Festivals aplenty this summer

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 is 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 has been running on the outdoor stage at Bower Ponds and still has some performances coming up early this month as well.

Another great cultural event to be coming to the City in the near future is Fiestaval which runs Aug. 18th, also downtown. This event allows Red Deerians to take in the Latin culture by watching performances, listening and dancing to music and tasting a variety of cultural food. It is an event that has only gotten better each and every year. And we have no doubt this year will be one of the best.

Another big outdoor festival coming up is the Central Music Fest. This three-day event which runs Aug. 17-19 takes place just outside of Red Deer and offers up a wide range of music genres. There is lots of music, food, dancing and fun to be had at this event as well.

If you’re looking to venture out of the City a little ways Sylvan Lake’s Shake the Lake event is also one to look forward to. This will run Aug. 10-12 and there are 30 bands 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.