A preview of arts events in September and October

The art installation Impulse – musical, light-up seesaws – was one of the most popular exhibits at last year’s Nuit Blanche./SARAH VANDALE

By Sarah Vandale

The weather may be cooling off, but that doesn’t mean Winnipeg’s arts and culture scene is. Check out this list to get involved in some of the events that are happening this fall. 

Le Burger Week- Sept. 1-7, 2019

Not only can participants of Le Burger Week taste delicious burgers, but they can also vote for their favourites. With beef, chicken, sea food, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, restaurants are getting creative. Bloody Mary burger, anyone? Find a burger near you: https://leburgerweek.com

We Will Rock You- Sept. 3-8, 2019

The show, which follows Galileo and Scaramouche as they try to save rock and roll in a world where music has died, features over 20 Queen songs. Tickets start at $35, and can be found at https://centennialconcerthall.com/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=WeWillRockYou&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=.  

ManyFest- Sept. 6-8, 2019

This weekend-long festival includes music, entertainment, amusement park rides, a family zone, Third + Bird urban market, and of course, the crowd-favourite Food Truck Wars. This year, over 50 local food trucks will compete for Best Presentation, Best Bang for Your Buck, Most Original and Judge’s Choice. Will Kyu Grill win People’s Choice for the fifth year in a row? Plan your weekend at here: http://www.manyfest.ca.

With everything happening in the arts and culture scene in Winnipeg, “There’s nothing to do” won’t be an excuse when you’re trying to make weekend plans this fall./SARAH VANDALE

First Fridays- Sept. 6 and Oct. 4, 2019

On the first Friday of every month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., businesses and art spaces in the Exchange District will open their doors to the public. First Fridays gives you the opportunity to explore galleries and studios, do some shopping, eat delicious food, and maybe even create something of your own. You can plan out your own tour or reserve a guided “art talk/art walk.” Check out this month’s guide here: https://www.firstfridayswinnipeg.org/the-guide.html

Nuit Blanche- Sept. 28, 2019

Cloverdale Forge and Wood Anchor collaborated for the Run for Your Lite exhibit, featuring a human-powered blacksmith forge, at Nuit Blanche 2018./RILEY HASTINGS

The iconic art festival is back for its ninth year in Winnipeg. From 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Downtown, the Exchange District, The Forks, St. Boniface, and the West End will host play host to contemporary art installations by artists from all over the world. Spend the night exploring the city in a new light and get some killer pictures for your Instagram. The full line-up of installations will be posted here: https://nuitblanchewinnipeg.ca/events/

The Color Purple- Oct. 22- Nov. 16, 2019

The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre kicks off their mainstage season with the Tony Award-winning stage adaptation of the book. The Color Purple tells the story of Celie, and how she uses love and friendship to rise above adversity and help those who are important to her.

You can purchase tickets at https://royalmtc.ca/Current-Plays/The-Color-Purple.aspx.