We’re seeing signs of the weather starting to turn never mind it does not quite feeling like it yet, particularly on a day like today when it’s a bit cloudy. Soon enough though, it will be spring! But until that moment arrives, you still have a life to live and you’ve got an abundance of things to do! So throw on that parka, slide on that toque, wrap that scarf up snugly, and get out and enjoy all that’s hot in Manitoba this week!
Take Spring Break to APC
March 23 to 31
Assiniboine Park Zoo
When school is out, the Zoo is in! Open daily from 9 to 5, Assiniboine Park Zoo is your spring break destination for close encounters, engaging experiences, and time spent together. Meet the new baby gibbon, see the snow leopard cubs prowl and pounce! It’s all in a day’s adventures at Assiniboine Park Zoo.
Catch the final week of Freeze Frame
begins March 10
various venues, Winnipeg
Now in its 23rd year, the Freeze Frame, International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages rolls around again for 8 days of 40 films and 150 hours of workshops. This year’s incredible lineup includes films in English, French, and other foreign films.
Address tensions at an exhibit
March 4 to 9
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon
The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is featuring work of artist Amy Malbeuf, which focuses on the nuanced portrait of Métis familial ties. tensions is an exhibit of tarps, bison hide, caribou hair, rabbit fur, beading, bear grease, inheritance, and quiet resistance.
Make Tuesday all about jazz
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, St-Boniface
If you’re looking for a musical experience that will resonate with you, look no further than Andrina Turenne this week at mardi jazz. The multi-talented artist takes her talent to the centre culturel franco-manitobain stage.
Mom’s the Word at new PTE play
continues this week
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
A new chapter from the world-renowned creative team behind the Mom’s the Word series: Their kids are grown, their marriages have “evolved”, and their bodies are backfiring. Filled with insights, secrets, and ribald humour, this brand-new show from the moms you love is both hysterical and deeply touching.
Take a cultural journey at a play
continues this week
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
Royal MTC’s one-man show takes its audience back to the 1970s and a young immigrant, Francesco, from Abruzzo to Alberta. The only kid in his school dressed in a three-piece suit and carrying a lunchbox full of cured meats and aged cheeses, Francesco questions his identity. Should he stay loyal to his father’s deep Italian roots, or embrace his new country and its traditions fully? This incredible play, Made in Italy, continues this week at Tom Hendry Warehouse.
Track the path of the monarch
continues this week
New Iceland Heritage Museum Inc., Gimli
The New Iceland Heritage Museum Inc has an exciting new exhibit, which focuses on the monarch butterfly. On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly, which was recently exhibited at the Sam Waller Museum, features breathtaking photographs and a 60-minute documentary of the flight and journey of these winged creatures from Canada to Mexico.
Celebrate Indigenous arts a film fest
March 6 to 10
Dramatic Arts Theatre, Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival will celebrate another year of the best new Indigenous film and video from across Canada, the US, and around the world. The five-day event will take place at the Dramatic Arts Theatre.
Enjoy a melodic trio
March 7 and 8
United Church, Minnedosa
District Community Centre, Gladstone
Add RVing to your bucket list
March 7 to 10
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg
Ever given any thought to RVing? Well we’d suggest you add it to your summertime radar, but before you do, check out the Manitoba RV Show at the RBC Convention Centre this weekend for some inspiration.
Enjoy a comedic French play
premiers March 8
Théâtre Cercle Molière, Winnipeg
The creator of Et que ça saute !, Danielle Séguin-Tétreault, is back with her latest production Que Faire d’Albert. This comedic play follows an eighty-something-year-old widower whose daughter proposes to put him into a home, an idea Albert is quite opposed to. Que Faire d’Albert premiers on Friday at Cercle Molière.
Explore the HMS Erebus
continues this week
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
Experience some of the work of archaeologist Ryan Harris in his discovery of the HMS Erebus wreck. A scaled model of the ship joins the Franklin Exploration display at the Manitoba Museum offering visitors a chance to experience a significant portion of history. For a list of all the ongoing and upcoming exhibits and events, visit the museum website.
Dine somewhere different
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 wide varieties, zeroing in on just one option may prove to be most challenging, but we suspect you’re up to it.
Watch a George Orwell play
March 8 and 9
Community Hall, Flin Flon
The words on the pages of George Orwell’s 1984, comes to life on the community hall stage in Flin Flon. The classic follows Winston Smith in his private conflict and rebellion against the ever-watchful Big Brother.
Make artisan bread and cheese at a workshop
Aaron's on the Lake, Ponemah
Ever wished you could make some of those gourmet foods that you love? Aaron’s on the Lake is hosting an artisan bread and ricotta cheese-making workshop. The workshop begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Be sure to secure your spot!
Channel your winter blues at a festival
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, Winnipeg
Winter is making a slow exit, but before it does, we’d suggest a celebration with the River City Blues Society of Winnipeg for its annual Winter Blues Festival. The festival, which will take place at The Met, will feature some of Manitoba’s most talented musicians.
Trek through the marsh
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
Oak Hammock Marsh invites you to experience the best of winter on a snowshoe walk through the marsh followed by hot chocolate by the fire.
Have some loppet fun in RMNP
Columbine Street, Wasagaming
Strap on your skis and make your way to Riding Mountain for the 12th annual loppet this Saturday. This Norwegian-style long-distance cross-country ski race will cover distances ranging from the 2.0 km Chipmunk Challenge, to the 6.0 km Jackrabbit route, to the 11.0 km Cougar circuit, and finally the 22.0 km Wolf endurance course.
Snowshoe your way to discovery
Birds Hill Provincial Park
Experience Birds Hill Provincial Park like never before on snowshoes as you hit the Nimowin Trail. There’s a lot to see and certainly a few new discoveries to make as you venture into the aspen-oak forest in search of animal tracks and winter wildlife.
Check out a bigger, better Winnipeg Circus show
Jubilee Place, Winnipeg
Never been to the circus? That’s OK! There’s a first time for everything and the club’s seventh go-around at Jubilee Place promises to be as great as past events. Bring the kids along for an amazing show of feats of strength, skill, and coordination.