Spring Top 50
Witness why The New York Times, Forbes, Smithsonian, and countless other travel and design publications have raved about Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq. Canada’s newest cultural landmark is a showcase for the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit Art, all housed in building that pays homage to the Arctic landscape which is connected on each floor to the WAG itself.
Stand below a massive Cretaceous-era pliosaur and then set sails for the famed Nonsuch Gallery at the Manitoba Museum where new exhibits, new Planetarium shows and plenty of upgrades await.
Be inspired to make a difference when you journey from darkness to light through the interactive galleries of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Bake bannock around a fire, learn about how sod houses were built in the 1800s and look to the trees for the return of countless migrating birds this spring as you walk the stunning Aspen trails at FortWhyte Alive.
Encounter life-sized animatronic versions of the largest (and smallest) dinosaurs that ever existed during Jurassic Quest at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg (April 15-17). This traveling exhibit also features dinosaur rides, fossil digs, crafts and quests that your kids will love.
Have an unforgettable nose-to-nose experience with polar bears, seals and other Arctic species at the Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo, an incredible facility that is prominently featured on the new hit CBC TV show Arctic Vets.
Put the focus on your wellness at Thermea by Nordik Spa-Nature, the city’s gorgeous outdoor spa where thermal pools, heated hammocks, toasty fires and a fabulous farm-to-table restaurant with craft cocktails beckons.
See the skies above the wetlands come alive with the return of migratory species at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. This important wetland is a birder’s paradise with spring events that include a maple syrup workshop, bannock making by the fire, hawk identification talks and so much more.
Introduce your taste buds to the city’s burgeoning brewery scene when you stop for hops at Winnipeg's 20+ craft breweries.
Shop ‘til you drop at Outlet Collection Winnipeg, featuring more than 100 stores including Saks OFF 5TH, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, Kate Spade Outlet, Under Armour and Nike.
Witness the perseverance of Winnipeg’s Francophone and Métis heritage at Le Musée de Saint-Boniface, the former home of the Grey Nuns which is also the largest oak structure in North America.
Step into a real life 8-bit-inspired world at Activate Games where game rooms see your team ducking lasers, shooting hoops, smashing targets and dodging tiles.
Discover the city’s Ukranian heritage at the Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre. Its museum houses one of the largest pysanky Easter egg collections in North America, while you’ll also find more than 900 artworks on display and an excellent boutique.
Stock up on fresh local produce, Manitoba-raised meats, crafts and preserves at Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers Market (Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
“Ignite your spirit” at the 17th annual Manito Ahbee Festival May 18 – 22. This massive event celebrates Indigenous cultures from across Turtle Island with marquee events like a three-day pow wow, Indigenous marketplace, a youth education day, Spirit Visions: A celebration of Indigenous filmmakers, and the Getting Jiggy with It jigging contest.
Work on your swing, play some of the world's best courses or play a round of miniature golf beneath the soaring ceiling of the Golf Dome.
Jump for joy at Flying Squirrel, a huge trampoline park that boasts everything from foam pits to a climbing wall, to a b-ball area where kids can really jam.
Get ready to rock because big touring acts are back this spring at Canada Life Centre, including Alice Cooper (April 9), Slipnot (April 11), Rise Against (April 14), Imagine Dragons (April 19) and James Taylor with Jackson Browne (May 5).
See the stars of tomorrow skate today as the Winnipeg Ice—who have been one of the hottest teams all season long in the whole CHL—look to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup at Wayne Flemming Arena.
Sit back and enjoy the sweet sounds of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, whose upcoming concerts cover Tchaikovsky, Handel, and The Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Plus, Paul Schafer will perform with the WSO on April 22 and 23.
Let the kids run wild at Hide N Seek, a fun centre tailor made for tots.
Both chuckle and be moved to tears at Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre this spring when they present Calpurnia—a comedy that tackles race, class and gender (March 23-April 16; John Hirsch Mainstage) and The Runner—an Israel-based play that won the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding New Play (March 30-April 16; Tom Hendry Warehouse).
Strike up some fun at Uptown Alley where the action goes beyond just 5-pins to include laser tag and arcades.
Satisfy your need for speed at Speedworld Indoor Kart Track, a 28,000 square foot facility with karts that reach speeds up to 60 km!
Have a laugh when the Winnipeg Comedy Festival returns in person (May 2 – 8) with 60 standup comedians, including headliners Alan Shane Lewis, Elvira Kurt, and Seán Cullen.
Take a trip back in time to 1895 at the Dalnavert Museum, open from noon to 4 p.m., Friday to Sunday. Can’t make it in person? Explore this fascinating mansion online.
Discover mighty fine farmers and makers right in the centre of the city at the Downtown Farmers’ Market at Cityplace (Thursdays on select dates).
Work on your short game amongst glowing dinosaurs, sharks and other crazy creatures at U-Puttz Amusement Centre, where the golf is played under black lights and the activities include bumper cars, laser tag and arcade games.
Relive Manitoba’s storied history in athletics at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, a building that’s brimming with artifacts, memorabilia and more.
Shine a light on good times at the Manitoba Electrical Museum, which illuminates the province’s history of hydro power in wacky and wild ways.
Inspire the leading minds of tomorrow at the Children’s Museum where interactive exhibits teach science, history and engineering to kids of all ages.
Blast your opponents in a game of laser tag at Lasertopia.
Meet HGTV stars like Bryan Baeumler and learn from reno and gardening experts at the Winnipeg Home and Garden Show (April 7 – 10), featuring more than 230 trusted brands and local companies.
Have a laugh! Between The Burton Cummings Theatre, Rumour’s Comedy Club and Canada Life Centre there’s so much world-class stand-up in store for us this spring, including Chelsea Handler (March 10-11), Andre Philippe Gagnon (March 18), Jeff Dunham (March 26), Nikki Glazer (April 9), Jay Paroah (April 21-23) and Jay Mewes (April 26-27).
Visit the city then-and-now on an On This Spot tour. This free smartphone app allows you to explore downtown while seeing how certain points in the city looked from 1870 to 1945.