Everyone can find a reason to head down to the Asian Canadian Festival this weekend at The Forks. Whether it's to celebrate culture with family, experience martial arts and tai chi for the first time, or just hit up a patio with friends and enjoy some authentic music, this event has a lot to offer and it's completely free. The festival runs from 1-10 p.m. today and from 1-5 p.m. Monday.
Do the catwalk
If you're a fan of fashion and art, then I've got the event for you. In celebration of the Winnipeg Art Gallery's centennial, see 100 spring looks modelled on a runway that travels through six galleries. This will surely be Winnipeg's most beautiful art/fashion mash-up. The Collection: A Fashion Show is Wednesday, May 22, at 6 p.m. The show will be followed by a champagne reception complete with hors d'oeuvres and shopping.
Go on Safari
One of the world's largest land animals can be seen up close, right here in Winnipeg beginning May 23. FortWhyte Alive's Bison Safari boasts an excursion through the aspen forest and a bison-viewing experience like never before -- just don't forget to bring your camera. Tours start at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. and cost $15 for adults, $5 for children and members save 25%. They are offered every Thursday until Oct. 17.
Really get to know Winnipeg
Even if you've lived in Winnipeg all your life, the 10th annual Doors Open Winnipeg event offers an exciting chance to learn about Winnipeg's architecture, history and culture. This year's free, two-day event features more than 80 remarkable buildings in Winnipeg. A number of buildings not previously showcased have been added to this year's list, including the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute at Red River College, Fox and Fiddle Restaurant & Pub, and Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. Doors Open Winnipeg takes place May 25 and 26.
Forage for food
FortWhyte Alive's Fantastic Forest Forage classes are a fun and safe way to discover Winnipeg's wild, natural foods. For just $25, you will gain access to courses led by foraging experts who will teach you the basics of identifying edible plants, food preparation and the best recipes. Of course, you will also get to sample some pretty tasty and interesting foods. Fantastic Forest Forage courses begin Saturday, May 25, and run until Saturday, Sept. 7.
Climb some trees
When was the last time you climbed a tree? When was the last time you were hoisted into a tree on a bucket trunk? Tree-climbing and rides are just the beginning at the Arbor Day celebrations at Assiniboine Park on Sunday, May 25. Storytelling, tree-planting sessions, woodturning demonstrations, crafts and guided riparian forest tours will also happen throughout the day -- plus, tons of cool prizes will be handed out. So ditch the technological devices for a day and take the kids outdoors for some fresh air and good old-fashioned fun!