JULY 6-10 Escape for the evening or long weekend to the 38th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival, where footwear is optional. Emerging and established artists such as Lucinda Williams, Little Feat and Blue Rodeo play evening concerts at the main stage and jam together during the day at workshops on six outdoor stages. Festival activities also include a family tent with crafts, children’s entertainers, books, and animation workshops for all ages. Browse the hand-made village for artisanal jewellery, stoneware and clothing, and then grab a bite from the many varied food vendors. See the work of local visual artists displayed in trees and on fences around the park in the Prairie Outdoor Exhibition. Free shuttle buses depart every 30 minutes from Memorial and York. Birds Hill Provincial Park.1-204- 780-3333 for tickets, winnipegfolkfestival.ca for info.