Time to finally put that new year, new you resolution to the test, with new experiences well within reach this week in Manitoba. Look beyond your usual genres and discover fresh sounds at Winnipeg's New Music Festival and Big Fun Festival. For those looking for a new perspective on the world, it's the perfect time to finally mark visiting the Canadian Museum for Human Rights off your list, with $5 entry all month long. What will you try this week? Here's what's hot in Manitoba...

January 27 to February 2
Centennial Concert Hall, Westminster United Church (Jan 29)

Winnipeg transforms into an oasis of the most inspiring, adventurous, and riveting music of our time. The WSO’s internationally acclaimed New Music Festival revels in the music of today, inspiring artists and igniting audiences. For 2018, WNMF welcomes the iconic composer Philip Glass. Come explore, debate, and discover.

Learn about the impact of doctors without borders

Visitors enjoying the Canadian Journeys Gallery at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

One of the latest exhibits at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights asks one question: What motivates doctors to work in dangerous conflict zones beyond our national borders? The exhibit uses powerful artifacts to tell the stories of three fascinating Canadian doctors who have worked in such circumstances. This is the best time to check out the museum, with entry only $5 in the month of January!

Dine on Ice

Two people dining on the frozen river at RAW:almond

January 19 to February 13
The Forks (on the ice)

The pop-up foodie event of the season is back and better than ever! RAW:almond is a unique dining experience that brings you onto the ice for a once-in-a-lifetime meal served by chefs around the world. Lucky you, tickets are still up for grabs – but don’t wait, the event sells out every year!

Combine sport with culture

Pow wow competition at the Keystone Centre

January 25 to 28
Keystone Centre, Brandon

Dakota Nation Winterfest is the largest Indigenous sport and cultural event of its kind, and it happens all under one roof! Events include a Pow Wow, square dancing, hockey, strongman, basketball and more.

Go for dinner and show

Pianist Laila Biali lounging on a chair

January 24
Kitchen Sync

It's a sensory experience this week at Kitchen Sync as Dinner and a Show returns. Wednesday's event features a delicious meal by Chef Ben Kramer and music by award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist, Laila Biali.

Head to a winter carnival

Toboggan races at the Winter Festival

January 27

Altona's annual Winter Carnival is back again, and with it comes the best that winter has to offers. Take part in the cardboard toboggan competition, hop on a horse drawn sleigh ride, or join into a game of hockey on Buffalo Creek Nature Pond.

Try your hand at ice fishing

Two anglers watching the ice fishing hole

January 27 to 28
FortWhyte Alive

Fishing fun doesn’t have to end when the lakes freeze over. This weekend is Free Ice Fishing Weekend at FortWhyte Alive, where no fishing license is required to reel in a big one.  Ice fishing fees are waived with regular admission and basic equipment is available for rent.

Discover Manitoba's up and coming talents at Big Fun Festival

Big Fun 2018 Trailer from BIG FUN FESTIVAL on Vimeo.

Jan 24 to 28
Various locations

Your ticket to big-city fun just got a little bit bigger! Get ready to enjoy the Big Fun Festival at various venues across downtown Winnipeg this week. Whatever your preferred style of music, this festival has got you covered with Manitoba’s up and coming talents and a multi-genre offering which includes everything from punk to hip-hop to folk and whatever else you may fancy in-between.

Dine authentically

Sushi roll with black sesame seeds on wood serving tray

Jan 26
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 a variety of options to choose from, picking just one option may prove to be most challenging, but we suspect you’re up to it.

Drop the mic at Manitou

January 27
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.

Pair your dinner with musical theatre

Lead cast for Bridesmaids at Celebrations dinner theatre

January 13 to March 17
Celebrations Dinner Theatre, Winnipeg

Tired of being the bridesmaid and never the bride? You’re not alone. Runaway Bridesmaids features four women who embark on a bachelorette trip with a goal of searching for husbands of their own. This hilarious romp is set to the classic wedding song playlist that we all know and love.

Travel to Narnia

Scene from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

January 26 to February 4
Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Winnipeg

Dare to travel through the enchanted wardrobe to the land of Narnia, where the Pevensie siblings undertake an incredible adventure of magic and fantastical characters. Theatrical invention and imagination make The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe a must see for people of all ages!

Reel in a big one at a fishing derby

Photo of ice fishing hole with rod next to it on the ice

January 27
Oak Lake

With over $3ooo up for grabs, you won’t want to miss your chance to win big at the 8th Annual Ice Fishing Derby in Oak Lake, Manitoba. Catch and release rules are in effect, and all fish will be measured by length.

Study connections in the literary and art world

Photo of the cover of "The Legacy" by Waubgeshig Rice

January 23 and 26
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Literary and art lovers unite! This special series at the WAG features discussion of artworks related to popular reads. January’s tours include conversations from “The Legacy” by Waubgeshig Rice.

Catch a show at Winnipeg’s french theatre

Photo of the Théâtre Cercle Molière

On until January 27
Théâtre Cercle Molière, Winnipeg

Our favourite clowns return to muse about a simple yet well known phrase: To be or not to be. Tubby et Nottubby: Tempus extraordinarius focuses on the strength and frailty of love and dreams – the greatest defense against the harsh cruelty of reality.  Subtitles are available on Opening Night, Wednesday & Saturday evening performances.

Dive into the world of Canadian air pioneers

Black and white photo of old bush plane on skis, parked on a frozen lake

On until January 31
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

In the 1920’s and 30’s, cold weather was an enormous obstacle for aerial access to the North. Now until the end of the month, head to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada and dive into the lives of Canada’s air pioneers and the cold-weather transport airplanes that formed the foundation of today’s northern air industry.

Test your knowledge in Carberry

Colourful storefronts of Carberry, Manitoba

January 26
Legion Hall, Carberry

It’s quiz night in the quaint town of Carberry, and the Carberry Plains Art Council is hosting its first fundraiser of the year. Test your knowledge with categories like movies, music, logos, famous people and Ukrainian Food (that last one is how you know it’s a quiz fit for a Manitoban). Pre-registration is required!