Teghan's top 5 things to do this weekend in and near Winnipeg (April 7-9)

There are five things on this list, but you wouldn’t be totally out of line if you let one take up your entire weekend.

First Fridays, maple syrup festival go up against formidable Winnipeg Comedy Festival

There are five things on this list, but you wouldn't be totally out of line if you let one take up your entire weekend. 2:03

There are five things on this list, but you wouldn't be totally out of line if you let one take up your entire weekend.

The Winnipeg Comedy Festival has a packed schedule from Friday to Sunday, and some really affordable shows. If you're looking for a place to party after the shows on Friday, Synonym has you covered with their First Friday after-party in West Broadway.

If you have kids and don't want to abandon them completely for the fest, you can check out the Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival in McCreary, Man., and a day of archery and bannock at Fort Whyte.

The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre also has a production on right now, if you're looking for some much darker laughs (it's basically a dark comedy/drama).

WHAT: COMEDY — Winnipeg Comedy Festival

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Various locations

Cost: FREE to $35 per show

The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is back with a weekend full of comedy — from late-night talk shows to big, glitzy televised galas.

Ticket prices are pretty solid for this one. You're not going to pay more than $35 for any of the shows, and most of them are pretty central so you can cab around to see your favourite acts.

I put together a guide with some performers and acts not to miss here.

Basically, try to catch Amanda Brooke Perrin, Ivan Decker, Robby Hoffman (she already slayed at Ali Hassan's Muslim Interrupted earlier this week) and Patrick Haye.

TheI Heart Love gala is probably my top show pick for the whole festival. It's Saturday at 6:45 p.m., and Will Sasso, Kate Schellenberg, Jen Grant, Patrick Haye, Jackie Kashian, Amanda Brooke Perrin, Jacob Samuel and Joe Vu are performing.

Oh, and full disclosure: CBC is a sponsor of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.

WHAT: ART — Synonym's First Fridays after-party

When: Friday, April 7 at 10 p.m.

Where: The Tallest Poppy at 685 Westminster Ave.

Cost: $5

Synonym Art Consultation is bringing another First Friday after-party to the Tallest Poppy this weekend.
Synonym Art Consultation is back at the Tallest Poppy for a party Friday night. (Joseph Visser)

After you're done touring all the galleries in the Exchange District, hop over to West Broadway for a dance party with snacks and drinks and nice people.

On The One Collective will be spinning for this one, and artist Divya Mehra's sandwich The Mehra Special is still on the menu!

These fill up early, so I wouldn't show up much later than 11 p.m.

It also gets pretty warm in there when it's at capacity, so dress light.

WHAT: FOOD — Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival

When: Friday and Saturday

Where: McCreary, Man.

Cost: $15 per person or $40 for a family pass

This one is a bit of a drive, but it's finally nice enough weather for a road trip, right?

The Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival is on in McCreary, and it has everything you'd expect at a very adorable small-town festival.

Friday night, Kevin Roy is playing, and on Saturday there's a pancake breakfast, maple-tree tapping lessons, a scavenger hunt and a bunch more.

There's also a "treasure hunt," which is apparently different than the scavenger hunt, and I would suggest lobbying hard to allow adults to participate.


When: Friday and Saturday

Where: Tom Hendry Warehouse at 140 Rupert Ave.

Cost: $22 to $41
Andrea del Campo, Braiden Houle and Myles A. Taylor in the Royal MTC's production of Brad Fraser's Kill Me Now. (Dylan Hewlett)

The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's latest production, Kill Me Now, is on at the Tom Hendry Warehouse this weekend.

The play is a dark drama/comedy about the father of a 17-year-old son who has a disability, and it covers a lot of heavy stuff.

CBC theatre critic Joff Schmidt said this one isn't perfect — it's a bit rough around the edges, but that it's overall a pretty strong production.

You can read his full review here to get a better idea of what to expect.

WHAT: OUTDOORS — Archery and bannock at Fort Whyte

When: Sunday, April 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Fort Whyte Alive at 1961 McCreary Rd.

Cost: $8

We're supposed to get nice-ish weather this weekend, so if you want to spend time outdoors (and driving three hours to McCreary, Man., isn't in the cards) go to Fort Whyte for their archery, bannock and atlatl day.

They're going to teach people how to use an atlatl — a thing used to throw a spear or dart — as well as a bow and arrow, and there will be bannock roasting.

Fort Whyte is always a nice time (between the trails and the bison and climbing to the top of that little hill), so if you're nervous about doing something that involves hand-eye co-ordination, you can just do the other stuff.

This one is included in regular admission, which is $8.