What’s Happening in August in Red Deer

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National Relaxation Day

August 15

Take the day off from your regular routine on National Relaxation Day. Grab (or rent) an inner tube at Discovery Canyon and take a float down their natural lazy river.

Jazz at the Lake

August 17 to 19

2018 marks the 16th annual Jazz at the Lake Festival. This year features award-winning Canadian pianist/vocalist Laila Biali and performances by this year’s Project Discovery winners.

Viking Days

August 18 to 22

This is the Danish Canadian Museum’s biggest event of the year! 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 (reservation required), or have a Danish hot dog, Danish desserts, old time soft drinks or other confections outside.

World Photography Day

August 19

Everyone has the ability to be a photographer. Take part in World Photography Day by heading out to Sylvan Lake and checking out their 5 Most Instagramable Spots.

Fort Normandeau Days

August 25 to 26

The biggest party of the summer is back! Have a blast in the past while you celebrate life as it was at the Crossing, circa 1885.

Get Moving

Mud Hero Alberta

August 11 to 12

The spectacle of Mud Hero is like no other! Mud Hero’s course will get your adrenaline and blood pumping. With DJs, live bands, cash BBQ, sponsor give-aways, live demos and alcohol/non-alcohol drinks, enjoy the festivities as you cheer your fellow Mud Heroes on to the finish.


August 12

The Red Deer Association for Bicycle Commuting will be hosting the first ever Cyclovia event in downtown Red Deer. The event gives participants a safe and easy way to enjoy a car free experience in downtown Red Deer. Downtown activities will include food trucks, open restaurants and cafes, active living association booths, bicycle repair demos, bicycle helmet fittings, and more.

Wheeling Through the Watershed: Cycling Learning Journey

August 23

Inaugural Cycling Learning Journey provides a unique two-wheel view of the Red Deer River watershed, highlighting a few of the special places and people in our watershed in celebration of Water Quality Awareness Month! Stops along the tour will include presentations and talks from stewardship groups working to keep the watershed healthy, dynamic and sustainable.

Eat Well

International Beer Day

August 3

Celebrate International Beer Day with a cold one. Check out our Places to Quench Your Thirst in Central Alberta for some inspiration!

National S’mores Day

August 10

Why not head out to Lions Campground for National S’mores Day? Located in the heart of Red Deer, this campground combines the beauty of a park with the convenience of the City.

Afternoon Tea Week

August 14 to 20

Afternoon Tea Week at Cronquist House. Enjoy delicious food and piping hot tea while taking in the beauty of the Victorian-style farmhouse on the grounds of Bower Ponds.


August 17 to 19

Hey Ribfest Fans, it’s coming to Rotary Recreation Park in beautiful downtown Red Deer. Are you ready to get your sticky on? The new Ribfest promises the best in slow cooked Ribs, BBQ Chicken and sweet pulled pork. In addition, we excited to offer a craft beer garden, live entertainment, a Kids Fun Zone, delicious foodies, tasty treats and much more.

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