What’s Happening in October 2020

View over Red Deer of Autumn Colours

Fall is here, and with it comes Autumn colours, cooler evenings, the end of harvest and yes, the last day of daylight savings, October 31. This month allows for time to reconnect with family, pumpkin spice lattes, dressing up for Halloween and being thankful for the abundance of offerings here in Red Deer’s backyard. So grab a light jacket and check out our events calendar to find your next Red Deer adventure http://www.visitreddeer.com.

Little girl in a corn field

Hiding in a Maze

Kraay Family Farm is celebrating October with Pumpkin Days starting September 18. Dress-up Days run October 2 – 3, and Glow Nights both October 16 & 17. Now is the perfect time to get lost in their corn maze, and have you ever tried your hand at bouncing on the Pumpkin Pad? Or a shootout at the OK Corral? They even have a Harvest Moon Maze on October 2 at night. Imagine the thrill of finding your way through a corn maze under the light of the Full moon, spooooky!

First Friday, October 2, starts things off with the Strange & Unusual Things Art Exhibition at the A+ Art Gallery. The Opening Reception runs from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. This is a free event, and the exhibition will continue until October 30. Gallery times are noon – 5:00 pm, Tuesday to Saturday. The Velvet Olive will be also be hosting Nature’s Bounty by Lynn LeCorre from 6:00 – 8:00 pm; stop by and witness the beauty of vegetables in a new light.

The Jungle Farm is another great place to visit during October. Although their activity area is closed this year, you will still be able to purchase your pumpkins, as well as a quality selection of fresh fall strawberries, BC Fruit and veggies. Don’t forget! They also have Thanksgiving Vegetable Boxes available for purchase, perfect for entertaining and adding one (or two) of their Saskatoon Pies or crisps.

The Central Alberta Film Festival is up and running this October 14 – 17 at Festival Hall, with several engaging and thought-provoking films. This festival is a platform to educate and promote the visual arts and cinema of Alberta & Canada. You can get your tickets by going directly to their website at Central Alberta Film Festival or to Film Freeway.

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame hosts a Barnboard Craft Night, Friday, October 16, from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. $75 gets you an evening out and a one of a kind 14” x 24” creation of your own to take home. There are five designs to choose from, and space is limited, so be sure to register early.

Head down to the Baymont Inn & Suites for The Just for You Craft Show and Market  Sunday, October 4, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. There will be all types of unique shopping, admission is free of charge, and they will be giving away gift cards, free kids crafts and basket giveaways! Masks are recommended, and COVID safety measures are in place. So gather with friends and support these fantastic vendors while enjoying an extraordinary shopping experience.

 FUN DAYS

International Coffee Day – October 1

International Coffee Day is the perfect time to celebrate the farmers, traders, roasters and baristas worldwide that create deliciously warm moments one sip at a time. In Red Deer, we can honour them by stopping by one of our lovely local cafes like

Man with a beard drinking coffee and smiling

Coffee Date at Dose Coffee

Meeting Waters Coffee & Roastery for an Americano or Latte. Dose Coffee is a trendy place to enjoy a cup of Java and a double shot with two locations, Riverlands and downtown. Looking for a bite to eat, then stop by Stems Flowers and Café for one of their specialty coffees and a pulled pork sammie on the side. The time couldn’t be better to give these businesses a taste of love as we share that cup of coffee.

 Taco Day – October 4

It’s Taco Day, the day to celebrate the culinary fiesta, which is the taco… Loved and consumed by millions each day, made in either soft or hard shells, stuffed with various savoury fillings. In Red Deer, the opportunity to honour this tasty little handheld is abundant with venues that serve this delicious entree. The first stop is Las Palmeras for a plate of Tacos de Carnitas or possibly the Salmon Soft Tacos. With their authentic taste, casual atmosphere and warm service, a taco will never taste so good. If you’re up on the north end of Red Deer, then pop by Jose Jose Latin Restaurant. Their Taco Crispy will have you coming back for another round. How about the TacoLoft downtown? If not, what are you waiting for? With so many mouth-watering varieties like the Al Pastor or the Smoked Brisket, your tastebuds will be doing the Salsa.

International Beer and Pizza Day – October 9

If ever a day needed celebrating International Beer and Pizza day would be one of them. Dating back to 997 AD in Gaeta, Italy, pizza has been a staple for thousands of years. As for beer, well, it is considered one of the oldest alcoholic beverages know to

Pizza, drinks and soup

Pizza at Famoso’s

man. It is this quintessential combination that we celebrate by visiting one of our local breweries like Red Hart Brewing for a pint and then perfectly paired with a slice from Papa Baldy’s Pizza or Indian Flame & Pizza Tandoori bbq, anyone? Try one of the many exciting brews coming out of Sawback Brewing Co, and if you can’t make up your mind, they offer a flight, now pair that off with a (pizza) pie from Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, and you have got the night made.

Thanksgiving Weekend – October 9 – 12

Are you all about the turkey dinner but not so much the cooking and the mess? Then Westlake Grill at Heritage Ranch will be offering a 5 Course Thanksgiving Dinner featuring fall flavours and local products. They have three seating 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 pm October 9 – 12; reservations are required, so call ahead at 403-347-4977, email info@heritageranch.ca or book online.

The Cambridge Red Deer Hotel and Conference Centre is also there for you with their Turkey Takeout. A delicious menu including everything from Sweet Corn Salad to your Traditional Pumpkin Pie. The meals are sold in groups of 4, 6 or 8 people and are available for October 10, 11 & 12 with pickup starting at 11:00 am. Advanced reservations are required for your order by 4:00 pm on October 8. Your turkey dinner awaits; CLICK HERE for full details!

On The Music Scene

Slide on over to One Eleven Grill in the Old Brew Plaza for some fantastic food, handcrafted cocktails and some smoking hot jazz every Friday and Saturday night. Space is limited, so to avoid disappointment, make a reservation and enjoy.

The Velvet Olive Lounge will be hosting a COVID-compliant indoor solo show every Friday and Saturday starting October 2.  It’s time to get out and support these talented singers and musicians while sampling some great food and drinks. Check out their Facebook page for a list of performers and the details on attendance.

Looking for some killer bands, then why not check out Bo’s Bar and Stage. This month they will be presenting Scenic Route to Alaska October 10, Shiv Shanks & Killer Quan October 17, and Kayla Williams October 23. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. Go to our events calendar for all the details. Also, Whale and The Wolf with Young Howler will be gracing the stage Saturday, October 3. There is no cover charge; however, space will is limited, so make sure you book your table early.

Red Deer Dueling Pianos Extreme is always a very popular event, and it is happening at the Red Deer Legion Friday, October 30. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Legion or online at Eventbrite. Space is limited as this venue will be filled to half capacity so that social distancing can be observed.

Halloween Fun

October, the season for pumpkins, costumes, trick or treats, spooky activities and ghostly stories. Here are some great things you can do this Halloween and make it the best one ever.

Kerry Wood Nature Centre is putting on a Halloween themed mini day camp from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday, October 23, with hands-on nature exploration, games, crafts and more. Don’t forget to book early as space is limited.

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame will be getting into a Halloween spirit with three great Halloween Spooktacular Events this year. First, dress-up your kids and bring them down for some  crafts and goodie bags Friday, October 30, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. This event is on a drop-in basis, and the cost is $10 per family. Then it’s Family Movie Night with Hotel Transylvania, with doors open at 6:00 pm, the movie starts at 6:30 pm. Space is limited to 20 families, and the cost is $20 per family, so please call early to register. Popcorn and drinks will be provided; however, we ask that you bring your own chairs.

Dress up in your finest Halloween costume Saturday, October 31, for the Halloween Half (5km/10km/21km) to support the Big Brothers and Sisters of Red Deer and Area. This is an inexpensive chip-timed event allowing the runners to participate without breaking the bank. To register and for further details, go to Halloween Half and have a fantastic run.

If you are looking for a cool place to bring your kiddos Halloween eve, check out the House of Halloween Red Deer. This haunt is designed for kindergarten/grade 1 or younger; however, all ages are welcome. The address is 33 Reeves Crescent, and the display is open from 4:30 – 10:30 pm on Halloween eve only.

Dare to be scared at The Danish Canadian Museum’s Haunted Forest! It is back this Halloween, October 23 – 25; walk-ins are welcome as it will be outside for comfortable social distancing. Check out their Facebook page for details and try not to be scared, to death that is.

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