With the change of seasons, winter to spring, what could be better than getting out and participating in all the fun events happening in Red Deer. Whether they are indoors or outdoors, here are just a few ways you can get into the spring of things and make this month an enjoyable one.
For our sport fans we still have two more days of The Canada Winter Games events happening so why not try to take in a Hockey game at the Servus Arena or maybe cheer on the cross country skiers as they go for the gold down at the Riverbend Golf and Recreation Area.
Downtown the entertainment is just as exciting with everything from chainsaw carving, to hanging out with Elsa from Frozen down on Little Gaetz, check out our events guide for details.
Finally there is the Closing Ceremonies at Westerner Park Centrium on March 2, a spectacular send-off from Red Deer, motivating young athletes across the country to celebrate the amazing legacy of sport in Canada. Hopefully you have your tickets by now and end this celebration of sport with memories to last a lifetime.
Come on down to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre March 7 – 9 for The Men’s Volleyball National Championship. It’s been over 30 years since the Kings last hosted the CCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship, so this should be an exciting time and a great event to watch. Tickets will be available online or at the door.
On March 9, get ready for The Polar Plunge in support of the Special Olympics. So grab your swimsuit and come on down to the Bower-Kin Community Centre at 85 Boyce Street, where the water is cold but the challenge is great. Checkout the website for details and, remember we know you have got this, because you’ll be freezin’ for a reason.
Hockey, anyone? Raymond Bourque and the Boston Bruins Alumni are coming to Red Deer and will be facing off against the Red Deer HOPE Stars at Westerner Park Centrium on March 17. All proceeds from the game will be go towards supporting the programs offered by The Mustard Seed and Shalom Counselling Centre in their continuing efforts to offer hope and healing to citizens of Central Alberta. So come out, cheer on a team and donate to the cause. Game is at 3:00 pm and banquet at 6:00 pm, purchase your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.
Who can resist the lure of on the spot entertainment, where anything can happen! Come on down to The Scott Block Theatre on March 8 for Bull Prov and strap yourselves in for a theatrical show fully improvised! Everything created right before your very eyes; you may laugh, cry, or even outright scream! Tickets can be purchased online.
Cornerstone Youth Theatre presents the musical Narnia The Musical, March 8 – 9 and March 15 – 17. Based on The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe, a cast of 61 youth aged 8 – 18 will entertain you with this C.S. Lewis classic. Showtime listings and ticket purchases can be found on their website or by calling 403-986-2981.
If you love the dinner theatre then you’re in luck. Black Knight Inn is featuring the play Real Estate for the whole month starting March 8, with Friday to Sunday performances. Just remember on March 10 daylight savings time begins, so make sure to set your clock an hour ahead, you don’t want to miss the show.
Alice in Wonderland is also taking centre stage at the Nickel Studio in the Memorial Centre Thursday to Sunday from March 14 – 24. A great show for families and the young at heart, as they discover alongside Alice a strange land with Zany characters. So get your tickets soon to avoid disappointment and find out how Alice finally finds her way home.
It’s Country Gold — and they are here at the Memorial Centre Sunday, March 17 to entertain you. Don’t miss Marty Edwards performing as Kenny Rogers, who entertains with almost as much charm and charisma as the master…supported by superb impressions of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Linda Ronstadt with the legendary Gamblers Country Band. It will be a great night so get your tickets early.
Tom Cochrane & Red Rider will be performing at the Memorial Centre March 21 at 7:30 pm. This true Canadian rock icon has never stopped creating or performing, but ‘Take It Home’ is his first album of new material since 2006’s ‘No Stranger’. Over the course of a long and illustrious career now spanning more than 40 years, the pride of Lynn Lake, Manitoba has covered more terrain than the Franklin expedition. Tickets are available at the Black Knight Ticket Centre.
Do you love to dance? If so you will want to come down to The Scott Block Theatre on March 22 for a Swing Dance Social. Whether it’s the Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing or Charleston, savour the moments where you can lose yourself in the beat. While most of our dancers come through the doors solo, everyone leaves with new moves and new friends.
The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra presents ‘A Night At The Movies‘ on March 22 at the Memorial Centre at 8:00 pm. Pass the popcorn for this spectacular cinematic performance of some of the greatest orchestral music composed for film. Music from Star Trek, ET, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Black Knight Inn.
The Norwegian Laft Hus would like you to join them for an Aquavit Tasting Night on Friday, March 8 at 7:00 pm. The history of Aquavit dates back to the early 1500’s. At that time the spirit was claimed to have medicinal properties. Today, almost every country has Aquavit (Norwegian one is Linie), which is aged in barrels and then transported by ship across the equator to instil addition flavours. You will learn 10 facts about Aquavit you didn’t already know and experience the fragrance and taste of one of Norway’s treasures. Also offering hors d’óeuvres such as Norwegian cheese, crackers, and herring. Tickets are $20.00 Registration and pre-payment closes on March 1.
Kites on Ice: A Festival of Colour is happening on March 16 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Centennial Park, Sylvan Lake. A brilliant event full of colour to celebrate the upcoming Spring, so make sure you dress in bright colours. There will be hot air balloons, face painting, Holi colour celebration with a DJ (prepare to be coloured), kite flying, candy drops, kite surfing, kite making & demonstrations, great rainbow scavenger hunt, ice treasure hunt, paint splatter wall, and so much more. Lots of activities with lots of colour, ring in the new season with them.
Expos and Shows
Mark your calendars and be ready to attend the Red Deer Sportsmen and Outdoor Adventure Show taking place March 8 – 10 at Westerner Park. The public can browse and buy products; from hunting and fishing lodge vacations, houseboat rentals, camping to white water rafting, RV’s, boats, ATV’s, scuba diving, hunting and fishing accessories, taxidermy, outdoor art, and golfing. In fact if it’s outdoors oriented, they will probably have it there.
Join Silver Cove Ltd and an amazing crew of gem addicts for the Red Deer Rockn’ Gem Show happening in the Harvest Centre at Westerner Park March 6 – 10. Come on down and check out this all ages event dedicated to rocks, minerals, fossils, gemstones, beads and more! Many of these pieces are one-of-a-kind so get there early, and often as the space is restocked throughout the weekend.
The 13th Annual Red Deer Collector Car Auction and Speed Show will be happening at Westerner Park March 22 – 24. Three days of over 200 cars for auction, exhibitors and no reserve memorabilia. Don’t miss out, tickets are sold at the door — kids are free!
Central Alberta Family Expo is back again at the Parkland Pavilion at Westerner Park March 30 – 31.This is a fun family trade show with activities, special guests, petting zoo, local businesses, contests, scavenger hunts and so much more for the whole family to enjoy together. Tickets are available at the door. Adults $10.00 and kids 14 and under are free.
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