Zombies, animation and a beast: Calgary entertainment

We’re almost at the Thanksgiving long weekend and if you’re looking for options to get out of the house, here’s our weekly roundup of arts and entertainment options for the Calgary area.

Cirque Éloize Saloon

For anyone who wanted to run off and join the circus, you’ll want to check out Cirque Éloize this Saturday. Basically this is a high-calibre Quebec circus putting on a Western. There’s acrobats, magic, music, dancing, comedy, romance and more.

The show is called Saloon and it’s taking over the Jack Singer Concert Hall. It’s running one night only, so have a look here for more information.

Beauty and the Beast

The classic Disney story Beauty and the Beast makes a return to Calgary this weekend, with a live orchestra.

On Friday and Saturday at the Jubilee Auditorium, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra performs Disney In Concert: Beauty And The Beast and there are still some good tickets available.

Head here for more information.

Family friendly and free

Two things and they both have something to do with animation.

Quickdraw Animation Society is holding its 7th annual Log Driver’s Waltz party in plaid.

It’s a celebration of Canadian animation with food, music, classic films and it’s free. Doors open at 6 p.m., the band starts at 6:30 p.m., youth films start at 7 p.m. and the classic NFB stuff starts at 8 p.m.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Calvin & Hobbes

Then head over to the Memorial Park Library on Monday for a Celebration of Calvin & Hobbes.

It’s free event with indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family, including Calvinball, Transmogrifiers, and Snow Goons.

There will be a drawing workshop by Michael Grills and story time with Michael Hingston for small kids, followed by a more grown-up discussion of Hingston’s book on the cultural phenomenon that is Calvin & Hobbes.

You need to pre-register and bring either a printed ticket or your phone showing the digital ticket.

You can register and get more information right here.

Something active

The Olympic Oval is open for business. You do need a helmet, but you can rent those at the oval, along with skates and anything else you might need.

So if you want to test out your speed or just skate off that second helping of mashed potatoes, there’s public skating Friday night, Saturday afternoon and evening, Sunday evening and even holiday Monday afternoon.

Here’s the full schedule.

Zombie Walk

Starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Calgary’s annual Zombie Walk is taking over downtown Calgary starting at Olympic Plaza, ambling down Stephen Avenue and ending at Tomkins Park on 17th Avenue S.W.

Here’s what 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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