Where there’s snow, ice and beautiful weather, fun is sure to follow. This week is particularly plentiful with unique events, including the Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel, the Hot Blizzard Folk Fest and various lively small town winter festivals. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Dine about in Winnipeg
February 3 to 12
Various locations, Winnipeg
Experience the best of Winnipeg’s culinary scene with Ciao’s Dine About. There are over 20 restaurants to choose from, including Corrientes, Café Ce Soir, Blind Tiger, Fusion Grill, Nicolino’s and more. Each restaurant will offer an exceptional three-course menu at a set price and reservations are required, so be sure to make yours soon!
Embrace winter in Carman
Snow is on the forecast for Carman’s Blizzard Fest, bringing the community together for an awesome half-day of winter fun. Events include snow bowling (sounds amazing), curling, log sawing, skating, hay rides, snow golf, a photo booth, fireworks and more.
Go on a sleigh ride at the Emerson Winter Carnival
February 3 to 5
This border hugging town of Emerson is in for a treat this weekend. The Winter Carnival makes the most out of the season with a family ice dance, wagon rides, hockey games, bonfires and more. And with events such as the Cardboard Toboggan Contest and the Milk Jug Curling Competition, there will certainly be no shortage of laughs.
Find your partner in crime
The Forks, Winnipeg
Wet your appetite for Christiefest for a one night, FREE event happening this week at The Common. Flipside Opera and Little Sparrow Theatre Co. team up for Partners in Crime: An Evening of Story and Song Inspired by Agatha Christie.
Take a journey home
January 26 to February 5
Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Winnipeg
Filled with gags and general mischief, Dib and Dob draws in audiences with a strange made-up language, a monster who lives in a mysterious tree and their quest to find out about home.
Get stuck in a hot blizzard
Portage la Prairie
Settle in for a blizzard unlike any other in Portage la Prairie. Hop aboard the Hippie Bus and head to this community for the annual Hot Blizzard Folk Festival, taking place at the historic Trinity United Church. Headliners include Leaf Rapids, The Perpetrators and Beth Martens.
Help a town find its missing doctor
Jan 25 to Feb 12
Prairie Theatre Exchange
Think polar bears are your biggest worry out in Churchill, Manitoba? The Flats begs to differ. This dark comedy seeks to uncover exactly what happened to the town’s doctor after he goes inexplicably missing. Join the cast of The Flats at the Prairie Theatre Exchange as they venture out onto the edge of Hudson Bay and they discover some of the town’s more unusual residents, its well-kept secrets, and even conjure up a few of its ghosts.
Hurry hard at The Forks
February 3 to 5
Sweep ’til you drop at the Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel, happening this weekend at The Forks. Participants will curl on the ice of the river and raise money for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. It is a truly Manitoban experience for the young, old and everyone in between.
Celebrate music at the Winnipeg New Music Festival
Jan 28-Feb 3
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg
Music is the food of life. And play on it will for seven days straight in celebration of everything that is wonderful and beautiful during the Winnipeg New Music Festival. Now in its 26th edition, the festival unites artists from the province, Canada, and around the world for a time of creativity, new encounters and great food!
Visit the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
With a lengthy history dating back to 1907, the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is now one of the most well known galleries in Manitoba and a quintessential piece of Brandon’s character and identity. Rooted in community, the spacious AGSM focuses on contemporary art exhibits, events and education. Now on: To Bury the Sun Exhibit and Through the Lens Exhibit.
Gather at Oak Hammock for World Wetlands Day
Oak Hammock Marsh
Celebrate the importance of Manitoba’s wetlands at Oak Hammock Marsh with World Wetlands Day. The day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971. Join into a special presentation, play shuffle-duck and explore the marsh’s hands-on exhibits. February 2nd is also Groundhog Day, so stay tuned to find out when spring will arrive to the province!
Skate down the Red River Mutual Trail
The Forks, Winnipeg
Take in the picturesque sights of Winnipeg as you’ve never seen them before, from the frozen Red River! Venture out to The Forks to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: skating, walking, curling, hockey, family activities, historic interpretation, cycling, broom ball, and much more.
Explore the struggle for confederation
On until May 2017
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg
Running until May, 1867: Rebellion & Confederation is a collection of artifacts from different institutions across Canada that tell the story and struggle of forming a responsible government. The exhibit include remnants of items found in the ash from the 1849 burning of Parliament and the pocket watch of Sir John A. McDonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister.
Discover exceptional art
Exchange District, Winnipeg
Wander the Exchange District in search of incredible art at First Fridays. First Fridays is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts in the Exchange area.
Get to know another side of Canada at the Banff Mountain Film Festival
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Mountain culture is coming to Winnipeg! Get a glimpse into beautiful Banff, Alberta and other mountainous regions with a series of inspiring, funny and thought-provoking films from cinematographers around the globe. The Banff Mountain Film Festival will send you into flurry of emotions as you go from holding onto the edge of your seat to wiping away tears and blaming it on something in your eye. A must-see for adventure seekers and film lovers alike.
Hop aboard the Last Train to Nibroc
January 30, February 1, 2 and 3
Brandon, Crystal City, Steinbach, Carman
The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre is hitting the road for its rural theatre tour, presenting Last Train to Nibroc to small towns and cities across the province. The romantic comedy sets its scene on a cross-country train holding both F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nathaniel West’s coffins. Two young people meet and engage in literature, religion, life’s changes and their home state: Kentucky in a light hearted, delightful comedy about chance encounters. See the performance in Brandon on January 30, Crystal City on February 1, Steinbach on February 2 and Carman on February 3.
Fall prey to the temptations of a puppet
On until February 11
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
If you’re one of those who think that the devil is some scary guy with horns and a pitchfork, you’d be profoundly mistaken. Au contraire, he’s really a little hand puppet carried around by a teenage boy, with a dark mind and disturbingly delightful, quick-witted personality all his own. Hand to God follows Jason in his attempt to be the good son to his mother who leads a Christian puppet ministry, but is miserably failing thanks to his animated sock puppet, Tyrone.
Warm your soul at a Wellness Festival
Sturgeon Heights Community Centre
Meet Winnipeg’s Holistic professionals at the Warm Winnipeg Wellness Healing Connections Festival, on this weekend at the Sturgeon Heights Community Centre. Try a free demonstration, take part in a guided meditation, enjoy local food or expand your knowledge in a free mini-workshop. The first 50 people through the door will receive welcome bags!
Get a downhill adrenaline rush
Asessippi Ski Area & Resort
Hit the slopes at Asessippi Ski Area and Resort for skiing, snowboarding and downhill snow tubing at Manitoba’s largest ski resort.