PICNIC IN THE PARK Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. St. John’s Park, Main Street at Mountain Avenue
Now in its 13th year, the North End celebration offers a passel of family activities — and all free, too, thanks to some smart organizing by the North End Community Renewal Corporation.
This year, Blue Bombers James Green and Cory Watson plan to drop in at the day-long party, which was launched as a way to show off the neighbourhood’s colourful community. And what colour there will be: the Winnipeg Art Gallery will be on hand to help kids make masks, the Diamond Disc stunt dogs will be showing off their incredible tricks, and families can gather for storytelling sessions and interactive reading activities.
Dancers from Graffiti Art will be strutting their stuff on the stage, and there will be a traditional performance by the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers as well as musical turns by Tracy Bone and JC Campbell, the Paradize Band and more.
All this entertainment can work up an appetite, so the picnic also features a heaping selection of free food, including deli sandwiches, bannock, samosas and Ukrainian pyrizhky, and fresh fruit for the whole family.
It’s the 40th anniversary of the community museum’s Heritage Day, and Cook’s Creek is planning a fête full of historical fun.
The site — which is located just a few kilometres east of Birds Hill Park — is fascinating already, thanks to its collection of early 20th century buildings. But a busy slate of Heritage Day will turn the museum into a hands-on pioneer playground, complete with bread-baking, hay rides, and a blacksmithing demonstration. There will even be a scarecrow-making contest, as well as a community market and live bands. At night, a fully licensed evening stage will feature plenty of Polish food as well as performances from artists including Ray St. Germain and Beatles tribute band Free Ride. MANITOBA FILIPINO STREET FESTIVAL Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Garden City Shopping Centre
For the very first time, Manitoba’s thriving Filipino community will take to the streets to show off their culture — and sizzling up some food.
The mall and its south parking lot will play host to a gala street party, which will feature a parade, cultural exhibits, a trade show and all sorts of food, fun and games. As many as 35 groups and associations are taking place in the inaugural party, which will feature dances and costumes from a diverse cross-section of Filipino communities.