Treat yourself to a train ride
All aboard the Prairie Dog Express for a relaxing rumble through rural Manitoba. The steam locomotive chugs out of the station at 11 a.m. today and will take you to Grosse Isle, where you'll be greeted by music and refreshments. Masked bandits on horseback have been known to rob the train, so leave your gold teeth and pocket watches at home. However, I hear the robbers are friendly, smell nice and have day jobs as accountants. Tickets are $30.95 ($22.95 for kids), and all proceeds go Jocelyn House. Visit pdcrailway.com for tickets.
Stroll through St. Boniface
Take a guided walking tour through Winnipeg's French Quarter. Learn about the history and absorb the beauty and architecture of charming Old St. Boniface on this 90-minute walk. Labour Day is the last day to take advantage of this free learning and calorie-burning experience. Grab a coffee from Café Postal and cross the boulevard to St. Boniface City Hall at 219 Provencher Blvd., where the walks start. Visit tourismeriel.com for more info.
It's Burger Week in Winnipeg, from Monday through Sunday. More than 30 restaurants are competing for the most delicious, imaginative burger creation. So many burgers, so little time. Go to charcoalcollaborative.com for participating restaurants and their feature burgers. The website includes photos, so remember, salivating on your electrical devices can be dangerous. Try as many burgers as possible, and vote for your favourite at leburgerweek.com.
A dinner in the dark
Finally an excuse for being a messy eater. CNIB is presenting its 3rd annual Dine in the Dark at RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg. A fundraiser for CNIB, the cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and the blindfolds go on at 6:30 p.m., when dinner begins. Enjoy the scents, textures and tastes of a multi-course meal you can't see. Tickets are $100. Call 204-789-0947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. Bibs are included.
Fun on the front lawn
It's O-Week (as in orientation) at the University of Winnipeg, and the U of W Students' Association is presenting Roll Call. Starting at noon Thursday, don your back-to-school clothes and head to the U of W's front lawn for a full day and night of music featuring Shad, DJ Hunnicutt and Co-op, and the Lytics. Visit manitobamusic.com for more info. Your mom might be mad about the grass stains, but she'll be happier you are one year closer to moving out.
Sound & Sky
Blue Rodeo and Spirit of the West perform at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park on Friday. Sound & Sky 2014 is a benefit in support of the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, which is responsible for bringing you the Summer Entertainment Series. There will be a beer garden and food vendors. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $24.95. Visit assiniboinepark.ca for tickets.
So many fun things
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ presents ManyFest, which starts Friday and ends Sunday. It's two days and nights of eating, playing, dancing and shopping on Broadway, and many other things. The festivities include a wine and beer festival, live music and a farmer's market. The Food Truck Wars will be back, with more than 20 food trucks competing for your tummy love. There's the Kid Zone and a movie in Memorial Park on Saturday night. See? There's just too many fun things to mention. Visit manyfest.ca for the many details.