Some might think we hibernate once January hits, but they would be wrong. So wrong. I think the cold brings out the best of us, whether we’re layering up to go play in the snow or feasting our senses on a great performance or an interesting piece of art. Here’s our list of the top things to do this week around the province.

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Red River Mutual Trail

The Forks River Trail

The Forks

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.

Cabaret at MTC

Cabaret at MTC

Jan 6 to 31
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

The sexy and electrifying Cabaret is a once-in-a-lifetime theatre experience. When aspiring American novelist Clifford Bradshaw journeys to Berlin to kick-start his flagging novel, he’s drawn into the sensuous and exhilarating underworld of cabaret. His writing falls by the wayside, and Clifford begins a whirlwind romance with a vivacious club dancer. Their carefree lives are soon threatened by the gathering darkness of pre-war Germany.

Young Frankenstein, The Musical


Jan 15 to 17
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon

Enjoy a hilarious spoof of the Frankenstein story at Young Frankenstein, The Musical! Mel Brooks’ new musical version of his classic film includes all the zany characters and gags, but this time they also sing and dance. A show not to be missed.

Sedimentary Antiquity


Jan 15 to Feb 28
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon

Through research and field study, Kevin Conlin has worked closely with the historical record contained in layers of clay and bedrock. As a ceramic artist and an amateur paleontologist, he anchors his practice in the vast record of the earth’s past and the inevitable effects that humankind will have on its future. Clay not only tells us about the ancient past, but embodies and contains traces of all living things; Conlin’s ceramic vessels and urns act as storehouses of this history.

Snowdance Festival of Music and Winter

Snowdance Festival of Music and Winter

Jan 17 to 18
Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes, Whiteshell Provincial Park

What’s better than a music festival at a ski chalet? Nothing! The Snowdance Festival of Music and Winter is gearing up for a fun weekend of music and outdoor activities. The festival kicks off on Saturday afternoon with concerts in the chalet and activities around the hill. It will lead into an evening dance party and night tubing. The music starts up again in the chalet on Sunday morning with workshops and concerts throughout the day. Get a glimpse of the action.

Wonderful Wedding Show

The Wonderful Wedding Show, Presented by Hudson's Bay

Jan 17 to 18
RBC Convention Centre

The Wonderful Wedding Show features over 300 displays and 100,000 square feet of the latest must-have wedding fashions and trends, wedding products and services, and much more!  One lucky couple will even win a DREAM WEDDING at Bel Acres Golf & Country Club!

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort

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.

Black Violin

Black Violin at Manitoba Theatre For Young People

Jan 7 to 17
Manitoba Theatre for Young People, The Forks

Hot on the heels of collaborating with Kanye West, playing President Obama’s inaugural ball and dropping their second album, Black Violin returns to MTYP with an intoxicating blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and pop. Accompanied by ace turntable whiz DJTK (Dwayne Dayal) and drummer Beatdown (Jermaine McQueen), they are “young men who mix the brashness and beats of urban hip-hop with the soaring lines and fleet finger work of orchestral virtuosos.

Campfire talk: Whiteshell History Boil-up

Campfire Talk

Jan 17 |  2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary

Warm up with the Park Interpreter around the campfire and discover the Whiteshell’s fascinating history – from early explorers in canoes and snowshoes to the designation of the provincial park. Afterwards, enjoy some hot chocolate and roast hot dogs over the fire.

A Comedy Night with Don Burnstick

A Comedy Night with Don Burnstick

Jan 15
William Glesby Centre, Portage La Prairie

By combining humour and healing, Don Burnstick has established himself as one of Canada’s best comedians. Unlike any comedian before, Don brings to light First Nation cultural habits, likes, dislikes and tells them in an epic performance that you will never forget.

Arctic Glacier Winter Park

Arctic Glacier Winter Park

Open daily
The Forks

Head down to The Forks for the official celebration of winter at Arctic Glacier Winter Park! Skate on the many trails, slide down the toboggan run, or try your tricks in the professionally designed Snowboard Fun Park.

Assiniboine Park

Journey to Churchill at Assiniboine Park Zoo

Open daily
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg

There’s a snow flurry of fun to be had at Assiniboine Park in winter! Visit Hudson and all his furry friends at The Zoo, skate like graceful swans on the duck pond, fly down the Toboggan Hill, or enjoy the beauty of the park while skiing the groomed trails.

Real Pirates

Real Pirates at The Manitoba Museum

Oct 17 to Apr 17
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

Argh, matey, it’s all about that booty (pirate’s booty, that is) at the interactive exhibit Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship at The Manitoba Museum. The exhibit tells the true story of the Whydah — a real pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago — and showcases treasure chests of coins and gold, jewelry, weaponry such as cannons, pistols, and knives, and a replica of the actual ship that visitors can board.

Dalí Up Close and Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery at the WAG

Dalí Up Close at the WAG

Sep 27 to Jan 25
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Savour some surrealism and other masterworks at the WAG’s newest exhibitions Dalí Up Close and Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Dalí Up Closepresents paintings, watercolours, drawings, jewellery, and sculpture by Surrealist master Salvador Dalí, as well as the celebrated photographs produced with Philippe Halsman. Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is an uncompromising selection of international paintings by such artists as Gainsborough, Turner, Sargent, Carr, Thomson, Freud, and more.