Skirmishes, Ty Rex & Trails fest: Calgary entertainment this weekend

We are approaching another potentially beautiful weekend in Calgary, and that means it’s time to start planning. If you’re looking for a few fun activities to get you and your family out of the house, here’s our weekly roundup.    

Summer Skirmishes

This weekend the Military Museums of Calgary are hosting two days of Summer Skirmishes

Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., 2,000 years of warfare will come to life in a series of scripted battle re-enactments and demonstrations.

We’re talking Viking raids, medieval duels, gladiatorial combat and more.

They’ll also show off their musketry skills, and there will be more than one cannonade — that’s a continuous heavy firing of large guns, especially as part of an attack.

If you want to get up-close and personal with the re-enactors, who will be dressed in period costumes and uniforms, you can do that. You can walk the camps and chat with all the various soldiers.

There’s also going to be a fortune-telling booth, food trucks and more.

Admission is $2 for kids, $5 for adults or $10 for a carload full of however many people you can cram in there.

They will be accepting donations, both food and money, for the Calgary Veterans Food Bank.

Here’s some more details.

Dream with Me

The classic American show tune Dream with Me, from Peter Pan by Leonard Bernstein, is just one of the songs Canadian soprano Katherine Whyte will be singing this weekend as part of a concert called Dream With Me: Composers’ Love Songs.

It includes Gershwin, Rachmaninoff and a selection of piano rags performed by Charles Foreman.

It’s all happening at Christ Church Elbow Park at 7:30 on Sunday.

Here’s what you need to know.

Indoors for kids

There’s a couple of shows to know about if you want to stay indoors with the kids.

Ty Rex King of Third Grade is on now at Storybook Theatre. It’s about Ty, your average third-grader with an overactive imagination. He loves dinosaurs but he has just one week to create an epic story with his arch-enemy.

It runs until June 17 at Vertigo Theatre.

Fort Calgary is hosting a special brunch this weekend in the 1888 Barracks plus there’s a performance of We Are All Treaty People, a family-friendly show for ages 8 and up. It’s by the same people who did Making Treaty 7.

You can catch We Are All Treaty People at Fort Calgary on Saturday.

Brunch is at 10:30 a.m., and the show runs from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Burnswest Theatre.

All the details are right here.

Something free

On Sunday the Friends of Kananaskis Country are hosting their annual Trails Fest. It’s their fourth year of celebration of the trails, people and culture at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

It goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can learn about cool trail projects, explore diverse trail-related clubs, retailers, groups and associations, and enjoy a free barbecue lunch.

In the afternoon, sign up for one of the free workshops: trail running, orienteering, mountain biking, map reading, plogging, trail building, how to be wild smart and more.

It’s all free, family-friendly and activity-packed.

Here’s what you need to know.

Film lovers

The THIRD ACTion Film Festival starts Friday and runs through Sunday on the main floor of the Glenbow Museum. The festival celebrates aging and older adults.

There are more than 30 films, over the course of nine screenings.

Here are the details you need to know.

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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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