Top 5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend (Oct. 9 to 12)
Winnipeg Comedy Showcase at The Park Theatre, Fort Whyte goose flights and Slow Leaves at the WECC
There's a good mix this weekend with comedy for people who like to laugh (are there people who don't? Is that a thing?), goose flights for people who like amazing things, music at the WECC, a great doc at Cinematheque and some family stuff at the zoo.
My top pick is at the Park Theatre with their Winnipeg Comedy Showcase – which I think they should do more often.
The rest are all tied for last place – just kidding, there's some seriously cute stuff to check out this weekend. Have fun!
WHAT: COMEDY – Winnipeg Comedy Showcase at the Park
When: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9 p.m.
Where: The Park Theatre at 698 Osborne St.
My top pick for the weekend is Saturday's Winnipeg Comedy Showcase at The Park Theatre.
Jordan Welwood, Amber Daniels, Spencer Adamus, Andy Noble, J.D. Renaud, Kyle Bergstresser, Chad Anderson are all doing sets, and of course, Jared Story is hosting.
Keep your eyes out for Welwood and Daniels. He just came off of a third-place finish in a Sirius XM top comic contest, and Daniels is a fancy Toronto comic now, so we don't get to see her often.
Adamus is another set to watch for. He's fairly new to the scene and has some fresh stuff that's pretty funny.
Drinks are cheap and if there aren't too many highly inebriated birthday parties or bachelorette parties in the audience, they're pretty fun.
These events always sell out, so get tickets in advance if you can.
WHAT: NATURE – Fort Whyte's goose flights
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday until dusk
Where: Fort Whyte Alive at 1961 McCreary Rd.
Cost: $5 for adults, $12 for a carload
The coolest nature-y thing I did in all of 2014 was check out these goose landings at Fort Whyte.
Basically, you go on a semi-nice day while it's still sunny out, walk around, take photos, do a little hike. Maybe you look at some bison grazing in a field.
Then around sunset you grab a hotdog and some bannock from the food cart and sit down with about 100 other people and watch thousands and thousands of geese appear out of nowhere and land on Fort Whyte's pond.
Almost the entire sky goes black with geese, and it gets really loud and it is SO fun.
Last year, we were eaten alive by mosquitoes, so bring long sleeves and bug spray if you think that might be a problem. You might be fine, though, because it's been so cold out.
Anyway, it's absolutely beautiful, and there's a nightly bonfire this year.
WHAT: MUSIC – Slow Leaves at the WECC
When: Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:15 p.m.
Where: West End Cultural Centre at 586 Ellice Ave.
Tickets are on the more expensive side for the shows I usually recommend, but I do love Slow Leaves, and all the proceeds go to Bike Winnipeg, which is a great place to send your money.
Slow Leaves' Grant Davidson has been getting a ton of attention nationally for his amazing folk music, so if you haven't checked him out yet, this is a good opportunity.
And you guys all know Dirty Catfish Brass Band right? They're fun.
WHAT: FAMILY – Assiniboine Park Zoo does Thanksgiving
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Where: Assiniboine Park Zoo at 2595 Roblin Blvd.
Cost: About $15 for adults, less for kids
The zoo is discounting their admission by 25 per cent and feeding animals a whole bunch of pumpkins and gourds all weekend. (It's about enrichment, and they're special treats, but who even cares. I want to see a tiger play with a pumpkin!)
There will also be a photo booth, face painting, crafts for kids, games and some other fun stuff.
WHAT: FILM – She's Beautiful When She's Angry at Cinematheque
When: Friday, Oct. 9 at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
Where: Cinematheque at 100 Arthur St.
If you're looking for a quiet Friday night, check out the badass feminist doc She's Beautiful When She's Angry at Cinematheque this weekend.
The doc covers the founding of the modern women's movement in the late '60s and early '70s, and there's a lot going on here and in the States right now that makes this a super relevant watch.
MAWA and the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies are presenting the doc, and I really do think anyone can get into it.
Go check it out.