Join our community in celebrating the diverse and unique cultures represented in Red Deer and Central Alberta at the first Afro-Caribbean Festival in downtown Red Deer! This inaugural event, hosted by the African Caribbean Centre of Central Alberta, will feature live music, a fashion show, an assortment of vendors, and children’s games at City Hall Park, among other exciting attractions. Additionally, an afterparty for the festival will be held at Elks Hall on Saturday from 9 pm to midnight.
Website: www.accoca.ca When: Saturday, August 12, 2023 (12 pm – 8 pm) | Sunday, August 13, 2023 (12 pm – 6 pm) Where: Veteran’s Park & Ross Street Patio (4912 50 St, Red Deer, AB)
Every year in August, as part of Alberta Local Food Week, Alberta on the Plate hosts a remarkable ten-day dine-around festival that spans throughout the province. During this time, restaurants curate multi-course menus at fixed prices, showcasing local producers, growers, distillers and brewers! Here is a list of the participating locations in Central Alberta:
Cilantro and Chive 5021 – 50 Street, Lacombe, AB
Cilantro and Chive 1927 – 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB
DNA Gardens 35344 Range Road 230, Elnora, AB
Memphis Blue BBQ 6320 Gaetz Avenue, Red Deer, AB
Red Deer Resort and Casino 3310 – 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB
River Bend Golf & Recreation Area 3800 River Bend Drive, Red Deer, AB
Don’t miss out on Canada’s National Arabian Championship, the largest Arabian event in Canada, hosted right here in Red Deer! The diverse range of classes including Western, English, Hunter, Driving, Arabian Native Costume, Dressage, Jumping, and Reining disciplines ensures an excellent showcase of equestrian talent. Competitors from across North America gather to compete in this thrilling event that promises excitement and skill in abundance.
Website: www.arabiannationals.com When: Saturday, August 12 – Saturday, August 19, 2023 Where: Westerner Park (4847 19 Street, Red Deer, AB)
Experience the charm of DNA Gardens with an orchard tour in a tractor-drawn wagon! Enjoy the beautiful landscape while exploring the on-site winery and distillery, where they craft wines and liqueurs from their very own fruits! Stop along the way to admire the scenery, sample flavorful wines, and gain insight into the art of wine making. This incredible opportunity is open for booking every weekend, catering to groups of 10-20 people which is perfect for bridal parties, horticulture groups, and many more!
Website: www.dnagardens.info When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (2 pm) Where: DNA Gardens (35344 Range Road 230, Elnora, AB)
Explore Red Deer with a 1-hour guided historical walking tour hosted by the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. Immerse yourself in the vibrant downtown core of the city, where arts and culture take center stage, and take the time to appreciate the enchanting public art collection. This weekend, guests will be exploring the Parkvale district, one of Red Deer’s oldest residential areas developed in 1905. During the tour, participants can admire some of the earliest homes built and learn about the people who occupied them and their role in forming our community.
Website: www.reddeermuseum.com When: Saturday, August 12, 2023 (1 pm – 2 pm) Where: Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (4515 47A Avenue, Red Deer, AB)
Start your day off right at Cilantro and Chive and enjoy their Yoga & Brunch event! The event will begin with a 60-minute yoga session on the green space south of the restaurant. This Hatha Flow class is for all levels of experience and is simply an opportunity to move your body and have fun. Afterwards, participants are welcome to stay and enjoy a post-yoga breakfast beverage and brunch!
Website: www.facebook.com/event When: Sunday, August 13, 2023 (9:30 am – 12 pm) Where: Cilantro and Chive (1927 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB)
Looking for something new to do with your partner or trying to impress someone special? Experience Date Night at Heritage Ranch and create lasting memories with your loved one. This Date Night package includes a private horse-drawn carriage ride through the beautiful trail system within Heritage Ranch and along the Red Deer River. After, guests will head back to the Westlake Grill for an incredible 5-course dining experience. The meal includes a bottle of wine to share, a box of house-made truffles and a long-stemmed rose!
Activate your sense of adventure and participate in Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson’s 2023 Scavenger Hunt Ride! Submit a team (teams of four are encouraged) and hit the road for your chance to win $500 in Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson gift cards. The event kicks off at 10 am and your team must be back to check-in at the dealership by 3 pm. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for a thrilling adventure!
Embark on a delightful adventure at Ellis Bird Farm through their unique Goat Walks! Immerse yourself in the charming company of these friendly goats as you stroll through the scenic farmland and engage in an exceptional experience that combines nature appreciation with animal companionship. Offering a memorable outing for individuals and families alike, the walks are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and promise both a connection with nature and an opportunity to experience heartwarming moments with these endearing creatures.
Website: www.ellisbirdfarm.ca When: Friday, August 11, 2023 (2 pm – 2:30 pm) Where: Ellis Bird Farm (39502 Range Road 260, Lacombe County, AB)
Experience the thrill of Standardbred Horse Racing at The Track on 2, located just west of Lacombe, with free admission and parking, and a family-friendly atmosphere! Gates open one hour prior to post time, and the races typically span 3-4 hours. Satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst with available food and beverage options (outside food and beverage not permitted) and choose between indoor air-conditioned or outdoor seating for your comfort.
Website: www.thetrackon2.com/event When: Sunday, August 13, 2023 (2:15 pm) Where: The Track on 2 (40309 Range Road, 272, Lacombe County, AB)