Spring has sprung in beautiful Red Deer. Shake off that winter rust and enjoy the newfound nice weather in Central Alberta’s cultural hub. Any time of year, visitors flock to Red Deer to explore the city’s cultural offerings, diverse culinary scene, and unique recreational activities. The city’s parks and gardens are starting to come into full bloom, always a highlight of springtime in Red Deer. Spring also brings an incredible mix of events and culinary offerings to choose from in Red Deer.
Parks and Gardens
Red Deer is known for its vibrant gardens and green spaces. Spring is a fantastic time to visit a park, garden or other natural outdoor space in Red Deer to see the first blossoms of the year and enjoy the sights and sounds of the local wildlife. Overlooking the Red Deer River, Bower Ponds features a playground, a serenity garden, and a natural amphitheatre with a covered stage. Paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes are available to rent in the warmer months. Kerry Wood Nature Centre, an oasis of natural space, is protected as a federal migratory bird sanctuary. Explore the 5 KM of trails and learn about the variety of habitats. There are viewing decks and a bird blind as well. Downtown, you’ll find City Hall Park, showcasing both native and planted habitat. City Hall Park acts as a pollinator park, curated specifically for native pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, beetles and hummingbirds. Kin Kanyon Park, which is part of a larger network of trails called Waskasoo Park, is a popular destination for families during the spring. With wide open spaces and well-maintained lawns, Kin Kanyon Park is perfect for a spring visit.
The Market @ Red Deer
Every spring Central Alberta’s largest public market reopens just off the shores of the Red Deer River. Now held at the Memorial Centre, The Market @ Red Deer runs every Saturday morning between 8 AM and 12:30 PM from May until October. Sprawling across the parking lot of the Memorial Centre, the Market @ Red Deer is an eclectic mix of shopping, talking with vendors, and dining. Shop for arts and crafts from vendors selling homemade goods, snack at food vendors and foodtrucks featuring cultural cuisines, and enjoy local produce at this lively Red Deer mainstay.
Red Deer Comic and Entertainment Expo
Held annually in late spring at Westerner Park, the is a two-day pop culture convention. Attendees can meet and greet with some of their favourite celebrities and creators, shop a great mix of vendors and exhibitors. Check out panels and workshops put on by popular culture icons and celebrate what makes them “geeky” with thousands of other fans. Some attendees even arrive in cosplay. The Red Deer Comic & Entertainment Expo, more commonly known as Red Deer Expo, is held in June at Westerner Park.
Tempt your palate and explore Red Deer’s vibrant downtown in the spring. Starting in late May and running from 11 AM – 2 PM Food Truck Fridays are a favourite among locals in Central Alberta.
Sink your teeth into the many mobile meals and experience Red Deer’s love for street food. There’s everything from grilled cheese to corn on the cob to pulled pork tacos. With so many irresistible options you’ll want to set aside an appetite and afternoon to taste them all. Make sure to visit the Food Truck Fridays event page to see what trucks are scheduled to appear.
Be on the lookout for food trucks throughout the city, The Market @ Red Deer, and any other special events during the spring and summer months.
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