Last week was packed with a variety of activities to attract every age group and pastime preference. This week is no different. In fact, you may have just as hard a time as we did honing in on a select few events. With that in mind, we’ll keep this short and let you get to what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Love Local MB

Gourmet Inspirations_Barn Hammer

March 3
Victoria Inn, Wellington Avenue

Sip and savour the best of Manitoba's food and beverage artisans at the 5th annual Love Local MB celebration! Ticket includes a sample passport for the evening and complimentary cocktail. 

Experience the Floppet at Falcon Ridge

red-moon-roadMarch 3
Falcon Ridge Slopes

A unique Nordic experience awaits you at the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes Chalet for the first annual Floppet Loppet Ski Race. The loppet mirrors the Scandinavian cultural event, which brings together huge gatherings of skiers in a warm and festive environment of celebration, prize-giving, music and food and drink. While tickets for the event may be hard to come by at this time, the festivities still promise to be a huge draw with its musical offerings, which also includes a performance by the band Red Moon Road.

Take in the fresh and creative sounds of Cluster Fest

Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival, Winnipeg

March 1 to 4
various venues, Winnipeg

Another week and another great festival in the city! This time, it’s the Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival, a dynamic and contemporary approach to art and sound. If you’re curious about the creativity that lives, breathes and provokes thought in Winnipeg, this festival is a great place to find out.

Embrace your inner Viking in Gimli

Gimli Ice Festival frozen fish tossMarch 3 & 4
various venues, Gimli

Shrug off the chill and embrace your inner Viking at the Gimli Ice Festival. take in the scenes of the Viking warfare demonstrations, get your adrenaline pumping at the ice car races, and have a few laughs during the frozen fish toss. This family-fun event includes live entertainment, borscht and chili contests and much more.

Reawaken your love of a ballet classic

Royal Winnipeg Ballet The Sleeping Beauty
opens February 28
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

The much-loved classic and Royal Winnipeg Ballet favourite, The Sleeping Beauty makes its way back to the Centennial Concert Hall stage this week. And as in past productions, you can look forward to glorious music, exquisite costuming and regal sets.

Cheer on your favourites at the games

2018 Manitoba Winter Games, Thompsonbegins March 4
various venues, Thompson

The 2018 Manitoba Winter Games heads to Thompson this year. The event is expected to draw over 1,000 participants who will compete in 13 different sporting disciplines, including cross-country and alpine skiing, badminton, gymnastics, and short track speed skating.

Watch a play about science and soul

Prairie Theatre Exchange-How the Heavens Go-Winnipegopens March 1
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

Faith, love and string theory collide in PTE’s latest production How the Heavens Go. When Mary is prescribed an experimental drug that takes a toll on her health, it is left to her long-time friend, Robert, who is also a physicist, to coax her back to reality, while walking a fine line in his own quest for knowledge.

Taste your way through the Whisky Festival

Winnipeg Whisky Festival-The Fairmont

March 2
The Fairmont, Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Whisky Festival is back for its sixth year with local and foreign products being featured at this year’s event. Taste your way through a myriad of spirits, including Welsh and Canadian whiskies.

Head to John Hirsch for Once

Royal MTC's Once John Hirsch Theatreongoing
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.

Attend an exhibit with a cause

Urban Shaman Gallery, Missing or Forgotten: Akonessen, Zitya, Tina, Marie and all the others

Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg

Head to the Urban Shaman Gallery as the travelling exhibition, Missing or Forgotten: Akonessen, Zitya, Tina, Marie and all the others, continues its run this week bringing the works of several artists into one compelling creative space.

Celebrate the birthing experience

Pembina Hills Arts Council
Pembina Hills Arts Council, Morden

Gain new insight into the work of mothers and photographers in a new exhibit, Born, at the Pembina Hills Arts Council. This exhibit celebrates the beauty and strength of life and the transition from pregnancy to giving birth.

Learn about storied pasts

Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Manitoba

Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

Canada has called itself home to a great multi-ethnic, multicultural group. But perhaps what makes it all work so well is the stories each culture brings with it. Discover some of those stories at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach during its Storied Places Exhibit this week.

Explore the HMS Erebus

HMS Erebus Manitoba Museum
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

Experience some of the work that amazement archaeologist Ryan Harris did when he finally discovered the wreck of the HMS Erebus. A scale model of the ship joins the Franklin Exploration pop-up display at the Manitoba Museum offering visitors a chance to experience a significant portion of history.

Discover a century’s worth of photography

Photos at Daly House Museum
ends February 28
Daly House Museum, Brandon

Take a journey in time with the Daly House Museum and discover the evolution of photography at Spectacles Then and Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba. This exhibit features a collection of images believed to have been taken by former Brandon Sun owner and editor, J.B. Whitehead, from 1903-1937.

Have a dynamic encounter with jazz

centre culturel franco-manitobain-Suzanne Kennelly-mardi jazz

February 27
centre culturel franco-manitobain, St. Boniface

Quebec native and long-time Manitoba resident Suzanne Kennelly brings her love of music to the mardi jazz stage this week in a performance that promises to be as dynamic as it is unique.

Head to an indoor farmers’ market

Farmers’ markets.

March 1
City Place, Winnipeg

The outdoor farmers’ markets may be closed, but the indoor markets are in full swing. City Place will be a hub of activity with produce, preserves, crafts and much more.

Snowshoe under the light of the moon

FortWhyte Alive-Alive Adventure

March 1
FortWhyte Alive

Make your way to FortWhyte Alive for a snowshoe hike under the light of the moon. Alive Adventure is a hike by headlamp where you can search for animal tracks and owls. The night will culminate with a bonfire and hot chocolate in the north forest.

Discover a new Exchange artist

People crossing the street during First Fridays in the Exchange District
March 2
Exchange District, Winnipeg

It’s Friday…finally. Step out of the office and into the Exchange District for First Fridays and immerse yourself in the ultimate cultural and artistic experience on a walk through Winnipeg’s original downtown.

Get your speed fix at a race

CPTC Raceplex, Beausejour-Canadian Power Toboggan Championships

March 2
CPTC Raceplex, Beausejour

Satisfy your need for speed this week in Beausejour. The Canadian Power Toboggan Championships will be hosting some of North America’s premier racers in an event expected to reach speeds of up to 170 kph.

Trace two cultures through dance tradition

NAfro Dance Productions-Yofanana

March 2 to 4
Gas Station Arts Centre, Winnipeg

The tradition of dance, which has been a uniting force between Indian and African cultural interactions over the years, will make its way to the Gas Station Arts Centre in the choreographed performance, Yofanana, as NAfro Dance Productions aims to trace the similarities between these two cultures.

Take your kids to a film festival

Freeze Frame, International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages, CCFM, Winnipeg

March 4 to 11
CCFM, Winnipeg

Now in its 22nd year, the Freeze Frame, International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages rolls around again for 8 days of 40 films and 150 hours of workshops. This year’s incredible lineup includes films in English and French from countries like Burkina Faso, France, the Netherlands, Colombia, Sweden, Canada, Spain, Croatia and Belgium.

Start a conversation with an artist

Portrait by Karen Astrid Clark at the Sam Waller Museum in the Pas
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.

Be amazed by your province’s beauty

Golden Prairie Arts Councilongoing
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 month.

Get to the heart of Organic Matters

Pulse Gallery-Deborah Elizabeth-Organic Matters
ends February 28
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.