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Daily, Canada: Day 1 is an exhibit that comes from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. This exhibit aims to explore the multifaceted experiences of newcomers on their first day of arrival in Canada spanning from confederation to present day. The exhibit combines artefacts, art and personal stories to help create the feeling of what it is like your first day in Canada. Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery

Daily, Free Museum Admission for Wildfire Evacuees. From May 14th until September 5th, 2016, regular admission fees will be waived at the Historic Markerville Creamery Museum for evacuees of the Alberta wildfires. Evacuees will be required to provide photo identification or a postal code as proof of residency for admission. We hope access to our museum provides an opportunity for displaced Albertans to enjoy some activities together during this difficult time. Best wishes from all here in Markerville.

Daily from July 14-31: Bard on Bower is pleased to announce it’s 2016 lineup! Come down and enjoy Julius Caesar, Love’s Labours Lost, and Othello. Performed live on the outdoor stage at Bower Ponds July 14-31.

Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00. ATB Downtown Market. The Downtown Market brings fresh, local produce to downtown Red Deer every Wednesday from 4 - 7 p.m. on Little Gaetz Avenue between Ross (50) Street and 48 Street (Alexander Way). Make it, Bake it or Grow it! The Downtown Market is an accredited Alberta Farmer's Market, meaning all items sold at the market are locally produced, with the exception of BC fruit.

Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30. Join us every Wednesday for fun with paints with The Loaded Paintbrush Art Circle at the Hub on Ross.

Wednesdays, Police Dog Service Training Centre, “Depot” Division - Innisfail, Alta. Take Exit 365 off the Queen Elizabeth II highway (Hwy #2) at Innisfail, travel east and follow the signs. Public demonstrations are conducted every Wednesday afternoon between Victoria Day and Labour Day. We begin at 2 p.m. The demonstration lasts approximately 45 minutes and is free of charge. Large groups are required to pre-book by contacting the Training Centre either by email or at 403-227-3346.

Tuesdays, 10:00-10:30. Toddler Fun! Red Deer Library (Dawe Branch). For ages 19 months to three years of age and their parent or caregiver. Enjoy this active storytime for toddlers: 20 – 30 minutes of rhymes, songs, books, and puppets to keep both their minds and their bodies moving! Following the program, children and parents are invited to play and interact with each other using age appropriate toys, puzzles books and craft materials.

Wednesdays, 11:00-11:45. Toddler Fun! Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). For ages 19 months to three years of age and their parent or caregiver. Enjoy this active storytime for toddlers: 20 – 30 minutes of rhymes, songs, books, and puppets to keep both their minds and their bodies moving! Following the program, children and parents are invited to play and interact with each other using age appropriate toys, puzzles books and craft materials.

Thursdays, 10:00-10:30. Baby Fun. Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and rhymes for children birth to 19 months and their caregivers.

Every Second Thursday. Laughter at the Laft Hus. Laughter at the Laft Hus is a summer program for children ages 5 to 12, and it runs every other Thursday in July and August from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Children are immersed in Norwegian Culture, and learn as they play Norwegian games, make Norwegian crafts, and listen to Norwegian stories. 403-347-2055 for more information.

Thursdays, 10:00-11:00. NEW! Books in the Park (Timberlands Branch). Bring the whole family for stories, parachute fun, and more activities in the park! We’ll meet on the northwest side of the library.

Thursdays, 2:00. Free Lacombe Walking Tours meeting at Flatiron Museum and Interpretive Center. Guided walking tours of Lacombe’s Murals and Historic Downtown are provided during the summer season. Hear stories from the past and learn about the murals and beautiful buildings located in Lacombe’s Historic Downtown!

Thursdays, 10:00-10:30. Toddler Fun! Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). For ages 19 months to three years of age and their parent or caregiver. Enjoy this active storytime for toddlers: 20 – 30 minutes of rhymes, songs, books, and puppets to keep both their minds and their bodies moving! Following the program, children and parents are invited to play and interact with each other using age appropriate toys, puzzles books and craft materials.

Thursdays, 5:30-8:30. Rocky Mountain House Marketplace on Main. There will be many vendors with a variety of products to sell with live bands starting at 6:00.

Fridays, 11:00-11:30. Baby Fun. Red Deer Library (Timberlands Branch). Birth to 19 months and their parent or caregiver.

Fridays, 9:00-1:00. Lacombe Farmers Market in the arena parking lot.

Saturdays, 8:00-12:30. The Market at Red Deer operates every Saturday morning from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Our new location will be at the Memorial Centre Parking lot, 4214-58 Street, Red Deer.

Saturdays, 11:00-11:45. Family Fun. Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). Thirty to 45 minutes of stories, songs, finger plays and crafts. Families are encouraged! Program runs all year.


July 1: Canada Day at Red Deer Bower Ponds. Each year the event attracts a wide range of performers, ethnic foods, storytelling, face painting for the thousands of spectators to enjoy. Perhaps the most anticipated event is the splendid fireworks display at the close of the day. Involving more than 2500 volunteer hours from the varying community groups that are also involved, the festivities usually attract well over 20,000 people.

July 1: Ellis Bird Farm Bluebird Festival 1-4 PM. Celebrate Canada Day at our annual Bluebird Festival which includes free crafts for children, a talk on our Purple Martin and Mountain Bluebird migration research, and a Neighbour's Market. Jazz Explosion will play music from 1-3 PM.

July 1: Canada Day Celebrations at Markerville Creamery Museum. 10:00 a.m. Complimentary Cake & Coffee.

July 1: Canada Day Breakfast at the Rocky Museum from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Start your Canada Day with a hot breakfast of pancakes, sausages, and scrambled eggs and coffee, served up for just $6 a person. Catch the live entertainment, including music played by Tim Frayn and friends. Check out the updated displays inside the Rocky Museum after you've enjoyed your breakfast.

July 1: Canada Day Fireworks in Sylvan Lake from 11:00-11:15. Come enjoy a fireworks show over the lake to celebrate Canada Day.

July 1: Canada Day in Olds. Games and Activities from 3 - 6pm (Stick on tattoos, obstacle course, free cupcakes, prize draw, inflatable bouncers/slide, carnival games, balloon animals, photo booth, and more). Entertainment on the stage from 2:45 - 7:10 pm (Nolan Ray and Dani-Lynn, Agility Dogs, The Time Machine, and the National Anthem). Fireworks at 11 pm - Viewing from the parking lots of No Frills and Canadian Tire.

July 1: Stettler hosts Entertainment in the Park. Join local band "Wheel House" with their renditions of popular rock, classic rock, and oldies as we celebrate Canada Day.  Cupcakes will be served at 7pm with the show beginning at 8pm.

July 1: Donalda Canada Day Celebrations include Pancake Brunch, Country Market, Parade, Kids' Entertainment, Steak Supper, Fireworks and more!

July 1: Canada Day Lego Competition at the National Historic Site in Rocky Mountain House. Enter the Confluence Heritage Society's LEGO building competition. Using your own plastic Lego bricks make an original Lego creation based on the Canadian Voyageur.

July 1-3: Competition Powwow sponsored by O'Chiese First Nation: A Celebration of Cultural History. O'Chiese Powwow Grounds and Arbor. Adult, Teen and Junior categories.  Drum Competition. Host Drum: Black Bear. Co-Host Drum: Blackstone. Camping available. Onsite shower facilities. Fireworks!! Security on site. For more information contact Shane Beston 403.846.6799.

July 7-9: Canadian Gospel Music Celebration at Westerner Park. Canada's Largest Gospel Music Celebration is back in Red Deer! The three days of uplifting music and celebration comes to Westerner Park. Events Canada’s Gospel Music Celebration has much to offer with the finest in Southern Gospel Music, Inspirational Teaching, and great fellowship. Evening Concerts Experience some of the best music Southern Gospel has to offer during our evening concerts.

July 8-10: Buster Creek Horse Trials at Crimson Lake Road, just follow the signs, across from Buster Creek Hall. Buster Creek Horse Trials are one of the largest equestrian competitions in Central Alberta. Prentice Creek Equestrian Centre Exceptional Riders and Horses from Across Western Canada Compete. Dressage can be described as the art of dancing on horseback or ballet on horseback and is often compared to the freestyle of figure skating. It demands great skill and barely perceptible communication between horse and rider. Cross-Country tests the speed, endurance and jumping ability of horse and rider as they challenge a trail with a variety of obstacles.

July 9: Sylvan Wake Surf Throwdown. Wakesurf competition For more information contact Jay Tonin at Or the Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta office @ 7804150088 or  

July 9: There is no better way to enjoy a hot summer day than to come on down from 9-5 and join in the party at Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson. It’s going to be so hot we even had to call in the fire department! With live music, lots of entertainment, bouncy castle for the kids and a BBQ lunch with proceeds going to the Penhold Fire Department you know this day will be filled with good times!

July 12: Campfire Storytime and Stuffie Sleepover (Downtown Branch). Drop off - Tuesday, July 12, 3p.m.campfire, Pick-up - Wednesday, July 13, All Day. Bring your stuffie along for a special 30 minute campfire storytime. When it’s time to go home, settle your stuffie in for an overnight adventure camp in the library! We’ll have all sorts of stuffie-approved activities, and when you pick your stuffie up on Wednesday, July 13, we’ll share all of the photographic memories with you.

July 13: Teen Summer Reading Club Event - Unreal 5th Wave Party (Downtown Branch). 5th Wave, 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Waskasoo Kiwanis Meeting Room. Can you outsmart The Others?  Survive all 5 Waves to win prizes, then kick back and watch The 5th Wave on the big screen.

July 13: Knee High Naturalists: Bats.  Time: 10:00 AM Location: Ellis Bird Farm Details: The next Knee High Naturalist program will be about bats. Our keen leader Claudia has been studying the bat population at Ellis Bird Farm carefully this spring and has many exciting facts to share! Website: Email:

July 14-July 30: Bard on Bower 2016. Julius Caesar and Loves' Labours Lost will be performed in repertory on the outdoor stage at Bower Ponds, Red Deer, in our traditional format- admission is FREE but DONATIONS are greatly appreciated. NEW for 2016- our first Bard on Bower 'pocket production':

Othello will be performed by a cast of just 5 actors, with a 70 minute running time in a smaller location around Bower Ponds- stay tuned for details! This will be ticketed event (fixed price, $20). Julius Caesar: July 14 – 30. Love's Labours Lost: July 21 – 31. Othello: July 17 – 31.

July 15-17: Wild Rose Horse and Open Pony Show at Westerner Park.

July 19: Kids Can Catch for free at the West Stettler Pond from 9:00-12:00! Hosted by the Stettler Parks and Leisure Center in conjunction with Family Fishing Weekend. No fishing license is required. Bring your fishing rods, bait, snacks and water.

July 19: Jam Making from the Field to the Jar at the Jungle Farm. Hands on experience to make your own jam from picking the berries to filling the jars.  Each participant will take home a jar of strawberry jam.  Cost is $30.00 plus gst / person. Must pre-register. Registration is limited.

July 20: Westerner Days Fair & Exposition kicks off with the annual Parade on Wednesday, July 20 at 9:30 am, presented by Express Employment Professionals. Over 30,000 people will line the streets downtown to enjoy the colorful marching bands, dignitaries, floats, collector vehicles, light and heavy horse hitches and other livestock entries as they meander through the heart of Red Deer.

July 20-24: Westerner Days Fair & Exposition. Come out to celebrate the 125th Annual Westerner Days! Westerner Days is Central Alberta's largest summer celebration with five days of top quality, truly authentic, action-packed entertainment! This event has everything that people are looking for in summer festivities – live entertainment, midway rides, free entertainment, nightly Pony Chuckwagon Races, good food and great company!

July 23: Stettler Antique Tractor Pull at the Stettler Ag Grounds from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. A free entertaining event!  Antique tractors compete to pull the furthest and win.  Cheer on your favorite and listen to the roar! Concession on site.

July 23: Jungle Farm Strawberry Festival kicks off again this year! Celebrate summer with our sensational strawberry foods, lessons on how to make your own jam, live music, wagon rides, and tons of fun on our kid-friendly play areas!

July 23: Taste of Markerville in Historic Markerville. This Country Food Fair celebrates great local food, farmers and community. The BBQ and Country Market runs all day. For info and dinner tickets visit

July 28-31: Quarter Horse Association of Alberta – Wild Rose Show at Westerner Park.

July 30: ZooFest at Discovery Wildlife Park. Our annual Customer Appreciation event is held on the Saturday of the August long weekend every year. Come enjoy the day with the whole family – free pancake breakfast until 11:30am, free face-painting for the kids, all sorts of kids activities, toonie hot dogs and toonie cotton candy! All of our regular presentations are still on, so bring everyone out for an awesome family day!

July 30-31: CentreFest - Street Performer's Festival. Central Alberta's most outrageous street performer's festival! Fun for the whole family! Fire eaters, sword swallowers, contortionists, jugglers, street circus. We also have Axiom Architecture Circus World for the kids, 100.7 Cruz FM Music World, Food World and so much more!

July 30: Teddy Bear Picnic in the Park with Timberlands Branch from 1:00-2:00. Bring your favourite stuffy for stories, games and snacks in the park. We'll meet in the northwest side of the Library.

July 30-31: Leslieville Antique Days. The grounds are two miles east and one quarter mile south of Leslieville. Watch an antique tractor run a threshing machine in a sawmill. Find out how pioneers women survived and thrived. There will be crocheting, rug weaving/hooking, spinning and knitting displays. Feast on cinnamon buns right out of the oven smothered in butter, hand churned right before your eyes. Enjoy the daily antique parade with tractors, cars and trucks and horse-drawn carriages, or relax in the Tea House.


August 1: Ages 9 to 12 can spend a night in a tipi on a fun sleepover at Fort Normandeau! Our interpreter will kick of the night with games, activities, snacks and a campfire before a relaxing sleep under the stars. A continental breakfast will be served the next morning. Children must bring their own sleeping bag, mattress (if desired), change of clothes, toiletries, etc. Limited space available; pre-registration is required. In case of inclement weather, the interpreter has access to the Interpretive Centre, so program goes rain or shine. Pickup time is 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 2. To register check out

August 2 or 6: Pickles from ​the Field to the Jar at the Jungle Farm. Hands on experience to make your own dill pickles from picking the cucumbers to filling the jars. Each participant will take home a jar of dill pickles.  Cost is $30.00 plus gst / person. Must pre register. Registration is limited.

August 5-7: Mud Hero 2016. Muddiest. Challenge. Ever. Mud Hero is a 6 km run through 16+ challenging obstacles with a 10,000 watt after-party! Its Canada's Largest All-Canadian Obstacle Running series. If you love a challenge and don’t mind a little muck then this is the race for you. It all takes place at Canyon Ski Resort. Canyon Ski Resort features hills, mud, water and plenty of challenging terrain for an unsurpassed event experience.

August 6: Ellis Bird Farm Bug Jamboree 1-3 PM.​ There will be an opening performance at 1 PM with John Acorn 'The Nature Nut' and a butterfly count at 3 PM. In between, a garden tour will be offered, children can create their own crafty bugs, and everyone can visit with the “bug” experts as they share their enthusiasm for the creepy, crawly creatures that are so important to the environment.

August 6-7: Family Sleepover at Fort Normandeau. For more information please call 403-347-7550.

August 9: Annual Family Picnic at the Blue Grass Spray & Play Park! Great family fun, face painting, door prizes, free lunch and snacks. 47A Avenue & 48 Street

August 14: Markerville Creamery Museum Cream Day - 12:00-5:00 p.m. Open House & Festival.

August 20: The Rocky 100 Footers will bring two days of auto racing excitement to Rocky Mountain House. This is the fourth annual race for the club. Admission for racers is $25.00 a day per car. All cars are required to pass a technical inspection before any race. There are multiple classes for all types of vehicles. Tech inspection runs from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM and the racing will start a short time after. Cost: $5 a person or $15 a family.

August 20-21: Viking Days at the Danish Canadian National Museum in Dickson. This is our biggest event of the year, typically attracting over 700 visitors who are interested in Viking lore. Through the cooperation of Viking re-enactment groups from Calgary and Edmonton, visitors can tour the Viking encampment, showing living accommodations, cooking methods and crafts. You will also see Viking warriors demonstrate the use of swords, shields, axes and archery. A favorite for everyone is the battle with the Vikings, where children are given “swords” to fight it out with the mighty, fearsome Vikings.

This is family-oriented event, with face-painting, Viking costume dress-ups, and telling of Hans Christian Andersen stories. Vendors set up tables around the site to sell their crafts and articles with a Scandinavian flavour. Visitors can enjoy lunch at the Saga Café [reservation required], or have a Danish hot dog, Danish desserts, old time soft drinks or other confections outside. There may be a gate entry fee.

August 20-21: Celebrate and experience life as it was at the Red Deer River Crossing circa 1885! There will be military skirmishes, traditional First Nations ceremonies along with craft displays, period foods, and children’s games. Step back in time and take advantage of this entertaining learning experience.

August 27: Family Movie Matinee Timberlands Branch. Bring your friends and family to the Timberlands Branch from 1:00-3:00 and sing along with us to this Disney classic. Popcorn and drinks provided.

August 28: 2016 Chocolate Chase 3K/5K Walk/Run. The Chocolate Chase is a fun, non-competitive, family oriented event that will begin at Chocolates by Bernard Callebaut in the Village Mall, Red Deer. Registrants can choose between a 3K or 5K walk or run... no matter the choice the ultimate reward is chocolate!! Music, festivities and draw prizes are all part of the FUN.

August 28: Markerville Creamery Museum Show & Shine - 10:00-4:00 p.m. BBQ Lunch at the Creamery Courtyard.

August 28: Looking for some high-octane entertainment this summer? Don't miss out on the 33rd Annual Lions Club Demolition Derby. Action begins with qualifying heats at noon, with the smash-up derby to follow at about 12:30 PM. An admission fee is charged, and a full-service concession is open throughout the event. $10 Admission, 12 and under free.


September 10: Cycle For Sight. The FFB’s fastest growing fundraiser is gearing up for another action-packed, one-day cycling event in 2016. With rides in Toronto, Ottawa, Alberta and the West Coast, Cycle For Sight is perfect for cycling enthusiasts or leisure riders, riding single or tandem bikes.

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