What’s Happening this Weekend October 1 – 3, 2021

Here’s 10 Great Things to do Around Red Deer this Weekend.

This Friday is Drive-in Movie night at the Gasoline Alley Farmer’s Market! Find the big screen located in their west parking lot, just off Lantern Street. Buckle up for a double feature of Despicable Me, followed by Back to the Future.  each ticket will come with a complimentary grab bag full of discounts and coupons for the market. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Oh and did we mention that The Market Kitchen will be open all evening? Enjoy food, drinks and snacks (including popcorn) from these lovely eateries during the event: Taco Monster, Longhorn Eatery for a classic burger and fires, Tropical Delights for Carribean cuisine, the Wooden Shoe for Dutch treats and Craft Beer Commonweath along with specialty sips from Birdy Coffee Co.

Take a walk, with over 130kms of trails for our walking leisure in Red Deer alone from Heritage Ranch to Bower PondsCapstone to Mackenzie Trails or maybe Gaetz lakes Sanctuary; the list is endless! For you ‘history buffs’, why not head downtown for a self-guided walking tour of our Ghosts of Red Deer? This collection of life-size bronze art statues initiated by the Downtown Business Association helps tell the stories of some of our more interesting characters that called Red Deer home. 

It’s the Red Deer Rock N’ Gem Show at the Prairie Pavilion in Westerner Park, an opportunity to learn, explore and experience the world of gemstones in a hands-on, tactile environment. There is a charitable entrance fee of $2.00 per person and $5.00 per family. For more information on this and other Rock N’ Gem Show events visit www.canadagemshows.com 

Head down to the Jungle Farm this weekend and enjoy some, pumpkin and vegetable picking at the farm. You can also visit the store and browse their wide range of superior-quality products, have you ever tried their homemade jam or ready-to-bake pies and crips, so delicious. 

Family Nature Art is happening at The Kerry Wood Nature Centre this Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Their Interpreter will guide each family to an area where they will gather natural items, then to a place to create their masterpieces! Everyone is welcome, it is drop in and the cost is $12.00 per family. 

October 1 is First Friday! A great time to join check out the local, regional, and national artist talent located in Downtown Red Deer. The Viewpoint Gallery is featuring StoneGrowth and Art exhibition featuring local Indigenous Artists: Ryan Jason Allen Wilbert will be giving a talk from 5:30 – 8:00 pm, along with a smudge and blessing by a local elder on behalf of the Urban Aboriginal Voice Society. The Nature of Trees artist Lynn Lecorre will be in attendance from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. And at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, they will be giving informational tours of the World Women War exhibit from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. These are a few things happening around downtown so make sure you check out the Red Deer Arts Council for more exciting exhibits.

The patios are still open and this weekend might be a great time to support our local restaurants like Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, you know their patio is pet friendly or maybe indulge in some wonderful authentic Mexican food at  Las Palmeras. If you looking for some craft beer then Try out the patio at Red Hart Brewing for their Double IPA, it’s back on Tap or maybe take a chance on Troubled Monk’s new brew the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Unicorn a Milkshake IPA – so delicious! These are just a few of our patio-friendly restaurants and breweries that would love you to visit this weekend, so come on down.

Drop-in for an Edible Plant Walk at Fort Normandeau happening this Sunday, October 3 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Join an Interpreter for a walk around the grounds of Fort Normandeau to identify and talk about our wild edibles. Learn some of the ways these wild edibles were used back in 1885 and try some mint tea! The cost is only $15 plus GST for a family.  

Biker riding downhill over an obstacle The Red Deer Mountain Bike Park features a large area of cross country single track trails, including features such as dirt jumps, berms, boardwalks and free ride stunts. Challenge your Mountain Biking skills this weekend as you navigate through this fun-filled course! Just remember, helmets are mandatory and mountain bike body armor is highly recommended. 

 Jaydin Vonkeman is going to be performing on the Ross Street Patio this Friday at 6:00 pm. This is the Red Deer Arts Council’s final Patio Concert Series show of the season, so don’t miss out!

Before you get out this weekend, make sure you check out our new Tourism Red Deer weather cam! We don’t want to be unprepared as we explore Red Deer’s backyard. 

To find the latest updates regarding Alberta’s Enhanced Public Health Measures, please click here.  

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