RENOVATION – City of Red Deer workers put up barricades and tables for the annual Ross Street Patio.

Summer shaping up with numerous events

With the installation of the Ross Street Patio beginning this week, residents can expect the program of free concerts and special events to kick into high gear signifying the official start to Red Deer’s summer.

The City of Red Deer is launching its series of free concerts and special events, hosted from June through September, with the official opening of the patio on June 7 beginning at 11:45 a.m. and continuing through the lunch hour. And that’s just the beginning of a summer filled with weekly concerts and events, all free to the public.

“Summer is always amazing in Red Deer,” said Peter McGee, special events programmer for the City. “Add world-class entertainers to our amazing parks and public spaces, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate our thriving cultural scene.”

McGee said there will be two streams to the summer events including Summer Sundays at Bower Ponds, a four-concert afternoon series that runs June 23, July 7, Aug. 11 and Sept. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.

In the downtown, the City is organizing weekly musical or cultural performances during the Wednesday night downtown market and again at lunchtime every Thursday, both on the Ross Street Patio. Continuing this year are the evening concerts. They will be held on July 5, Aug. 2 and Sept. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. and coincide with First Friday activities held throughout the downtown.

“Last year’s concerts and events added vitality and activity to the downtown,” said Charity Dyke, downtown coordinator for the City. “The downtown is our City’s living room and the best living rooms always come with live music and loads of activity.”

For details on all confirmed performers and other exciting events this summer in Red Deer, visit

– Fawcett

Just Posted

Neonatal nurse practitioner joins NICU care team

Babies requiring specialized care at Red Deer Hospital have extra set of hands caring for them

The old Greyhound Bus Depot is being demolished

The Red Deer building has been around for decades

Official torchbearers for 2019 Canada Winter Games announced

Canada Games officials open time capsule from Grande Prairie Games in 1995

Alberta Health Services, United Nurses of Alberta reach agreement to settle union grievance of nursing staffing shortage

Settlement includes the designation of 11.7 full-time-equivalent Registered Nurse relief positions

UPDATE: Two 12-year-olds have been found safe in Airdrie

Public tips were received which led the RCMP to locate the children this morning

UK lawmakers reject Brexit deal in 432-202 vote

House of Commons votes against the deal struck between Britain’s government and the EU

WATCH: World-renowned illusionist, magician, escapist performs in Stettler

Matt Johnson performs two sold-out shows at Stettler Performing Arts Centre

Olivia and Liam top list for Alberta baby names in 2018

Premier Rachel Notley announced the top baby names in Alberta in 2018; Loki didn’t make the cut

Edmonton Police charged 236 people with auto theft in 2018

Police states many of the thefts are crimes of opportunity

Woman’s complaint leads to sexual assault charge against Calgary priest

Malcolm Joe D’Souza, who is 62, has been charged with one count of sexual assault

Saudi teen who was granted asylum in Canada says she’s a lucky one

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun was fleeing abusive family back home

New migrant caravan sets out from Honduras for U.S.

Caravan has about 300 people, mainly women and children

British Parliament nears historic vote on Brexit

A ‘no’ vote would throw British politics into further turmoil

Most Read