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Teghan's top 5 things to do this weekend in and near Winnipeg (Aug. 25-27)

This weekend your options for out-of-town stuff are a big party in Lower Fort Garry, the Morden Corn and Apple Festival and Shine On in Kerry, Man.

Check out comedy and covers in the city or a party and 2 festivals not far out of Winnipeg

Catch SC Mira cover Britney Spears at the Pyramid this weekend. (Travis Ross)

Summer is nearly over and there are only a few more chances for Winnipeggers to head out of town before things cool off.

This weekend, your options for out-of-town stuff are a big party in Lower Fort Garry, the Morden Corn and Apple Festival and Shine On in Kerry, Man.

If you want to stay in the city, Oddblock is my top pick for the week with tons of comedy shows running all weekend long.

The Pyramid is a good spot for dancing this weekend with some tributes to early 2000s bands and artists.

WHAT: COMEDY — Oddblock Comedy Festival

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Multiple locations in South Osborne

Cost: $10 to $80

My top pick this weekend is the massive comedy block party in South Osborne, now in its third year.

Oddblock is on all weekend with headliners Nick Thune, Dulcé Sloan, Eliza Skinner and Chris Fairbanks.

The lineup is really, really impressive again this year.

Friday night, don't miss the Nick Thune and Friends gala at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre and Eliza Skinner's show at 9:30 p.m. in the same spot. You might want to dip out of that one a little early though and check out Tyler Penner's Pizza Party at Vera Pizza next door.

Saturday afternoon, check out Chris Locke's show at 5 p.m. at the Park Theatre, then the Punch Up show at BMC Market (where comics make each other's material better for you), and for sure check out the Altered States show at the same place.
Oddblock runs all weekend in South Osborne at the Park Theatre. (Oddblock Comedy Festival/Facebook)

Sunday, there's a closing gala that will be lovely and chill because everyone will be exhausted.

I would also try to catch a Ron Lynch show if you can.

This fest is very different from the Winnipeg Comedy Festival — the price point is lower, it's a little less polished and the vibe is a lot more relaxed.

My favourite thing about this one, though, is that all these really fantastic comics are just hanging out drinking beer on patios or in the lobby of the Park between sets, so you could end up having a drink with someone you just saw do a set.

Oh, and there will be food trucks parked there all weekend, in addition to Vera and BMC serving up pizza and tacos all weekend.

WHAT: PARTY — Glitter by the River

When: Friday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m.

Where: Lower Fort Garry near Selkirk, Man.

Cost: $15 to $40

There's a big party at the Lower Fort Garry historic site this weekend in support of a very good cause.

Friends and family of Andrew Henderson, a local artist who passed away last year, are throwing a party to raise money for a scholarship fund in his name.

The party will have champagne, music, a manicure bar, a photo booth, snacks and a whole bunch more.

They've even arranged for shuttles to bring people to and from Winnipeg to the site. Just make sure you get your tickets for both in advance!

WHAT: MUSIC — What Year Is It? at the Pyramid

When: Saturday, Aug. 26 at 10 p.m.

Where: The Pyramid at 176 Fort St.

Cost: $15 in advance

The Pyramid is doing a cover night with SC Mira, The Ripperz and Clipwing on Saturday.

SC Mira will be performing as Britney Spears, The Ripperz are doing the Dixie Chicks and Clipwing is doing Blink 182 (circa 2001).

This should be a very fun early 2000s-type party, and there aren't enough excuses to go to the Pyramid these days, so go check this one out!

WHAT: FAMILY — Morden Corn and Apple Festival

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Morden, Man.

Cost: FREE

If you've got kids and want to get out of Winnipeg, Morden is the place to be this weekend.

Their annual Corn and Apple Festival is on all weekend with free corn on the cob, apple juice and the big parade.

There's lots of cute country fair stuff happening too, including a pancake breakfast, a pie-eating contest, a dunk tank, face painting and more.

Carly Dow is also playing on Friday, and there'll be live music on all weekend.

WHAT: FEST — Shine On Festival of Music and Art

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Kerry, Man.

Cost: $30 to $50 for a day pass

Shine On runs all weekend in Kerry, Man. — about 95 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg — but tickets are going fast. Camping passes are already sold out.
Carly Dow will be at Shine On and the Morden Corn and Apple Festival this weekend. (Megan Steen Photography)

On Friday, check out Odanah and Micah Erenberg. Saturday has Heinrichs Maneuver, Carly Dow and Moon Tan, and Sunday has a short lineup in the afternoon until about 3:30 p.m.

This trek isn't too bad — it's just over 90 minutes — but make sure you have tickets  before you go, since tickets aren't available at the gate.