Another new week and we’ve got another round of events right here waiting for you. There’s absolutely no need to find yourself anywhere else if you’re all about a good time. From wintry escapades to get you out and about, to soulful dining to get you warmed up for your next adventure, we encourage you to get out and enjoy everything Manitoba has to offer. Here’s what’s hot.
Discover your joie de vivre!
February 16 to 25
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 49th edition of Festival du Voyageur.
Dine fine on a budget
February 5 to 11
various venues, Winnipeg
You don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate good cuisine. Ciao! Dine About Winnipeg offers the perfect opportunity to experience good food by some of the city’s best chefs in some of the finest restaurants. What’s even better, you get to experience culinary genius in a three-course meal at a reasonable price. Dine about Winnipeg ends this weekend.
Explore the conflicts of a tragic comedy
Photo by Dylan Hewitt
February 6 to 17
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
As part of Shanleyfest, Royal MTC continues its run of the tragic comedy Outside Mullingar at Tom Hendry Warehouse. Set in an Irish farming community, where the land feud between the Reilly and Muldoon families ultimately affects the childhood friendship between Rosemary Muldoon and Anthony Reilly.
Explore the fantastical Ice Castles
The Forks, Winnipeg
Think winter wonderlands, twinkling lights and magical structures and the Ice Castles at The Forks come quickly to mind. These ice-sculpted pieces won’t be around for much longer though, so don’t miss your chance to experience this fantastical creation.
Get your fill of realism art
Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg
If you enjoy realism art, then you won’t want to miss LANTERN’s presentation In Our Nature, which opens on Friday with a public reception. Some of Canada’s most accomplished artists will be featured at the exhibit, which runs until March 3.
Gain insight into the Indigenous voice
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon
The voices of Indigenous youth come to life in a brand new collection of photographs and stories this week in Brandon. The Photovoice Project aims to shed light on the impact that people, environment, and infrastructure can have on a neighbourhood and its residents. This first project is titled A Healthy Neighbourhood: Voices of Indigenous Youth.
Lady of the Lake Theatre, Gimli
If you’ve ever wanted to learn Icelandic, beginning February 8 and continuing every Thursday until April 12, the New Iceland Heritage Museum will be offering beginner and intermediate classes. For more information, click here.
Explore the HMS Erebus
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
Experience some of amazement archaeologist Ryan Harris did when he finally discovered the wreck of the HMS Erebus. For the next few weeks, 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
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.
Get 10 times the jazz in one night
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, St. Boniface
Mardi Jazz is on again and this time, the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain will host the Winnipeg Jazz Collective, which features 10 of Manitoba’s best emerging jazz musicians performing original and contemporary compositions from Canadian jazz composers.
Explore love and loss at a PTE play
February 6 to 11
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
Explore the themes of love and loss as one couple seeks to discover whether their former flame can even be rekindled. Salt-Water Moon plays at the Prairie Theatre Exchange under award-winning director Ravi Jain.
Head to the next Rumor’s comedy gig
February 6 to 11
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg
With performances across Canada and parts of the US already under his belt, comedian Kelly Taylor is bringing his gig back to home turf with performances at Rumor’s Comedy Club this week.
Attend a unique exhibit
February 6 to 16
Portage and District Arts Centre and Gallery, Portage la Prairie
The Portage and District Arts Centre and Gallery will be hosting an exhibit of a different kind this week. More Than Just Art, which will feature the work of over 50 artists, is based on a set of artists’ book ideation cards and promises to be a unique experience for creators and guests alike.
Spend an evening under the stars
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
Spend an evening under the stars at FortWhyte with Darren Townsley as he shares stories about the sky from the Star Dome mobile planetarium.
Watch a comedy show in motion
February 8 to 10
Souris & Neepawa
Comedian Bob Cates is taking his Comedy in Motion show on the road landing at the Souris School Auditorium on Thursday, stopping by The Roxy in Neepawa on Friday and making a final stop at Kelysey School in The Pas.
Dine reasonably and authentically
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.
Have a winter-wonderful weekend at RMNP
February 9 to 11
various venues, Riding Mountain
Riding Mountain National Park is gearing up for a three-day weekend of winter activities for its 8th annual Winter Adventure Weekend. There will be lots to do, from snow tubing and snow shoeing to skating and much more. And of course, no winter weekend event would be complete without the grub.
Take the family to Beaver Days
February 9 to 11
Whiteshell Community Club, Falcon Lake
Whiteshell is hosting its annual Beaver Days winter festival this weekend with activities that the entire family can enjoy.
Drop the mic in Manitou
Manitou Opera House, Manitou
Make a new discovery or embrace an old favourite at the Manitou Coffeehouse open-mic event. The atmosphere promises to be one of warmth, and the air guarantees to be one filled with light-hearted laughter.
Grab a big gulp of fresh air
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
Ahh! FortWhyte Alive, the perfect place to go for a big gulp of fresh air, a Nordic walk, or snowshoeing. And that’s only a fraction of what you can get up to this weekend with activities for just about everyone in just about every age group.
Embrace winter with a snowshoe trek
Pine Point Trail, Whiteshell Provincial Park
Take a guided trek through the snow on your way to discovering scenic locations on our guided snowshoe adventure! Join a Whiteshell park interpreter on a trek to Pine Point Rapids and gain a whole new appreciation for a Whiteshell winter.
Experience the classics in Brandon
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
Join conductor Julian Pellicano and pianist Katherine Chi as they bring the works of Schumann and Beethoven to life this weekend in Brandon.
Go on a wild edibles trek
Park Centre, Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Take a guided wild edibles snowshoe trek with a park interpreter through Spruce Woods and warm up fireside with some wild teas. Snowshoes will be provided, or you can bring your own.