Top three things to do around Winnipeg the weekend of February 23

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WATCH: Global News Morning was at Bell MTS Place all morning getting a preview of Disney on Ice, in this segment, we get a sneak peek at Beauty and the Beast – Feb 22, 2019

With her weekly pick of fun things to do on the weekend, here is the rundown from Global News Morning’s Kahla Shea.

The last weekend of February is jam-packed with great family events.


1. Magic Moments

I have very happy memories of my mama taking my sister and I to see Disney on Ice when I was about 10. After getting a sneak peek at the Disney on Ice show playing this weekend in Winnipeg though, I think I might enjoy it even more as an adult!

Now, I can truly appreciate the athletic ability and talent of the skaters, as well as the hours that must go into designing and creating the costumes. And, now I know the words to all the songs and can joyfully sing along to them.

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No matter how old you are, I think you’ll really enjoy the ‘100 Years of Magic’ show. It features over 50 Disney characters and over 30 amazing songs that will bring up a ton of memories and leave you with that warm, fuzzy feeling.

READ MORE: 60 years ago, Walt Disney unveiled an elaborate theme park called Disneyland

Friday you can catch a performance at 7 p.m.

Saturday show times are 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday shows run at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets prices start at $20 and you can click here to get yours.

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2. Winter Warriors

This weekend is your chance to watch and cheer on over 400 athletes from all around the province competing in snowshoeing, cross country skiing, speed skating, curling and more.

The Special Olympics Manitoba Winter Games takes place Friday to Sunday at several venues around the city, including Springhill Winter Sports Park and the Charleswood Curling Club.

READ MORE: 3 more medals for Manitobans at Special Olympics World Games

Dave Friesen is an athlete who participates in both the Summer and Winter Games. He said he’s really looking forward to this weekend.

“It’s awesome. You get to play with your teammates that you’ve been practicing with so many times and it’s good competition.”

The Games are also how athletes can qualify for the 2020 Special Olympics Canada National Winter Games being held next year in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Family, friends and fans are all invited to catch the action and a full list of events, times and locations can be found here.


3. Forward-thinking Film Festival

February is quickly drawing to a close but no worries, there’s still plenty of time to take in some of the events surrounding Black History Month.

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The second annual Afro Prairie Film Festival runs until Sunday and not only features and celebrates the work of Black filmmakers from across North America but also some familiar names from right here at home.

Twenty-two films will be screened this weekend including Oscar-nominated features and Canadian short films. BlacKKKlansman and Hale County This Morning, This Evening are just two of the incredible pieces that you can catch at Cinematheque.

WATCH: Shining the spotlight on Black filmmakers

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Afro Prairie Film Festival showcasing diverse stories at Cinematheque – Feb 20, 2019

Organizers said that along with highlighting the work of black filmmakers, it was also important to them to be able to highlight the work of female filmmakers — nearly half the directors featured this weekend are women (high-fives all around!).

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“Historically this industry has been very exclusive towards communities of colour and black women … so the fact that we’ve created this platform for folks like Bisong and established and emerging black filmmakers is something that we’re just passionate about,.” said Alexa Potashnik, Festival Director.

You can grab a festival pass for $40 or get individual tickets for $10 a show. All the films and show times are available here.


Have a great weekend everyone!

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