The sun is shining and it’s set to be another beautiful summer weekend in Winnipeg! If you’re not off to the lake to enjoy some time away (and if you are, you lucky thing you, maybe swing by Winnipeg Beach Boardwalk Days or the Real Love Summer Fest in Teulon) there are some great events happening in and around the city for you to enjoy. Here are our top 5 picks for the weekend of July 28 – 30.
Thursday & Friday – Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Ballet in the Park 7:30 pm at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park. A tradition since the early 1970s, this FREE family–friendly event attracts more than 20,000 people annually. Bring a lawn chair or blanket (and bug spray!) to sit on the grass and enjoy the performances as the sun sets. You’ll be treated to excerpts from The Fairy Doll, a Grease medley and Celts – a fusion of ballet, modern, classical, and Irish folk dance set to Celtic music.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday – Gimli Film Festival. With nearly 130 films this year, the 17th annual Gimli Film Festival is sure to have something for all tastes. Peggy’s Picks of course include 80s Feel Good favourites Footloose (Saturday 10 pm on the beach) and The Never Ending Story (Sunday 10 pm on the beach) and a handful of homegrown films including Lovesick (Saturday 3 pm at the Gimli Theatre) and New and Used: Winnipeg (Saturday 3 pm at the Lady of the Lake Theatre). If you’ve never been, the FREE beach screenings are where it’s at: Thursday at 10 pm it’s American Grafitti and Friday night’s double feature includes Twister (10 pm) and Hitchcock classic The Birds (midnight). Some screenings do require purchased tickets.
Friday – Canada Summer Games Opening Ceremonies 7 pm at Bell MTS Place. The Canada Summer Games are in our city for the next couple weeks and if you missed out handy guide check out our Everything you Need to Know blog. The two-hour show titled “We are Canada!”, will celebrate 50 years of amateur sport and mark Canada’s 150th birthday. Featuring hundreds of performers from all parts of Manitoba as well as sports celebrities and Canada Games alumni. Musical headliners for the Opening Ceremony include Serena Ryder, Coeur de Pirate, and Winnipeg’s own JUNO Award-winning The Bros. Landreth, who will perform with a youth chorus dancers. Thinking of attending? Get in on the fun by helping to create a stunning light effect throughout the audience, download the Jeux du Canada Games Pixels app and hold up your mobile device when get a cue on your screen.
Friday – Ladies 80’s Night at Essence (CanadInns Garden City – McPhillips at Jefferson). Hear all your favourite Peggy retro tunes they way they were meant to be heard – with your girlfriends singing along though big club speakers while sipping on some Tab. Ok, well maybe not that last part, but for one night only this weekend you can relive the fun you had in the 80s or at an 80s Night. Ladies get in FREE all night and they’re promising 80s pricing on beverages. Plus music from two renowned Winnipeg DJs Brian St.Clair who you might remember from the Die Maschine’s 80’s Night and Vance Jr, the man responsible for the great 80’s tunes at Boogie Nights and Scandals Fun Club!
Saturday – Painted In Light 9-11 pm in the Exchange District. See five of Winnipeg’s Ghost Signs come back to life in this public art installation. See restorations of historical signs projected onto the buildings in light and imagine what life was like in Winnipeg 100 years ago. The locations are: 165 McDermot Avenue (James Porter / Milady Chocolates), 185 Bannatyne Avenue (Robinson & Webber / Essex Packers) and 281 McDermot Avenue (Stobart & Sons).