Spring is here, warmer temperatures, longer days and more time to spend outdoors. So grab you coat, head outdoors, and let’s celebrate Red Deerians, what are you waiting for.
New Beer’s Eve
An unofficial holiday celebrating the night of April 6, 1933, the day before prohibition ended and people lined up outside of breweries and taverns waiting until midnight, to be able to indulge in that frothy brew. In Red Deer we can celebrate that day by visiting one of our local breweries like the Troubled Monk for a pint of their Pesky Pig Ale or maybe the Open Road American Brown Ale to honour our guys down south. You can also check out Belly Hops Brewery for a Brother Bear Black Ale or maybe head down to Sawback’s Brewery for their Hybrid IPA. Whatever the occasion our many breweries can help make this a day special, so head out explore this vast world of craft beer and celebrate.
World Art Day
If ever there was a day for creativity then World Art Day would be it, an international celebration of the fine arts. Fun fact, this day was not only picked to spread enthusiasm and awareness for the arts but is also Leonard De Vinci’s birthday. In Red Deer we would like to celebrate this day by going to a museum like The Red Deer Art Gallery & Museum to take in The Red Deer College Year-end Student Exhibition. Try your hand at their Quilted Easter Eggs using scrap fabric to make some fabulous textile art. You could also head downtown and explore some of our great art galleries like The Viewpoint Gallery and take in The City of Red Deer’s Public Art Collection, or maybe take home a painting from the A+ Art Gallery and Unique Collections, you know they also have painting classes. Whatever the interest celebrate this day in the most creative way possible, remember we all have the artist within us.
Sport and Outdoor Adventure
Central Alberta is a destination for trail lovers. There are more than 110 km of trails inside the City of Red Deer and many more in the surrounding region, so why not spring into action and sign up for 30 Days of Biking a pledge to ride your bike every day in April and share your adventures online #30daysofbiking. Then on April 27, take part in the 30 Days of Biking Final Group Ride/Cycling for Libraries, where you can meet new friends and have great time celebrating your 30 Days of Biking achievement with other biking enthusiasts while visiting Central Alberta libraries! Starting at 10:00 am at the Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library with the final destination Mary C. Moore Public Library in Lacombe; checkout the website for details and sign up for this exciting event.
Outdoor adventure Orange Marks the Spot is hosting a Let’s Get Outside and try Free Demo Day at the Gary W Harris Games Centre April 6 at 10:00 am, registration 9:30 am. Help us to spread the word about this new, fun and unique youth Outdoor Adventure Program starting in May at the RDC – Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Come run, walk, jump and leap with us! This program is designed to have fun while learning the skills of orienteering and exploring the outdoors. Participants will learn map-reading skills while improving fitness, agility and self-confidence through games and other fun activities. It is tailored for ages 7 – 9 years and 10 to 12 years of age. You can register online.
For most April is the time to start thinking about lacing up those runners and hitting the trails. A great way to get back into the swing of things is joining in the Red Deer Spring Fever Run on April 13, a chip timed 5k/10k race along the paved trails of Red Deer with low low fees! Expect a well organized, laid-back, affordable race for runners, joggers and families of all ages and abilities. Awesome volunteers make the day fun by ensuring you stay on course and cheer you on! Check out their website for times and details and make this day a fun one.
Battle of the Buskers is back for a second year on April 5 at Bo’s Bar and Grill, with sword swallowers, fire jugglers, magicians, musicians and more. Enjoy a night out watching this wild variety show competition, while helping raise funds for CentreFest Street Performer festival! You decide who is going to get your busker bucks to win the competition! This is a great fundraising event for CentreFest and a great evening out. This event is Sponsored by Troubled Monk and tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door.
April 5 at The Welikoklad Event Centre 7:00pm, join the students of music, film, visual art, animation and theatre as they show you the world through song and story with The Final Takeoff. This is a free event so pack your bags for an all-expenses paid tour of the Creative Arts!
Red Deer Festival of Performing Arts will be taking centre stage April 8 – 12 at Sunnybrook United Church, and April 23 – 27 at Red College Arts Centre. Competitions include the categories of band, piano, strings, guitar, woodwinds, brass, vocal, speech arts, and musical theatre. Events during the Festival are open to the public for a nominal session admission, so come on down and enjoy these talented young kids and adults. The Musical Theatre Showcase takes place on April 27 at RDC Mainstage, and tickets are available for purchase during festival week in the festival office, or at the door Adults $10, Child/Senior $5, children under 5/Performers free.
The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre is excited to present “More Than Just a Man”, a new Easter dramatic musical production April 11 – 13 at the Red Deer Memorial Centre. More than Just a Man provides a compelling glimpse into the controversy surrounding the Messiah and his triumphant resurrection with songs that are dynamic, yet accessible, completing a moving work that powerfully exalts the living Christ. Tickets are free and can be reserved by calling 403-343-1611 or you can pick them up at 53rd Street Music, Kennedy’s Parable (Gasoline Alley) and Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre.
MoTown Soul Canada’s newest hit show is coming to the Memorial Centre April 4 at 7:00 pm. Motown Soul is a live concert experience celebrating some of the biggest names in music such as Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye and soulful favourites such as Aretha Franklin and James Brown. This show brings you the exquisite vocal harmonies of our leading ladies, Cathy, Marlene and Amoy, performing alongside special guest performer from Las Vegas, Grady Harrell. It’s sure to be a great time, so get your tickets early and put a little groove back in your life.
Remember Sharon, Bram and Friends from your childhood? Well now you can take your kids to this fabulous entertaining show. They will be performing at the Memorial Centre April 5, at 6:00 pm. A Sharon and Bram show is a sing-along concert for the entire family, featuring such well-loved favourites as “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain”, “Five Little Monkeys”, “One Elephant”, “Tingalayo”, and, of course, “Skinnamarink” as well as exciting new songs. Tickets can be bought at the Black Knight Ticket Centre, so don’t delay your kids will thank you for it.
What happens to a group of strangers, co-workers, or a family when they are utterly removed from the world? Crash: An Improvised Landing is Bullskit Comedy’s hilarious, moving and thought-provoking improvised dramedy that explores relationships under immense pressure. Sometimes what seems like a disaster is an opportunity for growth…if you can make it to the other end, that is. It will be playing at The Scott Block Theatre April 5, 12 and 19, so book early and enjoy this moving show.
Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off 2019 is back April 13 at the Sheraton Event Centre, a fun night where you can cheer on your favourite dancers as they compete for the Mirror Ball Trophy and support this year’s charity of choice Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. Tickets can be purchased online, in person or by phone, check their website for details.
Come on down to the Ole Moose Theatre in Innisfail for The Ladies Foursome, a fun witty and hilarious play based on four grieving women as they play a game of golf the day after their friend’s funeral. There will be a general performance April 4, a brunch performance April 14 and several dinner theatre performances April 5, 6, 11 – 13, 18 – 20. Check out their website and enjoy the show.
Expos and Shows
Red Deer & District Kennel Club Spring Dog Show is happening at Westerner Park April 5 – 7. Come on down and check out your favourite breed of dog and watch them compete with some of the finest. It’s also a good time to talk to the breeders and learn more about all different sports your family can get involved in. Tickets can be purchased at the door; check out their website for details.
Rock Your Bump is Central Alberta’s longest running show aimed at moms & little ones is back at The Black Knight Inn Saturday, April 6 from 11:00 am– 3:00 pm. General admission is free, the early bird admittance is already sold out. There will be over 40 vendors, so if you’re pregnant, planning to be or already have little ones you need to be there.
Save the date for Central Alberta Quilt Guilds’ 28th Annual Quilt Show, April 5 – 9 at the Parkland Pavilion, Westerner Park. There will be an amazing display of quilts, Merchant Mall with vendors from across Canada, door prizes and of course a lot of quilting fun. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets Alberta and includes a hot buffet breakfast, a presentation from YouTube Sensation Laura Coia from “Sew Very Easy”, and early access into the Quilt Show! Individual tickets for the Quilt Show only can be purchased at the door on the day of the event.
Come down to Westerner Park April 6, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm for The Alberta Food and Beverage Expo. There will be hundreds of samples of wine, spirits, craft beers, delicious hand-crafted cocktails, and amazing food from Red Deer’s best restaurants, pubs and local food suppliers. The Social Event of the Year! Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at Moxie’s Bar and Grill and The Liquor Hutch.
Our Best to You Spring Handmade Market is back at Westerner Park for three days April 18– 20. Make way for over 150 of Canada’s most incredible artists, artisans and designers from coast-to-coast, who are eager to share their works and the stories behind them. Tickets are available online or at the door.
For over 13 years The Mane Event has hosted some of the best and most knowledgeable horse trainers and educators from North America and beyond! With the help of trade show exhibitors and attendees they have become Canada’s largest horse expo. Join them at Westerner Park April 26 – 28 and experience for yourself what their attendees call The Mane Event. Tickets can be purchased at their website or at the door.
The 4th Annual Red Deer Women’s Show is the “Ultimate Girlfriends Gathering” and it’s happening at the Harvest Centre, Westerner Park April 27 – 28. It is a great weekend to spend the day shopping, networking and discovering over 60 mainstream unique businesses, inclusive of artisans, local products/services, and delicious purveyors of yummy imports! Tickets are only $5.00.