What’s Happening In August 2019 in Red Deer

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Fun Days

International Beer Day
August 2

International Beer Day is a global celebration of beer, taking place in pubs, breweries, and backyards all over the world. In Red Deer we have many local establishments like The East 40th Pub where you can enjoy a pint and a game of pool or maybe head down to The Toad and Turtle for a cold brew upstairs on their outdoor deck. If craft breweries are to your liking then places like Troubled Monk Brewery will not only satisfy your thirst with a pint of their finest. You can also see and learn how your favourite beverages are made with a personal brewery tour. So let’s raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders, grab a cold one and rejoice in the greatness of beer!

Family Fun

Looking for family friendly fun? Red Deer offers many activities for you to engage in with loved ones. If taking in the outdoors then why not head down to Maskepetoon Park and explore over 3 km of interpretive trails in an area nested along the Red Deer River or maybe take in the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary with its 5 km of trails, viewing decks and bird blinds. Discovery Canyon Park is a great place to have fun with the kids with a tube ride down its unique lazy river. Check out Bower Ponds and walk on water in their Water Balls, so much fun to be had here!

If history is your thing, go back in time and head out to Spruce View for a little Viking fun at The Canadian Danish Museum. Step into the past with your family and visit Sunnybrook Farm Museum, imagine the lives of pioneer farm families – working in the field, milking the family cow in the dairy barn, repairing a plow in the blacksmith shop, or baking bread in the summer kitchen. These are just a few of the family fun activities you can do this August. So get out there with your family in tow and enjoy the season!


Discovery Wildlife Park is hosting their annual customer appreciation event, ZooFest, on the Saturday, August 3. Come enjoy the day at the park with the whole family – free pancake breakfast until 11:30 am, free face-painting for the kids, all sorts of kid activities and toonie hot dogs! This year they have added a public market with clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, kitchenware and a whole bunch more. All of the regular presentations are still on, so bring everyone out for an awesome family day!

Come on down to the 43rd Ivan Daines Friends & Hero’s Picn-Nic August 7 -11 at the Daines Rodeo Ranch. This is sure to be a great time with over 70 performers, horseman workshops, barn dances, pancake breakfasts and much much more. They are even having a karaoke competition on Wednesday night. Check out their website for details. You can get your tickets by calling the Black Knight Ticket Centre at (403) 343-6666 or call Boots and Barrels in Innisfail at (403) 865-5556. You can also purchase your tickets online.

Wild Rose Welsh Pony Show will be taking place at Westerner Park August 9 -11. Come on down to watch as this is a family-friendly show in Alberta with competitive and fun classes for all ages and skill levels. They have a variety of in-hand, riding, and driving classes—from Welsh, Sport Pony, and Model Hunter halter classes to English, Western, hunter/jumper, and gymkhana ridden classes to driving, showmanship, and costume. The show includes a young stock Futurity on Friday evening, the main show on Saturday and Sunday, and new this year, a full hunter/jumper day on Saturday in a separate ring. The exhibitors are placed under three quality judges over one weekend—a great bonus, particularly as this is one of only two Welsh shows in Alberta, and one of only a few across western Canada.

Central Alberta is having its Pride Week in Red Deer August 10 – 18, so come down and join in the festivities. To kick off the week there will be a Drag Show and Dance on Saturday, August 10 featuring the hilarious and unforgettable star of Ru Paul’s Drag Race Eureka O’Hara. As well there will be everything from a fruit float down the river, Pride in the Park, comedy night featuring Bullskit Comedy and much more.

Cyclovia is a great event where you can bike, walk, run, eat, shop and have a really good time. This is where selected streets in the downtown core are temporarily closed to automobile traffic and the streets become paved parks. There will be vendors, activated and lots of entertainment. So leave the car at home and come join us in this fun event Sunday, August 11 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

On Monday, August 12, head over to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and bring your favourite stuffed animal for a Teddy Bear Bash. Join Sporty the Bear for crafts, games and a scavenger hunt! After the event, you can leave your stuffies at the museum for a sleepover with Sporty. When you pick them up in the morning there will be pictures of the fun things they got up to overnight. The cost is $10.00 per family and to pre-register call (403) 341-8614 or email info@ashfm.ca.

The Canadian Danish Museum is having their biggest event of the year, Viking Days August 17 -18 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Through the cooperation of Viking re-enactment groups from Calgary and Edmonton, visitors can tour the Viking encampment, showing living accommodations, cooking methods and crafts. You will also see Viking warriors demonstrate the use of swords, shields, axes and archery. A favourite for everyone is the battle with the Vikings, where children are given “swords” to fight it out with the mighty, fearsome Vikings. This is family-oriented event, with face-painting, Viking costume dress-ups, and telling of Hans Christian Andersen stories. Vendors set up tables around the site to sell their crafts and articles with a Scandinavian flavour. Visitors can enjoy lunch at the Saga Café or have a Danish hot dog, Danish desserts, old time soft drinks or other confections out of the Gift store concession.

Also on the Saturday evening the Feast of The Vikings an authentic Danish five course meal outside in a enclosed tent long table traditional style! Walk back in time to the halls of old with the Vikings. You can also try some mead (a favourite of ancient Vikings) which is a type of wine made from honey. Participants tour the Viking village, experience some Viking history, and see them demonstrate a battle re-enactment, Vikings are auctioned off to the highest bidding table to join their table. There is live entertainment for the evening as well, music storytelling and of course toasts! Tickets must be purchased in advance for this event as it is usually sold out, so book early to avoid disappointment. To purchase your ticket, contact us at the Museum by phone at (403) 728.0019 or email info@stepintothesaga.com.

Pioneer Days Festival at Sunnybrook Farm Museum is on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Pioneer breakfast, tractor pulls, tractor parade, threshing, cookie walk, home-made pie, silent auction, children activities, concession, face-painting and more. Cost is $15.00 per family or $5.00 per person (additional meal charges apply).

Visit Stephansson House for an afternoon of fun for the whole family at the annual Harvest Fair and Quilt Show happening Sunday August 18, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Enjoy refreshments, musical entertainment, and old-fashioned carnival games while browsing the wares of local artisans, including a cornucopia of quilts! Kids of all ages are invited to bring their pennies (or get them from us) and participate in our old-fashioned carnival games and crafts.

Our biggest party of the summer is back Fort Normandeau Days August 24 – 25 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. There will be a battle demonstration, performers, vendors, activities and much more. Have a blast in the past as we celebrate life as it was at the Crossing, circa 1885. Admission of $5.00/person, $15.00/family of five, or $20.00/carload of 6+ people. The barbecue not included in gate admission.


August 10 and 11 at Canyon Ski Hill take the challenge or be a spectator at Mud Hero the most fun you’ll ever have covered head-to-toe in mud. Take on the muddiest challenge ever and crank your adrenaline as you push yourself and your fellow heroes to the finish line, smiling every inch of the way. Finally, celebrate your achievement with other mud-lovers and spectators at the post-race Mud Bash, with a barbecue, bevies, live music and more. If you’re mad about mud – or just plain mad – this is the event for you.

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