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Days of Yore is an outdoor living history festival entertaining and educating the public to cultural traditions, lifestyles, and activities of bygone eras through authentic representation of those times.

You'll "Stroll Through the Ages" in our living history village with the Ulfraendi Vikings, 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, Prairie Motor Brigade, the Alberta 18th Century Reenactment Group, and new this year, the 700 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force!


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August 3 & 4, 2024

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Days of Yore in Didsbury
August 3 & 4, 2024

11 am - 5 pm Both Days
Gates Open at 10:40 am

Service Dogs Welcome*

By combining historical realism with a touch of fantasy, Dragon's Own Medieval Combat Group provides a show that will thrill and entertain young and old alike. They even use real weapons in battle, relying on extensive training and skills to bring medieval combat and tournament to life! Be entertained at the largest living history festival in Central Alberta!

  • Live Combat Battles & Duels
  • Cultural Life
  • Living History Demos
  • Music & Storytelling
  • Participatory Family Activities
  • Artisan Alley Marketplace
  • NEW FOR 2024! Flyby of the festival site by RCAF

The best way to know about the different eras is to learn from those who have studied them, as hobbyists and as historical researchers. Come to Days of Yore to continue your trip through human history and societies. Travel Through Times

Days of Yore is one of the signature events in Didsbury Alberta, and also one of the favourite festivals for living history enthusiasts. The event covers time periods from 800 AD to 1945.

  • 800-950: Ulfraendi Vikings
  • 1250+: Dragons Own Medieval Combat Group
  • 1648 to 1789: Alberta 18th Century Reenactors
  • 1805: Edmonton House Brigade
  • 1880-1914: Victorian Society of Alberta
  • 1861-1865: Yankee Valley Yankees
  • 1914-1918: 10th Battalion WWI
  • 1939-1945: WWII First Special Service Force
  • Prairie Motor Brigade
  • 700 Wing RCAFA

During the Cold War the RCAF had dozens of combat squadrons on the front lines. The Days of Yore display includes uniforms and equipment used to train to train Allied aircrew for the Second World War. Honouring 100 Years of RCAF Service

Since its inception in 1924, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has served Canadians in peace and war. It played a vital role in the Second World War, becoming the fourth-largest Allied air force, and reached its "golden age" in the late 1950s.

What is very exciting for all of you will be the flyby of a T-6 Harvard Mk.4, RCAF Serial Number 20377. It is also possible there will be privately owned vintage Air Force aircraft from the RCAF as well. Flybys take place around 1:05 and 4:15 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Learn more about the Harvard Mk. IV here

Bring Your Shopping Bag!

The Mountain View Arts Society has been bringing musicians and artists to Didsbury, and showcasing locals since 2011. The 8th edition of Days of Yore takes place August 3 and 4, 2024 in Didsbury Alberta, and we know that our region has an incredible wealth of artistic talent.

Days of Yore features artisans from Mountain View County and the surrounding region, but a very special artist - artisans who specialize in creating heritage arts and traditional crafts in keeping with the character of this festival.


Days of Yore does everything it can to promote arts, culture, and heritage in Didsbury and Mountain View County.

The Rosebud Valley Campground is right across the road from the Days of Yore encampments and festival site. Phone: 403-335-8578. The Didsbury Elks Campground is about 5 minutes north of Rosebud Park and the Days of Yore site. Phone: 403-586-3748. Location! Location! Location!

The Days of Yore Fest takes place at Rosebud Park at the east entrance to Didsbury, Alberta just off Secondary Highway 582 (20th Ave).

If your family is planning to spend the weekend in Didsbury, we encourage you to book your campsites at one of these two local campgrounds ASAP.

Rosebud Valley Campground
Didsbury Elks Campground

Food! Glorious Food!

It wouldn't be a great festival without good food, and that's what we're bringing for you this year! We are very excited to have the Red Deer Food Bank on hand with The Food Dude Truck and the Bar-B-Crew Trailer!

And it wouldn't be a family festival without sweets! This year, plan to lap up some ice cream and churros, as Calgary Churros and Treats will be on hand with the best summer sundaes and cinnamon churros!

The Red Deer Food Bank also supplies food to other food banks in Central Alberta such as the Mountain View Food Bank in Olds.
The Red Deer Food Bank also supplies food to other food banks in Central Alberta such as the Mountain View Food Bank in Olds.

What makes Days of Yore so special?

Certainly, it's the re-creation of living conditions, lifestyle, use of tools, weapons and day to day activities of the various eras, where living historians interpret and educate the public to visualize the past. It's also authentic re-creation of past events and the cultures and segments of different societies.

But there's more to it. It's the people!

It's the living historians, the artisans, the master of ceremonies, and the storytellers. It's the groundskeepers, the ticket takers, the food vendors, and you, the friends and family and travellers who want to learn and be entertained.

It's people like you who make Days of Yore such a memorable event!

It's more than just the battles and the demonstrations, the artists and the stories, it's all the people who make Days of Yore THE event of the festival season!

* - Only Certified Service Dogs are allowed. The reenactment environment is not the place to be training a dog. We go by the definition from the Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and the requirements of the landowners.

Supporting arts, culture & heritage in Carstairs, Cremona, Didsbury, Olds, Sundre and the surrounding Central Alberta communities between Red Deer and Calgary.
Logo designed by Joel Windsor. Venues sponsored by the Town of Didsbury. Stay overnight at the Rosebud Valley Campground at the east entrance to Didsbury. The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program was created to help you celebrate your community, its past and its present. Situated where the foothills of the Canadian Rockies meet the fertile plains, Mountain View County is in the heart of Alberta's Calgary - Edmonton corridor. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts provides support to arts organizations, giving them the power to inspire minds, encourage expression, foster creativity, and contribute to Alberta's economy. Mountain View Arts Society is the main sponsor for Days of Yore.  Their logo was designed by Didsbury artist, Lyle Schulz. Book an RV through CanaDream and travel to great festivals like Days of Yore!
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© MOUNTAIN VIEW ARTS SOCIETY In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani as well as the Nakoda and Tsuut'ina nations.
We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland.
Finally, we acknowledge all Nations, indigenous and non, who live, work and play and help us steward this land, honour and celebrate this territory.
This sacred gathering place provides us with an opportunity to engage in and demonstrate leadership on reconciliation.