Art, music, theatre, food – Manitoba has it all this week. Grab tickets to a unique Shakespeare show, taste delicious dishes from Winnipeg restaurants or create art in the Whiteshell. There's a little bit of everything happening this week so check out these ten things to do in Manitoba between February 3 and 9 to start planning your next Manitoba outing.

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1. Embark on a dog sled adventure

If you can't make it to Churchill this year to try dogsledding - fear not - Harness Adventure Mushing Co. is bringing the traditional activity to southern Manitoba. Feel the power and excitement of the dogs as they pull you through the beautiful forest near Richer. Take the two-hour “vas-vite” experience if you're just looking for a quick afternoon adventure or opt for the longer evening dogsled ride that delivers you straight to a glamorous winter camping stay.

2. Celebrate winter in Clear Lake Country

February 7 to 9 | Riding Mountain National Park

Play in the snow during the day and party into the night during the Winter Adventure Weekend in Riding Mountain National Park. Try snowshoeing, go fat biking, cook bannock over a fire, cheer on the teams in the hockey tournament and finish it all off at the Cabin Fever Reliever Social in Onanole. It's one jam-packed weekend of winter fun.


3. Taste the best from Winnipeg chefs

February 1 to 11 | Various restaurants across Winnipeg

Get ready to fill your belly with the creative and delicious meals prepared by Winnipeg chefs during Ciao! Dine About Winnipeg. Restaurants will offer exclusive three-course set-price meals for lunch and dinner that showcase the flavour and flair of each local eatery. 

4. Head to a good old hockey game

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Various dates and locations

Cheer on the home team, whether it be the Brandon Wheat Kings or the Winnipeg Ice, as both of Manitoba's WHL teams take on out-of-province opponents this week. Or raise the stakes at a Winnipeg Jets game, there are three home games to choose from this week. The high-energy atmosphere of hockey fans will remind you how much Manitobans love this sport. 

5. Embrace art and nature in the Whiteshell

People create sculptures at the ceramics workshop at the Whiteshell Winter Arts Festival

February 8 and 9 | Pinawa

The natural beauty of the Whiteshell holds endless inspiration for artists in the area. The Whiteshell Winter Arts Festival showcases that art and allows locals and visitors alike to embrace the environment that inspired so much of it and create art of their own. Take part in clay sculpting, puppet making and photography workshops or adventure out on cross-country skis or snowshoes. 

6. Explore galleries in the Exchange District

February 7 | Various locations in the Exchange District, Winnipeg

Explore Winnipeg's Exchange District during First Fridays to discover the arts scene in Winnipeg's original Downtown. Art galleries in the area have extended hours and restaurants, cafe and pubs will host local musicians for an evening of art and culture appreciation. 

7. Be amused and moved by the bard

Various dates and locations in Winnipeg

This year the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre has taken on the works of the bard himself for the 2020 Master Playwright Festival: ShakespeareFest. Catch traditional Shakespeare shows, ones that take on a modern twist and learn about the bard, his influence and the characters he created at events around Winnipeg this week.

8. Listen to the works of Scandinavian greats

Winipeg Symphony Orchestra on stage at the Centennial Concert Hall

Various dates and locations

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is bringing Northern European music to the stage in Winnipeg and Brandon for the Scandinavian Greats concert. Enjoy a musical conversation between a clarinet and a viola and listen to the works of Sibelius, widely recognized as one of the greats of Finnish music. The WSO will perform these pieces in Winnipeg on February 7th and 8th and Brandon on the 9th. 

9. Get your curl on

Various dates and locations in Winnipeg

Think you can hack it on the ice? Give curling a shot at the 19th annual Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel at the Legislative grounds in Winnipeg. Sign your team up to play on Canada's largest pop-up curling rink as you help raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. If you'd rather spectate than sweep, grab a seat at the Eric Coy Arena to watch the best of the best in men's curling at the Manitoba Men's Provincial Curling Championship.

10. Enjoy Saturday morning the way it should be 

Cinematheque All-You-Can-Eat Cartoon Party

February 8 | Cinematheque Winnipeg

Cereal, cartoons and Saturday morning go together like peanut butter, jelly and...bread? No matter how you slice it, it's a great way to start the weekend. You'll be transported back to childhood as you enjoy classic and more obscure cartoons from the 40s to the 80s while munching on tasty cereals all morning at Cinematheque's All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party