What’s Happening in Red Deer this January

Fun Days

Hot Tea Month

All month long
With January being the coldest month of the year what better way to warm up than a hot cup of Tea. It is the second most consumed beverage in the world, and has been known for its many health benefits. Here in Red Deer we can celebrate Hot Tea Month with a trip down to Glenn’s Restaurant and Gift Shop where they serve over 180 different varieties from all over the world. If you want to do it up in style, Stella Bean Sweets is hosting a High Tea for two, complete with gourmet teas, antique tea cups and tasty treats on January 19th. These are just a few of the many fine establishments that can serve you up a cup of the finest.

International Hot and Spicy Food Day

January 16th
From the habanera to the jalapeño, there is nothing better than a little heat to spice up our foods and our lives. It is this type of food, the hot and spicy that we are celebrating, and in Red Deer we have many restaurants that can cater to your taste buds. The Indian Kitchen’s vindaloo a hot and spicy curry is a defiant crowd pleaser, or if it’s Mexican you prefer then Las Palmeras with their stuffed jalapeños could heat things up. The Blue Dragon has a wonderful hot and spicy Thai stir-fry and if you’re more into soup then the dragon wonton soup will be sure to give you a spicy buzz. Whatever your taste, this is definitely the day to indulge and see just how hot you are prepared to go.

Playdate Day

January 21th
This is a great day to get the kids off of their electronic devices and together with their friends for a day of fun. Red Deer is the perfect place as the opportunities to interact and engage are endless. You might want to send them off to Canyon Ski Hill for a day of skiing and snow tubing, or down to Bower Ponds for ice skating, tobogganing and some hot chocolate. If they want to go snowshoeing then Kerry Wood Nature Centre has snowshoes for rent where they can explore the Waskasoo Trail System or the Gaetz Lake Sanctuary. If the cold is too much then Trailhead Climbing and Fitness is always fun or who can resist the wave pool at the Collicutt Centre. This is a day for friends, for play and most of all for fun.

National Pie Day

January 23th
Ah, pie. So delicious, who can resist and this is the day to celebrate it. Sweet or savoury, you have your choice and in Red deer you can satisfy those cravings at one of our many restaurants like Phil’s Restaurant for some deep dish apple pie or for something more savoury, a salmon leek pie from Fionn MacCool’s. Whether you eat out, pickup, or make it yourself, celebrate National Pie Day. Your friends and family will thank you for it.


Sylvan Lake New Year’s Day Fireworks

January 1st
Sylvan Lake Pier

Ring in 2019 with a bang! Once again, the Town of Sylvan Lake is hosting a truly incredible fireworks display for all to see. The fireworks showcase is the perfect way to come together and celebrate the New Year.

Mini Pop Kids Live

January 4th
Memorial Centre, 4214 58 St

This special edition of the group’s Take Flight Tour will feature kid-friendly versions of the year’s biggest hits, and beyond! From songs by artists like Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, and Bruno Mars, to holiday favourites that the whole family will know and love, this isn’t just a show, it’s an experience! Don’t miss this high energy concert that will inspire all ages to sing, dance, and party along with Canada’s best-selling kid’s music group, the Mini Pop Kids!

Red Deer Ringette Friends on Ice Tournament

January 4th – 7th
Kinsmen Community Arenas, 5 McIntosh Ave

Come on down and watch Red Deer Ringette Friends on Ice Tournament. Over 70 teams from all over Alberta will compete in 13 different divisions from the very novice to the most experienced. The main area will be at the Kinsmen Area but there will also be games at the Dawe Centre, The Kinex Arena and the Collicutt Centre. Cheer on your teams and get a taste of what’s to come at the 27th Canadian Winter Games starting mid February. Check out their website for details.

Rebel Professional Bull Riding

January 12th
Enmax Centrium, 4847A 19 St

Don’t miss your chance to watch the best bulls in Canada match up against great cowboys! Tickets can be purchased through Tickets Alberta.

Gruesome Playground Injuries

January 17th & 18th, 22th & 26th
Memorial Centre – Nickel Studio, 4214 58 St

Ignition Theatre presents Gruesome Playground Injuries which covers the course of 30 years, where the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together. It’s a play written by Rajiv Joseph and is sure to be a great evening out. For any details check out their website.


January 18th – 20th & 25th – 27th
Black Knight Inn, Main Stage, 2929 50 Ave

Central Alberta Theatre presents Cliffhanger. Mingling suspense and humour, this ingeniously plotted thriller follows all the unexpected twists and turns that result when a seemingly mild-mannered professor of philosophy is driven to apparent murder to protect his reputation and career. Checkout the website for times and prices and get your tickets early.


January 19th
Festival Hall, 4214 58 Street

Join the Kvitka Ukrainian Dance Club as we celebrate the colours, sounds and, yes, the food of Ukrainian New Year! Dinner, live music, Ukrainian dancing, and a dance floor. Tickets are available online.

Healthy Living Expo

January 19th
Harvest Centre, Westerner Park, 4847A 19 St

Come on down and experience The Healthy Living Expo, Central Alberta’s Premiere Health and Wellness Trade Show. Win some amazing door prizes, watch live demonstrations, explore over 90 different exhibitor booths and see everything that Red Deer has to offer for healthy living. Held annually on the third Saturday in January, the Healthy Living Expo is a one day show featuring the best local, provincial and national health minded businesses.

Bruce McCulloch & Cathy Jones

January 25th
Memorial Centre, 4214 58 St

Bruce McCulloch is best known as a founding member of legendary Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in The Hall. An unprecedented thirty consecutive years on Canadian television, proud Newfoundlander Cathy Jones is the founder and only remaining original cast member of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. This is sure to be comedy at its best. More information and tickets are available online.

Harlem Globetrotters

January 27th
Enmax Centrium, Westerner Park, 4847A 19 St

On the heels of taking their unparalleled entertainment to capacity crowds overseas, the Harlem Globetrotters will return to North America with their one-of-a-kind show featuring some of the most elite dunkers on the planet, exceptional ball handlers, and Guinness World Record holders. A Globetrotters game is more than just basketball – they are the ultimate in family entertainment that will bring smiles and fan interaction to people of all ages. The Globetrotters will bring their unrivalled show to fans in over 250 North American cities during their upcoming tour. Please check out the website for details and get your tickets soon.

With This Ring Bridal Gala

January 27th
Parkland and Prairie Pavilion, Westerner Park, 4847 19 St

Our Spring Bridal Gala is the largest of its kind in Central Alberta and is designed to help couples plan a perfect wedding and in so exhibits everything from flower arrangements to wedding attire! Brides can register to win prizes that include many gift certificates, discounts and door prizes from participating exhibitors, including swag bags for the first 200 brides to walk through the door! Check out the website for details.

Winter Luncheon with Jan Arden

January 28th
Sheraton Special Event Centre, 3310 50 Ave

The Lending Cupboard’s 1st Annual Winter Luncheon featuring Jann Arden. It will be a great fundraiser and a chance to hear the music and storytelling abilities of Jann Arden. Check out the website for tickets and book early to avoid disappointment

Paul Brandt: The Journey Tour 2019

January 29th
Enmax Centrium, Westerner Park, 4847A 19 St

Paul Brandt is the most awarded male Canadian country artist in history. With songs like “I DO”, “Stateside” and “My Heart Has a History”, he is sure to be a crowd pleaser. He will be performing with High River, Special Guest Jess Moskaluke and featuring The Hunter Brothers. Get your tickets at Tickets Alberta.

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