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Get road trip ready because we have a lot going on in Eastern Manitoba!  Come find out where Canada’s Heart Beats on your visit to this region, where the sun rises, the place where Manito Ahbee sits.  There’s so much to love in Eastern Manitoba.  

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Exhibit: Storied Places

Storied Places will provide a basis for discussion about how everyone – immigrants and their descendants, Mennonites and non-Mennonites – relate to Canada, and what makes it ‘home'.

City: Steinbach
Dates: July 1, 2017 to May 1, 2018
Recurrence: Daily
Event Times: 9 am - 5 pm
Event Admission: $10

Snowdance Festival of Winter and Music - 2018

Find those mittens your grandma made for you. Borrow your roommate’s boots. Put on all your long johns at once. Wear that really cool scarf that brings out the blue in your eyes (even if they’re brown). And head out to the woods for Snowdance, the wintery music festival at the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes. Fill your lungs with pine tree air and catch some sweet air on our ski jumps. Or ski backwards all afternoon as slopes regular Mark Hood does. Or, just ski like a normal person. While skiers get their kicks on the slopes, on stage in the chalet at the base of the hill will be bluegrass, pop, soul and a little rock n’ roll – live music Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday from some of the finest bands around these parts. Things kick off Friday night with the show + mini-bonspiel at the Whiteshell Curling Club. That's right, you can watch great bands and curling at the same time! Start getting your curling team together for the bonspiel, we will be opening registration soon. Open to anyone, with or without experience! Saturday afternoon will also be your big chance to get caught up on some of those wintertime skills that your grandparents are appalled you don’t already know. This year’s workshops are TBA, but last year we had dog ski-joring, "Around the Ridge" alpine race, snow sculpting, night tubing, a frozen turkey shoot competition (as in curling a frozen turkey down the ice), polar bear swim and sauna, annnnnnd horse ski-joring. That's right, skiing behind horses. Spectate or participate, but who would want to miss all this? Well, maybe your kill-joy grade three teacher would. Take this chance to mark them absent. Saturday night, we invade the Falcon Lake Hotel bar for the dance party portion of the festival, featuring general hooliganry in sweaters. The bar is attached to the hotel so book yourself a room at discounted Snowdance prices. Booking is so easy that it’s literally a piece of cake. Or at least we wish it was so that we could eat it. Edible booking procedures. Are you somewhere between 1 and 100 years old? If so, see you out in the woods! The festival is a hell of a good time for all ages. If you are younger than 1 or older than 100, same thing. Winter is definitely in the top four seasons. Don’t let anyone tell you differently because Snowdance is proof.

City: Falcon Beach
Dates: January 19, 2018 to January 21, 2018
Event Times: Friday: 7-12pm, Saturday: 12pm-1am, Sunday: 12-4pm
Event Admission: $65 for a weekend pass (1 free ski/snowboard lift pass included!)

Quartetto Gelato

Classical / Crossover

City: Pinawa
Dates: January 26, 2018 to January 26, 2018
Event Times: 7 :30 p.m.
Event Admission: Adult $25, Student $10

Mixed Curling Bonspiel

Get your curl on at the Otterburne Curling Club Mixed Bonspiel, February 2-4th, 2018. This quaint rural town has some of the best hospitality in Manitoba.

City: Otterburne
Dates: February 2, 2018 to February 2, 2018
Event Times: 7pm

Down to Business Slopestyle - Provincial Series Comp #4

All ages welcome! Best of 3 runs $10 Entry fee Categories: 15 and under/ 16 and over 1st place mens wins a 2018 Nitro SNOWBOARD! 1st Place womens wins a pair of union bindings! TUNES & Tons of other prizes by our awesome sponsors! Sponsored by: Nitro Snowboards, Volcom, Happy Hour Shades, CRAB GRAB, Somewon Collective, A BRICK SHIRT HOUSE Screen Printing & Embroidered Apparel Northern Clothing, Big Rock Brewery, Red Bull, RHINO RAILS, Manitoba Snowboard Development Team, Backside Nines, Love-Inc Snowboard FSBS Inquiries please call: (431)205-1480

City: Falcon Beach
Dates: February 3, 2018 to February 3, 2018
Event Times: 1pm-4pm
Event Admission: Free for spectators

Down to Business Slopestyle - Provincial Series Comp #4

All ages welcome! Best of 3 runs $10 Entry fee Categories: 15 and under/ 16 and over 1st place mens wins a 2018 Nitro SNOWBOARD! 1st Place womens wins a pair of union bindings! TUNES & Tons of other prizes by our awesome sponsors! Sponsored by: Nitro Snowboards, Volcom, Happy Hour Shades, CRAB GRAB, Somewon Collective, A BRICK SHIRT HOUSE Screen Printing & Embroidered Apparel Northern Clothing, Big Rock Brewery, Red Bull, RHINO RAILS, Manitoba Snowboard Development Team, Backside Nines Love-Inc Snowboard FSBS

City: Falcon Beach
Dates: February 3, 2018 to February 3, 2018
Event Times: 1pm-4pm
Event Admission: Free for spectators

Frozen Falcon 8-Hour Endurance Run

Frozen Falcon is an 8-hour winter endurance run where participants run the 6.5 km High Lake Multi-Use Trail at Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes as many times as possible in the 8-hour time limit.

Dates: February 4, 2018 to February 4, 2018
Event Times: Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes
Event Admission: Joel Toews

Ancient Shapes (Daniel Romano + Kay Berkel) Après-ski Party!

After a day on the slopes, kick off the ski boots grab a beverage and enjoy a Sunday afternoon Après-ski dance party at the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes! And yes, it's true, holy smokes, Ancient Shapes (Daniel Romano and Kay Berkel's power pop project) will be kicking it up on stage here in little Falcon Lake. Ancient Shapes is the sound of punk rock, power pop, and psychedelic garage. It’s a solo recording project and a ripping and well-dressed live band. It’s a collage of spontaneous poetry and repurposed graphic design. The foul debris of late capitalism fuels alien engines. A hummingbird sits on barbed wire. Flowers bloom between the cracks. Insects crawl across the moon. Hopelessness and hope form a perfect sphere. Tickets are $15, get 'em while they're hot folks! Available online at this link. The bar and a limited menu will be open!

City: Falcon Beach
Dates: February 4, 2018 to February 4, 2018
Event Times: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Event Admission: $15

Derina Harvey Band

Fearless front woman Derina Harvey leads this Alberta based five-piece Celtic whirlwind act.

City: Pinawa
Dates: February 16, 2018 to February 16, 2018
Event Times: 7:30 p.m.
Event Admission: Adult $25, Student $10

Winter Carnival at the Village

Join us for some wintry fun at the village for their Winter Carnival on Saturday, February 17, 2018 10 am – 4 pm! There will be skating, snowman building contests, sleigh rides, hood hustle, bonfire, hot chocolate bar, smore making, tug of war, snow bowling, snow ball toss, dart toss, snow man golf, guessing booth, snow castle building contests, ring toss, and smoosh races.

Tons of outdoor fun for all ages. Winter admission rates apply.

City: Steinbach
Dates: February 17, 2018 to February 17, 2018
Event Times: 10 am - 4 pm

Otterburne Farmer's Bonspiel

Come out for the Otterburne Curling Club Farmer's Bonspiel for some old fashioned fun. With two events, four ends games, free supper, and lots of prizes, why wouldn't you? You don't have to be a farmer to be welcome at this bonspiel, it's open to anyone.

City: Otterburne
Dates: March 2, 2018 to March 2, 2018
Event Times: 7pm

Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby

Over $45,000 in Cash & Prizes to be won! Join us for the 12th Annual Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby where size doesn’t matter! With our hidden length and time derby, all you have to do is catch a fish for your chance to walk away with $10,000 cash. In fact, you don’t even have to catch a fish at all to be able to win one of our amazing randomly drawn prizes. Always fun and full of surprises, the Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby is a great way to get out and enjoy one of Manitoba’s favorite winter pass-times. Master Anglers, professional fishers, fishing enthusiasts, and families alike all have a great time out on the ice. Heck, with an average of 108 fish caught every year, we think it’s safe to say that even the fish have fun at the Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby.

City: Lac du Bonnet
Dates: March 3, 2018 to March 3, 2018
Event Times: Registration at 7:00
Event Admission: Adult $60.00 Child $30.00 2nd Hole $30.00

Floppet: Falcon Lake Loppet Ski Race

This year the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes, in partnership with the Falcon Sports Club, will be hosting its first annual Floppet Loppet Ski Race on March 3, 2018. Presented by THE NORTH FACE, this unique nordic ski race will wind through the wild and majestic woods of the boreal forest that surround the ski hill. The trails are well known for their pristine groomed conditions, great scenery, and lots of elevation changes. There will be three race distances for participants to choose from... -The Minnow: ~7.5km -The Walleye: ~17.5km -The Northern Pike: ~35km long Along the way, participants will have the chance to stop at various festive check-points to indulge in some authentic Whiteshell culture. At the end of the day there will be a large celebration feast, awards and concert in the chalet by local musical favorites Red Moon Road! The event is very much geared towards spectators so bring your friends and family! There will be plenty of things for them to do during the whole weekend such as tubing, skating, downhill skiing and snowboarding at the ski hill. Falcon Beach Ranch will also be providing trail rides throughout the weekend.

REGISTER NOW at this link!  Early bird registration ends on January 31st!

City: Falcon Beach
Dates: March 3, 2018 to March 3, 2018
Event Times: 10am-12am
Event Admission: Free for spectators

Quinton Blair

Country

City: Pinawa
Dates: March 16, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Event Times: 7:30 p.m.
Event Admission: Adult $25, Student $10

Gardenton Spring Craft and Bake Sale

Home made is best made. That's what Grandma always said. Listen to Grandma and visit the artisans at the Gardenton Spring Craft and Bake Sale.

City: Gardenton
Dates: March 17, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Event Times: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Event Admission: Free

Andino Suns

Their music welcomes a universe where the spirit and sounds of the Andes are fused into modern Latin grooves and rhythms.

City: Pinawa
Dates: April 13, 2018 to April 13, 2018
Event Times: 7:30 p.m.
Event Admission: Adult $25, Student $10

Willow Basket Workshop

Basket-making is a very relaxing and grounding activity. Learn to identify and harvest the proper willows for making baskets. Then make your own beautiful and functional basket using several different weave patterns. Class size is limited to 4 so sign up soon.

City: Gardenton
Dates: May 5, 2018 to May 5, 2018
Event Times: 9:00 am
Event Admission: $150

Laura's "You can eat that?!" Wild Edible Adventure

Get ready for a fun adventure in wild edible plant identification, harvesting and preparation! These one-day workshops will give you the confidence you need to incorporate a variety of common wild edibles into everyday meals. With Laura's guidance, you will prepare a full-course meal with a variety of wild edibles that you gathered, yourself! See website for earlybird registration rate. Class size limit: 12

City: Gardenton
Dates: May 12, 2018 to May 12, 2018
Event Times: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Event Admission: $130 - $150

Gardenton Heritage Tour

Catch the tall grass prairie fever as former Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve Botanist, Laura Reeves, shares her passion for this endangered ecosystem with a walk around the Prairie Shore Trail (1 mile, easy terrain). Then marvel at the structural and creative beauty of Historic St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church while those dedicated to its preservation enlighten you with stories of years gone by. Feeling hungry? Local volunteers will be waiting for you at the Gardenton Museum with delicious home-made Ukrainian cuisine and an eagerness to share their memories and stories with you as you tour the Museum grounds and buildings. Schedule your tour June through September. Bus/group tours (min. 10 people).

City: Gardenton
Dates: June 1, 2018 to September 15, 2018
Event Times: all day
Event Admission: $32

Anola and District Museum Season Opening

Join us from noon to 4pm for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun at the Anola and District Museum Season Opening. Delicious food, sweet music, and shop at local vendors for unique items. Learn about "Lessons in Laundry", the 2018 theme exhibit. This is one place you can air your dirty laundry.

The Museum is open Sunday afternoons end of May to early October.

Contact Warren at 204 794 3069 or Susanne at 204 866 3599 for more information.

City: Anola
Dates: June 3, 2018 to June 3, 2018
Event Times: noon to 4pm

Family Foraging and Wilderness Skills Workshop

This workshop will be packed full of interactive activities as we explore the land and uncover the gifts provided by the plants around us. The entire family will have a blast searching for edible treasures, building fires, making rope, tea, shelters and more. Fun games will help to build awareness skills and develop a deeper connection to and empathy for all of nature. As usual, this class is designed to provide as much hands-on learning as possible.

City: Gardenton
Dates: June 23, 2018 to June 23, 2018
Event Times: 10:00 - 3:00
Event Admission: See website

St-Labre 200

Day 1 - You Build / Day 2 - You Race

St-Labre 200 is so unique and original, that we dare say it’s the only event of its kind in Canada. St-Labre 200 Inc. has 18 teams registered to build their own go-karts within 24 hours. Every team sets up their build area alongside the pit lane. All teams are provided with identical basic power train components (motor, wheels, chains, sprockets, brakes). Teams show up with raw steel and must build their frame on site within the 24 hour allotted period. A team is composed of approx. 8 people. In order to make sure they have the best kart, some teams equip themselves with professional mechanics, welders, and engineers. A not to be missed event in rural Manitoba!

City: St-Labre
Dates: July 6, 2018 to July 8, 2018
Event Times: 9AM - midnight
Event Admission: FREE - Be a Fan, Bring a Can

Laura's "You can eat that?!" Wild Edible Adventure

Get ready for a fun adventure in wild edible plant identification, harvesting and preparation! These one-day workshops will give you the confidence you need to incorporate a variety of common wild edibles into everyday meals. With Laura's guidance, you will prepare a full-course meal with a variety of wild edibles that you gathered, yourself! See website for earlybird registration deadline. Class size limit: 12

City: Gardenton
Dates: July 7, 2018 to July 7, 2018
Event Times: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Event Admission: $130 - $150

Gardenton Ukrainian Festival

Join us for a celebration of our local Ukrainian heritage! Sing or dance along with the Ukrainian performers; enjoy delicious traditional Ukrainian fare; and learn about the lives of Manitoba’s Ukrainian settlers with guided tours of the museum. Kids will enjoy a variety of fun games and activities. The festivities continue all night with an old-time Ukrainian dance, complete with a live band for you to polka and two-step your heart out to! Looking for something a little more mellow? Sit in on the traditional Ukrainian church service or kick back and enjoy a drink with friends in the beer garden. Most activities take place in a beautiful outdoor setting, so please come prepared for the weather.

City: Gardenton
Dates: July 14, 2018 to July 14, 2018
Event Times: 10:00 am - 1:00 am

Richer Rough Stock Rodeo

Multiple "Rodeo of the Year" winner, the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo is scheduled for August 10, 11 & 12, 2018. Friday Night Bullnanza! Saturday and Sunday Heartland Rodeo! Live music on two stages, lots of activities for the kids and entire family. Giant Trading post with crafts and other goods! Friday night Cowboy Social and Saturday Night Concert/Social!

City: Richer
Dates: August 10, 2018 to August 12, 2018
Event Times: 11 am - 2 am

Prairie Day

Join us for a day trip of casual learning at the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve. Guided walks, special presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day. This annual event takes place the second Saturday of August at the Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail, 3km east of Tolstoi on PR 209.

City: Gardenton
Dates: August 11, 2018 to August 11, 2018
Event Times: 10am - 3pm
Event Admission: tba

Tolstoi Perogy Festival

Come celebrate those warm pockets of potato in the village of Tolstoi, home of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church, built in 1927. A community wide event that celebrates the area's history, culture and people. A full day of activities starting with a pancake breakfast, ball tournament, children's activities, heritage walking tour, historic building open houses, horseshoe tournament, classic car show, music, and the star of the festival, perogy supper and dance. Fun for the whole family!

Photo Credit: Wendy Lazaruk

City: Tolstoi
Dates: August 25, 2018 to August 25, 2018
Event Times: 8:00am - 12:00am

Gardenton Fall Supper

Enjoy some of the finest, home-made Ukrainian cuisine in Manitoba!

City: Gardenton
Dates: September 2, 2018 to September 2, 2018
Event Times: 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Lac Du Bonnet Regional Library Annual Fall Supper

Please join us at the Lac du Bonnet Legion Hall for our annual FALL SUPPER. The delicious buffet style turkey dinner includes stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, meatballs, cabbage rolls, veggies, pickles, coleslaw, delicious pies and more! There are two sittings: 5pm and 6:30pm and reserved seating is available for groups of eight or more and for those requiring accessable seating. Tickets go on sale August 1st. Make sure you call early as this event sold out last year!

City: Lac du Bonnet
Dates: September 15, 2018 to September 15, 2018
Event Times: 5pm and 6:30pm
Event Admission: $15.00/Adults & $7.00/12 and under

Otterburne Fall Supper

With everything from turkey, ham, meat pies, stuffing, mashed potatoes, salads, cukes, tomatoes to pickles and to top it off, assorted desserts and pies, all home-made. We don't know about you but they have us at meat pies.

Take a drive to Otterburne and see the beautiful fall colours then dine with locals on home-made fair.

Did you know Otterburne is the location of Providence University College and Theological Seminary. Providence College was founded in 1925 and re-located to Otterburne in 1970. Today, it is one of the largest Christian colleges and seminaries in Canada.

City: Otterburne
Dates: September 23, 2018 to September 23, 2018
Event Times: 4:00pm-6:30pm
Event Admission: Adults $14, Ages 5-10 $7, 4 & under free