The Lytics open for The Roots at Jazz Winnipeg Festival this weekend. (Khammy Phanthavong)
This was a long week, am I right guys? It's time to relax, let someone else entertain you and spend as little money as possible.
I went a little heavy on the music recommendations this weekend, BUT, I promise they're all fantastic and worth your time and, in some cases, hard-earned money.
It will, of course, rain this weekend, but by now we're all sort of used to it, right? One of these is technically outside of the city, so you may need to appeal to that not-so-good friend of yours with a set of wheels.
MUSIC/FOOD - All Things Natural outdoor concert When: June 21 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Where: FortWhyte Alive Cost: $20 or $10 for students
If you're itching for Folk Fest, you can get a slightly more civilized dose of music in a field Friday night at FortWhyte Alive.
Put on something medium-fancy and enjoy "fine wine," appetizers and classical music being played live outside at the nature preserve. The whole thing sounds like Instagram gold, so go make yourself look pretty and start making your friends jealous.
There will be nature-inspired music by Mozart, Schubert and le Roy to celebrate the summer solstice. I've been told that means the longest day of the year, and it marks the middle of summer. Or, in Winnipeg's case, rainy-weekend season.
MUSIC - Jazz Fest: The Roots with The Lytics When: June 22 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Centennial Concert Hall Cost: $59.50-$75.50 (plus fees)
Jazz Fest still has a lot left to offer Winnipeg this weekend before it winds down on Sunday. The one show we've all been waiting for, though, is Saturday night.
The Roots are playing Winnipeg's Centennial Concert Hall and local hip hop outfit The Lytics will be opening for them. I can't believe there are still tickets available for this.
Both The Roots and The Lytics put on incredible live shows, and you won't be sorry you shelled out $80 for a ticket. If you're not sold, check out The Lytics video for Stay Calm below. Then go buy some tickets!
ENTERTAINMENT - Multicultural Day When: June 22 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Where: The Forks Cost: Free
The Forks is hosting two major celebrations Saturday with entertainment ranging from Nepali folk dancers to a Pow-Wow competition.
Celebrations for Multicultural Day and National Aboriginal Day are planned at the site, and everything from local art to live music to martial arts demonstrations will be happening. It's sort of like a ton of Folklorama pavilions all in one place.
According to John Sauder, the weather will be a balmy 24 C, so grab some bug spray, a friend and go take in some culture. MUSIC - Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra does Dr. Seuss When: June 23 at 2 p.m. Where: Centennial Concert Hall Cost: $10
Round up the kidlets for a taste of high society at the Concert Hall this weekend. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is doing a double feature of Peter and the Wolf and Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham.
If you don't have children, I strongly recommend borrowing some and going to check this out. The symphony is way cooler than you'd think, and there are actors leading the performances so you won't be stranded with the impressiveness of the entire orchestra.
There's also an "instrument petting zoo" available for the child with glasses in your life. Also, can I borrow your child with glasses so I can go? OUTDOORS - National Canoe Day When: June 23 Where: Whitemouth Falls Provincial Park (about a one and a half hour drive from Winnipeg) Cost: Free
You guys! Your favourite type of boat has its own day! And it's this Sunday! National Canoe Day things are happening at Whitemouth Falls Provincial Park. I know that's not technically in Winnipeg, but it's under a two hour drive, and there will be free canoeing. Totally worth it.
There are canoe races, a treasure hunt (which, I'm sure if you asked, they'd let adults participate in) and Al Simmons is totally playing!
There are canoes for everyone to try out, race enrolment is free and you can bring your own canoe or kayak if you want.
Apparently if you drive to Seven Sisters Falls (Siri has the directions) there will be signs to guide you to the festivities.