Christmas markets, music and a film festival: Calgary entertainment

For those looking to fill a few holes in their calendar, The Homestretch’s Susan Holzman has a few options to keep you busy.

Don't look at an empty calendar this weekend, here are a few festive options to keep you busy

There will be 260 vendors on site offering things like clothing, jams, and ornaments at the Millarville Christmas Market this weekend. (Shutterstock/Olleg)

It's another busy weekend for arts and entertainment in Calgary.

For those looking to fill a few holes in their calendar, The Homestretch's Susan Holzman has a few options to keep you busy.

Music of the 40s

Music of the 40s is being presented by the Foothills Brass Quintet on Sunday. (Foothills Brass/Facebook)

This Sunday, the Foothills Brass Quintet presents Music of the 40s, a medley of blues and swing. The band will be joined by Steve Fletcher on piano and Kate Stevens on vocals and they will be performing songs from Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller and Cole Porter.

The show will be at Scarboro United Church at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors or $40 for family entry.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 403-508-2225 or email Foothills Brass.

Christmas Markets

An artist's rendering of a proposed Millarville arena, after the previous structure was demolished following a extreme snowfall in March. (Ironwood Building Corp)

Quite a few Christmas markets are starting up this weekend, but there is one in particular Holzman wants to highlight.

Last March, the roof of the Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society riding arena collapsed. Fortunately no people or animals were injured but the organization used that building for events like fairs, and the yearly Christmas market.

They have to build a new arena — in phases — and are pleased that Phase 1 is complete and they have temporary occupancy for the four days of this weekend's Christmas Market.

There will be 260 vendors on site offering clothing items, jams, and ornaments, and more.

Can visit the reindeer, there will be arts and crafts, kids can get their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus is hosting a kids-only tent for children 12 and under.

All items in the kids tent are under $10 so they can shop without their parents.

The Millarville Christmas Market starts runs Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Calgary European Film Festival

Audiences can watch films from 20 countries this weekend at the Calgary European Film Festival.

On Sunday, a film called The Return is screening. In it, love faces cultural obstacles when a young Albanian man takes his French girlfriend home to meet his father.

Kastriot Abdyli is the director, producer and screenwriter behind the film, which has a personal connection as Abdyli wrote it based on his own experiences of wanting to leave his home country. He decided to stay and is now a successful filmmaker

For a full list of film offerings visit their website.


With files from the Calgary Homestretch