If you can't get away for what might be the first good-weather weekend Winnipeg has seen all summer, all is not lost. There is a ton to do in the city this weekend, ranging from creepy double-features in the Exchange District to opportunities to dress like a pirate in West Broadway.
So pat yourself on the back for making it through another week of work, and check out what Winnipeg has to offer this weekend.
What: MUSIC - Oldfolks Home CD Release
When: Friday, June 28 at 8 p.m.
Where: Park Theatre at 698 Osborne St.
Cost: $15 at the door
If you like Postal Service, The Weakerthans, Stars or virtually any melodic, cozy indie/electronic pop, you'll be into Oldfolks Home.
Check out Sleeper, a track off the album.
The show almost guarantees the presence of swaying hipsters, and despite that, I still recommend it.
What: FILM - Room 237, The Shining double bill
When: Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at 7 p.m.
Where: Cinematheque at 100 Arthur St.
Cost: $14 or $12 for students
It's going to be beautiful out, so I know it'll be difficult to convince anyone to stay inside Friday or Saturday night and watch a double-feature at a small theatre.
BUT, this double feature is only $14, it's one of the rare opportunities to see an old Stanley Kubrick film on a big screen and the whole thing will be done by midnight, so you'll have lots of time to go out after and enjoy a rooftop patio or an Osborne Village bar, if that's your thing.
What: PARADE - Art City's Whale Parade
When: Saturday, June 29 at 1 p.m.
Where: Broadway and Young Street
Art City is putting on a massive whale and water-themed parade on Saturday.
In case you haven't heard of them, Art City is a lovely non-profit community centre that provides free art programming for inner-city kids and youth. They're in that great building at Broadway and Young Street with a bicycle on the roof where the lights always seem to be on and lovely people are always doing rad stuff inside.
Now, West Broadway's favourite do-gooders are having a big sendoff for two artists who are going to Churchill to do some art. About 600 people are already expected to join in this parade, and Art City wants everyone and anyone to join in.
There will be bike decorating, face painting, live entertainment, free food and, obviously, a parade. And, like many of my favourite events, people are encouraged to wear costumes (water or whale-themed!).
What: MUSIC - Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at Assiniboine Park
When: Saturday, June 29 at 7 p.m.
Where: Assiniboine Park Lyric Theatre (outdoors)
Last year, I grabbed a latte from Joe Black's, which is just across Portage Avenue, and had the best time sitting in the grass listening. There were fewer screaming children there than you'd think, and the music isn't stuffy or boring.
The program includes some selections from Mozart and Tchaikovsky, but there will also be five songs from Les Miserables and one from Chicago. If you're not too cool to be seen listening to the symphony in a park, have a glass of wine before you go, bring a snack or a coffee and enjoy!
Bonus: The park's double-decker bus service launches Saturday.
What: FOOD - Maple Grove Tea Room
When: Open 11-6 on Saturdays and Sundays
Where: 417 River Road, St. Andrews
Cost: Sandwiches run between $6 and $10
Maple Grove Tearoom sits on River Road alongside the Red River in St. Andrews. (Teghan Beaudette/CBC)
Almost all homegrown Winnipeggers have taken the trip out to Lockport for Skinners burgers and fries but just down the road is a completely different but equally awesome lunch spot.
Maple Grove Tea Room operates a small kitchen with sandwiches, pie and tea (obviously) out of a beautiful old house on the Red River.
They have an outdoor patio where you can see the river and the homes of about 10 extremely wealthy families on the opposite bank.
The food isn't amazing, but it is homemade and fresh. The homemade rhubarb pie tastes exactly like the kind my grandmother made when she used to grow the rhubarb in her own garden.
It's pretty, it's incredibly affordable, and if you have someone you can stand being around for an afternoon, it's the perfect place for a day-date.