If you had plans to go to the beach or cabin, it might be time to call it. The forecast calls for rain on both Saturday and Sunday -- but John Sauder told me it's not all bad.
There will be sunshine in the morning on Saturday, and it likely won't rain until later in the day on Sunday. So get up early and take advantage while you can -- there's a lot to do in the river city this weekend.
MUSIC - Jazz Fest's outdoor concerts
When: June 14, 15 and 16
Where: Old Market Square
Jazz Fest outdoor concert series never disappoints. Ever. I haven't missed Moses Mayes play Old Market Square on the Sunday before Jazz Fest in years. And even if it rains, you can huddle under the beer tent and still enjoy it.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday has a stellar lineup of local and somewhat-local bands playing outdoors, for free. There are food carts, vendors and even beer gardens. It's hands down my favourite outdoor summer thing to do in the city. And it's totally free.
FILM - Winnipeg Underground Film Fest
When: June 14, 15 and 16 (evenings)
Where: Frame Arts Warehouse, 318 1/2 Ross Avenue
Cost: $5/screening, $10/ night or $15 festival pass
If it's going to be raining, you can do better than having beers in your friend's humid apartment, contemplating what stale-smelling bar is worth braving the deluge for.
Ghost Twin in action (Holly Halftone)
For the price of cover to see a too-loud, mediocre band at a bar in the village, you can check out WUFF, the first ever Winnipeg Underground Film Fest.
It's a three-day event with a bunch of short, independent films from people across the world. There's one feature film scheduled and two live performances.
I haven't seen any of the films, so I can't recommend anything in particular to see, but I have to say, the Ghost Twin live performance sounds pretty rad. The event's Facebook page calls it a "gothy electronic music and video séance not to be missed."Check out Alison Gillmor's picks at the WUFF
OUTDOORS - MEC Bikefest
When: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 15
Where: The Forks under the canopy
I know you like biking, Winnipeggers. I see you all the time, cycling everywhere -- navigating traffic, zooming past me in the park, cutting through Omand's Park in Wolseley.
So take yourself and your wheels to MEC's annual Bikefest. There's music, a gear swap (presumably where one swaps gear related to bicycles), vendors showing off stuff to buy and some workshops. There will also be a group ride and activities for the kiddies.
Apparently this will all be under the canopy, so stay dry, cyclists!
RIDES - Red River Ex
Wanna take a spin on this? (Jill Coubrough/CBC)
When: June 14-23
Where: Red River Exhibition Park
Cost: $9 (park entrance) - $45 (all those rides!)
This happens every year! It's the same grimy, fun-filled time you had
when you were a kid. Best plans will include hitting the ferris wheel,
those swings that twirl around and are not meant for adults followed by a
churro, one scary ride and then a long, hot drive home.
Bonus points if you wear those cute barrettes your mom used to make you wear when she brought you as a kid. I don't know what the equivalent of that for men is? Suspenders? Try those.
Don't miss: Puking after going on that new ride called Mach 3.
BOOKS - Beer and fighting at a book store... sort of
When: June 15 at 11 a.m.
Where: McNally Robinson, 1120 Grant Avenue
Cost: Free (unless you buy the books, which you most certainly should)
Winnipeg has a lot of great places to hide in when it rains -- not the least of which is McNally Robinson on Grant Avenue.
The smell of books combines with the amazing treats from Prairie Ink Café and the windy staircase that leads to the children's section is pretty dreamy. This weekend though, there are at least two new reasons to go peruse their collection.
If the beer angle doesn't grab you, UFC big shot Bruce Buffer will be there signing copies of his book It's Time
. In his promo photo, Buffer is doing that "yes!" elbow pump gesture. If that's any sort of insight into his personality and what it will be like to get him to sign your book, I think you should go.
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