It's here. Fall has landed in Manitoba with the chatter of thousands of students and the smell of pumpkin-spiced everything. I'm pretty excited about this because fall lasts about six days in this province, and you have to be pretty speedy to take advantage of all the awesomeness before a frigid blanket of evil snow covers everything up.
There are at least five great things that will compete for your attention this weekend. Choose wisely, my friends. And have fun.
WHAT: ACTIVITY - Corn Maze
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: A Maze in Corn at 1351 Provincial Road 200
Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for kids
You guys! The corn maze is back! And there is reasonably cool weather in which to enjoy it!
Playing peekaboo at A Maze in Corn (A Maze in Corn)
One of the most lovely fall things southern Manitoba has to offer is A Maze In Corn, just outside the Perimeter Highway in Winnipeg's south end. For $10 you get a little punch card and are unleashed on a bunch of corn cut into the shape of a maze with the goal of finding about a dozen really small posts.
I cannot undersell this. As an adult, it's one of the few things from my childhood that has not lost one bit of its luster. Especially if you go with a good group of friends.
Wear crappy footwear because you will get muddy, and if you don't have kids, go when it's dark. If you have kids, maybe bring them during the day. Or put a headlamp on them. Something. I have no idea how you would keep track of people two feet tall in there. I can barely keep track of my full-grown best friends.
Extra points for those who get hot chocolate afterwards and pet the baby goats in the petting zoo. I will be there, pretending I'm not too old to be chasing around baby goats and trying to make them love me.
WHAT: FESTIVAL - Harvest Moon Festival
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Clearwater, Man.
Cost: $30 for a day, $65 for the weekend (doesn't include camping)
If you haven't heard of Harvest Moon Festival
, it's basically a slightly more civilized version of Folk Fest with a higher hippie concentration and better weather.
A whole lineup of amazing local and not-so-local bands are scheduled to play, and it's the kind of outdoor fall atmosphere that magazines and hipster-instagram accounts try to capture this time of year. Pack a warm sweater and be one of those hipsters!
Acts not to miss: Chic Gamine, Boats, Mama Cutsworth and JD Edwards Band.
WHAT: THEATRE - FemFest
FemFest features "Harold and Vivian Entertain Guests" by local playwright Jessy Ardern. (Janet Shum)
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: U of W Asper Centre for Theatre and Film at 400 Colony St.
Cost: $10 for a show, $50 for a fest pass
While this is technically a festival aimed at celebrating women, that's not something that should scare anyone off. Remember Bridesmaids? Not many people thought Hollywood needed a blockbuster written in, directed by and starring mainly women. Then they saw it and wanted all of the sequels.
So, with that in mind, you should check out FemFest
. It's a theatre festival that celebrates women and (I promise!) doesn't alienate dudes.
If you're not sure where to start, there's an opening cabaret and reception on Saturday night, and on Sunday a play called Flood Control.
The play is about a man and woman who meet on a bridge. I've been told it's a play about suicide that manages not to be a downer. As far as culture goes this weekend, for $10, you won't do better than this.
Winnipeg has too few theatre festivals, so take advantage of affordable plays while you can, folks!
WHAT: MUSIC - Frosh Music Festival
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: University of Manitoba campus
Cost: $35 for student pass, $50 general admission
I am so excited that Donald Glover will be breathing the same air as me this weekend that I can barely stand it.
Go get your beer on, guys.
WHAT: LEARNING THINGS - Open Farm Day
When: Sunday, Sept. 15
Where: Over 60 farms across Manitoba
I'm not going to lie. This one is probably best suited to families or couples. Or best friends who are entertained by checking out basically anything new.
The province is hosting Open Farm Day on Sunday where they let the public trample all over and peek inside a bunch of farms. It's aimed at educating people about where their food comes from.
You have to be OK with geeking out a bit and checking out animals, equipment, trying food and meeting new people. It sounds like a really cute date, a fun day with the family, or at minimum, some social-media gold.
I would suggest creating a farm bingo card before you go and being so competitive you drive your friends or family crazy. Learning is much more fun when you're tricking yourself into doing it.