It was looking a bit dicey there for Winnipeg's last month of summer but things are back on track this weekend with soaring temperatures and lots of sun.
Whether you feel like braving the heat or seeking refuge inside, Winnipeg has everything from a TV star at Rumor's to a BBQ cook-off on tap this weekend.
It's going to be a fun one so consider ditching the lake and spending some time in the city.
What: FILM - Movies in the park
When: Friday at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Where: Assiniboine Park
Oh geez. I can't think of anything cuter than watching an animated movie on a blanket in Assiniboine Park.
Mosquito counts are down, and this is the perfect opportunity for a date night in some nice weather. At 7 p.m., Escape from Planet Earth is playing and at 9:15, when things start to get a little dark out, The Amazing Spiderman is playing. That's the one with Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield.
If you're okay with a tame Friday night, pop some popcorn, maybe bring a thermos of hot chocolate to the later show and don't forget something to sit on.
What: FESTIVAL - Folklorama's Punjab Pavilion
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Winnipeg Convention Centre at 375 York Ave.
Folklorama is one my guilty, nerdy pleasures. But even I can admit that sometimes, you feel like you wasted $6. Other times, though, you can't believe they let you in for only $6.
This is one of those venues. The Punjab Pavilion has an incredibly high-energy, entertaining show. And the food is amazing. The Clay Oven caters, and you can get a heaping pile of samosas with a whole bunch of things I can't identify poured on top. The food is delicious, everyone is really friendly, and there's even Kingfisher and Cheetah beer (for the uninitiated: it's good stuff).
Last year, my favourite part was watching a dance performance by a group of adorable little girls. If you only hit one pavilion for all of Folklorama, this should be it.
What: MUSIC - Electronic or Aboriginal music fests
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Across the city
Cost: Free for Cube shows to $85 for a MEME fest pass
Digging Roots one of many acts performing at AMW.
If you want to check out some new music in the city, there's no shortage of acts to see this weekend. Both the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition and Aboriginal Music Week will have venues packed with tons of talented bands and artists for virtually any taste.
If you're hitting MEME, check out their free shows at the Cube in Old Market Square. Friday and Saturday night have tons of talent packed into a few hours for free. But, if you have cash to burn, there is going to be a pretty cool party at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Friday night with electronic music on the roof. Tickets are $50.
If Aboriginal Music Week is more you're thing, standout acts include Ali Fontaine and Digging Roots.
What: FOOD - Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival
When: Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 a.m.
Where: Red River Exhibition Park
Cost: Day passes $25, weekend pass $45
I had no idea this existed until very recently, but now, I'm so glad I do. This is exactly what it sounds like - blues music and a ton of people who are really good at doing BBQ selling plates to fest-goers.
It's only in its second year, so it doesn't have some of the big name music acts other Manitoba mainstay festivals have, but it has booked some really talented artists. The Bros. Landreth will be playing at noon on Saturday and they are delightful.
If you're not sold, you should know that last year there was a burger cook-off, and this year there's a chili-challenge and even a "sanctioned BBQ competition." There are no losers when people compete to make the most delicious thing. Go check it out!
What: COMEDY - Rumor's hosts Steve-O
When: Sunday at 7:45 p.m. or 9 p.m.
Where: Rumor's Comedy Club at 190-2025 Corydon Ave.
So this is happening. Steve-O, from the charming troupe of loveable guys who do things like eat yellow snow-cones and skateboard in panda bear suits, has landed in Winnipeg to do standup comedy for a week.
He has been on the stand-up circuit for long enough to have a polished act and has worked with big comedy names like Dane Cook to perfect his routine. You won't find gross-out stunts like in the Jackass movies, but you'll probably get more than a few laughs. Plus who doesn't love Steve-O? He's adorable!