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Five things to do in Winnipeg this weekend

It’s the first official weekend of fall, but Winnipeggers should still feel the summer buzz with all the festivals and block parties happening this weekend.

Selkirk between MacGregor and Salter Avenue will be closed for a street party on Saturday.

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Selkirk between MacGregor and Salter Avenue will be closed for a street party on Saturday.

1. Selkirk Avenue Street Festival

Selkirk between MacGregor and Salter Avenue will be closed for a street party on Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors can check out local music, vendors and artists. The North End Community Renewal Corporation is hosting the event, which aims to promote businesses in the area. 

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2. Femfest 

There’s still time left to take in a performance or two at Femfest, the annual showcase of talent from female theatre artists across Canada. The weeklong event kicked off last Saturday and concludes this upcoming one. The festival features the work of female playwrights, designers and is preformed by female actresses. 

A show costs $15, and a three-show pass is $30. 

Shows will take place at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (The University of Winnipeg, 400 Colony Street) 

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3. Winnipeg Irish Festival

Celebrate all things Irish at the annual Winnipeg Irish Festival happening Friday to Sunday. The three-day event features numerous workshops all day Saturday and Sunday where participants can learn to play traditional instruments or dance in traditional Irish steps. There’s also a gala concert Saturday night and a ceilidh—musical gathering—Sunday afternoon. 

The festival kicks off at Shannon’s Pub on Friday at 7:30 p.m. 

The festival is happening at venues across the city. A weekend pass costs $55, while entrance to individual workshops are $10 at the door. 

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4. Wall-to-Wall at Little Sister

The month-long arts festival continues with a live painting show on the patio of Little Sister Coffee Maker Saturday afternoon. Local artistic trio Hannah Doucet, Toby Gillies and Natalie Baird will paint throughout the day, while local vinyl The Jom Jom Club plays records. 

The event happens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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5. SpaceLand2

It’s called an urban transformation pop-up party on Portage Avenue. This is the event’s second iteration since it was first launched back in June. Basically musicians, comedians and performers—oh, and don’t forget food trucks— take over an empty lot at 400 Portage Avenue across from Portage Place Mall. 

The party happens on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

Music includes shows by Attica Riots, Mama Cutsworth and SMRT. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the entrance.