What's Up In WPG: August 18-20

August 17-20 | Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME)

Western Canada’s top electronic music and digital arts festival is back in Winnipeg. With four days of workshops and performances throughout downtown (including a free concert series at The Cube), you’ll get your fill of house, techno, deep dub, psychedelic, world, nu-jazz, ambient and experimental sounds in a festive setting that celebrates creativity through technology.

August 18 & 19 | Folklorama

Another year of Canada’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival wraps up this weekend. Highlighted be a few special late-night parties to dance the night away (the Brazilian and Mexican pavilions come highly recommended), there are still more than 20 pavilions to discover. Explore the pavilions and get your tickets here.

August 18-20 | Interstellar Rodeo

One of the city’s biggest and most popular outdoor parties is back for another edition. With a stacked lineup including Beck, Broken Social Scene and Father John Misty (not to mention local artists Leonard Sumner and Faouzia), the music alone is worth checking out. The curated wine selection, top-notch food truck fare and chill summer vibes are just gravy. Single day passes for Interstellar Rodeo start at $75, with weekend passes going for $149 (youth and seniors) and $249 (adult).

August 18-20 | Winnipeg Tattoo Convention

The city’s biggest-ever celebration of body art takes over Red River Exhibition Place this weekend. In addition to 200 of the world’s most talented tattoo artists, the convention will feature live entertainment, shopping, food vendors and drinks.

August 18 | Movies in the Park

Every Friday in August, Assiniboine Park’s Lyric Theatre will be showing summer blockbusters on a cinema-style outdoor screen. For free! This week’s double feature includes multi-Oscar noms Moana (7 p.m.) and Arrival (9:15 p.m.).

August 19 | Winnipeg Beer Fest | 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Taste multiple beers from eight local brewers (including Barn Hammer, Brazen Hall, Fort Garry Brewing, Half Pints, Little Brown Jug, One Great City Brewing, Peg Beer Co., and Torque Brewing) and vote for your favourite at the inaugural Winnipeg Beer Fest. Hosted by Fort Gibraltar, the event will feature a live DJ, as well as food samples from local vendors, liquor samples from Capital K Distillery and unlimited – yes, unlimited – poutine. It’s also raising funds for KIDS Initiative. This thing has annual event written all over it.

August 10-31 | Mamma Mia! at Rainbow Stage | 8 p.m

Directed by Ann Hodges, this hilarious and heartwarming production tells the story of a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father. Mamma Mia! runs from August 10-31. Tickets start at $39 and can be bought at tickets.rainbowstage.ca.

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