Xavier Rudd plays Sunday at the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
I think it's finally safe to say summer has arrived -- and with it a ton of super fun things to do in Winnipeg.
From watching frogs race at the behest of screaming children to a treasure hunt on Gimli beach, there is a lot going on in and around Winnipeg this weekend.
Here are five things to check out this weekend in (or near!)
Winnipeg, and brace yourself -- it's going to be a good one.
What: FAIR - Frog Follies
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: St. Pierre Jolys at the corner of Jolys Avenue East and Jolys Avenue West (seriously)
Cost: FREE (Unless you want to race a frog)
Are you obsessed with frogs? Have you always wanted to see them race? I know you're all saying to yourselves, "Obviously, Teghan. Tell me more." Well, you're in luck, you guys.
St-Pierre-Jolys is holding their annual Frog Follies fair this weekend. On Friday night, there is something called frog hunting, where they apparently give you a net, a pail and a map to find the best "frog hotspots" on Maplewood golf course. Then, there are frog races.
You can go on Saturday to see kids race their prized hoppers, OR you can get serious and check out the Canadian National Frog Jumping Championships on Sunday.
There's also food, music, a parade, a dunk tank and something called "Krazy Madness." It's less than an hour drive out of the city. Go go go!
What: MUSIC - Winnipeg Folk Festival
When: Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Where: Birds Hill Provincial Park
Cost: Adult day pass $85, youth/senior $65 or child $10
Check out our virtual photo album from the 40th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival
Okay, this is isn't technically something to do while everyone else is at Folk Fest because it is Folk Fest. But if you can stomach forking over the $85 for a full day of outdoor entertainment, I strongly recommend heading out on Sunday.
Most of the people camping will be partied out, and there's an evening of great music planned to end the fest. On Sunday night, The JD Edwards Band and Xavier Rudd are taking the stage after 8 p.m., and it'll be a really relaxing way to polish off the dregs of your weekend. You can see all your sunburned, heat-stroked friends who managed to nab camping passes and not feel so bad you missed it this year.
Plus, you want to get a crack at those food carts before the festival closes, right? Right.
My top picks from the fest: The Avett Brothers and City and Colour on Wednesday, Colin Meloy of the Decemberists on Thursday, A Tribe Called Red on Friday night and Xavier Rudd on Sunday. If you can't make it out, download some of the music anyway!
What: KID STUFF - Gimli beach treasure hunt
When: Saturday at 10 a.m.
Where: Gimli Public Beach
Kids get all the breaks. This weekend, just for being short and not knowing very much, kids are getting a free treasure hunt thrown for them in Gimli.
The Gimli beach treasure hunt invites parents to equip their kidlets with shovels and pails and have them dig into the sand to find buried treasure.
The "treasure" is actually coins buried in the sand that can be used to get treats at local businesses. As a child, this was basically my dream event. Now, as an adult, it is still totally a dream event for me.
I'm currently trying to procure some kids to live vicariously through for this.
Pro tip: As far as I know, it's not against the rules to equip prospective treasure-hunters with metal detectors OR white sun visors.
What: CONVENTION - Ai Kon
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 24/7
Where: Winnipeg Convention Centre
Cost: Friday $20, Saturday $30, Sunday $18
It's time to get your nerd on. Winnipeg's annual anime convention, Ai Kon, is back for another year. It'll be running round-the-clock this weekend with gaming rooms, movie screenings and all sorts of other convention-y stuff.
The convention has come a long way from the multi-purpose room at the University of Manitoba. This year it's at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, a guy who did a bunch of voices for Dragon Ball Z is going to be there, and there's a judged costume contest, which will obviously be awesome.
Be brave and geek out.
What: FOOD - Eat Winnipeg tour: Fusion Grill
When: Friday or Saturday until 10 p.m.
Where: 550 Academy Road
Cost: $36 for a three-course meal
One of my favourite things is good food for cheap. So when the annual Eat Winnipeg tour comes around, I get really, really excited. The event offers affordable three-course meals at some of Winnipeg's yummiest restaurants.
For $36 you can get a three-course meal from In Ferno's, Hermanos, Amici, Brooklynn's Bistro or 10 other spots. It's not the cheapest dinner, but it's an incredible price for what these places typically cost and what you'll be served.
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This weekend, try Fusion Grill. If you haven't been, it's a cozy, unpretentious spot tucked away on Academy Road, with local, organic food and a Manitoba-focused menu.
If you go this weekend, your $36 will get you an app, main and dessert at Fusion. For a main, they're offering grilled local Arctic char and Northern pike with tiger prawns and PEI mussels. And for dessert: a gluten-free chocolate mousse cake with red millet flour and vanilla whipped cream for dessert.
Go eat, be happy and leave slightly fatter than you were when you got there!