May Long Weekend Events in Winnipeg

By Sarah Klein

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If you’re not heading to the cabin this weekend, or venturing down the recently reopened Highway 75 to do some shopping in the U.S., there are several activities for the whole family to enjoy right here in the city.

The Living Prairie Museum at 2795 Ness Avenue will be holding a Native Grass and Wildflower Sale from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today. The sale also runs on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prairie Flora will be at Living Prairie Museum with a wonderful selection of native wildflowers and grasses for purchase. Choose from beautiful bluestem, milkweed for monarch butterflies, or the rare & spectacular culver’s root, to name but a few. In addition, a representative from the “Pick Our Grass” campaign will be at the sale Saturday to help you vote for Manitoba’s provincial grass emblem. For more information please contact the Living Prairie Museum at 832-0167.

On Sunday, The Forks hosts the Asian Canadian Festival (see complete schedule), which runs until Monday. The first fireworks display of the season will also take place on Sunday night at 10 p.m.

On Monday, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service celebrates Emergency Medical Services Week, May 17 to 24. The City’s Emergency Services personnel will be at The Forks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to greet members of the public and showcase the work that they do in responding to emergencies and treating those in need of medical services.

While you’re at The Forks, check out some of these other events, including seeing the equipment used in a water rescue courtesy of Winnipeg Emergency Medical Services.

  • The Winnipeg Police Service will have information on safe boating and show you what’s needed in your boat while out on the water.
  • The Royal Life Saving Society will be doing life jacket fittings and will also have information on the required “boat safety course” that all boat drivers will need by September 15th 2009.
  • The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic – Multi Unit Response Vehicle (MIRV) will be on display.

UPDATE — 1:05 p.m. The Forks will also be hosting the free Skate 4 Cancer skate demo, competition and concert on Saturday. All day skateboarding events plus great local bands like The Afterbeat, The Blackout Brigade, and Sick City will be playing. The music starts at Noon with the skate competition getting underway at 2 p.m. Thanks to Lindsey. photo