Thanksgiving Weekend Activities around Red Deer, AB

Thanksgiving weekend falls on October 8 – 11, 2021. Whether you’re hosting family or celebrating in more untraditional ways, we’ve got you covered in more ways than one. 

Feasts & Events Around the City

The R&R Grill at the Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre is having a Thanksgiving Brunch this Sunday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Mom will be thankful she doesn’t have to cook, so make a plan to head on down. Reservations are strongly recommended, so give them a call ahead of time at 403-346-2091. 

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and one of the things pet lovers are thankful for is their fur babies. This coming Friday and Saturday, Parkland Gardens is hosting a mini pet photo session in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association. The cost is $30 per session, and you must pre-book as space is limited, you can reserve your spot by email.

If you don’t feel like cooking, then come on down to Westlake Grill at Heritage Ranch from October 8 – 11, you will have the options to either dine-in or take-out a *full* Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner, complete with all of the fixings! For something a little more special, their Fall Carriage Ride is always a hit. Though, we recommend bringing a blanket as it can get chilly this time of year.

Into live music? Check out Bo’s Bar and Stage for a weekend of great live entertainment. On Friday October 8, Scenic Route to Alaska with Young Howler will be performing. On Monday October 11, you can catch a show from Buckcherry with Bif Naked & special guest Age of Days. These tickets limited, and available online here.  


Playing Host?

The family has arrived, and you still have some shopping left to do. If this sounds like your situation, make sure you head down to The Market at Red Deer this Saturday, open from 8:00 am – noon. It is the final market of their season! No better time to visit the local vendors for some fresh farm produce or maybe a pumpkin pie or two. 

You are cooking Thanksgiving dinner, and you need to get the kids out of the house. Why not bring them down to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, they are opened all weekend, including the holiday, and with all the interactives exhibits, they will never be bored! Did you know there is even an area for kids 5 and under? Yahoo! 

Another great place to gather with family is at Kraay Family Farm near Lacombe. Get lost in the corn maze, ride the grain train through the corn and pumpkin patch or try your hand at the pumpkin blaster. It is so much fun! Just remember, you must book ahead as the weekends get busy and capacity is limited. It’s also a great time to go pumpkin picking and select the perfect one to carve for Halloween later this month. They are closed on Sunday but open on October 11, Thanksgiving Monday! Purchasing tickets ahead of time is highly recommended. 

Get Outdoors

Looking for a getaway this Thanksgiving weekend, why not checkout Ram Rides? They offer cozy cabin rentals and trail rides this time of year (weather dependent). This is a great time to take in the sights, sounds and space of the beautiful Ram River area. 

Sylvan Lake is so pretty in the fall, and this will be a perfect weekend to take the kids out and explore. Go for a stroll along the Lakeshore boardwalk or down the CP Trail. Don’t forget to stop by the pumpkin house in Lions Park; the kids will love it and it makes for a great fall photo op! 

Fort Normandeau is closing for the season soon, so here is your last chance to wander around the grounds and lay out a blanket for a fall picnic. You can check out the Interpretive Centre, their Theatre features an excellent 12-minute film on the Red Deer Crossing story, or wander through the indoor and outdoor exhibits while marveling at the artifacts reminiscent of the days past. Hours this weekend will be 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. They are also open on the holiday Monday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm, with admission by donation. 

Ellis Bird Farm is open this Thanksgiving Monday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, so why not come on down, take in a little bird watching, enjoy their trails and maybe check out the gift shop? It’s never too early to start that Christmas shopping list! 

Whatever you plan this Thanksgiving, take the time to spend with those you love as you explore Red Deer’s backyard. What are you grateful for? Share with us on social media with #visitreddeer and join us on  Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Happy Thanksgiving from Tourism Red Deer! 

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