Think about Manitoba’s rich multiculturalism and the Francophone and Aboriginal communities probably come to mind. But did you know that Winnipeg is home to Canada’s second-largest Filipino community, and that the Filipino language, Tagalog, is the second-most common mother tongue in Winnipeg?
This weekend offers a fun opportunity to learn more about the Filipino culture and community at the 2014 Filipino Street Festival. It will be held on Saturday, August 23rd at the Garden City shopping centre at McPhillips and Leila. The party runs 9am to 9pm and admission is free!
The festival will include a parade, beauty pageant, musical performances, street dancing, martial arts displays, and more.
Seeing a movie outdoors is a rare treat these days, but thankfully, various groups are making the special experience possible this summer!
This Thursday, August 21 at 8:30pm, catch a free outdoor screening of Disney’s classic Peter Pan in Niverville’s Hespeler Park — just 10 minutes from Arrowhead. Bring your lawnchair; snacks will be available for purchase. Another movie will play on September 6. See more at Movies in the Park 2014, brought to you by the Niverville Chamber of Commerce.
If you feel like venturing into the city, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is running Movies on Memorial, with upcoming screenings of Back to the Future (tonight, August 19) and The Princess Bride or Toy Story (by vote, August 26). Free screenings will be held at Memorial Park at the corner of Broadway and Memorial, at sundown.
If you’re yearning for that old-fashioned drive-in experience, check out the pop-up Downtown Drive-In at the CityPlace parking lot (also in downtown Winnipeg) this Saturday, August 23 (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and August 30 (by vote: The Matrix or Terminator 2). This event is free for folks on bikes or on foot; car spaces can be reserved for $10. Food and drinks available through Bodegoes and Boston Pizza. The event is organized by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and CentreVenture.
Winnipeg may be thousands of miles from the American South, but we do know how to celebrate BBQ and the blues!
This weekend’s BBQ & Blues Festival takes place at Shaw Park in downtown Winnipeg, and promises to be two days of lip smackin’ good eats and hip shakin’ live music.
The festival includes the Winnipeg Free Press Pit Masters Championship barbeque competition (sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society), a guitar/harmonica workshop hosted by the Manitoba Blues Society, and a Gospel Brunch on Sunday. There will also be live music from blues bands including The Robert Cray Band, Colin James, The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Eddie Shaw, Big Dave McLean, Watermelon Slim, The Perpetrators, Romi Mayes, The Manitoba Blues Society, and others. Food vendors will serve up tasty BBQ and other food, and alcohol can be purchased at the Park.
Weekend and day passes are available at the door and online through Ticketmaster.