Festival (April 6-12)

Winnipeg Comedy FestivalConnoisseurs of fine comedy know the Winnipeg Comedy Festival is a sure winner for hilarious performances from some of Winnipeg’s and Canada’s best comedians. Enjoy the free Comedy Lunch Hour Specials throughout the week, and get your tickets for the stand-up, sketch, and improve shows happening at various venues around the city.

2. Best bet for some good GOOOOAAAAAALs: FIFA Women’s World Cup (June 8-16)

FIFA Women's World Cup - WinnipegWinnipeg’s Investor’s Group Field will be the site of many incredible goals as Winnipeg hosts group stage games of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Winnipeg’s games will feature the extremely competitive Group D – nicknamed the Group of Death – which includes USA, Australia, Sweden and Nigeria. Tickets are selling fast, so get yours now

3. Best bet for a good show: Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Photo by Thomas Fricke

March is the end of prime viewing time for Northern Lights. Charged particles from the sun interact with atoms in the upper atmosphere and the results are a beautiful light show, as curtains of light in a rainbow of colours dance across the sky. Churchill is one of the best places in the world to see Northern Lights, but the Aurora Borealis can be spotted throughout the province.

 4. Best bet for a good beer: Half Pints Brewing Co. and Farmery Estate Brewery

Farmery Estate BreweryThese local beer markers are putting Manitoba into their brews. Farmery grows their beer’s malt barley on the family farm near Neepawa and Half Pints’ newest seasonal Breakfast Stout features Naked Oats from Adagio Acres in Lundar. And guess what? Manitoba tastes pretty darn good in a beer.

5. Best bet for some good nostalgia: That’s Dirty Dancing (until March 28)

Celebrations Dinner TheatreIt is summertime, filled with first loves and great music and dancing as Celebrations Dinner Theatre presents That’s Dirty Dancing, a spoof of the beloved movie. Relive the 60s through the songs of the 80s as tradition remains, amidst a rapidly changing world, at Kellermans Prairie Resort.

6. Best bet for some good eats: 100 Best Things to Eat in Manitoba

Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Photo by Shel Zolkewich

Local blogger and foodie Shel Zolkewich is sharing her top 100 Manitoba’s best eats. From the best Caesar (found at Seagull’s Lounge at Lakeview Hecla Resort) to her childhood favorite, toasted coconut marshmallows from Mordens’ of Winnipeg, her list – which is in no particular order – will leave you wanting to eat your way through Manitoba.

7. Best bet for a good view: Israel Asper Tower of Hope at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

View from Israel Asper Tower of HopeRising 100 metres from the roots of the museum that sits on First Nations Treaty One land, the Israel Asper Tower of Hope is the last part of the museum’s journey from “darkness to light”. Get a fantastic 360 degree view of the city of Winnipeg and the two rivers that meet at its heart.