Okay the weather may be feeling a little more fall-ish than we'd all like for early August, but let's just try to ignore it as best we can.
Fortunately, the stuff-to-do-in-the-summer-in-Winnipeg pile keeps growing, so here are our five top picks for ways to fill your social calendar this weekend.
What: MUSIC - Trout Forest Music Festival
When: August 9-11
Where: Ear Falls Waterfront Park, Ear Falls, Ontario
Cost: Tickets range from $11-$70 depending on age, number of days attending. Weekend camping passes are $22.
Okay, this one's a little further afield, but it's worth the drive. The Trout Forest Music Festival features performances from The Duhks, Romi Mayes, Ingrid Gatin, JP Hoe, The Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show and many more. Also on the bill, is accordion-wielding klezmer musician, Geoff Berner. If you've never seen Berner perform, it's worth the drive alone.
What: MUSIC/FOOD/FUN - Folklorama
When: Now through August 17
Where: Various venues around Winnipeg
Cost: Children 12 and under are free, single adult admission is $6. Multi-pavilion ticket packages are available.
Tour pavilions, watch cute kids dance in traditional dress, eat delicious delicacies from different cultures and check out a lot of live music and performances.
Pavilions open this week include Japanese, Italian, DOTC First Nations, Africa/Caribbean, Philippine and many more.
What: SPORT - Winnipeg Goldeyes vs. The Sioux Falls Pheasants
When: Daily games Aug 9-11
Where: Shaw Park
Cost: Range from $9.75-$20.75
You have not one, but three chances to see the Winnipeg Goldeyes swim up against The Sioux Falls Pheasants this weekend. So grab a hot dog and some popcorn and get ready to wave your giant foam finger!
What: FILM - Movies in the Park
When: Friday, August 9th. 7 & 9:15 pm screenings
Where: Assiniboine Park Lyric Lawn
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing. (Lions Gate Entertainment)
If you'd like to lounge on the grass and watch a movie or two, head over to Assiniboine Park for cinema-style outdoor screenings of the family friendly Ice Age: Continental Drift
(7 pm) or the charmingly nostalgic Dirty Dancing
So practice you lifts, get that baby out of the corner and throw you blanket down on the grass. (Hopefully it won't rain).
What: MUSIC/FOOD - St. Norbert Farmers' Market
When: Saturday, 8 am-3 pm
Where: 3514 Pembina Highway
Cost: FREE (unless you buy stuff...which you will)
If your garden production has slowed down a little in this less than seasonal weather, trek out to the St. Norbert Farmers' Market and see how the professionals are doing. As an added bonus, Marco Castillo and Brazilian Beats will be performing at 10 am so you can grab a lemonade/piece of pie/fresh tomato, sit back and enjoy.