With her weekly pick of fun things to do on the weekend, here is the rundown from CJOB Morning Show content producer Shannah-Lee Vidal.
1. Get your Fringe on
The Winnipeg Fringe Festival is full swing until July 29, with nearly 180 shows at 30 venues, located mostly Downtown and in the Exchange District.
It’s the second largest fringe festival in North America, after Edmonton.
“It’s not just a local festival” said Fringe producer Chuck McEwen.
“Fifty per cent of our plays are from Manitoba, and then the rest are from across Canada and around the world.”
This year’s theme Take a Chance encourages patrons to see a play without knowing too much about it.
There’s lots to choose from, including drama, comedy, magic, musicals and improv, to name a few.
“The wide range of choice, it just grabs you and you get addicted. You want to see more.”
You can pick up a Fringe guide for $5 at any Manitoba Liquor Mart, or check out the descriptions online.
Cash only tickets sales open up at the at the door one hour prior to each show, with most admissions ranging from $10 to $12.
You can also buy tickets for most shows ahead of time online.
For extra savings, you can pick up a Frequent Fringer pass.
If you had intended on seeing a particular play, but it sells out, go ahead and take a chance at a different venue!
Western Canada’s largest outdoor beach volleyball tournament takes place on Friday and Saturday.
As always, Super-Spike will include a high energy concert series, with Canadian rockers Monster Truck headlining on Saturday night.
Some new action has been added this year: an Ultimate frisbee tournament.
“Ultimate uses a field that we haven’t utilized previously,” said John Blacher, executive director of Volleyball Manitoba.
They’ll be out on one of the fields playing, and we’ll be out on two fields, plus the sand court.”
Super-Spike takes place at Maple Grove Rugby Park in South St. Vital.
You will want to plan out your transportation in advance, because there are a limited numbered of parking passes available.
However, Volleyball Manitoba is proving a shuttle service to the event from the University of Manitoba.
Blacher says there are continuous buses, with the ride to the park taking just over ten minutes.
The best part about attending is that all fund raised will go to support local charities, including Kid Sport Manitoba and the True North Youth Foundation.
For more details on passes, schedules, or shuttle service for Super-Spike can be found here.
3. Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition
For all you cowpokes, this weekend will feature the province’s only professional rodeo.
The Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition in on now through Sunday at the Manitoba Stampede Grounds in Morris, which is about an hour south of Winnipeg.
Along with chuck wagon and chariot races, you will get to see professional bull riders like two-time Canadian champion, Scott Schiffner.
This year’s stampede marks the last chance to watch Schiffner in action before he hangs up his lasso for good.
There’s also a midway with rides and games, live music and a petting zoo.
Information on tickets and schedules for the Manitoba Stampede can be found here.