It's a new decade, which means it's time to try something new! This week in Manitoba you can catch a groovy theatre show, try Winnipeg's newest food hall, take a tour at the Royal Canadian Mint (for free!) or cheer your heart out at a hockey game. Here are ten things to do this week in Manitoba...
1. Catch a totally groovy show
January 7 to February 1 | John Hirsch Main Stage, Winnipeg
The Beatles and the bard come together in As You Like It, a re-telling of Shakespeare's classic tale, but this time it's set in 1960s Vancouver. The classic Shakespeare story is married with some of the Beatles’ greatest hits to create a play that’s bringing back the 60s in a big way.
2. Discover how our money is made
Various dates | Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg
The Royal Canadian Mint makes currency for over 70 countries around the world. Learn all about the process of making coins from the refining of the metal to the specialty designs. And to top it off, there are free tours happening throughout January, so you don’t have to spend the coin to understand how it’s made.
3. Fill your belly at a fish fry
January 8, 2020 | Rhineland Pioneer Centre, Altona
The best way to enjoy Manitoba Pickerel is no doubt at a community fish fry. Head to Altona this week to feast on fish, fries, beans and coleslaw - all the ingredients for a delicious evening.
4. Buy local goods
Various dates and locations
It may not be the season for fresh fruits and veggies but you can still support local at a few farmers' markets around the province this week. The Brandon Farmers' Market is offering up honey, baking, meats, jams and jellies every Friday through the winter. Every second Saturday you can stop in St. Norbert for their Winter Farmers' Market with a range of products from local makers and creators. If you're just looking for food you can visit the Pembina Valley Local Food Market every second Thursday for products from farmers who live and manage their farms in the area around Morden.
5. Introduce your kids to folk
January 11 | Millennium Library, Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Folk Festival is giving us all a little reminder of summer with their Folk for Families concert this week. Get your kids into the festival spirit with a mini concert with some of the great performers who entertain folkies big and small at the festival's Chickadee Big Top.
6. Cheer on a Manitoba WHL team
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. The high-energy atmosphere of hockey fans in both communities will remind you how much we love this sport in Manitoba.
7. Discover Manitoban Mennonite history
Until April 30 | Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach
The Russländer explores the lives and stories of the Mennonites who fled the Soviet Union during 1923 to 1930, some eventually settling in Manitoba. This exhibit explains the circumstances of these immigrants when they first came to Canada as well as how that history connects to Mennonites in Manitoba today.
8. Enjoy the art of the Winnipeg Sketch Club
Until January 30, 2020 | Pavilion Gallery Museum, Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Sketch Club is one of the oldest fine art clubs in Canada. Their Juried Art Show features works from their members. The exhibit has a range of art types from mixed media to figure drawings and paintings.
9. Eat to your heart's content
Winnipeg's newest food hall, Hargrave Street Market, combines some of Winnipeg's best restaurants and chefs into a one-stop dining experience. From coffee to tacos, burgers, ramen and local brews, the food hall in True North Square has the makings of a perfect night out with friends or family.
10. Have fun at The Forks
Sundays | The Forks
Arctic Glacier Winter Park is in full swing! Even though the river trail isn’t open, there are still tons of great opportunities for outdoor fun at the Forks. Head out on Sunday for horse-drawn wagon rides, skating under the canopy and taking that perfect picture under the brightly lit archway.