101 Things To Do in Fall / Winter
1. Immerse yourself in the fireworks, lights, and authentic oriental food at the Lights of the North: Chinese Lantern Festival (through October 14).
2. Warm up in style while skating on the river at The Forks, in one of their award-winning Warming Huts.
4. Illuminate your night during Nuit Blanche with an array of late-night artistic activities from dusk to dawn (September 29).
5. Feel the passion of the “True North” as you cheer on the Winnipeg Jets NHL hockey team.
6. Take a zipline tour, navigate a corn maze, and climb the 15-foot-tall bale pyramid at A Maze in Corn.
7. Be awe-inspired at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a world-class national treasure that will enhance your understanding of human rights.
8. Embrace winter and experience the Joie de vivre at Festival du Voyageur (February 15–24).
9. Join in the food truck wars, sip and savour in the wine and beer garden, play in the kids’ zone, and listen to live music, all during downtown’s Manyfest (September 7–9).
10. Snowshoe through a pristine Winter Wonderland or whiz down the super Richardson Rrrun Toboggan Slide at FortWhyte Alive.
11. Give a standing ovation at one of the world-class performances at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, where plays include anything from Jane Austen to Roald Dahl.
12. Be dazzled by Manitoba’s largest drive-through light show that features more than 25 theme areas during Canad Inns Winter Wonderland (November 30–January 5).
13. Take a journey through Manitoba’s past, present and future at the Manitoba Museum — including the newly-restored Nonsuch Gallery.
14. Unwind at Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature, featuring hot-cold-relax thermal cycles for total body rejuvenation.
15. Welcome Daniel Raiskin, the new conductor and musical director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra during his inaugural season.
16. Uncover 100-year old mysteries while taking the Hermetic Code Tour at the Manitoba Legislative Building.
17. Root for the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team as they compete for the coveted Grey Cup.
18. View the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
19. Rent a fat bike from White Pine Bicycle Co. at The Forks and zip along winter riding trails.
21. Enjoy a classic tale of mistaken identities and scorned lovers with Mozart’s Don Giovanni, performed by the Manitoba Opera (November 24, 27, 30).
22. Tour the state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities that reveal the art, craft, and science of coin making for over 75 countries from around the world at the Royal Canadian Mint.
23. Play a game of Crokicurl at Arctic Glacier Winter Park.
24. Bring the little ones to experience some holiday magic and catch a glimpse of jolly old St. Nick at the Santa Claus Parade (November 17).
25. Board a vintage locomotive and go on a scenic adventure into the country with Prairie Dog Central Railway.
26. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment as the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose play 38 home games at Bell MTS Place.
27. Browse for unique goods at The Forks Market, from made-in-Manitoba food products, unique souvenirs and more.
29. Celebrate Winnipeg’s musical talent showcasing genres from punk to hip-hop to folk and everything in between during the Big Fun Festival (January 23–27).
30. Slide down one of seven 20-foot slides that are part of a 3,000-square foot play structure at Great Big Adventure.
31. Catch bumper-to-bumper, wheel-to-wheel racing action at Red River Co-op Speedway, Canada’s largest dirt oval.
32. Solve a unique series of puzzles and clues inside one of Winnipeg’s escape rooms such as Codebreakers, Enigma Escapes, The Real Escape, The Escape Hatch, Next Level Escapes, and GET OUT! Escape Rooms.
33. Remember great moments in sporting history from the province’s top athletes at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
34. Experience live thoroughbred racing at Assiniboia Downs until September 9, and then simulcast races through the rest of the winter.
35. Delight in ‘a season of passion’ with the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, featuring plays like Becoming Dr. Ruth (October 27–November 4).
36. Sing along with live acts, including The Proclaimers (September 18), Crash Test Dummies (October 12) and Charley Pride (November 10) at the Club Regent Event Centre.
37. Admire the fall colours while walking hand-in-hand down the Riverwalk at The Forks.
38. Gain insight into Winnipeg’s past, present and future, including famous personalities, leading sites and attractions on a Wonderful Winnipeg City Tour.
39. Slide, climb and run around with your kids at the Hide n Seek Indoor Playground.
40. Reward your need for speed at Speedworld, Winnipeg’s indoor go-kart race track.
41. Chuckle the night away at Celebrations Dinner Theatre, serving up musical comedies with four-course meals served by characters from the show.
42. Discover your inner bookworm during the Winnipeg International Writers Festival for a week of readings, lectures, interviews, conversations, and book launches (September 22–30).
p> 43. Photograph the magnificent bird migration that takes place at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre each fall.
44. Appreciate musical excellence when you listen to the sophisticated sounds of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.
45. Elevate your taste buds with RAW:almond, a signature Winnipeg pop-up restaurant where you dine on the frozen river in late January/early February.
46. Work on your swing year-round beneath the soaring canopy of the Golf Dome.
47. Introduce your children to the arts by attending kid-friendly productions at Manitoba Theatre for Young People.
48. Go stargazing at the Manitoba Museum’s Planetarium, where you can learn all about the night sky and its constellations.
49. Explore the local craft beer scene on a 4-hour Winnipeg Tasting Tour.
50. Discover the power of imagination at the Manitoba Children’s Museum.
51. Be amazed by the dancers at the world-renowned Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet ― including a reimagining of The Handmaid’s Tale (October 10–14), and a stunningly romantic performance of Romeo & Juliet (February 13–17).
52. Take in top performers like Metallica (September 13) and Keith Urban (September 19), among others, at Bell MTS Place.
53. Support local and stock up on fresh produce, local meats, crafts and preserves at the St. Norbert Farmers Market.
54. Ring in the New Year with live entertainment on the main stage and a midnight fireworks display at the Family New Year’s Eve at The Forks.
55. Run, jump and play on the massive three-storey play structure at indoor children’s centre Kid City.
56. Sharpen your blades and go for a skate on the duck pond at Assiniboine Park.
57. Get in touch with your inner kid at the U-Puttz Amusement Centre, featuring glow-in-the dark mini-golf, laser tag, bumper cars and X-D Xtreme motion simulator.
58. Get a jumpstart on your Christmas shopping at one of many pop-up markets including Scattered Seeds (October 11–14), CRAFTED Show + Sale (November 2–3), Signatures Craft Show & Sale (November 22–25), and Third + Bird (November 22–24).
59. Immerse yourself in the works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen at the Master Playwright Festival (January 29–February 17).
60. Learn about Winnipeg’s Francophone and Métis communities at the St. Boniface Museum.
61. Let the planning begin for your special day at the Wonderful Wedding Show (January 19– 20), featuring over 300 local exhibitors and all the latest wedding trends.
62. Be captivated by a premiere work featuring Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers.
63. Light up your knowledge of Manitoba’s electrical history at the Manitoba Electrical Museum and Education Centre.
64. Experience plays with a prairie flair, with themes that hit close to home at the Prairie Theatre Exchange.
65. Give it up for girl power at Femfest (September 15–22), a national festival celebrating female-identifying playwrights, actors, and beyond.
66. Ski or snowboard down Manitoba’s top terrain park and mogul run at Springhill Winter Park.
67. Swing to the rhythm played by the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, featuring the well-known sounds of Bourbon Street, Stevie Wonder, and many more.
68. Tour some of the city’s largest public art displays during the Wall-to-Wall Mural and Cultural Festival (September 1–30), which celebrates local artists, musicians, and cultural pioneers.
69. Shop at Outlet Collection Winnipeg, Manitoba’s outlet shopping centre featuring anchor tenants such as Saks Off 5th, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse and F21 Red.
70. Celebrate all things pop culture from comic books, science fiction, gaming, anime, horror, fantasy and more at Central Canada Comic Con (October 26–28).
71. Climb to great heights at indoor rock-climbing facility Vertical Adventures.
72. Blast your opponents with lasers inside the neon-lit labyrinth of Lasertopia.
73. Experience a cross-Canadian celebration of arts and culture featuring free activities at numerous locations during Culture Days (September 28–30).
74. Immerse yourself in the sounds of some of the best classical soloists and chamber ensembles at Virtuosi Concerts.
75. Get in some giggles at Rumor’s Comedy Club, where some of the world’s top comedians have performed.
76. See the Countess of Dufferin, the first steam locomotive on the Prairies at the Winnipeg Railway Museum.
77. Seek out spirits while learning about Winnipeg’s fascinating history on Square Peg’s Exchange District Ghost Walk with author Matthew Komus (October 6–31).
79. Open your eyes to world-class filmmaking at the Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of all Ages (March 10–17).
80. Twirl on skates under the canopy, recreating your best Virtue and Moir routine at The Forks.
81. View the largest collection of Ukrainian historical and cultural artifacts in North America at Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre.
82. Learn about the rich history of the Forks and Saint-Boniface on a walking tour of the area with O Tours, departing from Union Station on Monday, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
84. Shop till you drop at CF Polo Park, housing brand-names stores such as Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Michael Kors, Banana Republic and Coach.
85. Build strength, flexibility and balance at Yoga Public, Canada’s largest yoga centre.
86. Search for one-of-a-kind treasures at the Johnston Terminal Antique Mall.
87. Catch a live act while marveling at the vaudeville design of the Burton Cummings Theatre.
88. Watch teams battle it out on the Red River at the FMG Dragon Boat Festival at The Forks (September 7–9).
89. Cozy up on a cold winter night with a movie at Cinematheque, featuring Canadian and international independent films.
90. Expand your musical horizons during the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival (January 26–February 1).
91. Explore the trendy and walkable Design Quarter Winnipeg, taking in a collection of designers, makers and artists.
93. Experience Winnipeg’s French culture at Le Cercle Molière, your ticket to theatre en français (English subtitles included!).
97. Dazzle in the Cirque du Soleil – Crystal touring performance at Bell MTS Place (October 3–7).
98. Dream up ideas for your dream home at the Winnipeg Renovation Show (January 11–13).
100. Relive childhood memories at the Assiniboine Park Pavilion permanent collection of Winnie the Pooh artifacts and memorabilia, in addition to WAG@ThePark exhibitions.
101. Be in the know about Canada’s hottest contemporary artists by visiting exhibits at the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art.