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Red Deer Attractions, Activities & Events

Alberta’s third largest city, Red Deer sits in a beautiful river valley midway between Calgary and Edmonton. Its central location makes it a natural meeting point for business. Its shops, restaurants and attractions make it an ideal location for a getaway or family reunion. Everything in town is within a 10-minute drive of Sheraton Red Deer.

Come Home to Red Deer, Alberta

Welcome to Red Deer, the beating heart of Western Canadian hospitality. The perfect home base between Calgary and Edmonton, our city is a top Alberta vacation destination, alive with culture and entertainment, unique shops and eateries, and a ton of family friendly fun. The four-star Sheraton Red Deer Hotel is located in a thriving neighborhood, with easy access from Highway 2, just a stone’s throw from the very best that Red Deer has to offer.

Experience an Authentic Taste of Western Canada

With over 9000 working farms in the area, Red Deer gives you an authentic taste of western hospitality, farm fresh food, and the chance to take part in an amazing array of “agri-tourism” activities for the whole family. Nothing beats the sweet flavor of fresh berries plucked from one of the many U-pick farms or visit one of the oldest farmers markets in the region, the Red Deer Market, and enjoy an afternoon getting lost in a sunflower maze. You’ll be surprised by the fun you can find in Red Deer.

Family Friendly Fun

From meandering fields and working ranches to heart-pounding thrills at Alberta’s largest outdoor water park, you’ll love to play in Red Deer! On a hot summer day, nothing beats the twists, turns and drops at Wild Rapids Waterslide Park. Or stay cool at Discovery Canyon, a free play area in the city of Red Deer that features bubbling pools and relaxing tubing. When you stay at Sheraton Red Deer Hotel, you are always close to the action!

Sports Fans Love Red Deer

Time get your cheer on! Red Deer is a mecca for anyone ready to get in the game! The WHL’s Red Deer Rebels hit the ice less than 10 minutes from Sheraton Red Deer Hotel at ENMAX Centrium. Think you have what it takes to roll with the pros? Test your skills with interactive games at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Don’t miss the multi-sport area with virtual baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer. Of course, no visit to Western Canada is complete without the excitement of a rodeo show. Westerner Park hosts rodeos, horse shows, and concerts that will delight the whole family. Ready for some grownup fun? River Bend and Wolf Creek are just two of the 30 golf courses in the area.

Experience Alberta’s Great Outdoors

Winter, spring, summer or fall, there is always something to draw you into the great outdoors in Red Deer, AB. Pack a lunch and head to the sandy beach at Sylvan Lake Provincial Park. The park area, playground and warm shallow waters make it an ideal and safe place for families. Red Deer River offers it all: fishing, paddling, skating, hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. Adventure starts from the comfort of four-star Sheraton Red Deer Hotel!

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Everything you need is just steps away at Sheraton Red Deer Hotel.

  • Red Deer College 1.0 km/0.6 miles
  • St Mary's Catholic Church 4.0 km/2.5 miles
  • River Bend Golf Course 6.0 km/3.7 miles
  • Alberta Springs Golf Resort 15.0 km/9.3 miles
  • Wolf Creek Golf Resort 50.0 km/31.1 miles
  • Heritage Ranch 4.0 km/2.5 miles
  • Kerry Wood Nature Centre 5.0 km/3.1 miles
  • Enmax Centrium 2.0 km/1.2 miles
  • Collicutt Centre 3.0 km/1.9 miles
  • Canyon Ski Resort 5.0 km/3.1 miles

Events

April 2018

  • ALBERTA FOOD & BEVERAGE EXPO
    April 7, 2018 | Prairie Pavillion, Westerner Park
    Sample hundreds of wines, spirits, beers, delicious hand crafted cocktails and amazing food from Red Deer's best restaurants, pubs and local food suppliers.
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  • MAYOR'S PRAYER BREAKFAST
    April 10, 2018 | Westerner Park
    Gather to recognize Central Alberta Mayors and support them in their leadership. Former NHL hockey player Laurie Boschman will speak this year.
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  • THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY
    April 13, 2018 | ENMAX Centrium
    Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, The Illusionists has shattered box office records worldwide and thrilled audiences of all ages.
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  • DIAMONDS & DENIM 2018
    Fri, 13 April 2018 | Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
    The Leadership Centre of Central Alberta and Spinal Cord Injury Alberta are proud to co-host Diamonds and Denim on April 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel.
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  • SHERATON CELEBRITY DANCE OFF
    April 14, 2018 | Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
    The Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off is a community builder initiative that brings together the professional dance community, community leaders, the business community and many talented volunteers.
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  • PONY CHUCKWAGON TARP AUCTION
    April 18, 2018 | Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
    Central Alberta businesses, mark your calendars for this event! Sponsors attending the Tarp Auction will have the opportunity to bid on 40 chuckwagon tarps and 20 chariots.
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  • OUR BEST TO YOU SPRING CRAFT SALE
    April 20 - 22, 2018 | Parkland & Prairie Pavilions, Westerner Park
    This is Red Deer's latest and greatest shopping event, a sensational springtime affair featuring works by 150 top Canadian artists, artisans and designers.
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May 2018

  • 49th ANNUAL ANTIQUE CAR SWAP MEET
    May 4 - 5, 2018 | Westerner Park
    Enjoy two days of Antique Classic and Hot Rod cars and parts for sale both used and new. Oil and gas items, manuals and literature, antiques of all types.
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  • CRYSTAL BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
    May 9 - 13, 2018 | ENMAX Centrium
    Crystal is the first-ever experience on ice from Cirque du Soleil. World-class ice skaters and acrobats take their new frozen playground by storm as they challenge the laws of gravity.
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  • EVENING OF A DECADENT DESSERT
    May 11, 2018 | Parkland Pavilion, Westerner Park
    Guests enjoy a champagne reception, buffet dinner, live entertainment, raffles and silent auction. This event is Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre's biggest fundraiser of the year.
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  • WESTERNER PARK URBAN FARM FESTIVAL
    May 12, 2018 | Westerner Park
    Westerner Park Urban Farm initiative brings together urban and rural communities through education and celebration on food production and preservation.
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  • ALBERTA GOLDEN GLOVES BOXING TOURNAMENT
    May 26 - 27, 2018 | Stockmens Pavilion, Westerner Park
    Elite men's and women's boxing tournament featuring the finest amateur boxers from Western Canada.
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June 2018

  • ATB FINANCIAL DOWNTOWN MARKET
    Every summer, the farmers’ market comes to Little Gaetz Avenue in Downtown Red Deer every Wednesday from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
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  • CENTRAL ALBERTA CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL
    June 1 - 2, 2018 | Recreation Park
    Central Alberta Children’s Festival, hosts over 40 tents and activity stations. Stations included bubble wrap popping, bouncy rooms, sports, face painting and more.
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  • WEST CENTRAL REGIONAL 4-H HORSE SHOW 2018
    June 1 - 3, 2018 | Agricentre East, Westerner Park
    This is a three day 4-H Member Horse Show with events in English, Western and Games in different rings.
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  • WESTERNER PARK HUNTER/JUMPER SPRING CLASSIC
    June 16 - 17, 2018 | Agricentre East, Westerner Park
    Elite men's and women's boxing tournament featuring the finest amateur boxers from Western Canada.This event provides equestrians the chance to compete and improve their skills in preparation for higher competition. Last year, the event attracted over 60 exhibitors entering in over 300 classes.
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  • WESTERNER CANADIAN ARABIAN HORSE BREEDERS CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
    June 27 - 30, 2018 | Westerner Park
    There are many events to watch and participate in with fun for the whole family with free items for those in attendance! The Horse Showcase is the feature public event and is held Saturday.
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July 2018

  • ATB FINANCIAL DOWNTOWN MARKET
    Every summer, the farmers’ market comes to Little Gaetz Avenue in Downtown Red Deer every Wednesday from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
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  • CANADA'S GOSPEL MUSIC CELEBRATION 2018
    July 12 - 14, 2018 | ENMAX Centrium
    Canada’s Gospel Music Celebration has become the largest Gospel Music event in Canada. Artists from all over North America gather for a three day ‘Uptown Camp Meeting’.
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  • WESTERNER DAYS FAIR & EXPOSITION
    July 18 - 22, 2018 | Westerner Park & Citywide
    Westerner Days is central Alberta's largest summer celebration, with five days of action-packed fun including live entertainment, midway rides, free entertainment, nightly pony chuckwagon races, good food and great company!
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  • CENTREFEST
    July 27 – 29, 2018 | Downtown Red Deer, Ross Street & 49th Ave
    CentreFest is the largest, most affordable, most accessible festival in central Alberta. CentreFest 2018 will see downtown Red Deer come alive with outrageous acts of wonder and amazement.
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August 2018

  • ATB FINANCIAL DOWNTOWN MARKET
    Every summer, the farmers’ market comes to Little Gaetz Avenue in Downtown Red Deer every Wednesday from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
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  • WESTERNER PARK LONG TABLE DINNER
    August 18, 2018 | Westerner Park
    The Long Table Dinner menu will feature local ingredients expertly crafted into a flavorful experience for the evening’s dinner.
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September 2018

  • ATB FINANCIAL DOWNTOWN MARKET
    Every summer, the farmers’ market comes to Little Gaetz Avenue in Downtown Red Deer every Wednesday from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
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  • HARVEST MOON LONG TABLE
    September 6, 2018 | C.P. Rail Pedestrian Bridge, Red Deer
    Two Spoons is excited to bring people together and deliver an exceptional, unique dining experience in an incredible location- the C.P. Rail Pedestrian Bridge! Chefs from Sheraton Red Deer Hotel prepare a six-course, locally-sourced menu. Funds generated from the event go towards a charity.
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  • ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS
    September 28 - 30, 2018 | Citywide
    This annual three-day festival that celebrates arts and culture in cities across Canada. Free, family-friendly activities are happening in Red Deer throughout the weekend.
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October 2018

  • RED DEER HOME RENOVATION & DESIGN SHOW
    October 19 - 21, 2018 | Westerner Park
    The Canadian Home Builders' Association is excited to bring you everything you need for your home including ideas for your fall renovation, decor, construction, and indoor living projects.
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  • OUR BEST TO YOU SPRING CRAFT SALE
    October 26 - 28, 2018 | Parkland & Prairie Pavilions, Westerner Park
    Our Best to You Craft Sale is Red Deer’s favourite Christmas shopping event, returning to Westerner Park for another weekend offering the very best in Canadian Handmade.
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November 2018

  • AGRI-TRADE EQUIPMENT EXPO
    Nov 7 – 10, 2018 | Westerner Park
    Starting in 1984, Agri-Trade is considered to be one of the best farm equipment shows in North America. Over 470 exhibitors will represent the very best in agriculture equipment, technology, service and products.
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  • RED DEER LIGHTS THE NIGHT
    November 17, 2018 | Downtown Red Deer
    Featuring live entertainment, a warming tent, children’s games and activities, a winter market, free hot chocolate and popcorn, and a visit from Santa Claus, this free community event draws thousands of people to Red Deer's Downtown core each year!
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  • FESTIVAL OF TREES 2018
    November 21 - 25, 2018 | Westerner Park & Citywide
    This community event benefiting healthcare in Central Alberta, kicks off the festive season each year with over 23,000 guests attending over 4 public days.
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  • WESTERNER PARK CHRISTMAS ARTISAN MARKET
    November 30 - December 01, 2018
    The Artisan Market is about giving back to the community while shopping for your Christmas list with unique local vendors. Guests are asked to bring a donation for the Red Deer Food Bank!
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December 2018

  • CHRISTMAS AT THE SHERATON
    TBD | Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
    'Tis the season for celebration. Make the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel part of your holiday plans. Stay tuned to find out what we have in store!

January 2019

  • SHERATON RED DEER BRIDAL SHOWCASE
    Date TBA | Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
    Join us this January for the Sheraton Bridal Showcase. Visit with local wedding vendors and Sheraton Special Events Consultants to help you perfect the most important day of your life!
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February 2019

  • 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES
    February 15 - March 3, 2019 | Citywide
    Featuring 19 sports, over 150 events and a major arts and cultural festival, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will welcome up to 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches and more than 20,000 visitors to Red Deer.
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March 2019

  • RED DEER HOME SHOW
    March 15 - 17, 2019
    Central Alberta's largest spring home show! Indoor, outdoor, construction, landscaping, gardening, and more!
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