Supplied A chariot racer blasts to the finish line at the 2011Back to Batoche Days festival.

Take a deep breath in and let it exhale slowly. Friday has finally arrived and in just a few short hours, the weekend will be here. You’ve made it through another week of work, crazy thunderstorms and uncomfortable humidity, so give yourself a high five.

But now that the weekend is here, what are you going to do? Don’t worry, you’ve got lots of options.

If you’ve got a green thumb and you are in need of some gardening inspiration, or you just appreciate the art of a well landscaped green space, you can check out the Saskatoon Horticultural Society’s garden tour and competition. Tickets are still left for the bus tour, so check out their website for information about how to get one.

If you feel like something a bit more active, you can take a drive down the highway to Back To Batoche Days. The festival celebrates Metis culture and features a variety of live performers, and chuck wagon or chariot races. There are a number of workshops that you can participate in, including jigging for beginners.

Promising to be fun for children of all ages, you and your family can head to the Forestry Farm and Zoo on Sunday for their annual family day festivities. The $30 per family entrance fee covers zoo and park entrance fees and gets you in to see live musicians, specialty performers, activities for everyone and – of course – the lions!

For those of you itching to get your dance on, the 22nd Ness Creek festival is happening this weekend. With every day jam packed with musical acts from across the country, there is plenty of opportunity to dance, groove, and jig, which works out well if you went to the jigging workshop at Back To Batoche days.

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, make sure you get a chance to enjoy a nice, relaxing breakfast of your favourite foods.

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