What’s Happening this Weekend September 17 – 19, 2021

Alberta Culture Days featuring music, dance, art, culture

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out some of these fantastic events happening this weekend as part of #AlbertaCultureDays  Kayla Williams will be performing at the Ross Street patio Friday, September 17 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm as part of the Red Deer Arts Council Patio Concert Series.  Come to Heritage Square and enjoy some Modern Norwegian traditions of koselig or ‘coziness’ and live music with Donna Durand at the Norwegian Laft Hus. There will … Read More

What’s Happening this Weekend September 10 – 12, 2021

Art supplies laid out on a table

It’s the weekend, time for us to get out and enjoy the various activities happening in and around Red Deer. Take the family, grab a friend, and enjoy what central Alberta has to offer. Penhold Fall Festival 2021 will be happening this weekend at the Multiplex. A Craft Beer Wine & Spirits night to the Red Deer Cruise Night Show … Read More

Celebrating Gasoline Alley’s Indoor Farmers Market with #ColleenOnTheScene

Troubled Monk booth

Last weekend, I took part in the Grand Opening Celebration of the Gasoline Alley’s Indoor Farmers market.  What a great weekend, music, bouncy castles, face painting, buskers, cotton candy, puppies/kittens, Alpacas and even a dunk tank were just a few of the fun things going on in and outside of the market. I had the immense pleasure of working alongside … Read More

Alberta Culture Days 2021

Red Deer Music Entertainment Downtown

It’s Alberta Culture Days, and throughout September, we would like to celebrate it here and around Red Deer’s backyard. So, check out some of the fantastic events taking place this month as we showcase our artists, art organizations and cultural industries. To kick off the month, join the City of Red Deer for the new annual Meet the Street Arts … Read More

What’s Happening this Weekend August 27-29

It’s the last weekend of August, and the end of summer is approaching. Let’s spend this last weekend getting out and about experiencing the wonderful things we have here at Tourism Red Deer.  Gasoline Alley Farmers’ Market is having its official Grand Opening Celebration this weekend Friday-Sunday. Three fun-filled days with outside games. vendors, music, bouncy castle and more. Make sure you come on down and join the celebrations.  It’s the last weekend for Bard on … Read More

Back to the Roots at Parkland Gardens with #ColleenOnTheScene

Welcome to Parkland Nurseries booth

Two weeks ago, I had the good fortune to venture down to Parkland Gardens for their Back to the Roots Day alongside my aunt. What a beautiful spot, only three mins East of Red Deer, just off Highway 11. We checked out the various plants, shrubs, and some of the beautiful gifts inside their building. Being a plant person, my … Read More

What’s happening this Weekend August 13-15, 2021

Steam train at night

This weekend, many fun things are happening, from Open Farm Days to Bard on Bower (Shakespeare in the park). Make sure you grab your friends or family and check out these fantastic events as you experience the colours of Central Alberta exploring Red Deer’s Backyard. Bard on Bower returns with two great comedies, Much Ado About Nothing and The Comedy … Read More

Celebrating Saskatoons at DNA Gardens with ColleenOnTheScene

Wine tasting at DNA Gardens

Recently I had the good fortune to head down to DNA Gardens outside of Elnora for their Saskatoon Festival along with three of my girlfriends. The day started with Judy taking us down to a duck herding from Jill Brodie with her wonderful sheepdogs, so educational and entertaining, the crowds loved it. We then grabbed some lunch; Saskatoon & Brie … Read More

15 Things to Do August Long Weekend

Taking a photo with a bear at the zoo

Looking for something to do August long Weekend, well Red Deer’s backyard is perfect for exploring. Here are some fun ways you can enjoy what we have to offer with family and friends. Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery are celebrating Heritage Day at the Museum with Praire in the City, in which there will be live music, activities, games … Read More

Pups and Patios!

Dog Friendly Patio, two ladies and their dog

We can’t think of anything better for our dog lovers out there than going for a walk, a drive or, better yet, visit your local patio here in Red Deer with your favourite canine companion. Who wants to leave them at home when you can enjoy a cold beverage or two and a bowl full of water for your dog … Read More

What’s Happening this Weekend July 23 to 25 

Not sure what to do this weekend?  Let’s help you find something and connect you to the cool events happening between July 23rd – 25th.  Wagons at Westerner:  The Alberta Professional Chuckwagon & Chariot Association Twist the 8 Tour will be taking place this weekend at The Westerner Park. There will also be local live entertainment, beer gardens, food trucks and a spectacular Fireworks show (weather permitting). There will be … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday – The Jungle Farm

One of the staples of central Alberta is the family farm.  While some raise cattle, produce grain or dairy, others like the Jungle Farm, add fruit, vegetables, flowers and memorable experiences! Let’s introduce you to Leona and Blaine Staples the owners and operators of the Jungle Farm. Leona came back home in 1996 to her family farm, that has been … Read More

E-Scooters in Red Deer; the In’s and Out’s

A line of e-scooters of various colours

E-scooters are here in the City of Red Deer for the next two years, and with five companies providing them, we are in for an exhilarating ride. I had the good fortune to be at Capstone for the City of Red Deer’s official launch on Wednesday, July 14, alongside the Mayor, various city delegates, food trucks, music and the wonderfully … Read More

Summer Camp Fun!

ASHFM Family

Are you looking for something for your kids to do? Check out some of these great summer camps happening in Red Deer’s Backyard; however, do not delay as space is limited. Alberta Sports Hall of Fame will be hosting two-week summer camps for ages 6-12, with daily themed programming ranging from Healthy Active Living to All About art and everything … Read More

Treasure hunt looks to spark local tourism

Deer Hunt

A local podcast has teamed up with Tourism Red Deer to help get friends and families out and about this summer. The Oh, Deer… podcast, run by Red Deerians Ryan Lund, Kevin Walsh, Dustin Moore, and Ted Emmett, hosts the (Oh) Deer Hunt from July 11-17, a city-wide treasure hunt for Central Albertans of all ages. “Kevin and I came … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday with Li’l Diner 2/42 Go

Our tourism industry is built by people with passion, a hard work ethic, and a brilliant idea!  There’s no doubt, those same people had to shed some blood, sweat and tears to achieve their goals.  For Jolene Bjarnason, the owner/operator of Li’l Diner 2/42, you can add patience.  Here’s the story of the little red food truck that could. Tell us about … Read More

Things to do this Canada Day!

Looking for ways to celebrate Canada Day? Keep reading for a variety of activities happening in and around Red Deer.  While Canada Day celebrations at Bower Ponds will not happen this year the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society will host Heritage Celebration Fireworks at Westerner Park. The gates open at 10:15 pm for you to come into the parking lot, settle and watch the lightshow at 11pm. Since restrictions will be lifted that day, you do not have … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday with Chillabong’s Bar & Grill

Chillabong's Bar & Grill

Part of the Red Deer community for over 25 years, Chillabong’s Bar & Grill has been serving up feel-good food and drinks in their friendly neighbourhood pub since 1996. If you haven’t come to know this local favourite, then you will want to add them to your dining plans very soon. Chillabong’s Bar & Grill is family owned and operated … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday with the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (the MAG), showcases a variety of scheduled art and history-related exhibits. With an artifacts collection consisting of more than 90,000 objects representing donations by over 3,000 individuals from Red Deer and the surrounding area. Located between the Golden Circle and Recreation Centre in downtown Red Deer; this not-for-profit organization was established as the Red … Read More

How to Cool Off This Summer

Kin Kanyon

It is supposed to be a hot dry summer this year in Central Alberta, although it might sound lovely to some, not everyone has (or wants) air conditioning to stay cool. Don’t worry we have got you covered! Here is a list of ideas that will help make this a cool one, summer that is. One of the best ways … Read More