August is Family Fun Month and to celebrate here are 8 enjoyable activities that you and your family can create to make this summer extra special.
- Explore the Waskasoo Park Trails System Red Deer has over 100 km of easily accessible, paved, hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails connecting park users to beautiful green areas and park attractions.
- Kraay Family Farm Home to Alberta’s premier corn maze, Kraay Family Farm offers over 40 attractions and amenities in addition to the world-famous corn maze
- Bower Ponds Recreation Paddle boats, kayaks, canoes, ice cream and more!
- Kerry Wood Nature Centre With a variety of exhibits, demonstrations, events, programs and Alberta’s first nature playground, the Nova Chemicals Imagination Grove, there is something to please everyone.
- Fort Normandeau The park and interpretive centre is a great place to explore Red Deer’s rich cultural history. You can also launch your kayak, canoe or raft to paddle the Red Deer River.
- Sunny Brook Farm Museum Go back in time and explore Red Deer’s oldest farm.
- Discovery Wildlife Park Offers unique wildlife experiences in a vast park setting.
- Collicutt Centre There’s tons of fun for the whole family at this state-of-the-art 250,000 sq ft fitness and wellness centre.
Heritage Day – August 3
A day to celebrate the varied and diverse cultures that make up our province of Alberta. Here in Red Deer we can celebrate by learning about the people and exploring the places that have helped shape our community.
- Check out the Heritage Walking Tours, Red Deerians and visitors alike can choose to go on one or all of the tours, which will guide you through the city’s downtown core.
- Visit the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, a creative mix of historic artifacts, archival material and modern technology will tell the stories of the lives of ordinary people, stories of vision, sacrifice, hardship and success.
- Sunnybrook Farm Museum a place where people experience and learn about the evolution of rural life in central Alberta.
- Our sports history is deeply rooted in our province, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame captures the spirt of sport, boasting a must see collections library, honoured members gallery and interactive activities.
- Historic Fort Normandeau brand new exhibits and the reconstruction of the original Fort at Red Deer Crossing, sets the stage to bring the early history of Red Deer to life.
- Zip down to Bower Ponds to view the Cronquist House a historic Victorian House built in 1912 by Swedish immigrants Emmanuel & Hilda Cronquist , opened Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm for lunch.
- The Norwegian Laft Hus shares the great diversity in their cultural heritage and enabling Norwegian-Canadians to see, understand, and appreciate their place in the mosaic of Canadian Culture.
International Beer Day – August 7
International Beer Day is a global celebration of beer, taking place in pubs, breweries, and backyards all over the world. Beer is the second most popular beverage in the world, second only to Tea, which is why so many pay such homage to this satisfying drink. In Red Deer we have many local establishments like East 40 th Pub where you can enjoy a pint and a game of pool, or maybe head over to The Toad and Turtle for a cold brew upstairs on their outdoor deck. If craft breweries are to your liking then places like Troubled Monk Brewery will satisfy your thirst with a pint of their finest, Pesky Pig anyone? Red Hart Brewery is another great local craft brewery, it is family friendly so bring a board game and a juice box for the kids and make it an afternoon activity. Let us raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders, grab a cold one and rejoice in the greatness of beer!
National S’mores Day – August 10
There is nothing better than snuggling up near an open campfire and indulging in the most classic of deserts, s’mores. Chocolate, graham cracker cookies, a perfectly toasted marshmallow and the open air, a perfectly sweet combination. Get yours by heading down to one of our local parks like Kiwanis Park or McKenzie Trails Recreation Area, they have the firepits, you just need to bring your own wood, roasting stick and s’mores makings. Looking for the full experience, then why not go camping? Lions campground is right next door to the trails, Westerner Campground can accommodate you or you could head down to Summerland Leisure Park which even has mini golf. Howl with the wolves at Discovery Wildlife Park and Campground, they don’t offer open firepits, but with propane firepit rentals available, you will be well on your way to a s’mores experience.
Perseid Meteor Shower – August 11 to 13 (its peak)
The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the most beloved meteor showers of the year, especially in the Northern Hemisphere where the shower peaks on warm summer nights. No matter where you live worldwide, the 2020 Perseid meteor shower will probably produce the greatest number of meteors on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13. In Red Deer and area we can enjoy this by gathering our family or friends together under the night sky. To find out more information and places to observe this celestial event checkout the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, where they post (approximate) weekly videos called “Astronomy with Alice.” The Perseid Meteor Shower will be the topic of one their videos in early August.
Alberta Open Farm Days – August 15 &16
Alberta Open Farm Days is a collaborative province-wide two-day event that gives Albertans an opportunity to experience the farm and understand where their food comes from. It is a backstage pass to meet the farmer, experience Ag-tourism in Alberta and taste local foods direct from the producer. This year’s eighth annual event will take place on August 15 -16, 2020. See below for some highlights in the Red Deer region…
Holmehus Antiques If you are looking for fine antiques and farm fresh food it is worth a trip to the country! Their working farm is a cross cultural, continental style farming operation and shop is full of rare Scandinavian and European antiques and collectibles. Their most important goal is their animals’ happy and healthy environment.
Prepare European and buy local. Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Blindman Brewing Their taproom is open for selling and sampling beers made inhouse on 24 taps, with some non-alcoholic drinks and snacks available as well. Tours will be available on demand throughout Alberta Open Farm Days, August 15 & 16, Saturday 12:00 – 10:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 pm.
Garlic Goodness Fresh grown delicious garlic, tomatoes, onions, and vegetables in dirt without sprays of any kind. They have a small herd of Scottish Highland cattle and sell halves of beef in the fall cut to individual specification. Head out for a visit. Times are as follows Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Hard Hels Hops Come out and discover a working hop farm. See the effort it takes to produce this key ingredient used in local craft beer. They will be running hop yard tours as well as self guided treasure hunts through the hop yard all day for the young ones. For those that want to learn more about hops, they will have some different varieties for you to sniff test, see if you can guess which is which. They will also be selling locally produced burgers, smokies, freezies, sodas and BEER from Red Hart Brewing.
DNA Gardens Alberta Prairie Fruit, and country living, visit them during Alberta Open Farm Days. Offering wagon rides in the orchard followed by wine tasting, learning about prairie fruits, bees and bats, demonstrations and crafts for kids and adults, live music and lunch also available. The Ultimate breakfast will be happening Sunday morning along with trails to wonder, samples of fruit products, a petting zoo and new play park for kids. Check the website for schedule & fees and enjoy open farm days. The times are as follows Saturday August 15, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday August 16 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Hoven Farms Certified organic grass finished beef, poultry & egg production, live music and family dance on Saturday. BBQ burgers, ice cream treats, berries, flowers & trees, demonstrations, tours and more. Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
Parkland Nurseries and Garden Centre Join the staff and experience various hardy fruit trees and bushes for the area. Local food available for purchase, join in on courses, kid’s activities happening while enjoying live music with delicious food from Shackehlicious Food Truck (vegan food available). Fun for the entire family, while following Alberta Health Guidelines. Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm.
Troubled Monk They will be hosting tours of the Troubled Monk Brewery and distillery facilities. Tours run at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm both days. Open Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 – 8:00 pm.
White Treasure Farm Find sales tables of plants, mohair socks, saddle blankets, hides and raw fiber. Demos of spinning, washing and cleaning of fiber. Viewing animals for viewing along with history and care of animals, with answers to questions provided. Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Viking Days at The Danish Canadian Museum – August 21 – 22
From feasts to lunches, battles and Viking entertainment, all this can be found at the Danish Canadian Museum August 21 – 22. Check out their facebook page for details and remember space is limited and everything must be booked online.
2020 Harvard Airberta – August 25 – 29
Calling all Pilots “The Harvard Airberta” is an aviation poker rally taking place August 25 at 12:00 pm ending August 28 at 5:30 pm. Pilots stamp a map at airports across Alberta in a bid to win the most points! Organized by the Harvard Historical Aviation Society (HHAS) and Red Deer Regional Airport, with all proceeds to HHAS. On the 29th of August they will have their awards event with silent auction held in Red Deer. Stay tuned for more event details.
Just Because Day – August 27
If ever a day needed to be celebrated “Just Because Day” would be at the top of the list. Finally, you have a chance to do something without a rhyme or reason, Just Because. So head down to Trenville Park located on the Red Deer River, a great place to camp and go paddling, or try your hand at fishing. Adventure anyone? Kraay Family Farm, get lost in a corn maze, go gem mining or just hang out with the farm animals, the activities are endless. Have you every tried stand up paddle boarding? If not check out Mountain Surf Co not only do they provide rentals , they give lessons as well. Looking for an indoor retreat from the heat? Then the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame can provide indoor activity, test your skills on their climbing rock wall, virtual baseball, a 200 m wheelchair race and much more. So get out of your comfort zone and try something new, not because you have to, or because you should, just do it Just Because!
Things Happening at Westerner Park
Head to Westerner Park for 5 days of live music with Loco Amigos Mayhem 2020 with over 20 live bands rocking the house from 12:00 pm – 12:00 am. There will be two show daily, food truck, vendors and a whole lot of fun. Check it out, it’s a summer event you don’t want to miss.
The award-winning ATB Financial Alberta Food & Beverage Expo is back in Red Deer at Western Park for the 3rd year, August 22 from 5:00 to 10:00pm. Sample hundreds of wines, spirits, craft beers, and delicious hand-crafted cocktails from wineries, distilleries, breweries and microbreweries both local and from all over the world. All while enjoying a taste of new and amazing food from Red Deer’s BEST restaurants, pubs & local food suppliers.