What’s Happening in October in Red Deer

Fun Days

International Coffee Day

October 1st
At a time when the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, what’s better then a hot cup of coffee to help wake and warm us up? Whether it be an Americano at Meeting Waters Coffee & Roastery or maybe one of those fancy coffee‘s like a lavender chocolate latte at Dose Coffee Co, International Coffee Day is a great day to celebrate and embrace the coffee bean. So grab some friends, or come on your own, and visit one of our many coffee shops here in Red Deer and enjoy.

Beer and Pizza Day

October 9th
Did you know that beer is the oldest alcoholic beverage known to man and that pizza heralds back to 997 AD in Gaeta, Italy? It’s this combination that we would like to celebrate and what better way than to visit some of our local breweries like the Troubled Monk for a pint or the Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria for authentic Neapolitan pizza.

Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 18th
Babycakes Cupcakery is a great place to be when celebrating Chocolate Cupcake Day. Whether you want to sit down in their retro-modern cafe atmosphere or order a dozen for that special party, with names like Morning Buzz or Granma Lil’s Double Chocolate you can’t go wrong. If you are looking for that little bakery downtown, Stella Beans is another great stop — yum!

International Artist‘s Day

October 25th
International Artist’s Day is to honour the contribution artists have, and are, making to society. Whether they’re painters, musicians, actors, sculptors, dancers, or photographers we can celebrate them by visiting the many galleries like The Red Deer’s Art Gallery & Museum. You could also take in a show at Central Alberta Theatre, one of the largest and oldest theatre groups in Canada, or head down to Our Best to You Craft Sale at the Westerner Park from October 26 to 28. This art and craft sale is a great place to find those artistic treasures from some of Canada’s most talented artists, artisans, and designers. The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra is another gem, dedicated to providing high calibre musical performances. If you’re looking for something a little more edgy, many of our clubs like The Krossing bring in nightly live entertainment. These are just a few things that bring beauty to our world and this day is to celebrate them.

Expos

Rocktober

October 3rd to 7th
Prairie Pavilion Westerner

For those who love rocks minerals, and fossils come on down to Rocktober. It is the largest event of its kind in Western Canada featuring gemstones, minerals, fossils, crystals, jewelry, beads, findings, and one of kind specimens. This is a great event for all ages to explore the geologist in all of us and best of all tickets are free.

Westerner Dairy Showcase

October 18th to 20th
AgiCentre Westerner Park

Why not come on down to Western Canada’s largest dairy show and sale. Event highlights include the Central Alberta Holstein Club Sale, the Youth Show, the Jersey Show and the Holstein Show. A valuable part of the Westerner Park’s agricultural history since 1954, this is a show not to be missed.

Red Deer Home Renovation and Design Show

October 19th to 21st
Westerner Parkland Pavilion Salon A and B

If you are looking to improve your home or just want a change then come on down to Central Alberta’s only fall home improvement show. It will have everything you need for your home including ideas for your fall renovation, decor, design, organization, construction and indoor living projects. Tickets will be $5 and are available at the door.

The New Earth Expo

October 19th to 21st
This is a Health and Wellness expo that includes Alternative healing practices, Physical, Metaphysical, Spiritual, Nutritional, Environmental, Holistic and more. So come on out for a great day filled with new experiences, presentations, demonstrations and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased online, a weekend combo is $24 adults, $11 senior/student or a day pass is 12 for adults, $7 for seniors/students and those under 12 free if accompanied by an adult.

Entertainment

Oktoberfest

October 4th
Holiday Inn Chalet at the Westerner

Troubled Monk, The Westerner and Zed 98.9 are bringing Oktoberfest to Red Deer. So gather your friends and family for a night of good food, specialty craft beer and your own beer stein. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at TicketsAlberta.com or in person at The Troubled Monk Brewery.

Central Alberta Co-op Wine & Spirits Festival

October 5th
Parkland Pavilion

Come on down to the Parkland Pavilion from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm for an evening of wine and spirit sampling with light appetizers. The tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the central Alberta Liquor stores in Red Deer, Stettler, Spruceview, Lacombe and Innisfall. An 18+ only event it makes for a great date night or a good time with friends.

First Friday Red Deer

October 5th
On the first Friday of every month, join the galleries in downtown Red Deer in celebrating local, regional and national artistic talent. The galleries buzz with art experiences, open gallery spaces, social mingling and maybe some entertainment. Suitable for adults, youth, families, date nights, music lovers, culture-vultures and anyone who enjoys kicking off their weekend with a Friday night party. First Friday Red Deer is becoming a staple in the local culture diet. Free to attend.

DA Downtown

October 6th and 7th
Ross Street Patio

Welcome back to a weekend of wizarding fun and festivities in the heart of Red Deer. Check out their Wizard’s Bazaar, partake in a game of Wizard’s chess or learn what Quidditch is all about. Get a group together and go on a scavenger hunt, enter in the costume contest or get your picture taken with Otis the Owl. These are just a few of the exciting things happening this Thanksgiving weekend, so come on down and let your imagination soar.

Red Deer Symphony Orchestra Season Premiere

October 13th
Red Deer College Arts Centre

A classical feast featuring Red Deer pianist Alison Kilgannon in her RDSO debut. As well there will be Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. It is a great way to start of the new season and a real treat for those who love the classics.

Thank You Canada Tour

October 18th
Enmax Centrium

Come on down and enjoy Canada’s favorite Figure skaters Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir along with Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Elvis Stojko, Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje and more in their Thank You Canada Tour. Tickets can be purchased at online and if you want to enhance your experience then join us before the show for our Chef Inspired Autumn Buffet. This is a great night out and a chance to see some of their favourite performances that put these Canadian darlings on the top of podiums around the world.

An Evening in Concert with Murray Mclauchlan

October 27th
Red Deer Memorial Centre

Murray McLauchlan is one of Canada’s most highly regarded singer/songwriters, with a career that has spanned over 45 years, 19 albums and 11 Junos. His is known for his socially conscious songs that often represent the underclass and has achieved widespread popularity throughout Canada starting off with the Farmer’s Song. Now with the release of his critically acclaimed Love Can’t Tell Time, he’s back on the road treating concert goers to a seamless blend of old and new.” Tickets are $51.50 and can be purchased at the Black Knight Ticket Centre.

Markets, Fairs & Fundraisers

One Fabulous Market

October 5th and 6th
Baymont Inn & Suites

If you love wine, live music, yummy treats, and shopping, then you need to get your hands on a ticket for our exclusive shopping night Friday, October 5th, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Tickets are available online. Saturday is free entry, so grab all your friends and head over to check out some of Central Alberta’s finest artisans at our One Fabulous Market.

FCA Rodeo

October 12th to 14th
Stockmans Pavillion

The Foothills Cowboys Association presents the Cowboy Classic Finals Rodeo Friday, October 12th to the 14th. A great family event and tickets can be purchased online.

Carswell’s Annual Antique, Vintage & Retro Show & Sale

October 20th and 21st
Stockmens Pavilion Westerner

It’s that time of year to start thinking about Christmas and what better time than to visit Carswell’s 28th Red Deer Christmas Antique Show & Sell. It’s an enjoyable adventure in antique hunting with over 300 tables to browse and shop. The tickets are sold at the door and are $10 with children 14 and under being free.

Rotary Club of Red Deer: Black Tie Bingo

October 25
Sheraton Red Deer

Welcome to the 26th Rotary Club of Red Deer’s Black Tie Bingo sponsored by Earls. It’s a fun filled Las Vegas themed night of cocktails, gourmet dinner, silent auctions, Vegas Showgirls, Vegas themed performers, complimentary photo booth and best of all Bingo for some fabulous prizes. So come on down, support a good cause and have a night to remember. To purchase your tickets and get updated information on this event online.

Our Best to You Craft Sale

October 26th to 28th
Parkland and Prairie Pavilion Westerner

Our Best to You Canadian Handmade market is back in Red Deer and with Christmas in the air this is the perfect time to get your shopping started. There will be over 200 top Canadian artists, artisans and designers displaying their incredible work all for a truly unique and interactive shopping experience. So come down and enjoy what this festive weekend has to offer. Tickets are $7 and under 18 are free.

Third Annual Arts and Beer Fundraiser

October 26th
Festival Hall

The Red Deer Arts Council will be hosting their 3rd annual Arts and Craft Beer Fundraiser Friday October 26th. This Adult Halloween themed event will feature the music of the Klamdaggers, as well as Central Alberta Film Festival Society will be bringing some cool local horror films and clips from spooky movies to put you in the spirit! It will be a fun evening of wine, craft beer, dancing and of course prizes for the best costumes (optional). Tickets can be purchased at the Black Knight Ticket centre.