Happy leap year! That’s right – February 2020 features 29 days instead of 28, which equal one more day of February fun in Red Deer. Here’s your guide to some of the best activities, events and happenings taking place February 2020 in Red Deer.
Library Lovers Month
This is the time of year to celebrate libraries and all the things you love about them. Not only is it a place to discover new books to read, there are quiet reading and writing spaces you can work in, computer zones with internet access, community posting boards, poetry readings, kids, teen and adult programs, places to gather, and areas for art or presentations. So why not come to the downtown Red Deer branch Sunday mornings from 10:00 am -12:00 pm and we’ll pull out tents and tunnels for families to crawl through. Take in Family Fun Saturdays for something different every week, from stories and songs, to crafts and activity stations. Get into the fun at the Timberland branch and learn how to catch a Unicorn! Or float through the International Space Station with a virtual reality experience at the Dawe Branch.
Drink Wine Day – February 14
Ah, a day to celebrate this noble drink that has been around for thousands of years. In fact, there are even gods devoted to wine in ancient Greek and Roman mythology. In Red Deer, we have many fine wines and what’s better then popping into one of our many lounges like Rusty Pelican or Boulevard Restaurant + Lounge for a glass or two. If you’re looking for a full night out, then many of our restaurants like The Keg Steakhouse + Bar or Westlake Grill will have extensive wine list to go along with your fine dining. Whatever the occasion, there is probably a wine to go with it.
Valentine’s Day – February 14
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14 and is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance in many regions around the world. Here in Red Deer you can celebrate the day by dining at one of our many fine restaurants.
Visit La Casa Pergola for some fine Italian cuisine, or if steak is what fires up your love, then One Eleven Grill is sure to please. Add some extra romance and book a night at one of our many beautiful hotels like the Radisson Hotel or Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, package this with a sleigh ride at Heritage Ranch and you have the perfect Valentine’s Day. Read our 2020 Valentine’s Day Guide to Red Deer for more inspiration and ideas.
Family Day – February 17
There’s lots of exciting activities and events to take partake in this Family Day Weekend, on top of the year round family fun that can be had in Red Deer. Read our 2020 Family Day Guide to Red Deer for all the details.
Events at Westerner Park
On Sunday, February 2 With This Ring Spring Bridal Gala will take place in the Exhibition Hall, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Explore amazing local exhibitors, premier fashion shows, and so much more. The first 100 brides in the door will receive swag bags stuffed with wedding-worthy goods and another first 100 brides at 1:00 pm will also receive swag bags. Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance through Tickets Alberta box office, or $15 at the door. You can also elevate your With This Ring experience by pre-purchasing the VIP Package which includes champagne, VIP Lounge access and more.
All paws on deck! Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure an action-packed, music-filled production. The heroic pups from the top-rated animated preschool series PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment, embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover hidden treasure during the hit live stage show, playing at Westerner Park Centrium, February 11 & 12.Tickets start at $25 (not including applicable taxes or fees) and children under 12 months of age are free. For tickets call 1-866-204-2431 or purchase online.
Make sure you check out Celtic Illusion coming to Westerner Park, Wednesday February 26 at 7:30 pm. The show for ALL ages cleverly fuses awe-inspiring contemporary Irish dance with mind-blowing magic and grand illusions. A sensory experience like no other, audiences will be kept on the edge of their seats and left wanting more. Tickets can be purchased through the Tickets Alberta box office.
Mark your calendars for the Red Deer Sportsmen and Outdoor Adventure Show taking place February 28 – March 1 in Westerner Park’s Prairie and Stockmen’s Pavilion. The public can browse and buy products; from hunting and fishing lodge vacations, houseboat rentals, camping to white water rafting, RV’s, boats, ATV’s, scuba diving, hunting and fishing accessories, taxidermy, outdoor art, and golfing. In fact, if it’s outdoors oriented, they will probably have it there.
The Red Deer Spring Rock n’ Gem Show will be held February 26 – March 1 at the Harvest Centre, Westerner Park. This free show will feature a hands-on experience for all ages, dedicated to rocks, minerals, fossils, gemstones, beads and more.
Around the City in February
As Long as We Both Shall Live dinner theatre, is playing at the Back Knight Inn February 14 – 29. A story of a quirky genius who has finally met a man who can keep up with her. Lots of mishaps, including the murder of her favorite over the top wedding planner. This is a show you don’t want to miss.
Red Deer ACFA presents its annual Winter Carnival, February 22nd. Fun for the whole family with indoor and outdoor games, music, dance and a sugar shack! This is all happening at Festival Hall from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra presents Canada on Canvas, February 22nd at the Red Deer College Arts Centre. An all-Canadian tribute to the visual arts. Among works by Somers (on Picasso) and Korndorf (on Maud Lewis), there will be an exciting new premiere. Our very own Claude Lapalme is composing an important new work to celebrate and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven.
Brush off your frozen goggles for the Polar Plunge, wave to sweep the city on February 29, at the Bower-Kin Community Centre, registration starts at 10:00 am, opening ceremonies at 11:00 am. Join us in taking the plunge, because there’s no better way to start the year than to be freezin’ for a reason. Every dollar you raise goes towards more than 3,200 Special Olympics athletes representing 140 communities across Alberta.
If you love Alan Doyle originally from Great Big Sea, you need to come down to the Red Deer Memorial Centre for his show Alan Doyle – Rough Side Out, February 27th. Tickets are limited and can be purchased from the Black Knight Ticket Centre.
Feature image: Boulevard Restaurant + Lounge