It’s August Long Weekend already? Do you feel like summer is slowly slipping away? We sure do. But don’t worry we’ve got lots of suggestions for you to make the most of the three-day weekend. There’s so much going on in fact, that we’ve included a bonus event this week!
Folklorama: One of Winnipeg biggest and most anticipated cultural festivals gets into full swing on Sunday but if you’re looking for a little preview of one of the busiest pavilions around stop by Assiniboine Park on Thursday for Folklorama in the Park. Starting at 7 pm groove to the sounds of the Caribbean with the Winnipeg Steel Orchestra and Rockalypso.
In celebration of Folklorama 48 we are holding an Instagram contest. To enter you must FOLLOW us, LIKE this photo; TELL us about your favourite #myfolklorama moment and TAG 3 friends. Every tagged name means another entry and you can enter as many times as you like. The prize is a pair of 2018 Tour Visas. Our social media contest will run until the Festival is over on August 19th
Movies in the Park: The first double feature Friday takes over the stage at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park this Friday. Since the stage is covered they can start movies earlier than other outdoor showings that require darkness in order to see the screen. This weekend’s theme must be music: The kid-friendly first film is Sing followed by the movie that swept everyone off their feet last year, La La Land. Showtimes are 7 & 9:15.
Get out to Gimli: Gimli has so much going on, you may want to make a weekend of it. On Friday, there’s the Manitoba Elvis Festival at the Gimli Rec Complex. Islendingadagurinn (don’t worry if you can’t pronounce it, we can’t either) — the 128th annual Icelandic Festival runs Saturday through Monday and in addition to the Viking Games, craft and food vendors, midway, sandcastle contests, live music and fireworks (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg lol) this year they’re also unveiling new public gardens around the town’s iconic Viking Statue. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Ukrainian Festival is also taking place out in Dauphin this weekend if that’s more your thing.
Michael Jackson History Show: You know those amazing animation teams at resorts that put on spectacular tribute shows? This is kind of like that but waaay better. Featuring top-notch talent including a live band, choreographed dancers, authentic costumes, state-of-the-art production and accomplished impersonator Dantanio, this will be the ultimate tribute to the King of Pop.
RELATED: Check out Peggy’s Famous Friends. Sam and Travis chatted with Dantanio ahead of the MJ History Tour stop in Winnipeg.
A Cabin in the City: This Sunday relax at Thermea without having to worry if you’re whispering too loudly. The thermal spa is hosting their second ‘Discovery Evening’ this weekend where they invite people to “combine the many benefits of the spa with the simple pleasure of sitting around a fire with friends on the Edena beach”. You can try thermotherapy, enjoy a summer-inspired cocktail, sway to the guitar player serenading the campfires, roast some s’mores, and join one of the hourly Aufguss rituals. The best part is that no library-ladies will be shush-ing you for having too much fun; the silence policy will be lifted for this event that starts at 6 p.m.
Bonus Events: This Friday is another First Friday in the Exchange featuring the Alleyways Market and if you haven’t seen it yet the Picasso Exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery closes soon, so they’re staying open late (until 11 pm Thursdays & Fridays) for your convenience. Isn’t that nice of them?
The Canada Games Festival continues this weekend at the Forks. Thursday is PEI night and New Brunswick will be the feature province on Friday. Saturday: BC and Sunday Saskatchewan. Some acts we recommend: JP Hoe, Paper Lions (Thursday), Les Hay Babies, (Friday), Alex Cuba & The Mariachi Ghost (Saturday – or Loverboy if that’s more your thing) and Little Miss Higgins, The Sheepdogs and the inimitable Buffy Sainte Marie (Sunday). Don’t forget there are fireworks following each performance
Holiday Monday is devoted to Manitoba talent including Fred Penner, The New Meanies, Royal Canoe and a special performance from the Crash Test Dummies and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.