Alberta Culture Days

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 2019 will be held from September 27 to 29! 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, three-day, 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 2019

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

Download the official brochure HERE and/or click on the dates below to see what happens on each day! You can also follow us on https://www.facebook.com/reddeerartsdays/!

Friday, September 27

Senior’s Breakfast with Art Exhibition, 8:30am – 1pm
The Golden Circle, 4620 47AAvenue
Mohammed Rafia & Mohammed Zedan Khalaf from Iraq will showcase their beautiful art work at the Golden Circle during the seniors breakfast. (Organized by Central Alberta Refugee Effort)

Welcome to our World
Maple Room at Central Alberta Refugee Effort, 5000 Gaetz Avenue, 9:30am- 3pm
Visitus on Friday and listen to teachings from Indigenous Elders and Francophone Canadians as we celebrate Canadian culture and help newcomers learn more about their new home.

LiveMusic at The Hub on Ross, 4936 Ross Street, 1 – 3 pm
Come enjoy a free concert of good ole country classics by Dee and Blair! With over 60 years of experience, Dee Hodgkinson has frequented community dance halls all over Western Canada. Dee has recently hooked up with Blair McNutt on Steel Guitar. This duo will highlight songs made popuplar by Alberta Singer Songwriters.
(Please note the band is a change from the brochure.)

Multicultural Art, Fashion, Music, Movin' & Munchies at The Hub on Ross
4936Ross Street, 4 – 6 pm
With a fashion parade, an art exhibition and a dance to local Armenian musician Hmayak Mikayelyan, this free event with international refreshments will liven up your Friday night! A collaborative event with Central Alberta Refugee Effort.

“With Love” Visual Art Exhibition
212-4836 Ross St (Old Court House), 5pm – 8 pm
Artribute Art School presents “With Love,” an exhibition and sale of postcard art from places near and far. Proceeds will be donated to the Central Alberta Women's Emergency Shelter. www.artributeartschool.com

Saturday, September 28

City of Red Deer Culture Services Venue:

Indigenous Culture and Urban Aboriginal Voices Peace Camp
City Hall Park, 4914 48 Avenue, 11am-4pm
Join the Indigenous communities of the traditional territory that City of Red Deer is situated on to learn more about Indigenous culture and reconciliation. Participate in the blanket exercise and try bannock and jam. Enjoy traditional music and join a community conversation about diversity and reconciliation.

Pop-Up Art Gallery Show & Sale
City of Red Deer Culture Services Building, 5205 48 Avenue, 11 am– 4 pm
The Red Deer Arts Council and the Central Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association present a pop-up art gallery showcasing original artwork by several local artists. Meet the artists and watch live demonstrations of their process.

Kids' Art Activity!
City of Red Deer Culture Services Building, 5205 48 Avenue, 11 am– 4 pm
An artist and teacher will help your children create a fun craft to bring home and enjoy!

Celebration of Dance & Culture
Cityof Red Deer Culture Services Building, 5205 48 Avenue, 11 am – 3 pm
Country Pride Dance Club and Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society will showcase several local dance and cultural arts group performances for the community. Watch demonstrations, learn about the dance and cultural groups, and meet the performers!

Bard in a Box
City of Red Deer Culture Services Building, 5205 48 Avenue, 3pm – 4pm.
PrimeStock Theatre presents a free encore performance of their popular summer series. A delightful Shakespearean comedy awaits you!


Cronquist House Venue:

Meet the Brontë Sisters Literary Tea Party
The Cronquist House, 1 pm – 4 pm
Come enjoy a literary tea party with the Brontë Sisters while enjoying some live music and entertainment. Books and tea go together! Holly Parker, talented young violinist, and member of two adult orchestras will be delighting patrons from 1 – 1:30pm. This literary tea party with games and literary treats is co-sponsored by Red Deer Public Library, Prime Stock Theatre, Central Alberta Refugee Effort, and Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society who operate the Cronquist House.

The Tweed Ride & Interactive Sessions around town
Red Deer Public Library, Downtown Branch, 11 am
The Tweed Ride is a group bicycle ride with everyone dressed in their best traditional British cycling attire. Classic vintage bicycles are encouraged, if possible. Tweed suits, plus fours, bowties, and jaunty flat caps are all encouraged. The prizes for the Best Dressed Male and Best Dressed Females will be decided by all ride participants. We will wheel through downtown Red Deer, ending the ride with tea at the Cronquist House. The event is weather permitting.


Downtown Red Deer Venues:

Indigenous Culture and Urban Aboriginal Voice Peace Camp
City Hall Park, 4914 48 Avenue, 10am - 4pm
Join the Indigenous communities of the traditional territory that the City of Red Deer is situation on to learn more about Indigenous culture and reconciliation. Participate in the blanket exercise and try bannock and jam. Enjoy traditional music and join a community conversation about diversity and reconciliation.

Family FunStorytime
Red Deer Public Library, Downtown Branch 1 pm, All ages
Enjoy costumed family stories and activities for all ages! Storytime witha twist - come in a costume of your favourite book character and win a prizefor the best costume!

International Artists around Downtown Red Deer
Visit more of our immigrant artists as they share their artistic talents at several local businesses in Downtown Red Deer:
· Ahad Armin,a wonderful musician from Iran will be playing traditional folk music on the tanbour, at Chronicles Café from 1pm – 2pm.
· Hassan Tahir from Iraq will be playing classical music on the lute at Sunworks from 11.30am– 1pm
· Elena Rousseau from Romania will be reading her poetry at the Red Deer Public Library, downtown from 2pm – 3pm

A variety of multicultural entertainment will also be at the "open mic" at Meeting Waters Coffee and Roastery at 5579 47 Street Unit 20, from 12 - 3 pm.

Film presentations by Motion Picture Arts
Welikoklad Event Centre, 4922 49 Street, 1pm – 3pm
The RDC Motion Picture Arts program has been around for 18 years and students have created thousands of hours of entertainment in a multitude of genres. RDC film grads are now working in front of and behind the camera, on TV and film sets around Canada and Hollywood! Join us for an afternoon of some of our favourite short films as we look back at some amazing work that has come out of the Motion Picture Arts program.

Selected Works from the Red Deer College Permanent ArtCollection
Welikoklad Event Centre, 4922 49 Street, 1 – 3pm
The Red Deer College Permanent Art Collection houses over 1,000 individual pieces of art in media ranging from painting to bronze sculpture to drawings and photographs. While the collection has a diverse range of artists from all over the world, it does focus on Canadian artists and specifically Albertan artists.

Interactive Community Street Art
11am – 4pm, 4916 50 St,formerly the Red Boar Smokery on Ross Street
Volunteer Central is raising the question, "What does community mean to you?" Bring the whole family and help them create a piece of art that's as dynamic as our community. Engage, collaborate, and leave your mark on our public, interactive, community art wall.


Museum & Heritage Square Venue:

Norwegian Laft Hus Open House
Heritage Square, 4402 47 Avenue, 10 am – 4 pm
Come taste a Norwegian Krumkake (cone-shaped cookie) and watch how they’re made, or see a rosemaling painting demonstration and learn a bit about Norway’s Indigenous Language, Sami, and how it relates to our own, Cree! All this happens in our log house with a sod roof. See our artifacts and shop in our butikk.

MAGnificent SaturdayPresents: Picasso Monsters
Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525 47 A Avenue, 1 pm – 4 pm
Picasso is so much fun. No need to worry about realistic drawing; use your imagination and move and shuffle all the bits. Drop-in art making for the entire family! All materials provided.
*Today's MAGnificent Saturdays activity is FREE to attend as part of Alberta CultureDays 2019!

Your Rare Opportunity to Tour Behind the Scenes
Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525 47 A Avenue, 1 pm – 4 pm
Have you ever wanted to see behind the scenes in a museum? Join us for atour of the MAG’s art collection! Tours occur throughout the afternoon.

Central AlbertaTheatre presents CATena!
Memorial Centre, 4214 58 Street
Doors open at 5pm, Tours start at 6pm, Show starts at 7:30pm
CATena is a free event that showcases scenes from the upcoming season, as well as providing an overview of the shows already booked for the Memorial Centre. This year also kicks off our 50th Anniversary Celebrations. There will be refreshments provided. Tours of the building will be offered to familiarize the public with the facility, and what it has to offer.It is a free evening of entertainment and a peek at the upcoming season.

Sunday, September 29

Garlic City Market Festival
Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project, 40TH Avenue
ReThink Red Deer hosts an annual Garlic Festival celebrating locally grown garlic. Come stock up on avariety of bulbs, braids, as well as other crafts and local produce. Plus, get some tips on growing your own garlic! Weather permitting. See rethinkreddeer.ca/events for more details.