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We're hitting winter's peak and before we know it, the snow will be melting and the flowers will be blooming. With that in mind, there's still time to enjoy the snow and all the activities that come with it. Here are ten things to do this week in Manitoba…
1. Have a rootin' tootin' good time
Until April 19, 2020 | Celebrations Dinner Theatre, Winnipeg
This week Celebrations Dinner Theatre presents the rootin’ tootin’, down home country music parody… Country Star! The show follows a young singer about to give up on her music career until fate (and a handsome country singer) step in. This hilarious show will have you rolling out of your seat with laughter and at some points may have you up on stage as you're pulled from the audience to participate in the show!
2. Get into anime at Ai-Kon Winterfest
February 22 | RBC Convention Centre
Ai-kon Winterfest is a mini one day anime convention, celebrating all things pop culture, video games & Asian culture with showing rooms, panels, dance performances, maid cafe, marketplace and so much more!
3. Have some Festi-fun
February 14 to 23 | Voyageur Park, Winnipeg
Always the biggest and best winter party of the year, Festival du Voyageur continues this week. Reenacting 1815 fur trade, jigging to traditional music, discovering your new favourite band, and eating all the maple taffy are just a few of the things you’ll experience at the legendary festival.
4. Enjoy a wintery day in Spruce Woods
February 22 | Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Get out and enjoy the season on Winter Family Fun Day in Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Try fat biking, go on a scavenger hunt and chat with voyageurs at the re-enactment fur trade camp. The park offers great opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing through the rolling hills in Manitoba's southwest region.
5. Celebrate Black History Month
February 21 | Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Celebrate Black History Month at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on February 21. Explore the galleries and learn about the human rights contributions of Black Canadians, including Viola Desmond, and about the history of slavery in Canada. Then, join Rosemary Sadlier, acclaimed Canadian Black history expert in conversation starting at 6:30pm.
6. Visit the heart of New Iceland
In Norse mythology Gimli is known as the most beautiful place in the afterlife, where only the worthy will be transported after death. But not to worry, a visit to Gimli, Manitoba is very achievable in life! This lake-side town is about an hour drive north of Winnipeg and is a great winter destination. It is rich in history, art, culture and outdoor discovery. So take a day trip up to the heart of New Iceland and discover all the ways Gimli lives up to its name.
7. Experience the works of Kent Monkman
Until February 23 | Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg
Kent Monkman’s exhibit Shame and Prejudice guides visitors through Canada’s history, from pre-Confederation, to Winnipeg’s north end and contemporary life on the reserve. Monkman’s art explores colonization, resilience and more as he reinterprets typical North American landscapes through his art. This is the last week for this impactful exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
8. Go to an ice climbing festival
February 22 & 23 | Ice Tower at the north end of Taché Ave
Watch the incredible ice climbers of Winnipeg scale to the top of the ice tower at the end of Taché Ave in St. Boniface. The annual Festiglace ice climbing festival will have 18 participants climbing in different speed and skill trials throughout the weekend.
9. See a film
February 18 to 23 | Various locations in Winnipeg
Two Winnipeg film festivals move into the city this week. The 2020 Afro Prairie Film Festival starts February 19 in celebration of Black History Month. See movies from filmmakers from across North America at Winnipeg Cinematheque.
The Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival celebrates its 10th year in 2020. Catch both feature-length and short films and participate in discussion with filmmakers throughout the festival. The festival starts on February 18.
10. Check out some cool vintage snowmobiles
February 23 | Birtle Fire Hall
The 9th annual Vintage Snowmobile Derby hits the Birdtail Valley on February 23. Bring your own machine or stop by the Birtle Fire Hall to see the vintage snowmobiles on display after the trail ride. You can also vote for your favourite machine to be awarded the People's Choice trophy.