That’s Entertainment Weekend!

Fort Edmonton Park That's Entertainment

No cellphones, no TV, and no wifi! That’s Entertainment Weekend let’s you learn how people used to amuse themselves without the technology of today!

Discover dance moves from previous decades, play card games with workers of the Fort, and even be part of an old-fashioned radio show! Unplug and learn what entertainment was like through different eras in Edmonton’s past.

‘That’s Entertainment’ Weekend Activities – July 29 – 30

1846 Fort

Métis Jigging
11:30 AM — 15 minute program
Fort Courtyard
Join the residents of the Fort as they take a dance break and kick up their heels! Experience and learn this traditional dance that is influenced by both European and Indigenous culture. You’ll get a chance to show off your best moves!

12:30 PM & 2:30 PM – 30 minute program
Married Men’s Quarters
Listen to the Fur Trade Tales and hear the dramatic, hilarious, mysterious, and even spiritual stories these settlers have to tell!

Double Ball (We Pitisowewepahikan) 
1:30 PM – 30 minute program
Fort Courtyard
Come experience the camaraderie between Cree women as they play this physically exhausting and exciting game! You can also join our interpreters for an exhilarating game of double ball!

Card and/or Dice Games
3:30 PM – 30 minute program
Clerks’ Quarters
It was rare for the servants and officers of the Fort to sit and play a game of cards during the day, but once night came, they could get together for a game. Accompany our Fort servants and officers as they sneak in a quick game and hope that Chief Factor Rowand doesn’t catch them!

1885 Street

Redcoat Raid: The Arrest of Nellie Webb
12:00 PM & 2:00 PM – 10 minute program
Kelly’s Saloon
Stop and chat with the notorious Nellie Webb and see why her bail was set at an astounding $2,000 when she was arrested. Do the arresting officers have a good reason for putting her behind bars? When you find out why, you wont believe your ears!

Cricket Match
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – 2 hour program
MacDonald House
The settlers of the Fort invite you to play the Empire’s favourite game! Cricket was also one of the first organized sports introduced to Edmonton. Try your hand at this traditional sport!

1905 Street

Turkey Trot Lessons
11:30 AM
Beside the Penny Arcade
Learn the steps to the Turkey Trot, a dance that pairs nicely with ragtime music!

Edwardian Melodrama
1:30 PM – 30 minute program
Bandshell near Ramsey’s Greenhouse
Take a break as you watch a short melodrama unfold live on the stage!

1920 Street

Dance Lessons
12:00 PM & 3:00 PM
In front of the Capitol Theatre
Learn the latest and greatest dance moves of the roaring 20s! Show off your moves and you might just be the bee’s knees!

You’re On The Air!
11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
In front of the Capitol Theatre
Be part of the ‘behind the scenes magic’ as you help make the sound effects for an upcoming live radio show!

Johnny J. Jones Midway

Freak Show Tour!
11:30 AM & 2:30 PM – 10 minute tour. 1 hour drop-in program.
Blue and White Tent
Mr. Johnny J. Jones has scoured the globe to recruit the most astounding and eye-popping group of oddities you’ll ever see! Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Under the Big Top
1:30 PM & 4:00 PM – 30 minute program
Blue and White Tent
Watch a theatrical performance by the carnies while they toss and tumble around the blue and white tent!

Guided Tours

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 2 hour tour
Courtyard Flagpole
Accompany our knowledgeable tour guide on a two hour walking tour of the park!

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