A smattering of fun fall things to do in Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba.
Bigger and Better
The Manitoba Museum has always been kind of a big deal and now it’s even bigger, thanks to the newly expanded Alloway Hall. Earlier this year, the Winnipeg museum unveiled the renovated exhibition space, which doubled in size from 1,500 to 3,000 square metres. It’s the first step of a 10-year, $160-million capital renewal plan. While the hall’s first mammoth exhibit (World’s Giant Dinosaurs) recently ended, fall sees new exhibits move in: Eyes on the Arctic/Northern Stars, Canada-themed photography (Sept. 27–Oct. 15); Colonist Cars: Journey of a Lifetime (Oct. 28–Nov. 5), a look at how trains helped unite Canada; and Unlocked: Stories of the Interlake (Oct. 28–Jan. 1), a travelling display of 10 trunks that reveal fascinating stories of ship builders, missionaries and dreamers.
Swing with the King
Combine the silliness of TV’s Bewitched and the hip-shaking moves of the King to get Bewitching Elvis, the latest quirky comedy from Celebrations Dinner Theatre. The show imagines a world where friendly witch Samantha Stephens nose-twitches her way to partying with Elvis. Broomsticks and blue-suede shoes are optional. Oct. 7–Jan. 6
Not Their First Rodeo
The annual Manitoba Ag Ex in Brandon hosts hundreds of cattle competing for best in show. There’s no doubt where the beef is, but some of the most thrilling competition takes place during the event’s Manitoba Finals Rodeo. Pro cowboys compete in this three-day, sudden-death contest of courage, skill and endur-ance. Events include saddle bronc, bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bull riding and team roping. The overall winner will be crowned Saturday night in the main arena. Oct. 25–28
A Good Scream
Come October, it seems you can’t walk a dimly lit mile without bumping into a Halloween haunt. For a side of caring with your scaring this year, head to Grim Acres near Brandon. For seven years, husband-and-wife duo Brian and Amber Sutherland have used their annual spook-tacular as a way to raise funds in the fight against cancer. Grim Acres Scare Away Cancer Halloween Yard Haunt and Maze features 23 theme rooms, an escape room and a snack shack throughout nine acres of zombie-filled countryside—with all proceeds benefitting the Canadian Cancer Society. Oct. 27–30
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