‘Lights on Broadway’ Packing Five Events into One Weekend

‘Lights on Broadway’ Packing Five Events into One Weekend

By Brian Schultz

Broadway will be bustling this weekend as five events will light up the downtown Winnipeg street September 10, 11 and 12.

Music, dance, wine and food will all be part of the three-day long celebration put on by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and other participating organizations.

View the complete schedule below:

Lights on Broadway: September 11 and 12, starting at sundown
A lighting design competition takes place when four world-renowned lighting designers illuminate the elms lining Broadway. A winning design will be selected with the hopes of creating a permanent lighting display on Broadway in 2011. Hosted by Manitoba Homecoming 2010 and Manitoba Hydro.

The Big Dance on Broadway: September 11 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
With two live music stages, two huge dance floors and dozens of performers in different styles, Winnipeggers will have a chance to waltz, jive, do a two-step, salsa dance and more. Everyone is invited to dance the night away to the music of the Ron Paley Big Band, Papa Mambo, The Wind Ups and many others. Hosted by Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010.

Taste of Downtown Winnipeg: September 10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., September 12 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sip chardonnays and cabs while nibbling on gourmet cheeses during this charitable wine and food event taking place in Memorial Park. Seven wine tasting stations, including one featuring rare vintage varieties, will tantalize the taste buds of any wine lover. Hosted by the Independent Specialty Wine Stores of Manitoba.

10+10 Running Road Race: September 12 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Two courses — one 10 km and one 10 miler — start in Memorial Park and wind their way to Assiniboine Park and back downtown. This flat and fast course is perfect for the leisure runner and participants receive a technical t-shirt, finishers medal and more. Hosted by the Running Room.

Ciclovia: September 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In its second year, this eco-friendly, healthy-lifestyles festival will see the north side of Broadway closed from Osborne Street to Main Street, creating a network of car-free streets from Assiniboine Park all the way to The Forks. During the day, watch for fitness classes, farmers’ market, kids’ zone, bike demos, craft market, music and so much more. Hosted by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. (View photos from last year’s Ciclovia)

More details are available at LightsOnBroadway.ca and CicloviaWinnipeg.com.

— With files from the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ