Downtown flourishes

Red Deer’s downtown core has seemed to come alive over the past number of years.

This summer is proving to be no exception as numerous events are taking place in the area and more and more people are finding themselves enjoying the heart of the City.

The Ross Street Patio has proven to be a success. On most nice days Red Deerians can be seen enjoying the patio whether it’s over the lunch hour or anytime throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Feedback has been tremendously positive from both residents and business owners. It’s now impossible to imagine downtown Red Deer without the patio.

The Downtown Market on Little Gaetz on Wednesday’s is also garnering more interest each week. Local food vendors set up shop and residents are not only thrilled to support local growers, but it’s also an opportunity to stock up on fresh goods in the middle of the week as well.

Food Truck Fridays also takes place on Ross St. where Cool Beans is located each Friday. A number of local food trucks set up shop over the lunch hour and serve out delicious homemade dishes. More and more people can be seen taking advantage of this unique service each and every week.

Of course there is also the annual events such as the hugely popular CentreFest which features performers from around the world. This family-friendly event recently took place in the heart of the downtown and many Central Albertans took in the events.

Still to come is Fiestaval which is a celebration of all things Latin. This event takes place Aug. 17 in the City’s downtown and it is a free event that includes lots of authentic music which really gets participants moving. Festival-goers also have the opportunity to learn salsa, taste delicious food and purchase authentic Latin wares. It’s a lively event that is sure to please and it’s a great introduction to Latin American culture and a way to bring people together.

This year there were also a few special events that were held downtown including the Barn Dance which was part of the ongoing centennial celebrations and Westerner Days. Lots of people took in this event. It was a great opportunity for people to visit and spend time together.

What is neat about all of the events is that not only does it encourage people to visit the City’s downtown, but it provides an opportunity for people to just visit and get to know one another. These events are helping the City become a stronger community. We encourage all Red Deerians to take part and support as many of these types of events as possible.