Shopping at the outdoor markets, picnics in the park, floating down the river, or chillin’ out at one of our many festivals, these are just a few of the many things you can do this month in Red Deer.
Mac and Cheese Day
Who doesn’t like mac ‘n’ cheese? It is a staple in most homes, golden and gooey comfort food for both the young and the young at heart. In Red Deer there are many restaurants that cater to our love of this tasty dish like the Boulevard Restaurant + Lounge with their gourmet version made with cavatappi, gruyere, fontina, provolone, and bacon lardon — so tasty. Or if you’re looking for total decadence, maybe try a lobster mac and cheese at La Casa Pergola. I think we can agree that a mac and cheese just like Mom used to make is a fan favourite and you can get it at Papa Baldy’s, where they’ve expanded and now have a lovely sit in restaurant. Whatever you fancy these are just a few of the local eats who serve this simple fare. Come on down, grab your partner, your best friend or your kids and make Mac and Cheese Day a day you can’t live without.
Ice Cream Day
If ever there was a day to celebrate this summer, National Ice Cream Day should be at the top of your list. This cold creamy sweet dessert is a perfect pairing to our hot summer days. In Red Deer, we have many places in which you can indulge in this tasty treat one of them being the Little Ice Cream and Soda Shop on Ross. It has been a staple in Red Deer since 1991 and serves up great homemade ice-cream with flavours like ginger and moose tracks, how could you resist! Or if you’re in the mood to try something new Honey Bee Ice Cream Shop officially opened its door this May, serving up Foothills Creamer ice cream, on 5 Fir Street .With its many flavours and great patio it’s sure to be a locals favourite. So take the time drop by your local ice cream joint and let July 23 be a great day to celebrate with friends and family.
Expos, Events and Shows
First Friday Red Deer Celebration is happening downtown Friday, July 5 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Join us downtown for a special First Friday event featuring the official reopening of Culture Services in a new location, 5205 48 Ave (former Central Intermediate School). There are many activities to participate in! You can take a tour of the new facility and check out all the program and rental spaces, experience locally made, original art work at the official re-opening of the Viewpoint Gallery. Local artists include the Viewpoint Gallery Collective and Teena Dickerson. Take a free arts and culture sample class and learn about upcoming program opportunities. Enjoy live music by local musicians, Art Samuel Barker and Old Man Marley on the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza. Visit their website to learn about other First Friday activities happening the same evening.
Canada’s Gospel Music Celebration has become the largest gospel music event in Canada. Strategically located in the beautiful city of Red Deer, artists from all over North America gather for a three day “Uptown Camp Meeting” at the Centrium in the Westerner Park from July 11 – 13 .Top musicians from Canada and the US bring harmony music to our stage with passion. With talent like this you are in for a treat so check out their website for details, it is sure to be a soul lifting event
Tickets can be purchased at Tickets Alberta box office by calling (866) 340-4450 or online.
On Saturday, July 13, why not come on down to the Ellis Bird Farm for the Bluebird Festival and Blue Feather Award 20th Anniversary. This will be a fun event with a garden tour, bluebird trail tours, jazz explosion performances, children’s crafts, Nature Kids NatureBlitz, nest box building, bird banding and the Blue Feather awards. So take the birder in your life head down to Ellis Bird Farm and celebrate.
Join Nature Alberta for this exciting Women and Girls in Nature event on Sunday, July 14 at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. This is a free event for girls aged 7-14 and the special women in their lives to come and learn about careers in the biology, nature, and the environment from some inspiring and knowledgeable women. Participants will also learn species ID skills while taking part in a mini BioBlitz. Pre-registration is required for this event and you can do so by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Westerner Days Fair & Exposition Parade is the traditional kick-off to Central Alberta’s largest summer celebration. Over 30,000 people will line the streets of downtown Red Deer to enjoy the decorated floats and vehicles, collector vehicles, local celebrities, marching bands and livestock entries as they meander through the heart of Red Deer on Wednesday, July 17 at 9:30 am. Please refer to our parade map for full route details and enjoy this spectacular event.
Westerner Days Fair & Exposition is Central Alberta’s largest summer celebration with five days of top quality, truly authentic, action-packed entertainment July 17 -21. This event has everything that people are looking for in summer festivities – live entertainment, midway rides, free entertainment, nightly Pony Chuckwagon Races, good food and great company! Tickets can be purchased at Tickets Alberta online, as well as the Rider All Day passes can also be purchased from the Central Alberta Co-op from June 1 – July 16. This is the Westerner’s event of the year so don’t miss out, a great time that family and friends will love.
Also presenting themselves in a very big way is Dinosaurs Unearthed an exhibition featuring all sorts of animatronic dinosaurs – including feathered animatronic models – full-sized skeletons, fossils and interactive activities. It will be held at the new Exhibition Hall at the Westerner Park from July 17 -21. Dinosaurs Unearthed: Predator versus Prey! allows you and the family to find out which dinosaurs fought with each other, what kind of damage was done in the battles and how palaeontologists know that it happened. Meet some species from the Jurassic and the Cretaceous – and from around the world. Compare your weight, or the weight of your entire family, to a T. rex! Dinosaurs Unearthed: Predator versus Prey introduces you to some species you may be unfamiliar with, the bizarre, feathered, big gutted Alxasaurus, a tiny, fierce Sinosauropteryx, and a loveable Mojoceratops. Dinosaurs Unearthed: Predator versus Prey offers a unique and exciting learning experience of guests of all ages.
Æbleskiver N’ Jam is a day where you can enjoy “all-you-can-eat” æbleskiver, a traditional Danish dessert served with jam, together with coffee or juice at the Danish Canadian Museum. Taking place on Saturday, July 20, there will be volunteer musicians performing (jamming, if you will) on stage. Other volunteers demonstrate how to make æbleskiver with the special pan. For those who are very hungry, there is the æbleskiver eating contest, where the winner is the participant who can eat the most in the time allotted. The day is rounded out by games for children and for adults with prizes for those who come out the winners. As coffee is the most popular drink in Denmark we are adding a new component to our favourite event! Come experience roasting coffee beans over a outdoor fire hand grinding the freshly roasted beans and then creating a perfect cup of coffee fresh over a outdoor fire!
Head down to the Stephansson House on Sunday, July 21 for a celebration of poetry and the magic of words! There will be music, Icelandic baking, and crafts and games. It will be a fun time so check it out and let your imagination take you back in time.
Bard on Bower will be performing two plays with eight performances each this summer at Bower Ponds from July 25 – August 11. Macbeth opens Thursday, July 25 and The Tempest opens Wednesday, July 3. They will also be performing Bard in a Box which is short 45 minute retellings of the popular summer romps of A Midsummers Night’s Dream and Comedy of Errors which is set to tour the civic parks if Red Deer and the surrounding county.bThese events are free however donations are greatly appreciated. Checkout their website for times and let the ponds and abroad be your Shakespearen escape.
The 17th Annual CentreFest International Street Performer Festival is back in Red Deer July 27 – 28 and is bigger and better than ever. Come on down to their new location at the Gary W Harris Celebration Plaza. Entertainment, food trucks, roving artists, face painting, vendor market, Circus World for the kids to learn a few new skills, Ariel silks, and much more! Joining them is Taste of Red Deer July 26 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, with over 25 local restaurants expected to participate, you will be able to purchase food vouchers to spend on whatever tantalizes your taste buds! Proceeds from Taste of Red Deer will go directly to purchasing equipment for the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. CentreFest will also have performers on hand to provide entertainment. This family-friendly event is free to enter with food tickets required for Taste of Red Deer. Summer just got more delicious with Taste of Red Deer and CentreFest, Central Alberta’s largest street performer festival!
Image used courtesy of Westerner Days Fair & Exposition