Legend of Zelda and Wordfest: Things to do this weekend

It’s a long weekend and there’s a long list of things to do in Calgary.

This long weekend you can listen to a gamers' symphony or an R&B singer in his underwear

CBC arts reporter Karen Moxley gives her entertainment suggestions for the weekend. 1:51

It’s the Thanksgiving long weekend and there’s a long list of things to do in Calgary. 

Do you have an event to add? Leave a suggestion in the comments below. 

Heritage Park rides

It’s your final chance of the season to enjoy the rides at the popular historic village in southwest Calgary.

For this long weekend only, all rides are free with regular admission to the park. Enjoy the antique midway or a ride around the park on the steam train. However, the paddlewheeler S.S. Moyie will not be sailing this weekend.

As an added Thanksgiving weekend bonus, the first 500 guests who pay regular gate admission between 9:30 and 10 a.m. MT will be treated to a complimentary pancake breakfast.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT

Heritage Park

It's the last weekend to enjoy the rides at Calgary's Heritage Park. (Travel Alberta handout/Canadian Press)

Gamers' symphony

Music based on a popular video game will be performed Friday night in Calgary. The Legend of Zelda: Symphonies of the Goddesses is in town for one night only. The multimedia show backed by a symphony is a real crowd-pleaser.

It’s hard to believe The Legend of Zelda video game franchise has been around for nearly 30 years — call it an all-ages show.

Friday at 8 p.m. MT

Jubilee Auditorium

The Legend of Zelda: Symphonies of the Goddesses, which played in Toronto last month, hits Calgary on Friday night. (CBC)


The annual fall literacy festival in Calgary and Banff continues to attract big name authors. It all starts holiday Monday with an evening event featuring celebrated Canadian writer Margaret Atwood at the John Dutton Theatre in the downtown public library branch.

Some of the featured writers in attendance this year include Joseph Boyden, Lynn Coady and Lisa Moore. Local writers such as Chris Turner and Leanne Shirtliffe will also take part.

Various times and venues

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood is in town this weekend for Wordfest. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press)

Har Mar Superstar

U.S. performer Sean Tillman channels his inner porn star with his character, Har Mar Superstar. Tillman brings his part comedy act, part R&B musical performance to Broken City on Saturday night.

Har Mar likes to strip down to his underwear during performances to take on a kind of gigolo persona —​ but he’s also a great vocalist. CBC's Jenn Blair saw him perform about a decade ago and says it was one of the most fun live music shows she has ever seen.

Har Mar? It's the name of a mall in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minn., where Tillman grew up.

Saturday at 7 p.m. MT

Broken City


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