It's starting to get a little crisp overnight but that doesn't mean Winnipeg has seen the last of its weekend festivals.
Though things are slowing down, Manyfest has a lot planned for Broadway this weekend. Everything from Food Truck Wars to movies in the park to beer and wine tasting is being offered at the fest. Meanwhile, Wolseley will be taken over by the Sherbrook Street Fest.
Pack a sweater for when the sun comes down, and try not to be too sad that summer is coming to an end.
WHAT: MUSIC - MCMA does First Fridays
When: Friday, Sept. 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 201-211 Bannatyne Ave.
If you're looking for a free night of relatively un-pretentious culture, head down the Exchange this weekend to see the Manitoba Conservatory's First Friday event.
First Fridays in the Exchange see art galleries open their doors to anyone and everyone for free showcases. It's an affordable and accessible way to see what's happening in Winnipeg's art scene. New for this month's edition, the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts are hosting a series of intimate concerts in the Crocus building on Bannatyne Avenue.
It's free, which is great, and it's the kind of adorable, adult thing you can get medium-fancy for and enjoy with your best friend or a date.
WHAT: DRINK - Flatlanders Beer Festival
Some of the beers on offer at the festival. (Morgan Stewart)
When: Friday, Sept. 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Winnipeg Convention Centre from
Cost: $34.95 (Includes five sample tickets)
If you're done with hanging out outside and want to avoid swatting away flies, moths and other winged night-creatures, there is a beer festival happening indoors this weekend.
The Flatlanders Beer Festival is on at the Convention Centre Friday night with hundreds of beers available for sampling from all over the world. Your $35 ticket will get you five sample tickets and you can get five more for $5. If you like beer and have the extra cash, this wouldn't be a bad way to spend your Friday night. Bonus points for those who can still quote Beerfest by the end of the night.
WHAT: EVERYTHING - Manyfest
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: All of Broadway
If you want food, beer, wine, movies, music or anything else entertainment-related, it's going to be offered at Manyfest this weekend on Broadway. The fest will block off all of Broadway with an artisans' market, an outdoor movie, a beer and wine fest, food truck sampling, music, dancing and a whole bunch of other stuff.
It's free to check out, and if you want to try beer, wine or food, it's all very affordable. You can get tickets for any of those three things for $2 apiece. More than a sample or tasting will cost you a bit more, though.
This is something best enjoyed in big groups, so round up the co-workers you can stand, your fam, or your inner circle and go for a walk down Broadway.
Women and men who carry purses: learn from my past mistakes and put whatever you need in your pockets. Lugging a bag around a street fest is a major impediment to spontaneous dancing.
WHAT: FOOD - Food Truck Wars
Vendors will be competing in Food Truck Wars. (Robin Summerfield)
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Broadway and Memorial
Cost: Tasting tickets $2 each
If you haven't already gained an irreversible amount of weight from Burger Week, it would be worth your while to stop at Manyfest's Food Truck Wars this weekend and go for a high score on your scale.
Perhaps the best part is that you can also use the tickets to sample 60 different types of wine. If you want a full glass or a full snack, you can combine your tickets for $4 and $6 treats. It's like Monopoly for adults who love alcohol and food!
WHAT: FESTIVAL - Sherbrook Street Festival
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 from noon till midnight
Where: Sherbrook Street between Westminster and Wolseley
Winnipeg's granola belt is having a street festival this weekend, and it's totally open to non-Wolseley-ites.
Sherbrook Street has seen a ton of improvements in recent years, with a slew of great eateries and coffee joints opening up
. The festival is a good chance to check out the coffee (and lovely people who work there!) at Thom Bargen, late-night gourmet eats at Fitzroy or Boon Burger's vegan treats.
The festival has music, entertainment and a number of vendors planned, and last year, it was an amazing way to usher in fall.
Best laid plans include checking out some of the bands in the evening and then heading to Sherbrook mainstay Cousin's Deli for a snack and a Standard.
WHAT: FOOD - Burger week
Pizzeria Gusto's burger for Burger Week (Brett Howe)
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: Various locations across Winnipeg
Everyone is voting online and then the winner for this year will be announced next week.
There are a few things to note: the burgers are typically small and don't come with any sides, so be prepared to spend more than $10 if you're looking for a meal. Also, not all restaurants serve their burgers during all business hours, so you have to call ahead if you're going there specifically for the burger.
Also, some rather uninventive places have made minor alterations to their existing burgers, so it's the kind of thing you want to plan out if you're seriously crazy for burgers and want to make the most of the week.
That being said, really amazing places like Deseo, Segovia and Mise are delving into the burger world and have a lot to offer. For burger lovers everywhere, this is very exciting.