Picnic in the park
Today is the 31st annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Assiniboine Park, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, put on by the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, includes more than 30 tents with fun and educational activities, and kids can bring a stuffed animal for a checkup at the Dr. Goodbear Clinic. The festival is free to attend. For more information, go to goodbear.mb.ca.
The Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers’ fundraiser is today, including an appetizer buffet, dance and music from Dash and the Dots. There will also be a screening of WCD artistic director Brent Lott’s 1999 piece I went by a clean name, which features original music. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 204-452-0229, or with cash at the door.
Join the circus
Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios — Cabinet of Curiosities starts Friday, with shows running until July 9 at under the big top at Sterling Lyon Parkway and Kenaston Boulevard. It’s is a travelling show about a 19th century world inventor and features juggling, aerialists, balancing acts and other impressive feats. Tickets start at $40 and are available at cirquedusoleil.com/kurios.
First Fridays is happening once again, and this month features the opening of the Alleyways Market in the lane behind Elgin Avenue in the Exchange District. There’s also a pop-up classroom at the Cre8ery and a bunch of galleries open late in the Exchange, with most free to attend. For a full list of what’s going on, go to firstfridayswinnipeg.org.
Table for 1200 More is happening this Saturday. It’s a pop-up dining experience in a surprise location — announced one hour prior — in downtown Winnipeg. The table is about 1,200 feet long, with meals provided by local chefs Mandel Hitzer and Ben Kramer. Tickets are $95 and are available at tablefor1200more.ca. Proceeds will go to Storefront Manitoba, which is dedicated to advancing awareness and appreciation of architecture, design and the built environment.
Party at pride
The Pride festival at The Forks is this Saturday, with festivities continuing June 4. The event includes entertainment, a "rainbow road" set up with artisans and vendors, food, a kid zone, and a Queer Beer Tent and Liquor Mart Patio for those 18 and older. The festival is happening on the lawns near the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and is free to attend. On Saturday, festivities are happening from noon to 7 p.m.
The Makers Market is happening Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Union Station. Put on by the Etsy Sellers of Manitoba, the market features more than 40 local crafters selling local wares, including soap, ceramics, clothes and art. Pop Cart will be selling gourmet popsicles, and there will be a draw for a $100 Etsy gift card. Admission is free.