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 what’s hot in Manitoba.
Discover your joie de vivre!
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
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’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
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 Deloraine, Crystal 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
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, 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 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
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
February 21 to 24
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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, 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
February 23 and 24
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, 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 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
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.