Last week, we celebrated the return of winter festivals for the season with the likes of Festival du Voyageur, which celebrates its 50th year. But that hardly means that we’ve seen the last of them, but this week, there are also a few film festivals happening. Of course films and winter festivals are only a small portion of the happenings. Here’s whats hot in Manitoba.

Discover your joie de vivre!

Guitarist and fiddlers playing live at Festival du Voyageur

ends February 24
Whittier Park, Winnipeg

Where else can you find indoor and outdoor kids activities, toe-tapping concerts, the best French-Canadian food, an International Snow Sculpting Symposium, a Wood Carving Challenge and a historic fur-trade fort filled with costumed interpreters? Discover your joie de vivre at the milestone 50th edition of Festival du Voyageur.

Discover the history of Festival’s snow sculptures

50/30 Years of Ephemeral Pleasure

Centre culturel franco-manitobain, St. Boniface

Snow sculptures have been a part of the Festival du Voyageur tradition since inception and a new exhibit, 50/30 Years of Ephemeral Pleasure seeks to highlight the art form and its process. Through a collection of pictures and videos, this exhibit pays tribute to carving artists from Manitoba and around the world who have shaped the identity of the biggest winter festival in western Canada.

Challenge your brain

Wee Johnny Trivia

February 19
Wee Johnny’s, Winnipeg

Wee Johnny’s is launching Trivia Night starting this Tuesday and continuing every Tuesday night. Trivia Night kicks off at 8 p.m. with quizmaster host, Jeff Sinclair.

Hit the road with Royal MTC

Royal MTC Buying A Farm

February 19 to 21, 23 and 24
Winchester Theatre, Deloraine
Parklane Theatre, Crystal City
Avalon Theatre, Souris
Virden Auditorium, Virden
Rhineland Pioneer Centre, Altona

Royal MTC is taking the show on the road. This time to DeloraineCrystal City, Souris, Virden, and Altona. Buying A Farm, focuses on 60-year-old farmer Magnus Bjornson, who has never married and relies on his whip-smart niece Esme Van Fossen for help around the farm. But as Magnus’ health declines, a real estate developer swoops in ready to make an offer on the farm, and changes are inevitable.

Catch a film fest

Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival

February 19 to 24
North Kildonan Manitoba Church, Winnipeg

Now in its eighth year, the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival begins its run today. Take your pick from a range of compelling films, including short and feature films from around the world. Meet some of the filmmakers who will be on hand to answer questions about their creations. Members of the audience are also encouraged to cast their votes for their favourite film.

Have a Handsome laugh

Handsome Daughter

February 21
Handsome Daughter, Winnipeg

The Handsome Daughter is hosting its open mic comedy night this Thursday. There is no cover charge to attend this event.

Enjoy a free music night

Dauphin Community Jazz Band

February 21
Dauphin Public Library, Dauphin

Dauphin Community Jazz Band will be performing at the Dauphin Public Library for this week’s Third Thursday Music Night. This free event kicks off at 7 p.m.

Capture the night skies of the Interlake

Astronomy Night at Oak Hammock Marsh

February 21
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Want to learn how to do the night skies the justice they deserve in your photographic captures? Oak Hammock Marsh will be hosting a workshop that offers some tips and tricks for capturing the beauty of the night sky. An outdoor observation session from the rooftop will let you explore the night sky with an experienced astro-photographer.

Celebrate Black history in film

Afro Prairie Film Festival

February 21 to 24
Winnipeg Cinematheque

Black Space Winnipeg is celebrating Black history beginning this Thursday in partnership with the Winnipeg Film Group. The event aims to support Black filmmakers across the prairies and Canada.

Experience Cree culture at the Pipoon Festival

Pipoon Festival 2018_Norway House

begins February 22
various venues, Norway House

Trappers’ Fest has come and gone, but here’s your chance to experience another festival of similar vein. Head to the Pipoon Festival 2019 in the Cree territory of Norway House. Events include the king and queen trapper, square dance and singing competitions, open recreation hockey, snow sculpting, a fish fry, and much more.

Celebrate winter in the North

Winterfest Thompson

February 22 to 24
Regional Community Centre, Thompson

Celebrate Manitoba’s North in Thompson. Winterfest is an annual event of traditional and non-traditional winter activities and the perfect event for the entire family. This event unfolds over three days at the community centre.

Bask in another winter fest

St-Pierre-Jolys X-Games

February 23
various venues, St-Pierre-Jolys

Another winter festival is on this week, this one in St-Pierre-Jolys. Think winter X-games, axe throwing, snow sculpting, bannock, cross-country ski clinics and much more!

Have breakfast with the Bears at Assiniboine Park Zoo

Assiniboine Park Zoo

February 23
Tundra Grill, Assiniboine Park Zoo 

Enjoy breakfast in the Tundra Grill with a spectacular view of the Journey to Churchill exhibit and the polar bears that call it home. Learn about the zoo’s polar bears through an exclusive Zoo Chat with an animal care professional. Zoo admission required. Breakfast available at an additional cost.

Skate, curl and snowshoe with the Friends of Spruce Woods


February 23
Winter Recreation Area, Spruce Woods Provincial Park

The Friends of Spruce Woods will be hosting its Winter Fun Day with skating, curling, snowshoeing and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Check out the scavenger hunt, crafts, snow painting and fat biking.

Hike the marsh at twilight

Oak Hammock Marsh night snowshoe

February 23
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

You have experienced what it’s like to explore the marsh during the day, but have you ever considered what the experience would be like at night? Head to Oak Hammock Marsh for a trek of up to 2km at twilight and learn a few key things about snowshoeing.

Ice fish your way to a grand prize

Asessippi Parkland

February 23
Asessippi Parkland, Asessippi

If you haven’t had a chance to get out on the ice as yet, the Annual Lake of the Prairies Ice Fishing Derby at Asessippi Parkland is a worthy option for your calendar.

Imagine an alternative Romeo and Juliet

What if Romeo & Juliet…by Manitoba Theatre for Young People  - MTYP

February 23 and 24
MTYP, Winnipeg

The Manitoba Theatre for Young People presents Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet, this time with a spin. What if Romeo & Juliet… is reinterpreted through acrobatic movement and an alternative ending to this tragic tale.

Take a snowshoe trek

Living Prairie Museum snowshoe

February 24
Living Prairie Museum, Winnipeg

Living Prairie Museum is breaking out the snowshoes for the season and you’re invited to grab a pair and take a trek on the museum’s grounds. First come, first serve basis. No experience required.

Have a wild winter safari in Birds Hill

Birds Hill Park’s Winter Safari

February 24
Birds Hill Provincial Park

Discover Manitoba’s diverse winter wildlife at Birds Hill Park’s Winter Safari. This annual winter event features guided activities such as snowshoeing, a scavenger hunt, crafts and skijoring demos. There will also be a campfire with hot chocolate and bannock, and a high-energy performance by Snow Motion Winter Dog Sports Club.

Take a journey back with Birtle


February 24
Fire Hall, Birtle

Birtle, Manitoba is taking a journey back in time for its 6th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Derby. If you own a classic snowmobile, then hit the trails for a moment of nostalgia as you and others like you reminisce over your first rides in your then-brand new snowmobile. The 20-mile trail will be well marked and winds into the scenic Birdtail Valley.