Okay, you guys. It's going to be a sunny, amazing weekend. But before you plan to leave for the lake, check out what Winnipeg has to offer this weekend.
Everything from Brazilian eats and music in the Exchange to the comedic stylings of Russell Brand is on tap for the city. And if you don't mind a short drive, there are a few gems nearby as well. Happy weekend, you guys! Don't forget to hug your coworkers on Monday. It'll be sad when it's over.
What: FOOD - Bannatyne Carnaval
When: Friday, Saturday until 11 p.m.
Where: Bannatyne Avenue between Rorie Street and Waterfront Drive
A whole bunch of restaurants in the Exchange are getting together to make a Brazilian feast (with music!) for Winnipeggers this weekend.
Winnipeg's own little Carnaval is happing Friday and Saturday night with Corrientes, Carnaval Brazilian BBQ and LIV setting up patios where you can listen to Brazilian music and sample food and drinks.
The fest itself is free, but trying the food will cost you. I recommend trying any pizza from Corrientes with prosciutto on it. I'm also fairly certain you can't go wrong with any Brazilian libation they'll be serving.
What: MUSIC - Union Sound Hall shows
When: Friday at 10 p.m. or Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Union Sound Hall at 110 Market Avenue
Cost: $15 on Friday and $10 on Saturday
Winnipeg's newest venue has a pretty stellar lineup of shows this weekend. On Friday, you can catch Royal Canoe's CD release party and the next day, local hip-hop outfit The Lytics are playing a sure-to-be amazing show for only $10.
If you haven't been yet, it's a great place to check out a show. It's big, not totally filthy and they really have their stuff together when it comes to booking amazing local and not local talent. The only downside is that the place's trendy bathrooms and tattooed bartenders are basically hipster catnip, so you have to be moderately brave and have faith in your ability to put together an outfit. All of that seems worth it to see two of the city's best local acts for super cheap.
Oh and dress summery. They haven't figured out the air conditioning yet.
What: FILM - Movies in the Park(s)
When: Friday or Saturday
Where: Assiniboine Park on Friday and Kildonan Park on Saturday
Assiniboine Park's weekly movie offerings come to an end this weekend with Epic and Life of Pi. (Travel Manitoba)
I checked out Assiniboine Park's movie lineup last weekend, and it was absurdly adorable. Everyone is surprisingly quiet and respectful, the screen is amazing and the sound is totally loud enough! Plus, and this is a big one, there weren't any bugs! Or at least it was too dark for me to see them and freak out!
The only slightly strange thing about the whole experience was a very flatulent older gentleman to the right of our blanket. Sort of killed the romantic vibe. But it was a small price to pay for what was mainly a super cute evening. Plus, who's too old to laugh at a stranger's farts? No one!
This weekend, the 7 p.m. show at Assiniboine Park is the animated movie Epic and the 9:15 show is Life of Pi. If you can't make Friday, Kildonan Park is playing Despicable Me on Saturday.
This is your last weekend to check out a movie in the park, and while I've been told Life of Pi is pretty terrible, I feel like the novelty of sitting outside with your best friend or significant other and watching a movie in the park at night totally outweighs the possible crumminess of the movie.
Make sure you bring chairs and some snacks though. It's hard to see if you're sitting on a blanket!
What: FESTIVAL - Corn and Apple Festival
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Morden, Man.
If you're from Manitoba, you probably remember being taken to this as a kid. It smelled like roasting corn on the cob, there was a petting zoo where you could smother goats with your love and a whole bunch of stores with great candy inside.
Then there was a moderately long drive home where your poor parents had to drive and chat and you got to pass out in the backseat with a full belly like the total freeloader that you were.
Then you grew up and probably totally forgot about it. Well, this year it may be time to go back. The corn, the goats and the candy are all still there. Plus there are a bunch of great bands including The Treble, JD Edwards and Moses Mayes playing. So if nostalgia isn't enough to get you on the road for an hour and a half, beers and music hopefully will be.
What: COMEDY - Russell Brand
When: Sunday at 8 p.m.
Where: Burton Cummings Theatre at 364 Smith St.
Cost: $60 to $85
Whoa! Russell Brand, internet hero and ex-husband of Katy Perry, is going to be in Winnipeg this weekend. And if you have about $70 to burn on a comedy show, this wouldn't be a bad one to catch.
Brand does a lot of jokes about what it's like to be famous and all the weird things people say to him because he's famous. It sounds a little self-indulgent, but Brand is so charming and clever that it really is hilarious.
I'm not sure if he's included Katie Perry in his act at all, but he said some very interesting things about her in recent interviews, so let's keep our fingers crossed.
Unfortunately there aren't many seats left for this, so if you absolutely can't miss him, I'd get tickets fast.