If you woke up a little dazed last Monday, went about your usual routines with nary a thought about the weather reports of a potential snowstorm, I’m pretty certain that when you got outside that morning, if your coffee hadn’t quite kicked in yet, the crisp morning air and the sight of the overnight snowfall would have done the trick. All in all, it turned into a glorious week of weather and seems to only be getting better with a promising forecast for this week. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba.

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Set a date with adventure at the Royal Aviation Museum

Royal Aviation Museum Canadair CL-215-Water Bomber or Super Scooper-Water Bomber or Super Scooper

Royal Aviation Museum, Winnipeg

This spring break, bring the entire family to see the iconic Canadair CL-215, also known as the Water Bomber or Super Scooper. This was the first aircraft in the world designed specifically for fighting forest fires. Climb aboard our flight deck to see them up close, or take a guided tour. The adventure waits!

Get your laugh on

The Snowed In Comedy Tour, Manitoba

March 13, 14 & 15
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie
Garrick Centre, Winnipeg

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, and with destinations like USA, France, and Switzerland already under its belt, The Snowed In Comedy Tour is making its way through Manitoba with stops in Brandon, Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg. Take your pick of the stops and get ready to get your laugh on.

Warm your heart with a feel-good story

Royal MTC_Tom Hendry Warehouse_Di and Viv and Rose

March 13 to 18
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

We’ve all had our experiences with friendships; some of which endure the test of time. Royal MTC now brings the feel-good story of three friends, Di and Viv and Rose, to the Tom Hendry Warehouse stage, which is filled with humour, sentiment and heartwarming themes of life and love.

Watch a play about science and soul

Prairie Theatre Exchange-How the Heavens Go-Winnipeg

March 13 to 18
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

Faith, love and string theory collide in PTE’s latest production How the Heavens Go. When Mary is prescribed an experimental drug that takes a toll on her health, it is left to her long-time friend, Robert, who is also a physicist, to coax her back to reality, while walking a fine line in his own quest for knowledge.

Have a brush with books and art

Winnipeg Art Gallery Books and Brushes

March 13
WAG, Winnipeg

Head to the Winnipeg Art Gallery for Books & Brushes, which includes fun and informative discussions on artwork and books related to them.

Learn about storied pasts

Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Manitoba

Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

Canada has called itself home to a great multi-ethnic, multicultural group. But perhaps what makes it all work so well is the stories each culture brings with it. Discover some of those stories at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach during its Storied Places Exhibit this week.

Celebrate the birthing experience

Pembina Hills Arts Council

Pembina Hills Arts Council, Morden

Gain new insight into the work of mothers and photographers in a new exhibit, Born, at the Pembina Hills Arts Council. This exhibit celebrates the beauty and strength of life and the transition from pregnancy to giving birth.

Do the jitterbug in Brandon

Those Guys performing at the Brandon Jazz Fest

March 15 to 17
various venues, Brandon

The Brandon Jazz Festival is on this weekend and is packed with an impressive lineup of performers across several locations. Check out the schedule and choose your jivin’ favourites.

Explore nature’s offerings

Astronomy Night at Oak Hammock Marsh

March 15 & 17
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Astronomy night is back again at Oak Hammock Marsh, and this week’s event will focus on the spring constellations and the stories behind them. Alternatively, should your preference be more earthbound, there will also be a workshop on maple syrup making. Learn all about its history and learn about the right time and best trees to tap.

Get ‘Greased’ in Manitou

Candlewick Productions Grease, Manitou

March 15 to 18
Opera House, Manitou

Candlewick and Prairie Spirit School Division are coming together with a cast and crew of over 60 people from across southern Manitoba, for the production of everyone’s favourite musical, Grease, which will run over three days in Manitou.

Fill up on country music bliss

Manitoban Country music singer Quinton Blair

March 16
Community Centre, Pinawa

If honky tonk music is your thing, then look no further than Quinton Blair as he performs his very own repertoire of roots, outlaw, and throwback country in Pinawa.

Dance in Dauphin

Indigenous band Indian City in Dauphin

March 16
Watson Art Centre, Dauphin

Dance to the dynamic sounds and lyrical fusions of Indian City in Dauphin this Friday, as they highlight their vibrant Indigenous heritage.

Take a classical music journey

Violinists Nikki and Timothy Chooi

March 16 & 17
United Church, Carman
University of Winnipeg

Not your typical classical concert series, violinists brothers Nikki and Timothy Chooi along with pianist Philip Chiu will be bringing their unique spin on the musical arts to Carman and Winnipeg this weekend.

Roll with the World of Wheels

World of Wheels Winnipeg

March 16 to 18
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

Get ready for the 44th Annual Piston Ring’s World of Wheels. Manitoba’s premier rod and custom car show will be rolling into town this week at the RBC Convention Centre. This year’s celebrity guests include Ryan Evans of Counting Cars, Karan Brar of Disney’s Bunk’d, and WWE star Dean Ambrose.

Take an emotional ride at a musical production

WSO and the Rainbow Stage_A Chorus Line production

March 16 to 18
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

The WSO and the Rainbow Stage are teaming up to bring the award-winning A Chorus Line production to the Centennial Concert Hall stage. Take this emotional roller-coaster ride along with the dramatists, who will be backed by the house orchestra.

Put on your angling game face

Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off

March 17
Falcon Lake, Whiteshell

Put on your best ice angling game face and get ready for the 15th annual Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off. This year’s grand prize is $15,000 with thousands in cash, prizes and giveaways. Funds raised will go towards the St. Amant Foundation.

Be soothed by Celtic sounds

A Fine Evening with Sheena Grobb

March 17
Moon Gate Guest House, Whitemouth

Take your love of Celtic music to Moon Gate Guest House for “A Fine Evening with Sheena Grobb” as the Treherne native performs some of her own soothing and melodic sounds.

Let your kid’s inner genius shine

St. Patrick’s Day_St. Andrews Heritage Centre

March 17
St. Andrew's Rectory National Historic Site

Take your kids to the St. Andrews Heritage Centre for a fun time and St. Patrick’s Day-themed science experiment. Watch them create their own shamrock crystal and fizzing pots of “gold”.

Relive an era of music

Rewind: Rock, Pop & DooWop concert, Neepawa

March 17
The Roxy, Neepawa

Relive the golden era of the 50s, 60s and 70s in Neepawa this weekend with a Rewind: Rock, Pop & DooWop concert.

Celebrate literary art

Winter Wheat Literary Festival_Portage la Prairie Regional Library

March 17
Portage la Prairie Regional Library

Now in its 2nd year, Portage la Prairie’s Winter Wheat Literary Festival celebrates books, reading, writing, illustrating and publishing enthusiasts. If you fall into any of these categories, then head to the Portage la Prairie Regional Library where you can look forward to insightful discussion panels and workshops, an author reading, book sales and signings.

Celebrate WJT’s 30th birthday

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre

March 17
Berney Theatre, Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Jewish Theatre is celebrating its 30-year milestone with a “Turning 30: A Retrospective Cabaret”. The event will feature songs and scenes from past productions, and some of Winnipeg’s finest talents.