This will be the last of the sleepy weekends in Winnipeg for the year.
Everyone seems to be on their way to recovering from the holidays, the cold snap has relented and venues are ready for the crush of people.
Next weekend, Big Fun music fest takes over and after that Festival du Voyageur will be the place to go.
For now, you’ve got a chance to check out a few local mainstays – from brewery tours in St. James to tapas in the Village. And there’s at least one thing that only comes once a year: an adventure travel film fest downtown.
WHAT: MUSIC – Uniter Fiver Showcase
When: Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.
Where: Park Theatre at 698 Osborne St.
The University of Winnipeg’s student paper is ushering in the new year by introducing Winnipeggers to five emerging bands.
This year, The Uniter took a different approach to their annual list by holding a contest limited to bands formed in the last two years, meaning a lot of local bands couldn’t be considered.
Five relative unknowns (Sibyl, Pants, Finn, Greek Riots and Hearing Trees) will play the Uniter Fiver Showcase together on Friday at the Park Theatre.
But just because you haven’t heard of these bands before, doesn’t mean the show isn’t worth checking out.
The paper has a history of picking out breakout musicians in the Winnipeg scene, including Royal Canoe, the Lytics and Eagle Lake Owls.
If you’re still not convinced, just go to see Sibyl, a local five-piece folk outfit with a really lovely sound and presence.
WHAT: FILM – Banff Mountain Film Festival
When: Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.
Where: Burton Cummings Theatre at 364 Smith St.
If there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss this weekend, it’s this. The Banff Mountain Film Fest is back in Winnipeg as part of its world tour with a bunch of amazing short films.
Every year the fest licenses 25-30 films on adventure travel and the environment and then has different cities host mini-events where about 10 shorts are picked.
It’s like Planet Earth meets Departures, and it’s on a screen a lot bigger than the one in your living room.
The visuals are stunning, and if you’re down with the Folk Fest crowd, you’ll love this.
It’ll be over fairly early too, so you can go have a few pints after and make plans for your next vacation.
WHAT: BEER – Brewery tour at Half Pints
When: Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m.
Where: Half Pints Brewery at 550 Roseberry St.
Every Saturday Half Pints (everyone’s favourite local beer brewers) does this amazing thing where they give away free tours of their brewery – with samples and everything!
They take you around their little shop and a charismatic guy tells you lots about hops and grains and shows you their equipment and at each stop you get to try a different Half Pints beer. In short, it’s delightful.
The brewery is tiny, so don’t expect some massive, meandering tour but do expect a lot of cool facts about beer that will make you slightly smarter.
They also explain a bit about what types of beers taste like what, which is helpful if you never understood why you weren’t a big fan of IPAs.
You have to show up on time, and it’s best to bring a pal or two. Then you can buy some beer from their little shop and head home to drink it!
WHAT: FOOD – Tapas at Segovia
When: Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Where: Segovia at 484 Stradbrook Ave.
Cost: Depends what you order
If you haven’t checked out this Osborne Village gem yet, what are you waiting for?
The lovely tapas resto on Stradbrook offers up a super affordable menu with a good range of options for everyone from the picky to the adventurous eater.
You can get tiny dishes for as little as $5 and some fancier ones for a bit more. They have a nice list of cocktails and wine as well.
They don’t take reservations though, so prepare to leave your name on a list and come back awhile later.
It’s also not a great place for big groups, but if you’re planning a date or a small group of friends, this is a great option.
WHAT: ACTIVITY – Arctic park at The Forks
When: Sunday, Jan. 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Arctic Glacier Winter Park at The Forks at 123 Main St.
The Forks is kicking off its free winter programming on Sunday at the Arctic Glacier Winter Park, a good place to bring your kids to get some fresh air.
The site is offering free horse-drawn wagon rides around the site for the afternoon, which is a pretty adorable all-ages activity.
For the younger kids, there’s a teepee story-telling and art project where kiddies can go sit inside two actual teepees and learn the history of the structures from an aboriginal elder. They hear the story while they build an art project! Cute!
And if you have a child past the arts-and-crafts age, there’s free snowboard instruction at The Forks’ mini-run. A certified instructor is on hand to offer people tips and instructions.