Good music and great food. Two of life’s greatest gifts and lucky for you, you can find them both right here in Manitoba. This week, you’re definitely in for some excitement with activities to pique the senses and have you begging for more. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Escape on a romantic weekend

Fairmont_champagne, chocolate covered strawberries

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, till December 30
Fairmont Winnipeg

Celebrate your love with a romantic escape to the Fairmont Winnipeg. Rates start from $359, and include a delicious prix fixe dinner for two in VG Restaurant, a one-night stay in Fairmont room, a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate-dipped strawberries, self-parking for one vehicle, and breakfast for two. 

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The play’s the thing at Dalnavert

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January 31 to February 17
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg

Dalnavert Museum is playing host to a collection of plays, readings and more for RMTC’s 2019 Master Playwright Festival. Included are the iconic play "Hedda Gabler" and the new "Hedda Reimagined" both intimately staged in the historic mansion, a play reading, and a talk on Victorian Doll Houses. Come in and don’t miss out.

Attend the Master Playwright Festival

Royal MTC Ibsenfest A Doll’s House

begins January 30
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House may have been the scandal of its time some 100 years ago, but it’s still relevant today and is the feature event to mark the opening of the Master Playwright Festival for 2019. The play follows Nora Helmer, who finds herself in a precarious situation of deciding how far she will go to protect her family. A Doll’s House opens on Wednesday, January 30 and the seats are going fast!

Quell curiosities with cuisine and culture

Westman fest – 2

January 31 to February 2
various venues, Brandon

Curious about the cultures and cuisines of the world, but can’t quite get around to taking that trip to explore them firsthand? The Westman Multicultural Festival brings some of these cultures right to your doorstep. Treat yourself to the culinary arts of India, Honduras, Mexico and many other cultures along with lively music and dance.

Dine fine on a budget

Ciao Dine About Winnipeg 2019

begins February 1
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 February 11.

Get moving, Manitoba!

The Jack Frost Challenge

begins February 3
across Manitoba

The Jack Frost Challenge | Bougeons en Hiver is happening this week – all week long from February 3-9. Get the family, friends and colleagues on board to complete 130 collective kilometres of outdoor activities, from walking to running to biking to skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing…the list goes on!

See a master jazz guitar performance

Mardi Jazz Chet Breau

January 29
centre culturel franco-manitobain

When master guitarist isn’t busying himself with radio shows and teaching guitar, you will find him on a stage somewhere wowing an audience. This week, that stage just happens to be at centre culturel manitobain for mardi jazz.

Laugh for a charitable cause

Rumor’s Comedy Club charity event

January 30
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg

Comedians Sophie Buddle and Mayce Faloni are taking their act to Rumor’s Comedy Club with a good cause in mind. Get your laugh on this Wednesday while supporting a good cause, the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Take the fun to The Forks

Arctic Glacier Winter Park

The Forks, Winnipeg

For those in search of some wintry excitement, The Forks’ Arctic Glacier Winter Park, is right up the thrill seeker’s alley with skating under the canopy, tobogganing on the hill behind Inn at the Forks, and pick-up hockey games.

Help solve a murder mystery

Just John play at Oakbank United Church

January 31 to February 3
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 the killer.

Get down with some good music

Ariel Posen at West End Cultural Centre

February 1
West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg

Gifted musician and acclaimed guitarist, Ariel Posen, is bringing his solo act to the West End Cultural Centre. If you’re in the mood for some rootsy blues and melodic rock ‘n’ roll, this gig is it.

Howl and hike a scenic trail

Wolf & Carnivore Conference in Thompson

February 2
Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes, Whiteshell Provincial Park

Take a scenic hike with a Parks interpreter out at the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes and learn all about the timber wolf. This hike will take you to the Whiteshell as you howl for wolves at a secret location. Be sure to dress for the weather.

Join a poker derby


February 2
Ridgeville Club, Ridgeville

Register for the Ridgeville poker derby this weekend. The event will kick off in Ridgeville, continues through St Malo, St Jean, Dominion City and heads back to Ridgeville. The fun begins from 10 a.m.

Learn about wetlands and biodiversity

Oak Hammock

February 2 and 3
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on February 2 and this weekend, you can learn all about the diversity of this unique ecosystem at Oak Hammock Marsh.

Track the path of the monarch at Sam Waller

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January 28 to February 3
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.

Challenge your brain

Wee Johnny Trivia

January 29
Wee Johnny’s, Winnipeg

Wee Johnny’s is launching Trivia Night starting this Tuesday and continuing every Tuesday night. Trivia Night kicks off at 8 p.m. with quizmaster host, Jeff Sinclair.

Watch a classic get a makeover

Hounds of Baskervilles

January 31 to February 2
Buhler Hall, Gretna

Sherlock Holmes is getting a comedic makeover! MCI brings Sir Conan Doyle’s classic, Hounds of Baskervilles to Buhler Hall in Gretna. The production will run for three nights.

Support a cause and have some fun

People enjoying the Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspeil, The Forks

February 1 to 3
The Forks, Winnipeg

Help raise some funds for a good cause while having a bit of fun in the process. Don’t miss this year’s annual Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel presented by Subaru for the Heart & Stroke Foundation right here at The Forks.

Journey through time at MTYP

MTYP Torn Through Time

February 2 and 3
MTYP, Winnipeg

Manitoba Theatre for Young People will take guests on a journey through time with Jess. As the she struggles with an assignment her frustration leads to her ripping up the pages and a series of events that follow.

Take the kids to a movie

Winnipeg Cinematheque The Last Starfighter

February 3
Winnipeg Cinematheque

For those parents with active kids, Winnipeg Cinematheque is hosting Cabin Fever: Free Films for Kids! This week’s film, The Last Starfighter, begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday and parents and kids are advised to be seated early.