It is with much dismay that we are cancelling the 2020 edition of Days of Yore. On April 23, 2020, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer, clarified her public health order banning gatherings of more than 15 people to include "all summer". This means that summer events and festivals across Alberta would have to be cancelled - including Days of Yore. In the interest of the health and safety of all Albertans, we will comply with this directive. We now look forward to the 2021 Days of Yore - Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1. Stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind to each other.
Spend Alberta's Heritage Weekend in Didsbury at our Outdoor Living History Museum
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Two days, dozens of historical reenactors, sword fights, big cannons, and live combat!
STEP BACK IN TIME and visit with costumed (and sometimes armed) performers representing 9th C Scandinavia, 11th Century England, 18th Century England, 19th Century Canada, 20th Century Germany, and modern-day Aboriginal Canada.
You'll "Stroll Through the Ages" in our reenactment village with the Company of Viking Archers, Dragons Own Medieval Combat Group, Victorian Society of Alberta, Edmonton House Brigade, Yankee Valley Yankees, 10th Battalion (CEF) Commemorative Association (WWI), WWII First Special Service Force Reenactors, the Prairie Motor Brigade, and Painted Warriors!
Battles throughout the day, music with pipers and fifers, sing-a-longs, storytelling - and did we say - BIG CANNONS?!!
And there's more! You can shop in our Artisan Alley seeing heritage arts and traditional crafts in keeping with the character of this festival.
Especially for the Kids! Medieval castles were mysterious places and oftentimes they had a maze. Horses in the Middle Ages were used by knights as they trained for battle. We have combined both at Days of Yore, with our Medieval Stick Pony Maze! Kids get an "I conquered the Stick Pony Maze at Days of Yore" certificate. It'll be "Ahh-mazing"!
NEW FOR 2020! - We are very excited to have two new groups at this year's Fest: The Company of Viking Archers will be on hand as a member group of The Vikings Vinland Society. They focus on presenting viking age archery, combat and a living history village of the periods from 793-1066. The other new group we can't wait to see are the Painted Warriors who provide a wide variety of authentic Aboriginal and traditional outdoor programs. You'll be able to step in and immerse yourself completely in the unique and diverse cultures of many First Nations and Métis.
This is the only festival of its kind - dedicated to historical authenticity, where you can see soldiers from throughout history intermingling with each other - and you! Experience life as a Viking, as one of King Arthur's Knights, as a fur trader with the Hudson's Bay Company, or a commander during one of the World Wars! And for the more delicate, come dressed in your finest and join Queen Victoria's friends in a rousing game of croquet!
Yes, we encourage your family to come dressed up in your favourite period costume and join in on the fun.
Make sure you take in Sunday afternoon's GRAND FINALE MELEE, when everybody tries to be the last man standing!
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11 am - 5 pm Both Days
2021 TICKETS OPEN
If you have any Ticket questions, please call 403-335-9445.
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