Star Wars Day
“May the 4th be with you.” What started as pun warmly shared by fans has become a full-fledged Star Wars holiday. In Red Deer our many fans can celebrate this iconic day by heading down to one of our Public libraries for a little Star Wars fun. At The Dawe Branch hang out with Red Deer’s R2-D2, Build and race Lego Star Wars race pods or listen to a story read by Yoda! There is even a draw, and if you dress up you can enter twice. If you’re at the downtown branch then get galactic and celebrate with activities, popcorn and “A New Hope” on the big screen in the Snell Auditorium. The Timberland branch is also getting into the festivities with Star Wars related activities, and who knows, maybe with a little luck the force will be with you to.
Eat What You Want Day
Isn’t it great to celebrate a day that gives us permission to eat whatever we want; where we can throw caution to the wind and indulge without feeling guilty? May 11 is one of those days and in Red Deer we can celebrate at one of our many restaurants like It’s All Greek to Me for some Saganaki, a deep fried breaded goat’s cheese, or maybe try The Old Mexico Taco Buffet for their all you can eat tacos. If it’s Asian food you crave then The Fusion Cafe is great with their gluten free lemon chicken yum or you can take in some authentic Indian cuisine at The Tandoor N Flame. The key is to eat something that you truly enjoy, so whatever food that is for you, get celebrating!
May Ray Day
May Ray Day is for getting outside, soaking up the sun’s rays, and celebrating the warmer weather. Today you can officially put away those mittens and scarves and replace them with shorts and flip flops. In Red Deer we have many places you can enjoy those rays whether it’s going for a hike at Maskepetoon Park, or going for a picnic at Bower Ponds. Your might even want to celebrate by joining in the 21st Anniversary Woody’s RV World Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K along the majestic Red Deer River. Whatever your interest, let’s get outdoors, enjoy the sun and make this day memorable.
Sport and Outdoor Adventure
Celebrate the women in your life with a day filled with fitness, fun, and friendship at the Red Deer PCN Women’s Fun Run on May 11, 2019 in support of the Mustard Seed School Lunch Program. An event for all the wonderful women in Central Alberta! Seven different events for all ages and abilities with lots of amazing draw prizes, finisher awards, family activities, Weber Health Wellness & Gift Expo, and a ton of fun!
The 28th Anniversary Tradition Lives Box Lacrosse Tournament is happening in Red Deer May 17 – 20, 2019. Come on out and support your favourite minor lacrosse team. They will be playing at various venues throughout the city.
21st Anniversary Woody’s RV World Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, takes place Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 7:30 am through Red Deer’s picturesque park and trail system. Experience scenic winding paths along the majestic Red Deer River. With small race charm and big race benefits, our event is repeatedly ranked among Alberta’s best races. Register soon!
The Bellamy Brothers – Live in Concert featuring Alecia Aichelle will be headlining at the New Exhibition Hall at Westerner Park on Wednesday May 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm. For more than 30 years, the Bellamy Brothers have been an unassuming picture of consistency in Country music, crafting honest, heartfelt songs that connect with millions of listeners around the world. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets Alberta, so don’t delay as seating is limited.
Rock of Ages 10th Anniversary Tour will be performing at The Westerner Centrium Wednesday, May 8, 2019 for one night only. Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical, this 10 anniversary production features the music of iconic bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others. It’s a 1987 love story where small time girl meets big city rocker, so if you loved the 80s’ music vibe you will love this show. Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Alberta.
Blood Relations written by Sharon Pollock, will be hitting our Nickel Studio stage on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Centre in May 2019. Blood Relations is a psychological murder mystery that is based on fact and speculation surrounding the life of Lizzie Borden and the murders of her father and stepmother. Tickets can be purchased at the Black Knight Ticket Centre and the dates are May 10 – 12, 24 – 26, 31 – June 1, 2019.
Red Deer Symphony Orchestra presents La Dolce Vita on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Gaetz Memorial United Church 8:00 pm. Imagine the sounds and sights of southern Italy with Canadian baroque cello superstar, Elinor Frey. Presented guests, Rosa Barocca, perform beautiful Italian baroque music on period instruments including Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor Featuring Rosa Barocca and Elinor Frey, Cello. This will be a great evening and a perfect time to take mom out. Tickets can be purchased at The Black Knight Ticket Centre.
Expos, Shows, Markets & Fundraisers
The RDC Alumni Association is excited to present the 15th Annual Fine Wine and Food Tasting on May 2, 2019, in the Cenovus Energy Learning Common, Four Centres Building, RDC Main Campus. Join us for this fun and stylish event. Sample incredible offerings from local wine, beer, spirits and food vendors including small batch/limited release beverages, creative foods and delicious pairings. We are also excited to offer a VIP experience in a private room to experience a professionally hosted pairing experience featuring foods prepared specifically to complement the craft beer, spirits and wine provided by our vendors. Your hosts will explain why and how these pairings work, and take questions from the guests. The VIP experience begins at 6:00 pm, and guests will be prepared to enter the main event with new knowledge to test. Funds raised at this event directly support scholarships established by the RDC Alumni Association. Make sure to visit the official Fine Wine and Food Tasting website to purchase tickets and learn more information.
Friends of the Red Deer Public Library present Beer and Chocolate Pairing Fundraiser Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Red Deer Public Library downtown branch. Enjoy a selection of Alberta Craft beers introduced with perfectly paired chocolates chosen by Matt Hamill, co-owner of Red Shed Malting. Non-alcoholic drinks and other snacks will also be served. Only 50 tickets at $40 each so book early, advance purchase only at the Downtown Branch.
Central Alberta Vintage Auto Club presents their 50th CAVAC Swap Meet taking place May 3 – 4, 2019 at Westerner Park celebrating two days of antique, classic, and hot rod cars, trucks, parts and automobilia. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $5.00 with children under 12 free. The hours run 3:00 – 8:00 pm on Friday and 8:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday with a special event Show n’ Shine from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. This is a fun event for all so come on down and see which car is your favourite.
The 12th Annual Red Deer Gun Show will be happening at the Westerner Agricentre West May 4 – 5, 2019. Admission is $8.00 and can be purchased at the door, children under 12 free. If you’d like to volunteer or learn more about the Red Deer Gun Show, check out their website for details.
The Sunnybrook Farm presents an Old Fashioned Ham Dinner. May 7, 8, 9 ,2019 with two sittings at 5:00 and 6:30 pm. Join the ladies of Sunnybrook Farm as they present their famous ham and scalloped potatoes dinner in the new Calder School building. Tickets are $15, so book early to avoid disappointment.
An Evening of Decadent Dessert, taking place on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Westerner Parkland Pavilion, is Aspire’s biggest fundraising event of the year featuring champagne reception, buffet dinner, entertainment, raffles and silent auction. The highlight of the evening is an exciting live auction, featuring one-of-a-kind desserts created by bakers from across Central Alberta. To purchase tickets, go to Tickets Alberta or call (403) 340-3606. You can also stop by Aspire at 4826 – 47 Street.
The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre is excited to bring the 4th Annual Touch-A-Truck event again to Central Alberta on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at The CrossRoads Church parking lot! Touch-A-Truck is a family friendly event that gives kids of all ages the chance to see some of their favourite trucks, tractors, and vehicles up close, and a chance to interact with RCMP, EMS, Firefighters and more! Tickets are $7.00 per carload available online at, at the CACPC office, or at the gate. Event happens rain or shine. Food trucks and ATM will be onsite. This event is not pet friendly. Stay up-to-date by checking out the Touch-A-Truck Facebook page for all the latest announcements and information.
On May 11 or 12, 2019, come on down to the Westerner Stockman’s Pavilion for the Carswells 30th Annual Red Deer’s Mother’s Day Antique and Vintage Show & Sale. As one of the Largest and longest running Antique & Collectors shows in Alberta, this is the show you don’t want to miss! There will be Vendors from across Canada, bringing a fantastic selection of Canadian, European, Vintage and Retro furniture and collectables. It’s a great opportunity to Step back in time and show your children or grandchildren what it was like, Back in the day! Rosco the Clown will be on hand to make complementary balloon animals for the children. Wheelchair accessible. Concession will be available. Admission: Adults $10.00 and Children 14 & Under are Free, when accompanied by an adult.
Deja Vu Kids Spring Sale & Market is on at the Westerner Park on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. This is Red Deer’s largest children’s resale event! Shop thousands of gently used baby and children’s items at 50 – 90% off retail prices. Tickets are $3.00 and can be purchased at the door, kids are free.
Join us on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm for our first annual Home & Lifestyle Show, in partnership with the Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce! This inaugural event will feature Sylvan Lake and area businesses, services, clubs, and activities! Admission for patrons is free, but we will be accepting donations at the door for the Sylvan Lake Food Bank.
It’s Mother’s Day weekend and a great time to join us! May 11, 2019 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for The Lovely Spring Craft Show and Market! There will be over 50 amazing vendors to visit! Held at the Baymont Inn and Suites, 4311 – 49th Ave (former Red Deer Lodge). Free admission, free kids craft and a gift for the first 100 adults to visit us!
A Carnival Market will be happening every Friday, from May 17, 2019 to October at the Carnival Cinemas parking lot from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. Come on down and shop, eat, and play and makes those Friday afternoons memorable.
Spring on the Farm at Sunnybrook Museum is taking place Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Join us for a special country breakfast, garage sale, face painting, family activities, and a chance to meet the baby animals that are going to live at the farm throughout the summer. Antique tractor pull, cookie walk, and other activities. Admission by donation (meal charges apply).
The 2nd Annual Props and Pistons Show and Shine is on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at the Red Deer Airport from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Come on down and check out this fun event Get up close to planes, cars and bikes! Food trucks on site. Admission by donation to the Red Deer Food Bank.
The famous Edgar Farms Asparagus Festival is taking place May 26, June 2 and June 9, 2019 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. 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.
Join local makers, bakers, and growers on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 3:30 – 6:30 pm for the first Downtown Red Deer Farmers’ Market of the Season! There will be prizes, giveaways, and entertainment for all ages.
Central Alberta’s 13th Annual Children’s Festival is back at the Red Deer Rotary Park May 31 and June 1, 2019. A whole lot of fun for the young and young at heart with face painting, singing, dancing, a little magic, family barbecue and Pancake breakfast. Make sure to check out their website for a full list of activities, events, how you can volunteer and more!
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is hosting their 2019 Induction Banquet on May 31, 2019 at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre (former Sheraton). We invite everyone to join us in this celebration of both new Inductees and returning Honoured Members, and their lasting impact on sport in our province. If you would like more information on the Induction Banquet or to order tickets, please call (403) 341-8614.