Festivals aplenty in Central Alberta this summer

Red Deer has lots to offer in terms of family-friendly fun

The arts scene has been busy this spring and summer as a number of outdoor festivals and performances have already commenced and some more are just around the corner.

With CentreFest wrapped up for another successful year, Red Deerians are reminded that the City has many things to offer on the arts front. Thousands of people were seen lining the streets over the weekend at the downtown festival enjoying a variety of street performers and family activities. It is really one of the best ways to spend a summer’s day.

Locals have also enjoyed shows by Prime Stock Theatre as they have been offering Shakespeare performances at Bower Ponds. This of course was a free event to the public, but these theatre companies are always willing to take donations for their shows as this is what helps them continue to operate. Bard on Bower ran on the outdoor stage at Bower Ponds and if you missed it this year, be sure to mark it on your calendar for next year! It is a great outdoor, summertime event.

Of course there is weekly entertainment on Red Deer’s Ross Street Patio to enjoy as well. Take a break from the work day and spend your lunch hour in the sunshine, listening to various musicians throughout the summer months, or pop down after work on Wednesdays, enjoy the sights and sounds and take in the downtown market while you’re there. Nothing breaks up the week better than that. Live music on the Ross Street Patio runs Tuesday and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Plenty of options to take in a performance.

If you’re looking to venture out of the City a little ways Sylvan Lake’s Jazz at the Lake event is also one to look forward to. This will run Aug. 17th-20th which will feature all sorts of talent slated to play the three-day event.

Great music paired with the beach and lake, it truly is a summer festival and one that thousands enjoy every year.

It’s nice to see the arts scene thrive in Central Alberta. We are really becoming a hub for entertainment and it continues to become stronger as every year we see new events popping up.

Of course like with anything, if the support isn’t there then it isn’t a success. We want to remind Central Albertans to support these events so that we can continue to enjoy them.