I attended my first Winnipeg Folk Festival a few years ago and afterwards I couldn't believe I'd missed out on the amazing community and experience that is Folk Fest for the last 20 years! So my advice to you? Go! Get yourself to Birds Hill Park, get at least a day pass and enjoy some of the most talented folk artists from far and wide! There is absolutely something for everyone, from bluegrass to jazz to traditional folk to children's entertainers, plus all kinds of artisans and food vendors, and perhaps the best part: people-watching. Bring a blanket, a water bottle and some sunscreen and take it all in! The festival runs from July 10-14. Read more at winnipegfolkfestival.ca.
Not keen to venture past the Perimeter for some live tunes? You're in luck — especially if you're a fan of our very own country boys, Doc Walker. Catch them for free at Assiniboine Park on July 12 at the Lyric Theatre. Can you really think of a better way to spend a Friday night than outside at a park, listening to some great Manitoba talent for free? We've got it made, Winnipeg. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. See the rest of the Red River Co-op Summer Entertainment Series line-up at assinipoinepark.ca.
Forage for your dinner
To me, foraging for food means reaching over and around throngs of people in the produce section. But the Fantastic Forest Forage put on by Savour Winnipeg is the real deal. For $25, you can attend any or all of the remaining four forages this season, led by a couple of foodies and plant experts. You'll learn which parts of the Assiniboine forest floor are actually edible and delicious. The next forage happens July 13 from 1-3 p.m. beginning on the edge of the Assiniboine Forest at Chalfont Street at Grant Avenue. Register online at savourwinnipeg.com/experiences/.
The Ghosts in our Machine
This thought-provoking documentary explores why we value wildlife and companion animals but not the billions of animals bred and used by global industries. The Ghosts in our Machine follows acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur for a year, inviting viewers to consider animals as individuals. The film runs July 7 (7 p.m.), 11 (9 p.m.), 12 (7 p.m.) at Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St., in the Artspace building. Drop by Boon Burger at 141 Bannatyne Ave., beforehand for cruelty-free (and absolutely delicious) vegan burgers and ice cream! See more at winnipegcinematheque.com.
If spirits, ghosts, auras and UFOs are your thing, grab your Ouija board and head down to the Marlborough Hotel (331 Smith St.) July 12-14 to meet leading experts in the field of paranormal research and investigation at ParaCon 2013. There's a meet-and-greet -- with the speakers, not the dead — on Friday night from 7-10 p.m., and two full days of presentations on Saturday and Sunday, including three seances held Saturday night. Tickets range in price from $15 for the seance only, to $120 for the full weekend experience. See paracon.ca for more info.
Cheer on the Fish
If you haven't done the seventh-inning stretch, chowed down on peanuts and crackerjacks, or caught a fly ball yet this year at Shaw Park, I don't know what you're waiting for. The Goldeyes play tonight, as well as Monday, July 8, and Tuesday, July 9 against the Gary RailCats, which means there will be all kinds of fun to be had at Shaw Park. Walk-up tickets will only set you back between $5-$18. See the rest of the schedule at goldeyes.com.
I'm not sure if you've noticed, but there's this stunning new museum being built right near The Forks. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights isn't due to open until 2014, but this summer, they're offering two free outdoor tours. The Rights Around Us tour goes twice a day at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday, exploring human rights stories surrounding us. Growing a Better Future happens Thursday nights at 7 p.m. and focuses on the right to food. All tours start at Via Rail Union Station, 123 Main St., and are offered in both French and English. Tours run all summer until Aug. 31.