Summer in Red Deer jam-packed with events to enjoy

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
June 22, 2018 - 9:52am Updated: June 23, 2018 - 8:23am

You need not leave the city this summer to have fun with the whole family.

So says Tourism Red Deer who hosted a summer kickoff luncheon at Sunnybrook Farm on Thursday to celebrate everything that’s going on in Red Deer over the next few months.

Executive Director Liz Taylor says one of the important things to remember is that so many of the events on the calendar are free.

“The businesses and facilities in Red Deer are getting so much better at programming and entertaining people, whether spending a day at Sunnybook Farm, or taking in programming and interpretive exhibits and displays, they’ve just grown so much over the last five years,” she says.

“The other thing that is so popular that’s growing is in terms of the sports events -- last week was Spartan, this week is Foam Fest, then coming up in August is Mud Hero, and that’s a family event.”

One of the early summer events, and perhaps one of the more popular is Canada Day celebrations at Bower Ponds, produced by the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society.

This year’s festivities run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with fireworks at the end. There will be live music and entertainment, an ethnic food market, plenty of birthday cake and even corn on the cob to go with the rest of the activities at Great Chief Park.

A shuttle bus will also be running that day from downtown to the ponds.

Other major events happening this summer include CentreFest, Bard on Bower, Westerner Days, Fort Normandeau Days, Rockin’ Red Deer and the Ross St. Patio, among many others.

"You can't make me pick a favourite," Taylor adds. "Red Deerians know and appreciate everything we have to offer, but it's always good for us to remind them to come out and enjoy the city."

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