In case you hadn't noticed, winter is here and by the look of it, she will be here for a while. So it's a good thing that Manitoba is just bursting with events to keep you going throughout the next few months. Here's what's hot in Manitoba.

Fete at the Snowdance Festival

Snowdance Festival of Music and Winter

January 18 to 20
Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes, Falcon Beach

Ski the slopes of Falcon Ridge and when you’re looking for some respite from the cold, head indoors to the chalet at the base of the slopes for some bluegrass, pop, soul and a little rock ‘n’ roll. The Snowdance Festival is on all weekend with some of the finest bands on the scene.

Celebrate winter at FortWhyte

FortWhyte Alive Winterfest

January 20
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

Love winter? Then celebrate the season with FortWhyte Alive. Hike, snowshoe, ski, slide or skate. Learn to cross-country ski with certified ski instructors, or opt for a lower impact activity. The toboggan slide will be open and the skating rink will be polished.

Track the path of the monarch at Sam Waller

Monarch butterfly generic image

January 14 to 20
Sam Waller Museum, The Pas

The Sam Waller Museum has an exciting new exhibit which focuses on the monarch butterfly. On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly features micro-photographic images and aerial photographs of the flight and journey of these winged creatures from Canada to Mexico.

Explore an exhibit of 99 pieces

Rebecca Dupuis - Kays Colours - Cre8ery 99 pieces exhibit

ends 15
Cre8ery Gallery, Winnipeg

Cre8ery is all about variety in its latest exhibit, 99 Pieces of Art on the Wall. From realism to fantasy to abstract in mediums of acrylic, oil, drawing, and sculpture, just about every art preference is featured at this exhibit. Exhibit runs until 15.

Attend an exhibit of two states

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba Michael Belmore exhibit, Somewhere Between the Two States of Matter

January 15 to 19
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is exhibiting the work of Michael Belmore. The artist’s latest exhibit, Somewhere Between the Two States of Matter, focuses on the moment when human activity transforms an inanimate object.

Have a laugh at Rumor’s

Comedian Michelle Shaughnessy

January 15 to 19
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg

If you’re in need of a hearty laugh or two, look no further than Winnipeg’s own Rumor’s Comedy Club, where in-demand Canadian comedian Michelle Shaughnessy will take the stage.

Go on an adventure with Matilda

Royal MTC Roald Dahl’s Matilda Photo by Dylan Hewlett

January 15 to 20
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

Theatregoers, Roald Dahl’s Matilda is currently playing at Royal MTC;s John Hirsch Mainstage. Matilda’s life is no picnic at home or at school. But like the brilliant little girl she is, Matilda resolves to change her destiny. Join her on that journey, which continues this week.

Attend a French play

Cercle Molière’s Straight Jacket Winter

January 16 to 19
Théâtre Cercle Molière, Saint-Boniface

Cercle Molière‘s latest production, Straight Jacket Winter explores the autobiographical wanderings of Gilles Poulin-Denis and Esther Duquette as they pack up their lives and make a drastic move from Montreal to Vancouver exacerbated by a long, rainy winter and a language barrier. Laugh along with the couple in their transition.

Help solve a murder mystery

Just John play at Oakbank United Church

January 17 to 20
Oakbank United Church, Oakbank

The Oakbank United Church is hosting an exciting murder mystery event. A serial killer is on the loose in the St. John’s Monastery in Cooks Creek, and anyone named John is at risk, including the abbot, John Cedric, who generously, but unwittingly opened the doors to a killer.

Be part of a musical experience

John Wort Hannam Trio

January 18
Community Centre, Pinawa

Lethbridge-based, folk-roots musician, the John Wort Hannam Trio is making sweet music and you can be a part of the experience on Friday night at the Pinawa Community Centre.

Fish for free

FortWhyte ice fishing

January 19
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

If you’ve never tried your hand at ice fishing, then FortWhyte Alive’s free ice fishing event may be the perfect place to start. It’s as good a time as any to find out exactly what species are lurking in Winnipeg’s frozen waters.

Sip on wine on a getaway

Aaron’s on the Lake wine and cheese tasting event

January 19
Aaron’s on the Lake, Ponemah

Looking for your next weekend getaway? You could have that and then some with a weekend at Aaron’s on the Lake. On Saturday, this bed and breakfast will also be hosting a wine and cheese tasting event. For more information, and to book your next staycation, check out the website or email: aaronsonthelake@gmail.com.

Be serenaded at an intimate evening of music

Musical artist Jayme Giesbrecht

January 19
Legion Hall, McCreary

Looking for an intimate evening of music? The Burrows Trail Arts Council has teamed up with the McCreary Legion to present musical artist Jayme Giesbrecht and friends for a lively evening of entertainment.

Feel alive at FortWhyte

FortWhyte Alive in the Woods

January 19
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

Up for an adventure? FortWhyte Alive’s self-guided experiences are the perfect way to get outdoors and enjoy nature-inspired activities. Newbies and experts alike welcome.

Celebrate the Ukrainian new year in Vita

Vita & Area Winter Festival

January 19 and 20
various venues, Vita

Vita will be a hub of activity and festivities for the town’s third annual Vita and Area Winter Festival to coincide with its celebration of the Ukrainian New Year’s Eve known as Malanka.