This is the weekend of going places you don’t normally go and trying at least a few new things especially if you want the best of what the city has to offer.

From brilliant musicians in the Exchange District to fancy dinners before the opera Friday night has a ton to offer. 

Saturday night, funny guy Darrin Rose will be hosting a whole bunch of other funny people at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre, which is part of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival that runs all weekend.

And on Sunday night, the metalcore dudes behind Dillinger Escape Plan will be performing at the West End Cultural Centre.

WHAT: MUSIC – Elessar Thiessen at the Folk Exchange

When: Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m.

Where: Folk Exchange at 211 Bannatyne Ave.

Cost: $10 in advance

If there’s one thing you do indoors this weekend, it should be checking out Elessar Thiessen’s show at The Folk Exchange on Friday night.

Thiessen has a really nice folk-indie sound that kind of sounds like Matt Costa or Jack Johnson with a bit more sophistication. His lyrics are really beautiful too.

And the Folk Exchange is a great venue to get a beer or some tea and enjoy an intimate performance. The only catch is it’s so tiny it fills up really fast.

If you want tickets, buy in advance or show up early! $10 is an absolute steal to see this guy. He’s amazing.

WHAT: FANCY – La Bohème with a prairie dinner

When: Friday, April 11 at 6 p.m.

Where: Centennial Concert Hall at 555 Main St. and Peasant Cookery at 283 Bannatyne Ave.

Cost: $43-$149 for an opera ticket, $35 for dinner at Peasant

For those who want to get fancy this weekend, the Manitoba Opera is offering a dinner and a show deal this weekend.

Cafe Momus in La Bohème

The Cafe scene in Act 2 of Manitoba Opera Association's production of Puccini's La Bohème which plays at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg April 5, 8 and 11. (Robert Tinker)

They’re doing the super romantic Italian opera La Bohème on Friday night, and if you get tickets, you can also get some for a fancy dinner at Peasant Cookery just across the Exchange District.

They’re offering a three-course dinner for $35 and comedian/opera-aficionado Al Rae will be there to talk about the show.

For the $35, you’re getting a salad, a main and a dessert, which is a pretty decent price for all three at the prairie restaurant.

It’s definitely a cute date idea where all the stuff is figured out for you – and this is an opera just about anyone can get down with. It’s romantic, and there are English subtitles!

Plus it doesn’t have to be wildly expensive if you grab seats on the balcony or you happen to have a student card!

WHAT: COMEDY – Darrin Rose at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival

When: Saturday, April 12 at 6:45 p.m.

Where: Pantages Playhouse Theatre at 180 Market Ave.

Cost: $45

The Winnipeg Comedy Festival has shows all over town this weekend, with everything from local talent showcases to film festivals to events headlined by funny people like Darrin Rose and Tom Green.

Darrin Rose

Darrin Rose hosts The Bro Show at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival on Saturday. (The Canadian Press)

My top pick from the whole thing is The Bro Show at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre.

It starts nice and early so you can go out afterward and see another show if you want, and the crazy-talented and super funny Darrin Rose is hosting it.

If the name isn’t ringing any bells, he’s the really charming guy who hosts Canada’s Match Game! Anything he does is totally worth checking out.

And if you’re not yet convinced, Ivan Decker, Rebecca Kohler, Howie Miller, Rob Pue, Tim Steeves and Christina Walkinshaw will all be doing sets.

That long list makes the kind of pricey $45 ticket seem not so bad, right?

WHAT: FOOD – Ciao Chocolate Fest

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Multiple locations

Cost: $7 per treat

Every few months or so Ciao puts on these really great culinary events in the city – and this month they’ve put together Chocolate Fest.

The event has 14 restaurants offer some sort of chocolatey treat for $7.

Chew on Waterloo Street is offering something called a Chocolate Trio, which has a lavender milk chocolate cremeux (that’s basically fancy pudding, if you’re wondering), a white chocolate brulée and a dark chocolate sorbet with a cherry on top.

Over at Prairie 360, they’re offering a few choices including a Triple Chocolate Cheesecake which has crushed Oreos under a layer of dark chocolate ganache (kind of like half-fudge half-icing), topped with milk chocolate cheesecake and white chocolate curls. White chocolate curls!

And those are just two options!

The places participating are Caramel Crepe, the Almond Tree, Chew, Corrientes, De Luca’s, Fro-Gurts, The Fudge Guy, Hermanos, Human Bean Coffee and Tea, Neon Cone, Nicolino’s, Prairie 360, Smoothie Bar and Steve’s Bistro.

It's only $7, guys! Treat yo’ self!

WHAT: MUSIC – Dillinger Escape Plan

When: Sunday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: West End Cultural Centre at 586 Ellice Ave.

Cost: $25

Dillinger Escape Plan is headlining an early show at the West End Cultural Centre Sunday night with a whole bunch of other California hard-core crews.

Greg Puciato

Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan performs in 2013 in Los Angeles. The band will be in Winnipeg this weekend. (Chris Pizzello/The Associated Press)

It's definitely not an event I'd normally think of going to — I'm a folk music person and not so much a metal/punk person — but I do know a lot of people in this city who love metal and are pretty excited for these guys to come to town.

The Internet says Dillinger Escape Plan is a mathcore band, which apparently has something to do with both metal and punk and lots of other complicated things.

A few of my favourite people said they're a great metal band, so if you're remotely into either genre, it could be a rad show. 

Oh! And Trash Talk, Retox and Norway’s Shining are all also playing.