Teghan's top 5 things to do in and near Winnipeg this weekend (Aug. 19-21)
Rainbow Trout Music Festival and Harvest Sun Music Festival compete for out-of-towners
A bit of the fun stuff is happening out of town this weekend, so if you have a ride, you might want to take off for a day or two, and if you don't, more room on the dance floor for you.
Plus, there are a few very affordable things happening in the city you can do instead.
Rainbow Trout Music Festival and Harvest Sun Music Festival will gut the Wolseley/West Broadway population this weekend, and both offer day passes if you don't mind driving back late at night.
Harvest Sun will be a lower key, family-friendly festival, but Rainbow Trout is a lot closer and a bit cheaper.
In terms of what's happening in the city, on Friday night, HUNKS is taping their podcast in the basement of an Exchange District bar, and a few blocks away the BBQ and Blues Festival will have shows in and outside the Burton Cummings Theatre.
WHAT: COMEDY – HUNKS podcast taping
When: Friday, Aug. 19, at 9 p.m.
Where: Wee Johnny's at 177 McDermot Ave.
HUNKS is doing their first ever live podcast taping Friday night, and it'll be a pretty good lead-up to Oddblock next weekend.
You'll see Dana Smith, Tim Gray, Matt Nightingale, Quinn Greene, Sam McLean and Rory Fallis all be funny on stage — the recording part is sort of incidental.
JD Renaud is doing a set beforehand, and drinks and food are super affordable at Wee Johnny's.
There's a segment this week called Dana Explains Scary Movies, which I think will be very, very funny.
WHAT: FEST – Harvest Sun Music Festival
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Kelwood, Man.
Cost: $75 for a festival pass or $42 for a day pass
They've got Greg MacPherson, the Crooked Brothers, Slow Leaves, William Prince, the Middle Coast, Carly Dow and a bunch of other acts.
They've also got morning yoga, kids' activities, big games, after parties at a legion (yes!), a quiet campground for families and a whole bunch of workshops.
Not to mention it's happening adjacent to Riding Mountain National Park, which you can check out for swimming and eating ice cream and hanging out if you want a break from the fest.
This is a very Manitoba festival and my top pick for the weekend (if you don't mind the long drive out there.)
WHAT: FEST – Filipino Street Festival Parade
When: Saturday, Aug. 20, at 9 a.m.
Where: Memorial Boulevard at York Avenue
The Filipino Street Festival is downtown for the first time this year, so if you have some kids to entertain or just want to go eat good snacks and sit in a lawn chair, this year is a good time to go.
In addition to the parade — which starts at 9 a.m. — there will be performers, a whole market set up and a bunch of food vendors.
WHAT: FEST – BBQ and Blues
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: Burton Cummings Theatre at 364 Smith St.
Cost: $129 for a fest pass or $39 for a day pass
The BBQ and Blues Fest starts Friday at 6 p.m., with outdoor and indoor shows at the Burton Cummings Theatre, plus a ton of food.
The outdoor entertainment is pretty affordable (it's only $20 for a day pass to that), and if you add on an extra $20, you can go to the mainstage shows at night.
Saturday they're doing some sort of BBQ cook-off thing, and there'll be a bunch of vendors parked at the fest site during the shows.
WHAT: FEST – Rainbow Trout Music Festival
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Near St. Malo, Man.
Cost: $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday
Rainbow Trout's lineup is more than worth the ticket price this year.
They've got Basic Nature, Pop Tart, Lanikai, Odanah, Orlando Gloom, William Prince and Mulligrub as well as about a dozen others.
The acts are a bit more diverse than what you'll see at Harvest Sun, where most of the stuff is folk or folk-adjacent. There's everything from dreampop/shoegaze to folk to pop-punk.
And it's a really short drive, so heading out on a whim Saturday or Sunday is a lot easier.