If your week was anything like mine, you're ready to usher in the weekend and take in as much fun as possible in your two short days of freedom.
The city and the surrounding area have everything from free ballet to beach screenings of scary movies to affordable ramen in the West End.
What: FILM - Movies on the beach at Gimli Film Festival
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 p.m.
Where: Gimli Beach shore
Remember last time you were at the movies and you were thinking, "This would be so much better if I were sitting in sand and could hear water lapping up nearby and breathe fresh air?" Well, now you're in luck.
This year you can check out Close Encounters of the Third Kind on Friday, Grease on Saturday and The Deep on Sunday. All the shows start at 10 p.m., and this seems like the best thing ever to bring a date and/or all your best friends to.
Best plans include bringing an absurd amount of popcorn and drinks and some lawn chairs.
What: DANCE - Ballet in the Park
Seth Buckley and Jesse Petrie onstage. (Bruce Monk)
When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Assiniboine Park Lyric Theatre
Before you get all, "Ugh, the ballet!" and totally skip this one -- let me give you a personal promise that this is the coolest thing that happens at the Lyric Theatre all summer.
This is not your parents' ballet. This is amazing. Last year, near the end, they had the young dancers come out and do a contemporary dance to this super cute song about buttons. I think it was buttons. Maybe it was the colour yellow.
Anyway, it's absolutely lovely. Don't be crazy, just go!
What: THEATRE - Les Miserables
When: Multiple showings Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Centennial Concert Hall
Cost: $60 to $120
I KNOW you're not sick of Les Miserables yet. Who could be? It's amazing. And this isn't Anne Hathaway scarily making her way through "I Dreamed a Dream". It's incredibly talented stage actors doing what they do best to one of the best plays ever written. This one tours literally around the world! And they were cool enough to stop in Winnipeg!
It's a night a high society with huge production values that won't put you to sleep. Drag your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, neighbour, whatever and have a good time.
The tickets are admittedly pricy, but just to contextualize it -- you would spend this much on a decent dinner and a movie or a button-down shirt. This is better than a button-down shirt. Go try it on.
What: MUSIC - Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Keystone Centre in Brandon
Cost: $80 for weekend pass, $40-$45 for day pass
Okay, this is a bit of a drive. BUT, the lineup is pretty fantastic and the price is great. JP Hoe, Imaginary Cities, Old Folks Home, Dan Frechette and a ton of others are scheduled to play. Plus, when was the last time you took a day or two-day trip to Brandon? That town is pretty cute.
You can go to one of their bars after and pretend you're on a mini-vacation from your work and life. Plus, now that you've recovered from the Winnipeg Folk Festival, this will be a breeze.
What: FOOD - Kyu Bistro
Ramen at Kyu Bistro. (Mike Green)
When: Open for lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday, dinner only on Sunday
Where: 185 Isabel St.
Cost: Under $10 for most items
If you regularly find yourself looking for some place different for lunch like I do, this is it. They have great options like steak and chicken on little skewers, and they have a veggie ramen that looks incredible.
Our CBC food writer said the food was good, and if I can't trust him, who can I trust?
One of the best things is, if you don't like it, you didn't lay down so much coin you're secretly dying inside once you get back to the car wondering if you can go another week without doing laundry...