It's Manitoba Time! Weekend planner for February 15 to 18 Holy Zamboni is this long-weekend packed to the ice fishing gills with fun! Here's our guide to some of the best things to do.

Hudson at the zoo

Open daily | Assiniboine Park Zoo The Zoo wants you to come fall in love with Hudson, a 15-month old polar bear making his public debut this week. Hudson is the first identified inhabitant for the Zoo's upcoming Journey to Churchill exhibit opening in 2104. We hear that he is just loving the snow and our winter weather!

Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival

Feb 13 to 17 | The Pas Celebrate the heritage and culture of the northern pioneer at the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival. You’ll see brave souls set traps, filet fish, build fires from scratch and even whip up a snack over that open fire. And no trappers’ festival would be complete without an axe-throwing competition and championship dog race.

Festival du Voyageur

Feb 15 to 24 | Voyageur park, Winnipeg Put on your felt toque, wrap a wool sash around your waist, and celebrate our French-Canadian history at Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada’s largest winter festival. Before you go, check out this voyageur fashion lesson to make sure you dress it up right.

Mardi Gras

Feb 15 to 16 | Winnipeg Convention Centre Experience the sizzling sights, sounds, and tastes of the “Big Easy” at Winnipeg’s Mardi Gras. Dress as you are or go in costume for the Louisiana-style party of the year!

Wonderful Winter Weekend

Feb 15 to 18 | Winnipeg Beach Watch the Winnipeg Beach boardwalk come alive this weekend at the 47th annual Wonderful Winter Weekend. Enjoy snowmobile races, an ice fishing derby, beer gardens, kids carnival, chili cook-off, curling bonspiel and fireworks.

Cheng plays Mozart at WSO

Feb 15 to 16 Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg Canadian pianist Angela Cheng is one of our national treasures and among the world’s leading Mozart performers, playing his 25th Piano Concerto, one of his greatest. Prokofiev’s ballet score Romeo and Juliet will follow.

Learn to ice fish

Feb 16 | Marshs Lake, Spruce Woods Provincial Park Discover the fun family activity of ice fishing! Join the Park Interpreter to learn ice fishing techniques and fish species found in Spruce Woods. If you get cold, warm up by the fire with a warm mug of hot chocolate. Equipment will be supplied (or bring your own). Program runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more info, email Jennifer Bryson.

Asessippi Homecoming

Feb 16 to 18 | Asessippi Ski Area and Resort Head out to the Parkland for a long-weekend of fun on the slopes at the Asessippi Homecoming. Enjoy a freestyle snowboard and ski event (with a BBQ and beer gardens), fireworks, and a bunch of fun activities for the kids.

Skate the Lake

Feb 16 to 17 | Lake Minnedosa Grab your sticks and get ready to play the Skate the Lake pond hockey tournament. This annual event takes place on multiple rinks on beautiful Lake Minnedosa.

Indoor Dragon Boat Festival

Feb 17 | Pan Am Pool, Winnipeg Brush up on your dragon boat skills, have some laughs and lead your team to victory at the Indoor Dragon Boat Festival. Teams of 8 can register for this exciting event. (Watch this video to see how it works).

The River Trail

Jan to Feb | The Forks Take in the picturesque sights of Winnipeg as you’ve never seen them before, from the frozen Red River! Venture out to The Forks to enjoy a variety of outdoor winter activities on the Guinness World Record-holding longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world. Keep your eye out for Toba, Travel Manitoba's friendly mascot. He's going to be on the trail Saturday (around noon).

Ed's Garage at MTC

Feb 7 to Mar 2 | Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Take your seat and get ready to enjoy the “wry, witty, and wonderfully funny” Ed’s Garage at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (MTC). Folks flock to Ed’s Garage for oil changes and sage advice. Everything’s running like a well-oiled machine until a psychotherapist sets up shop next door, throwing a wrench into the whole business.

Art exhibits

Various locations across Manitoba Spend an afternoon or evening enjoying some of Manitoba’s diverse arts offerings. Here's a handful of great exhibits you don’t want to miss this month. The WAG premieres Drawn and Fired: Recent Vessels by Robert Archambeau this weekend. They are offering FREE admission on Louis Riel Day (Monday)! Whew, now that's a list! Who says there's nothing to do in winter? We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!