Alberta Culture Days

Download your copy of the events calendar HERE.

A couple of updates:

The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery's new exhibition will now open Saturday September 26th, not the 19th as previously noted. Pre-booking is required.

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party will now take place on Sunday September 27th. All other details remain as before. First come, first served.

Red Deer's Alberta Culture Days delights visitors and residents alike with this wonderful, eclectic mix of arts and culture events to attend and participate.

Red Deer's Alberta Culture Days 2020 will be held from September 1st to 30th! Check out the date blocks below for all the events, which are free and family friendly!

Alberta Culture Days began in 2008 as Alberta Arts Day, a one-day event to recognize the value of Alberta's arts and cultural communities. There were 100 events held in 30 communities across the province, and a flagship celebration at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary.

Since then, it has expanded into a vibrant, province-wide celebration that has helped inspire the creation of Culture Days - a pan-Canadian movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

Alberta Culture Days 2020

Red Deer Culture Days has many events to showcase our local arts and culture scene.

Click on the dates below to see what happens on each day! You can also follow us on!

September 12-13

Norwegian Laft Hus
Open House
Come and see our creative arts displays suchas Rosemaling painting, Hardanger embroidery, Klokkestreng wall hanging andHallingdal embroidery. Find out where your family might come from using ourmaps and enjoy our book exhibit. All this happens in our log house with a sodroof. See our museum artifacts and shop in our Buttik.
Heritage Square, 4402 47 Avenue
Saturday & Sunday, September 12th– 13th from 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday, September 19th– 20th from 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Central Alberta Children’s Festival – FamilyServices of Central Alberta
Imagination Station Family Art Activity
Featuring a live junk artist, families will beencouraged to create something together using a prepared kit. Registered,time limited live outdoor activity will allow for more participation or in theevent of bad weather takeaway kits will be made available to registeredfamilies. To register go to Limited spaces available.
Family Services parking lot, 5409 50 Avenue, Red Deer,AB
Saturday, September 12th from 10:00 –4:00pm

Live Music on the Ross Street Patio!
Come down to the Ross Street Patio to enjoy some live local music! Time and artist TBA.

September 19-20

Do More Good Corporation- Education/Entertainment
Michener CentreEdutainment Charette
Learn through Edutainmentat the Michener North Provincial Park this year at the Culture DaysCharette. This event features a puppet show, singers, and an informationpresentation about our proposed community collaboration. Let’s raise ourvibrations in support of Red Deer’s own sustainable future. Join Us!
Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 2:00pmto 6:00pm
Eventbrite: Must register in groups of 10or less at

City of Red DeerCulture Services
Community Art Project
Join local artist Erin Boake in thecreation of a community art piece thanking front line workers. This paintingproject is suitable for all ages and all levels of art experience. All suppliesprovided by the City of Red Deer, FREE to participate.
Saturday, September 19, 12:00pm – 4:00pmat Triumph Roland Plaza (Great Strides Shoe Store), 4804 50 Avenue
Saturday, September 26, 12:00pm – 4:00pmat the Imperial Block, 4919 49th Street

Live Music on the Patio and around Downtown Red Deer!
City of Red Deer Culture Services is excited to present local musicians at various locations downtown during the month of September. Concerts will take place variously on the Ross Street Patio, The Imperial Block, and Triumph Roland Plaza (and more!) during related events! More info to come!

Norwegian Laft Hus
Open House
Come and see our creative arts displays such as Rosemaling painting, Hardanger embroidery, Klokkestreng wall hanging and Hallingdal embroidery. Find out where your family might come from using our maps and enjoy our book exhibit. All this happens in our log house with a sod roof. See our museum artifacts and shop in our Buttik.
Heritage Square, 4402 47 Avenue
Saturday & Sunday, September 19th– 20th from 12:00pm – 4:00pm

September 26-27

Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery
Two New Exhibitions open at the Museum!
Powwow! Ohciwin: The Origins, and Anne Frank: A History for Today exhibitions will open on Saturday, September 26. No reception and no behind the scenes tours are planned. Pre-booking for a specific time to manage numbers of people in the building and ensure physical distancing.

Museum Hours in September: Tuesday –Saturday 10 am – 4:30 pm. (4525 47A Avenue)

Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Featuring scones and other baked specialties as mentioned in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society will host a Mad Hatter’s Tea, featuring an instrumental musical performance and a staged reading of the scene from the book with local actors. Three sittings at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 pm First come, first served.
Cronquist House, 4707 Fountain Drive at Bower Ponds

Sunday, September 27th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Family Literary Scavenger Hunt
Get your team together and follow clues through downtown Red Deer to discover the titles of well-known literary works and win prizes! Each team needs a cell phone or camera. Each team must have at least one adult. Clue sheets can be printed off from or picked up at any library branch.

Saturday, September 26th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm around downtown Red Deer

Central Alberta Refugee Effort & Urban Aboriginal Voices Society
A Celebration of Red Deer’s Cultural Riches
CARE in partnership with UAVS and other agencies, is planning virtual and live performances, displays, and demonstrations by people of different cultures, presented live to be posted on social media. On September 25th and 26th we are inviting participation in a singing circle, “Cantare” and a drumming circle, “All Tribes” to create a performance called “Unexpected Intersections” on Saturday.
Friday, September 25th from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Festival Hall
Saturday, September 26th from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Festival Hall

Country Pride Dance Club
A Celebration of Dance
Celebrating the diversity of dance styles and groups in Red Deer, demonstrations by various groups will entertain and engage the public. A community-connecting ‘Line Dance Day’ will feature an easy line dance tutorial taught to the public and danced safely together. Physical distance will be observed so we can have everyone enjoy dancing.
Saturday, September 26th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Festival Hall as part of other events.

City of Red Deer Culture Services
Community Art Project
Join local artist Erin Boake in the creation of a community art piece thanking front line workers. This painting project is suitable for all ages and all levels of art experience. All supplies provided by the City of Red Deer, FREE to participate.
Saturday, September 26, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Imperial Block, 4919 49th Street

Red Deer Arts Council
Booming Tree Taiko Performance
The motivational presentation will be performed by Booming Tree Taiko of Edmonton and streamed into city Middle-School classrooms on Friday September 25th as part of our school programming. These Japanese-style drummers will share both their art form and their words about overcoming life’s challenges through creativity and the arts with alive Q&A to follow. An exciting public addition is the ability to watch the same performance the next day on the Red Deer Arts Council’s YouTube Channel!
Available all-day Saturday, September 26th, 2020 on the Red Deer Arts Council’s YouTube Channel:

ed Deer Arts Council and CentralAlberta Retired Teachers’ Association

Mini Open Studio Tour in the Glass Front Art Gallery
On the final Saturday of Alberta Culture Days, we’ll be offering a glimpse of our annual Open Studio Tour (postponed until June 2021) with visual artists demonstrating their creative process in some of the glass-front gallery windows. Artists will also provide demonstrations in some windows of their artistic technique to enliven the day.
Downtown (Ross Street, 49th Street and Little Gaetz Avenue)
Saturday, September 26th, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Red Deer Public Library Thursday Offerings

Art Streamed: DiscoverRadical Art Content from Red Deer Public Library

First Thursday isEvery Thursday
First Thursdays Concerts are back everyThursday in September! Tune in the fantastic lineup of performances by Albertamusicians! Performances will be Live-streamed and/or Facebook premiere of apre-recorded video. Check the detailedprogram at the

From See to Sound toSee - Sylvia ShaddockTaylor
Thursday, September 3rd at12:15pm
A contemporary piano music concert titledFrom See to Sound to See, which explores how visual artists “see” music and howcomposers “hear” art featuring an all Alberta creative team of 3 pairs ofartist/composer partners, who have created works based on each other’s pieces.

Music of The Diary ofAnne Frank
Thursday, September 10th at 12:15pm
Pianist Kathleen van Mourik, founder andco-artistic director of the Mountain View International Festival of Song andOlena Kilchyk, principal cellist with Calgary Bach Society and a Red DeerSymphony Orchestra member present music surrounding The Diary of Anne Frank

The Obsessions StringQuartet
Thursday, September 17th at12:15pm
The Obsessions String Quartet hasperformed concerts across Alberta as well as USA, Greece, England, Hungary,Czech Republic, and Poland. They are part of four recordings by Kent Sangster’sObsessions Octet as well as the Octet's debut in Carnegie Hall, NYC in 2012 and2016 concerts in Rochester, recorded by PBS Public American Television.

Sneak Preview: They CallMe Coco
Thursday, September 24th at12:15pm
They Call Me Coco, the rock opera, is a newly composed contemporaryopera based on the life of fashion icon Coco Chanel by the Alberta composerCheryl Cooney with creative collaboration by Anna Maria Kaufmann.

Meet the Artist: MattGould
Thursday, September 10th at6:00pm on Facebook Premiere
(Available on RDPL’s and RDAC’s YouTubechannels on September 26th)
This one-hour session will take the viewerinto the evolving creative world of multi-faceted, award-winning maker, and RedDeer resident, Matt Gould. In a career that has spanned more than 40 years andencompassed visual, literary and performing arts, the evolution towards themarrying of all was - inevitable.
In this presentation of “Meet the Artist”,Matt will discuss his process and progress, as well as introduce you to theworld of the freshly-formed Red Deer Puppetry Collective, the umbrella underwhich his new collaborative project is being created.

Book Club Jamboree
YouTube premiere with Facebook Live panel discussion
Join us for an evening onlinethat celebrates book clubs, book lovers and writers from Central Alberta. Sharebook club tips and favourite Alberta-penned picks. Enjoy a panel discussionauthors and book club pros about groups available to you and some ideas forhosting a book club during the pandemic. Hosted by Red Deer Public Library and the Red Deer Arts Council.
Thursday, September 17 from6:00 – 7:15pm online

“The Sharing Circle” -Theresa “Corky” Larsen-Jonasson
Children’s LocalAuthor Presentation
Thursday, September 24th at6:00pm on Facebook premiere
(Shared with elementary school classes onFriday, September 25th. Available on RDPL’s and RDAC’s YouTube channelson September 26th.)

Meet our special guest, Theresa “Corky”Larsen-Jonasson. Corky is a proud Cree/Danish Métis Elder and she willintroduce us to her traditions of oral storytelling and the important teachingsdiscussed in her book, “The Sharing Circle.”