International Trails Day
International Trails Day is a day dedicated to celebrate trails, their development, uses and the healthy lifestyle they encourage. We can celebrate it in Red Deer by taking the time to explore our many trails over 100 km meandering throughout the city and river valley. If hiking is your thing then try exploring Maskepetoon Park an ecological gem tucked away in the west end of Red Deer or maybe the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary with over 5km of hiking trails with viewing platforms, a bird blind, gardens, information signs, sightseeing benches and lookout points for viewing the birding wildlife. Love biking they why not head to Heritage Ranch part of the Great Trail and take in the various parks along the way, if you haven’t a bicycle then contact Savy Cycle as they also have rentals on hand so you can explore all that this great city has to offer.
June 2 – 8
It’s Seniors Week on and to celebrate the valuable contributions of seniors in our communities, the City of Red Deer is giving those 65 and older free access to all four City recreation facilities and drop in programs. Participating facilities include: Collicutt Centre, G.H. Dawe Community Centre, Michener Aquatic Centre and the Recreation Centre. There are many drop in activities available to choose from, including swimming, yoga, fitness, water workouts, pickleball and more! Drop in for a free coffee and chat with our staff about the activities that are right for you. Facility hours of operation and drop in schedules can be found at www.reddeer.ca/recreation. More information can be found online or by calling 403-309-8411 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Friends Day
It’s time to not only honour but celebrate those friendships that are so important to us. You can do this by taking a friend out for coffee at one of Red Deer’s many great coffee shops like Café Millennium downtown on Ross Street or maybe for cocktails at To The Lost with their laid back atmosphere and amazing decor. If you want to surprise your friend with something a little more daring then Skydive Big Sky offers a complete skydiving experience for both newcomers and expert jumpers alike or you could try axe throwing with True North Axe Throwing , cold drinks, relaxing atmosphere and a great way to bond. Antiquing is another great way to spend time with your bestie and places like The Antique Mall Red Deer or Red Deer Antiques and Collectibles will definitely fill that urge .So whether you go on an adventure, shop till you drop or relax at some nearby café, just be sure to thank them for all the wonderful times you’ve had together! Happy Best Friends Day!
International Picnic Day
Celebrate by gathering together outdoors to eat and enjoy one another’s company, which has traditionally been called Picnic. The true origin of International Picnic Day is unknown, but can be traced back to the end of the French Revolution and the Victorian Era. Picnics were ways for people to escape the restrictions of etiquette and formality. Here in Red Deer we have many green spaces for your family and friends to get together. Whether it is in one of Red Deer’s many parks like the Kiwanis Picnic Park or downtown at City Hall in the gardens, grab you lunch get outdoors and celebrate.
Expos, Events, and Shows
The Rock Your Bump Baby Shower will be happening at The Black Knight Inn on Saturday, June 1 from 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm.This event will be filled with prenatal information, games, shopping and prizes! If you are expecting, you need to come to this event! There will be over 30 vendors who we have hand-picked because they offer products or services we think you’ll love as a mom-to-be.
Westerner Park is home to the second annual Red Deer PetFest from June 1 – 2. Enjoy a weekend of premiere entertainment by the President’s Choice Super Dogs including daily shows, Pat & Chat Sessions and the Next Super Dog Search as well as Reptile Parties. There will also be interactive exhibits including photo opportunities with exotic animals, Guard Dog demonstrations, dozens of vendors from across Canada and a lot more fun for the whole family! Tickets are $14 and can be purchased at the door, children 3 and under free.
Red Deer Community Bands 50th Anniversary Gala is taking place Saturday, June 1 and is celebrating 50 years in Central Alberta! Join us Saturday 5:30pm at the Westerner Harvest Centre Marquis Room for performances by Jazz Explosion and other bands, along with a dinner and dance. Tickets are available online.
The Red Deer Royals will be hosting the Marching Showband Classic 2019 on Sunday, June 2 from 1:00 pm – 3:30pm at the Lindsay Thurber sports field. The world class gold medal Red Deer Royals will unveil their 2019 field show “Timeless” as well as there will be bands from across Alberta. Open to the public admission to the event is $10 with children six and under free. It’s an excellent time to support them as their will also be raffle tickets, silent auction and a 50/50 draw.
Join Edgar Farms for their Asparagus Festival from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 2 and Sunday, June 9. Come on down and join in the festivities everything from wagon rides, farm animals, kids areas, games and lots more fun family activities. Check out our fresh amazing asparagus as well as their will be local food trucks and handmade baking. Admission is $5.00 with children under 5 free.
Friday, June 7 is First Friday in Red Deer — a great time to join the galleries in downtown Red Deer in celebrating local, regional and national artistic talent. One of the ways to celebrate is to join The Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery from 5-8 pm for the Opening Reception of the exhibition, Kinship: Images of Family and Community from the MAG’s Indigenous and Inuit Art Collection. There will be a guided Guided tour at 6 pm with light refreshments and snacks. This is a free event however donations are always welcome.
On Saturday, June 8 make a point to attend Red Deer Symphony Orchestra Season Finale at The Red Deer College Arts Centre. Often called the greatest concerto of the 19th century, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is sure to be unforgettable in the hands of rising Canadian cello phenomenon Cameron Crozman. Juno Winner Jocelyn Morlock’s Oiseaux Bleu et Sauvages, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto Featuring Red Deer Festival of Performing Arts Winner Harbour Lehocky, Violin & Cameron Crozman, Cello. This will be a great evening of entertainment and a way to support the arts. Tickets can be purchased online so get yours before they sell out.
From June 7 – June 16, Cornerstone Youth Theatre proudly presents “Just So”. Five of Rudyard Kipling’s tales weave together into a wondrous tale of personal courage, individuality and friendship. A great family event, set to an eclectic, upbeat score, Kipling’s “Just So “ stories are woven with wit and imagination into a song-filled journey through the jungle. Showtime listings and ticket purchases can be found online or by calling 403-986-2981. Shows presented at New Life Fellowship 20 Kelloway Crescent in Red Deer.
Come on down and join The Comic Strippers at The Memorial Centre on Saturday, June 8 for a male stripper parody and improv comedy show. Semi undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy. It’s adult improv at its best, so get your tickets soon,
On Sunday, June 9, relive the music from our past with The Stampeders. This Canadian Rock “n” Roll band from the 70’s is bringing along their classic hits from Wild Eyes, to their Hall of famer “Sweet City Woman” . A veritable soundtrack to a whole generation that will ‘carry you home’, maybe not to Birmingham, but back to a time of tie-dyed t-shirts and elevator shoes, 15¢ coffee and homemade apple pie, dating and dreaming. By the time The Stampeders get to the first chorus of the first song, everyone will be singing along. Don’t miss your chance get your tickets for a rock’n’rollin good time.
Join country music legend, Charlie Pride and his band The Pridesmen on Wednesday, June 19 at the Westerner’s Centrium for an evening full of nostalgia and the sounds of some of country music greatest hits. Charley, who is known all over the globe as “The Pride of Country Music”, first appeared in Canada in 1968, and now over fifty years later he continues to visit Canadian provinces each and every year. It is sure to be a great show, so don’t delay and get your tickets.
If you’re into a Scottish Festival, Highland dance, heavy sports competition, piping and drumming, Celtic fairs and more, then come on down to the Red Deer Highland Games on Saturday, June 22 at The Westerner Park. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door, it’s an event not to be missed so come on down.
An Open Studio Tour hosted by The Visual Art Committee of the Red Deer Arts Council is taking place June 22 – 23 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm each day. This is a free self-guided tour of Red Deer and area artists’ working home studios. Artists will be able to show their artwork (possibly sell), demonstrate their art form, gather contact information for promotion, and distribute promotional material for their art and upcoming shows and events.
Join the Métis Nation of Alberta – Local 492, The Association Canadienne-française de l’alberta (ACFA), régionale de Red Deer, and the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) on Monday, June 24 for St. Jean Baptiste Day on with a family picnic in Heritage Square from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm in celebration of Métis & French culture. You can bring your own food or there will be food available for purchase onsite. There will be art activities, performances by Brianna Lizotte, and the Olds Metis Youth Dancers, plus more! For all ages, free to attend.
Sports and Marathons
Come on down to Heritage Ranch on June 1 and 2 for the 2019 Spartan Race Red Deer This is a two day event featuring races with multiple obstacles and everything from a 5k sprint, a kids race , 13k Super and or course the hurricane heat. So grab your friends, family or come on your own and make this an event to remember.
The Red Deer Walk for Muscular Dystrophy happening Saturday, June 1 is a community event and fundraiser in support of persons affected by neuromuscular disorders. Admission is completely free. Walk event activities include: 1km walk around McKenzie Trails, free BBQ cooked by the Red Deer Fire Department, outdoor games, impact presentations, live music, kid’s activities, face painting, 50/50, and a silent auction featuring prizes from local businesses. Register at this site and join in on this cause
The Outreach Centre (Women’s Outreach) will be holding the 8th Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event on Thursday, June 13. This is an exciting community fundraiser that sees over a hundred men slip into stiletto heels and strut their stuff in style for a mile; raising eyebrows and funds for the Outreach Centre programs. Our event is expanding this year with a pancake breakfast as well as a BBQ lunch, live entertainment, and family fun. We will have several radio stations on location as well as numerous other local media outlets, and hundreds of spectators, volunteers, friends, and families.
The 5K Foam Fest is a one of kind obstacle course based fun run happening Saturday, June 22 at the Heritage Ranch. Join us for 22+ obstacles including the world’s largest inflatable waterslide, mud pits and 2.5 million cubic feet of foam! Rock out all day to 12,000 watts of awesome (family friendly) music, enjoy a free kids zone for kids seven and under, taste delicious food, shop from local vendors and celebrate your success in our well-stocked beer gardens. With a variety of obstacles and a ton of foam, the 5K Foam Fest run is an exciting challenge for experienced and beginner runners alike.
The Red Deer Run Roundup is taking place Saturday, June 29 at the Railway Bridge. This is an event for all ages and abilities where athletes will enjoy the precise organization and execution of a Blitz event, all with a laid back atmosphere. Our awesome volunteers make the day fun by ensuring you stay on course and cheer you on! This is an inexpensive chip timed event giving runners the opportunity to participate without breaking the bank.