5 things to do in (and near!) Winnipeg this weekend

This weekend, festivals are out and intimate one-night commitments are in.

Bros. Landreth, Winnipeg Art Gallery and Fright at the Fort make this week's top five

The Bros. Landreth are playing Times Change(d) this weekend. (Bob Tinker)

This weekend, festivals are out and intimate one-night commitments are in.

For the hot blooded, the Bros. Landreth are playing date-night music at Times Change(d) on Main Street or there’s an action-packed exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and for the cold-blooded (and no longer living), there’s a zombie dance party taking over two bars in Osborne Village and a fright night at a historic site just outside the city.

WHAT: ART — See Me Hear exhibit

When: Friday, Oct. 11

Where: Winnipeg Art Gallery

Cost: $35

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is offering a whole lot of culture in one night at their second annual Art and Body fair, which showcases work from artists with disabilities.

The event is dubbed See Me Hear this year, and features a talk from Christine Sun Kim, a New York artist who is deaf and works with sound installations.

There will be an Aboriginal hoop dance, a music performance, a comedy set, several talks from a variety of artists and of course, a ton of art.

Dress fancy and enjoy a night of learning things in a really rad setting. You won’t be disappointed. Plus, if someone asks you what you did this weekend you can finally say, “Something super smart and arty, OK?”

AND you’ll still have time afterwards to go to my next pick.

WHAT: MUSIC — Bros. Landreth

When: Friday, Oct. 11 at 10 p.m.

Where: Times Change(d) at 234 Main St.

Cost: $10

If you’re planning on doing another Osborne Village or Corydon area bar circuit this weekend, skip it and see the Bros. Landreth do an amazing set at Times Change(d) instead.
The Bros. Landreth play Times Change(d) this Friday. (Mike Latschislaw)

The venue is often overlooked for other Osborne Village or Corydon mainstays, but it is constantly booking great local acts, especially on Friday nights.

The Bros. Landreth are pretty country, but before you cringe, they’ve got enough of a bluesy, indie thing going to keep even somewhat snobby hipsters satisfied.

Pregame with beer and/or whiskey and bring someone cool enough to appreciate the lack of revealing clothing and people bumping into you in a race to finish their next jager bomb.

If you decide to bring a date (and I think you should ‘cause this is hot date music), hit up Osborne Village’s Segovia or Deer and Almond in the Exchange before you go.

WHAT: SCARY STUFF — Fright at the Fort

When:  Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Lower Fort Garry at 5925 Highway 9 in Selkirk

Cost: $9.70 for youths, $13.60 for adults age 17+, $12.35 for seniors

Lower Fort Garry has launched a brilliant Halloween event, and I think you should go.

They’ve got Fright at the Fort events going on every weekend until Halloween, which is essentially a tour of the site at night with a bunch of creepy, costumed interpreters taking you around and telling you about people who died there.

Anyone who has been to the historic site knows it’s plenty creepy during the day, so it should be at minimum a moderately terrifying 90-minute walk.

Young kids aren’t allowed and afterwards you can get food and beer from a nearby tavern they’ve set up. Bring a DD and drink away your fear!

WHAT: DANCE — Zombie dance party

When: Saturday, Oct. 12 at

Where: Ozzy’s and the Zoo at 160 Osborne St.

Cost: $10 and a non-perishable food donation for Winnipeg Harvest

So, the city’s annual zombie walk has been cancelled. Apparently it was too expensive and too dangerous to keep going. Sad news for those with a penchant for flesh-eating, but it’s not all bad.
Zombies are invited to dance their brains out at The Zoo and Ozzy's this weekend. (Thibault Camus/The Associated Press)

The walk has moved indoors and instead of all the bone-crunching and moaning down Main Street, hundreds of zombies will be doing the two-step shuffle in the heart of Osborne Village.

Apparently there will be two floors of dancing and five bands playing at Ozzy’s and The Zoo.

Don’t wear anything you care about because zombies and drunk people are similarly uncoordinated, and chances are you’ll be leaving with more fake blood, makeup or booze on your outfit than you planned.

Oh and fun fact: coat check is totally free! No need to stand there looking like an undead idiot, trying to take out cash to check your coat.

WHAT: ACTIVITY — Star gazing at a provincial park

When: Any time after 7 p.m.

Where: Spruce Woods, Beaudry or Birds Hill Provincial Parks

Cost: FREE (minus gas money and/or park fees)

It’s a great time of year for nerds who love to watch stars (that could be you this weekend!).

It’s not unbearably cold, and it’s getting dark early enough to go see stars before it gets really late and creepy. 

Stargazing is going to be a way more memorable way to spend your Sunday or Monday night than sitting in front of the television working off your food-hangover. Plus, if you do it right, it can be a pretty cute date. 
This sky view was snapped near Manigotogan. Carve out your own near Winnipeg this weekend. (Ric Hornsby)

A handful of provincial parks are open at night and have great spaces to throw down a blanket and watch. The further from the city you get, the better the view will be.

Birds Hill Provincial Park is just at the edge of the city, Beaudry Provincial Park is about a 40 minute drive and the top spot, Spruce Woods Provincial Park is about a two hour drive. All are open to late-night stargazers.

Wear some exceptionally warm clothes (I’m talking mittens, people) and someone who shares your inner nerdiness/endearing sense of adventure. Downloading a stargazing app on your smartphone is optional.


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