Grandparents Day – September 8
Grandparents Day serves to honour and recognize the contributions of grandparents in our lives. Grandparents are a society that ties families to their pasts that pass on essential values, beliefs and ideals to future generations. Their wisdom and love are recognized every year on the first Saturday after Labour Day. In Red Deer, there are many ways you can honour and celebrate Grandparents Day. Whether it’s taking them to one of our many excellent restaurants like The Westlake Grill for their Grilled Bison Ribeye or perhaps they would enjoy some authentic Indian cuisine at Tandoor n Flame. If your grandparents are into history why not a walkthrough Red Deer’s Downtown and experience the life-size Bronze Sculpture Collections (Ghost Collection); be sure to stop and enjoy the variety of public art and heritage buildings along the way. Maybe your grandparents are thrillseekers? Then Sky Dive Red Deer can assist with their tandem skydive, experience a thrilling free fall while attached to an experienced instructor! Bowling is another fun activity, and Heritage Lanes can accommodate, with five-pin bowling, an arcade, and a full-service kitchen and bar, the perfect ingredients for a fun day out. These are just a few of the many things you can do with your Grandparents, so let’s celebrate and give them a day to remember.
International Chocolate Day – September 13
September 13th may be one of the happiest days of the year! It’s International Chocolate Day, one of the most popular foods and flavours in the world. This magic bean has been consumed by humans from as far back as 1900 BC and was an integral part of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations and culture. To celebrate, we can partake in this tasty treat by going places like Stella Bean Sweets for a cup of hot chocolate and delectable treat. Or try one of our many bakeries (or two) like Babycakes Cupcakery for their Grandma Lil’s Double Chocolate Cupcake – Yum! If it’s fine dining, you prefer then try the Churro Lava Cake with chocolate ganache at R&R Grill, or go casual and try out Sweet Capone’s decadent Strawberry Chocolate Cannoli to satisfy that sweet tooth. Chocolate, whether it is dark, white, or somewhere in between, not many will argue a reason to indulge.
Alberta Culture Days – September 1 to 30
Alberta Culture Days is an excellent time for the family to come together and celebrate arts, heritage, diversity, and community spirit the whole month of September; also, the month of the artist.
Here are ten things to do during Alberta Culture Days in Red Deer:
- The Norwegian Laft Hus is hosting an open house in their traditional house with a sod-roof.
Saturday and Sunday, September 12 – 13 and 19 – 20. See creative art displays such as Rosemaling painting, Hardanger embroidery, Klokkestreng wall hanging, andHallingdal embroidery. Find out where your family might come from using their maps and enjoy the book exhibit.
- The Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery has two new exhibitions opening at the Museum, Powwow! Ohciwin: The Origins, and Anne Frank: A History for Today, will open on Saturday, September 26. Pre-booking is required to help manage numbers and ensure social distancing.
- Where there’s art, you’ll find galleries, and this September, you will find local artist’s work presented in Pop-up galleries throughout the downtown business area. You can also head down to the Kerry Wood Nature Centre where they house the Marjorie Wood Gallery. They will be featuring the works of Chris Wutzke, with an greet and meet Friday, September 4, from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm. There is also a large number of private art galleries in the city, like the A + Art Gallery & Unique Collections. On the First Friday of the month, there is always an exhibit opening and opportunities to meet artists and enjoy live music.
- Explore Red Deer’s public art, which dots the city with creative flare, from lifesize bronze sculptures (ghosts) to wall-sized murals. Learn about the people and explore the places that have helped shape the community through these New Heritage Walking Tours developed by the City of Red Deer. There will also be various displays of art in storefront windows, giving the artists a unique setting and an opportunity for you to explore our vibrant downtown.
- Head down to the Ross Street Patio and various locations downtown, as local musicians will be performing, times and artists TBA.
- Participate in an “Imagination Family Art Activity” hosted by the Central Alberta Children’s Festival, featuring a live junk artist, Saturday, September 12, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Limited spaces are available, so register early. Join local artist Erin Boake in the creation of a community art piece, thanking front line workers, hosted by the City of Red Deer Culture Services, from 12:00 -4:00 pm Saturday, September 19 at the Triumph Roland Plaza, or Saturday, September 26 at the Imperial Block.
- If you love the art of dance, then come down to Festival Hall as The Country Pride Dance Club celebrates the diversity of dance styles in Red Deer. Demonstrations by various groups will entertain and engage the public Saturday, September 26, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Festival Hall.
- The Red Deer Arts Council and The Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society will be hosting a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Cronquist House on September 26 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. They will be featuring an instrumental musical performance and a staged reading of the scene from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
- A Celebration of Red Deer’s Cultural Riches, with virtual and live performances, displays and demonstrations by people of different cultures will be happening both Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm at Festival Hall, hosted by the Central Alberta Refugee Effort & Urban Aboriginal Voices Society
10.) Join in a Family Literary Scavenger Hunt, gather a team together and follow clues through Downtown Red Deer to discover the titles of well-known literary works and win prizes, Saturday, September 26, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Clue sheets and information can be found at rdpl.org or picked up at any library branch.
Wine Tastings and Tours in the Orchard at DNA Gardens every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting August 28 until September 27. The cost is $15 per person; two wine tasting tours will be offered each day at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm. Book early to reserve your spot DNA Gardens Wine Tasting and Tour.
Meet at the Red Deer Regional Airport to watch the Kid friendly movie “Planes,” drive-in-movie style, September 4. Food trucks are available on-site for your munchie needs. There may even be an airplane overhead or two. Don’t forget; the cost is per car ($25.00 will cover all seats within your vehicle). Tickets will sell out quickly, so get them before they are gone! Parking as early as 7:00 pm, the movie starts at 8:00 pm. Movie sound will come through your car radio or portable radio. Get your tickets online.
Grow Beer. Make Music. Red Deers 1st Annual Hopfest! Saturday, September 5, grab your friends and head down to Hard Hels Hop Farm for their Hop Fest starting at 1:00 pm, celebrating local farms, local beer, and local music. Beer will be for sale from Red Hart Brewing and Belly Hop Brewing, and Tacos available from Taco Monster. Seating will be assigned, with social distancing in place. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by clicking on HOPFEST2020.
You don’t want to miss the It’s Almost Fall Craft Show and Market Sunday, September 13, 2020. They are at The Baymont Inn and Suites. This COVID friendly market will be showcasing over 50 amazing vendors, with items such as woodworking, health and wellness, beauty, art, crafts, baking, sewing, home decor, jewelry, kitchen items and storage, kids items and more!! This show will run from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and offers FREE ADMISSION! There will also be gift-card and basket giveaways that are FREE to enter! Masks are recommended, please practice social distancing, hand hygiene and follow the one-directional traffic in the ballrooms to keep vendors and guests safe! Come out and support all these fantastic, LOCAL vendors!
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