How do you find your way when you’re lost? If you aren’t sure, this week in Manitoba can be of help. Performances at Prairie Theatre Exchange and Tom Hendry Warehouse will help you navigate difficult situations; like the conflict between your passion in life and your community, or the grief that follows the tragic diagnosis of a loved one. Watch how others adapt to changing environments at The Winnipeg If…Improv Festival, test your navigation skills in a corn maze or watch the pros do it from afar at a migration dinner. In the end, you’ll find your way. Here’s what’s hot…
Find the balance between tradition and passion
October 13 to 29
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, My Name is Asher Lev follows the story of a Hasidic Jewish boy in New York City who grew up with the itch to draw and create art; a passion not necessarily supported by his traditional family and community. Follow along on Asher Lev’s journey as he navigates between tradition, belief and his own passion for life and art.
Get caught in the Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble
October 12 to 30
Prairie Theatre Exchange
Get pulled into this family drama that follows Bernice Trimble and her three adult children as they struggle to cope with the life-changing news of Bernice’s diagnosis. While Iris, the middle daughter, turns to making her mother’s famous casserole, the other siblings take different routes on coping – all of which play out in the kitchen.
Discover the Victorian Secrets of the Dalnavert Museum
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg
The Dalnavert Museum is a dramatic and striking restoration of the former home of a prominent Winnipeg family built in 1895, . Saved from a sure demise by the Manitoba Historical Society in 1969, the house and its contents are a clue into what life was like in the late Victorian era. In this special Explorative Lecture Series Inés Bonacossa will guide you through the Victorian’s secrets for achieving the sought-after Alabaster complexion.
Cheer on those feisty Jets
The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets take on the Carolina Hurricanes on October 13. 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 the MTS Centre’s surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries.
Learn to improvise
October 11 to 15
The Gas Station Arts Centre
Sample new wines from around the world
October 14 to 16
Gather with great company at The Forks for an evening that will fill the senses and capture the romance of yesteryear. At the International Wine Festival of Manitoba, you can sample an incredible selection of fine wine from over 100 wineries around the world accompanies by cheeses and pâtés. Afterward, take a stroll around The Forks to take in the gorgeous autumnal scenery of the season.
Climb up to Halloween Hill
Birds Hill Park Ranch
Ghosts, goblins, witches and bats gather for Halloween on the Hill; Birds Hill, that is. The evil White-nose Fun-guy has risen to power and is threatening to destroy the bats of Manitoba. Join forces with Batty the Bat in a spooktacular battle through the forests of Birds Hill Park. If you are victorious, stick around for a guided night hike, face painting, campfire, crafts and more.
Go back to the stone age
October 12 to 16
Amethyst Clusters. Fire Agate. Emerald. Who said only diamonds are a girl’s best friend? The Winnipeg Rock and Mineral Show & Sale is the place to go for one-of-a-kind treasures and over 120 tables of rocks, crystals, minerals, fossils and unusual specimens.
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!
Hear stories of the haunted sky
October 2 to 30 (Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada has something special planned for October. Gather round to hear spooky stories of the ghosts who haunt airplanes, airstrips, hangers and unidentified flying objects around the world. Tours are free with admission!
Watch the migration over dinner
October 12 to 16
Migration is a magical time of the year, and FortWhyte Alive is celebrating with bountiful feasts and viewing opportunities. Dine lakeside and watch the setting sun serve as a backdrop for thousands of migrating geese. The three-course dinner is prepared by Buffalo Stone Cafe.
Fear the Waking Dead
October 14 to 16
Since the zombie outbreak last year at Fun Mountain, the military has managed to herd the last of the undead to Adrenaline Adventures and are seeking daring volunteers to test the limits of the terrifying environment. Select groups of thrill seekers will test how zombies react to humans, and of course, how humans react to the different types of zombies. In the end, it’s up to each individual to make it out alive. Will you accept the challenge?
Say boo at a haunted attraction
Six Pines Haunted Attractions
Family fun by day, fear by night. Six Pines Haunted Attractions is the ultimate destination for Halloween. By day, families (and those who don’t like to be scared) can walk through interactive venues, meet Mother Goose and her petting farm and embark on a hay ride. The Famous Barn of Doom is tuned down during the day and geared for ages 10+. By night, older kids and adults line up for the bone-chilling Famous Bone-Chilling Twisted Barn of Doom ~ “ThunderRidge Hotel”, the Scary Terror Train and the CARNEVIL. As if we weren’t already terrified of clowns.
Spooktacular Fun at Shelmerdine
October 11 to 16
Shelmerdine in Headingley
Where else can you shop for adorable Halloween goodies while your kids play in a not-so-scary indoor playground? Head to Shelmerdine for a fun, kid-friendly playzone featuring a haymaze, tire swings, bouncy castle, ziplines, face painting and more. It is also one of the best places in Manitoba to shop for all of your seasonal decor and plants!
Decode the mysteries of the Legislative
Wednesday evenings until Oct 19
Manitoba Legislative Building
Sign up for your last chance at an unforgettable evening of magic, mystery and architectural wonder on the Hermetic Code Tour. The charismatic Frank Albo, researcher and inspiration behind the bestseller The Hermetic Code, will take you along a step-by-step tour to reveal a trail of occult clues concealed in the building’s architecture including: hidden hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes, and Freemasonic symbols so intelligently masked they have escaped historians and visitors for nearly a hundred years! This is part of the Canadian Signature Experience collection.
Take a hike
Hiking in Manitoba means you never need to worry about altitude sickness. But that’s not to say the province’s broad, sweeping canvas is bland. Ma Nature painted in tall wild grass prairie, rolling, forested hills, undulating river valleys, vast wetlands and the occasional view-encompassing escarpment. For even more variety, she sketched in innumerable lakes and rivers dotted with granite and limestone outcroppings, set among deep deciduous and evergreen forests. And guess what? Fall happens to be one of the best times to embark on a hike.
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!
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.
Get the (craft) show on the road
Remember last year when you were running through the mall on December 24th, desperately seeking that perfect (but inevitably sold out) gift? That’s not going to happen this year. That’s right, craft season has arrived and there are tons of shows and markets to browse.
Oct 13-16 | Scattered Seeds Craft Market, Red River Exhibition Park
Oct 14-15 | Headingley: 10th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale
Oct 15-16 | Brandon: Brandon’s “Big One” Arts & Crafts Sale
Oct 15 | Morris: Fall into Christmas EXPO, Grandview: 5th Annual Fall Harvest Craft and Trade Show, Grandview Kinsmen Community Hall
Oct 16 | Winnipeg: 6th Annual Made By You, Holy Cross Gym, 290 Dubuc Street, Winnipeg: Fall Harvest Craft & Specialty Sale, Glenwood Community Club