Autumn tends to be short in Manitoba – so why not extend and savour it? As the province slowly turns to brilliant hues of gold, declare an early Thanksgiving and start the fall season with a new appreciation. Appreciate design, home cooked meals, our rich heritage and even the stars above. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba…
Find a creative spark
September 14 to 17
Challenge what you know to change the world around you. This is the theme of this year’s Winnipeg Design Festival, where creativity, rigor and critical thinking is celebrated and acknowledged. At this all-in-one festival you can attend workshops on art and entrepreneurship, head out on a bike or building tour, watch a film at an alleyway party, or shop ’til you drop at a pop-up market.
Welcome the rising harvest moon
September 16 to 18
Healthy community and healthy land is at top of mind at this 3 day Autumn festival in Pembina Valley. Pitch your tent, enjoy a variety of live local music or cuddle up around the campfire with freshly made s’more. Next, register for a yoga, art, history or nature workshop before heading over to the Fair Trade Fair and Farmers Market to stock up one-of-a-kind wares. The Harvest Moon Festival is a fantastic way to wind down as the summer comes to a close!
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.
Steep Rock Fall Supper | September 17
Woodridge Fall Supper | September 17
Gimli Fall Supper | September 18
La Salle Fall Supper | September 18
Somerset Fall Supper | September 18
Richer Fall Supper | September 18
Warren United Church Fall Supper & Bake Sale | September 18
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.
Enjoy country and wine in St. Lupicin
Famous Canadian country music singer and songwriter Ridley Bent is making his way to the small french community of Saint Lupicin. Truly a show for the senses, the event includes wine and cheese with every ticket.
Discover the world of farming
Have you ever wondered where your local food comes from? Set out on a roadtrip to a variety of host farms for the 7th Annual Open Farm Day in Manitoba. Meet local farmers, try and buy new products, explore farm operations, watch demonstrations, enjoy recreational activities and get all your questions about farm life answered.
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.
Help solve a murder mystery
September 16 and 17
F0rt La Reine
Sold out 5 years in a row, Mystery at the Museum is back with the crime-ridden town of Bloom, where a young girl is found dead in a car near an ominous oak tree. Join into this interactive theatrical night at the Fort la Reine Museum and help solve the Case of the Murder Oak as you meet and interact with characters and suspects. As a member of the jury, you will be given the power of choosing which character is guilty at the end.
Come together for a Harvest Supper at FortWhyte
September 15 | 5:30 pm
Good friends and great fare come together for the FortWhyte Alive 2nd Annual Harvest Supper. If you’ve enjoyed the food at Buffalo Stone Cafe, you will certainly enjoy this delectable feast featuring the freshest farm ingredients. Sit among friends with the backdrop of the setting sun as you settle in for a voluminous meal. Afterward, stick around for live music, farm tours, festivities and bonfires.
See dinosaurs at the Assiniboine Park Zoo
On until October 30
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg
Good news! Dinosaurs Alive!® aren’t extinct yet, at least not at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The immersive and comprehensive dinosaur experience allows visitors to step back in time to the prehistoric era as the lifelike dinosaurs move and roar throughout the zoo. Learn about your favourite dinosaurs or just enjoy the thrill of seeing these beasts in action, now extended until October 30. Don’t miss it!
Take a breather on a getaway in the Whiteshell
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.
Learn the seven sacred teachings
September 14 | 7:30 pm
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
See the Canadian Museum for Human Rights like never before. Mikinak-Keya is a unique cultural experience that explores the Museum’s architecture and design through the eyes of Manitoba’s First Nations people. Journey through the museum and learn of the Seven Sacred Teachings and how they relate to every aspect of the building.
Set out for spectacular stargazing
September 15 | 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Oak Hammock Marsh
Oak Hammock Marsh has the best skies. When it isn’t full of migrating birds, it’s littered with the brightest stars. Attend the Astronomy Night & Star Party and get to know some of the brightest constellations in the dark autumn sky. Members of the Royal Astronomical Society will be on hand to share the stories behind the stars above and to answer any questions about our solar system. An outdoor observation session from the rooftop will let you explore the night sky.
Be serenaded by string instruments
Westminster United Church
Brandon native James Ehnes is returning to Winnipeg after a sold out show, this time with the Orchestra! This Grammy award winner has been called “the Jascha Heifetz of our day” by The Globe and Mail. In this concert, Ehnes will play and ocnduct Elgar’s String Serenade, Dvořák’s Serenade, Op. 22, and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Op. 61.
Tour the retired aircraft of yesteryear
September 1 to 29 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday) | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
Workin’ 9-5, what a way to make a living. Canada’s early aircraft worked hard for a living, and their tough exterior and design was a direct reflection of this. The workhorses of our aerial past had to make the trip to remote northern communities that had no roads or runways. In this exhibit, aircraft has been retrieved from the bottom of lakes or the sides of mountains. Some have been restored, while others are display a plethora war wounds. See these tough workhorses of the past at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is open on Labour Day Monday, and admission is only $2 with a free guided tour at 2:00 pm!
Zip through Pembina Valley
Fly through the air and take in a killer view on a ziplining adventure. Hy-Wire Zipline Adventures will take you into the Pembina Valley from 200 feet above with their signature 5 or 8 line tour. The tour includes 1 km of hiking with the average outing lasting just over an hour.