Teghan's top 5 things to do in and near Winnipeg this weekend (June 24-26)
Real Love Summer Fest starts in Gimli, jazz fest continues and Wee Johnny's has comedy
This is one of the busiest weekends so far this summer, with Real Love Summer Fest starting about an hour out of town in Gimli, a big opening at Graffiti Gallery and a really impressive lineup for Aboriginal Day Live at The Forks.
My top pick is the Real Love Summer Fest in Gimli — Lev Snowe, Basic Nature, Slow Leaves, Mulligrub and Ghost Twin will be playing outdoor shows for the fest this weekend.
And a whole bunch of really great events didn't make my list — Flatlander's Beer Festival is on at the MTS Centre where you can try dozens of different types of beer for under $50.
The first-ever Alleyways Market is also on Friday night behind Mitchell Block and Forth; they're bringing in a ton of food vendors and local makers for a Friday night market.
And last but not least, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has a Sunday show called Made in Manitoba with a whole bunch of local soloists.
Tickets are only $10 and there will be a pre-concert show and a bunch of food trucks in the garden behind the Centennial Concert Hall.
WHAT: COMEDY — Graduation at Wee Johnny's
When: Friday, June 24 at 9 p.m.
Where: Wee Johnny's at 177 McDermot Ave.
Tim Gray's monthly comedy showcase at Wee Johnny's is a little later this time around — so if you haven't been able to make it down early enough in the past, this is your chance to check it out.
Gray's got a great lineup this week to tackle the theme of "Graduation"; Ashley Burdett, Ryan Ash, Melanie Dahling, Andy Noble and Matt Nightingale will all be there.
Burdett was an expert host at Empowherment last weekend, so if you missed her, go to this show!
As usual, the comedy will be followed by adult musical chairs and Jenga.
WHAT: MUSIC — Real Love Summer Fest
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Gimli Motorsports Park in Gimli, Man.
Cost: $30-$40 per day or $60 for the weekend
It's about an hour drive away, and I think well worth the trip.
They're bringing in Besnard Lakes and a whole bunch of locals are playing all weekend including Lev Snowe, Basic Nature (they are so good!), Slow Leaves, Mulligrub and Ghost Twin.
The fest has sets that go very late (Ghost Twin plays at 2 a.m. Saturday), so it's worth grabbing a full festival pass that includes camping ($60) even if you just want to go for one night.
Then you can grab coffee at Flatlanders in the morning and drive back super cranky from no sleep but with a ton of lovely Instagram photos.
WHAT: ART — Cohesive Devices opening at Graffiti Gallery
When: Friday, June 24 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Graffiti Gallery at 109 Higgins Ave.
Graffiti Gallery has a photography opening Friday night, and they're bringing in a ton of DJs for the party.
Cohesive Devices is an exhibition with photos from Graham Wiebe and Reza Rezai as well as some text-based artists.
Synonym Art Consultation is also bringing in 15 local DJs to play to raise money for their mural festival.
You can buy art, dance, eat, drink and bid on prizes. It'll be a fun party.
WHAT: ABORIGINAL DAY — A Tribe Called Red and Buffy Sainte-Marie
When: Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: The Forks at 1 Forks Market Rd.
A Tribe Called Red, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Dragonette are all performing, and that's after a full day of free stuff to do.
There will be a pop-up market with work from local artists and food vendors, a kids area with face painting, soap carving and a Qannik bouncer, performances all day long from jigging to throat singing to drumming, a skateboard competition and demo, a pow wow at 1 p.m. and fireworks at 11 p.m.
The Forks will be packed, so if you can ditch your car for the day and walk or cycle down, you'll probably find it easier getting in and out.
Don't leave before you see A Tribe Called Red!
WHAT: MUSIC — Winnipeg International Jazz Festival
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Various locations
Cost: Depends on event (some are free!)
The Winnipeg International Jazz Festival continues this weekend, and this is where the actual jazz comes in.
There are shows planned at a whole bunch of different venues — The West End Cultural Centre, The Burton Cummings Theatre, Old Market Square, The Kings Head and more.
If you're into jazz, you'll have a ton to choose from, and there are three days of free jazz shows planned at Old Market Square.
If you're not so into jazz, Peter Bjorn and John are playing the Burtie Friday night, and Romi Mayes as well as Red Moon Road are playing Kings Head this weekend.
- Peter, Bjorn and John are at the Burton Cummings Theatre on Friday night, not Saturday night, as was originally reported.Jun 24, 2016 7:53 AM CT