Last week, we celebrated the winter festivals. This week is all about film. With at least three compelling film festivals to choose from, each of which feature short and feature films by up and coming filmmakers and artists, there’s a great opportunity to explore aspects of culture from several angles. Of course, films aren’t the only thing going on this week. Here’s your chance to take your pick from a list of what’s hot in Manitoba.

Catch a film fest

Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival at North Kildonan Manitoba Church

February 20 to 25
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.

Engage at imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour

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February 23
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon

Make your way to the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba for its screening of short videos produced by artists from the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival. As part of the imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour, this event seeks to bring awareness to Indigenous-made film and foster community engagement.

Celebrate Black history in film

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Cinematheque, Winnipeg

Black Space Winnipeg is celebrating Black history this weekend in partnership with the Winnipeg Film Group. The event aims to support Black filmmakers across the prairies and Canada. Each feature film will be followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director.

Discover your joie de vivre!

Family Fun at Fort Gibraltar, Festival du Voyageur

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Whittier Park, Winnipeg

The excitement of Festival continues this week with indoor and outdoor activities, toe-tapping concerts, the best French-Canadian food, and an historic fur-trade fort filled with costumed interpreters. Discover your joie de vivre at the 49th edition of Festival du Voyageur.

Explore the fantastical Ice Castles

Ice Castles at The Forks, Winnipeg

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The Forks, Winnipeg

It's a long weekend...think winter wonderlands, twinkling lights and magical structures and the Ice Castles at The Forks. These sculpted pieces of art won’t be around forever, so don’t miss your chance to experience the fantastical creations.

Head to John Hirsch for Once

Royal MTC's Once

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John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

Royal MTC has been abuzz with exceptional productions this season. John Hirsch Mainstage continues the trend with the play Once, which centres on an Irish street musician, Guy, and Girl, a Czech immigrant, who inspire each other to soar.

Get to the heart of Organic Matters

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Pulse Gallery, Winnipeg

Pulse Gallery will be exhibiting the works of artist Deborah Elizabeth in her presentation Organic Matters in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks.

Start a conversation with an artist

Karen AstridClark

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Sam Waller Museum, The Pas

Head to the Sam Waller Museum this week as guest artist Karen Astrid Clark exhibits her work Trying So Hard to be So Hard/Hard Kids. The artist’s series of portraits in batik are meant to be catalysts for conversations that awaken empathy for her subjects.

Have a brush with books and art

Winnipeg Art Gallery Books and Brushes

February 20
WAG, Winnipeg

Head to the Winnipeg Art Gallery for Books and Brushes, which includes fun and informative discussions on artwork and books related to them. 

Fill your evening with jazz

Mardi Jazz-Sean Irvine

February 20
Centre culturel franco-manitobain, St. Boniface

Saxophonist Sean Irvine will be bringing his bold and charismatic performance to Mardi Jazz this week. Head to the centre culturel franco-manitobain for an evening of jazz and inspiration.

Be amazed by your province’s beauty

Golden Prairie Arts Council

February 20 to 23
Golden Prairie Arts Council, Carman

Let the beauty of our province capture you at the photographic exhibition, Expanding Horizons. Head to the Golden Prairie Arts Council where photographer Roxanne Fjeldsted will be displaying some of her stunning images of the province over the next four days.

Hit Rumor’s Comedy Club

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February 20 to 24
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg

Rumor’s Comedy roster is set for this week with Chicago-bred stand-up comic Liza Treyger set to bring the laughs. From her skit in Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, to her appearance on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party and Chelsea Lately, you’re set for a good night.

Take advantage of student discount night for Moose game

Manitoba Moose Student night

February 21
Bell MTS Place

The Manitoba Moose is hosting its second annual student night where students get P1 tickets to the Moose game, drink and pizza vouchers, as well as a drink voucher for The Pint post-game. For more details about this great deal, click here.

Dance the night away to Celtic rock

Derina Harvey Band

February 21
R.H. Channing Auditorium, Flin Flon

If you’re a fan of the Celtic and rock music genres, then you won’t want to miss out on the five-piece Celtic-rock band led by the fearless front-woman Derina Harvey and her fresh take on traditional tunes. The band will be making a stop in Flin Flon this week.

Choose your evening activity at Oak Hammock

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February 22 & 25
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Try your hand at sketching the night sky during an evening of astronomy at Oak Hammock Marsh, and even pick up a few techniques along the way. If you’re looking to get outdoors and experience the marsh in a different light, then a twilight snowshoe trek is the way to go this Sunday. Pre-registration is required for this event.

Treat yourself to a fish fry

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February 23
Pembina Threshermen’s Museum, Winkler

You’ve made it through another work week. Treat yourself to a tasty, homemade fish fry supper at the Pembina Threshermen’s Museum. With good company and a few mouth-watering menu options to choose from, this might be the perfect way to satisfy any weekend appetite.

Have a Donburi Lunch experience

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February 23
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Winnipeg

Dine somewhere different this week with a visit to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s Donburi Lunch. With reasonable prices and wide varieties, zeroing in on just one option may prove to be most challenging, but we suspect you’re up to it.

Dine on perogies

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February 23
Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church, Winnipeg

There’s nothing quite like a perogy supper and this Friday evening, the Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church will be hosting its own special treat beginning at 5 p.m.

Harp on an enchanting performance

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February 23 & 25
Carman Active Living Centre, Carman
Winchester Theatre, Deloraine

If you’ve never experienced the enchantment of a performance on the harp, Janelle Nadeau’s is one you won’t want to miss as she makes her way through the prairies with performances in Carman and Deloraine.

Have a night in Spain

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February 23 & 24
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Experience A Night in Spain right here in Winnipeg at Centennial Concert Hall when guest conductor Yaron Traub directs the Orquesta de Valencia along with French guitar virtuoso Gaëlle Solal.

Attend a winter carnival

Grunthal Winter CarnivalFebruary 23 to 25
Ag Grounds, Grunthal

The Grunthal Winter Carnival is back for another year of fun, with activities ranging from sleigh rides, to a candy scramble and tobogganing. There will also be crib and broomball tournaments, bonfires and a hockey game.

Get in costume for Ai-kon

Ai-Kon – Anime Festival in Winnipeg

February 24
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

The Ai-kon’s Winterfest is back for another year of animated adventure. Get in costume and be on your way to this one-day event on at the RBC Convention Centre.

Join the Cross Country Snow Drifters for a poker chip derby

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February 24
Legion Hall, Elie

The Cross Country Snow Drifters Annual Poker Chip Derby is back. Hit the groomed trails, or get started at any one of the six check stops along the way. There will also be a dinner and silent auction at Elie Legion Hall after 5 p.m. and poker derby draws from 7:30 p.m.

Try out snowshoe orienteering

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February 24
FortWhyte, Winnipeg

Make a fun day of snowshoeing at FortWhyte this weekend. This orienteering event lets you navigate the trails while using a map to find clues.

Watch a dark tale

It’s Dark Outside by Manitoba Theatre for Young People

February 24
MTYP, Winnipeg

The Manitoba Theatre for Young People is letting the darkness in this week with the production It’s Dark Outside. The story will unravel a heart-touching tale about redemption and dementia with nary a word spoken.

Listen to a fantastic fable

Children's Museum

February 24 & 25
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg

This month, the Children’s Museum is celebrating “I Love to Read Month” with special crafts, activities, and story times with Fantastic Fairytales.

Have a wild winter safari in Birds Hill

Birds Hill Park’s Winter Safari

February 25
Birds Hill Provincial Park

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