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There’s nothing sweeter than hearing the school bell ring for the very last time until September.

Parents, now that the kids are nearing the end of the school year, it’s time to plan your summer activities as they finish up their studies.

Here are our 4 top picks for the best ‘school’s out’ activities to look forward to in Red Deer this summer:

 ATB Financial Downtown Market

The ATB Financial Downtown Market will be in Red Deer every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Little Gaetz Avenue this summer. This is a perfect chance for you to get out in the sun with friends and family to take a stroll and check out the great vendors, like Confetti Sweets and Untamed Feats, that are part of this event.

At this outdoor market you can purchase fresh farm food like meat, vegetables, fruit, baked goods and even handmade items that you can’t get anywhere else.

After you’ve taken the evening to pick from some of the very best fresh food and treats Red Deer has to offer, you can head home and have a barbecue out on the patio with friends and family.

Live Music on Ross Street Patio

Beginning on May 30, you can enjoy free live music on Ross Street Patio every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The tunes will also be playing during the ATB Financial Downtown Market every Wednesday.

There’s nothing better than a patio party to celebrate the end of a school year, and you can feel relaxed in the heart of Red Deer Downtown while jamming out to various performances. The City of Red Deer is also hosting additional performances on Friday nights throughout the summer!

MAGnificent Saturdays at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery will be hosting a brand new event every Saturday called MAGnificent Saturdays.

If you’re looking for a creative way to spend time with your family on the weekend, this weekly event allows you to do just that through different themes each week such as “A Woven Sketch” where you can try your hand at weaving, and “Crazy Critters” where you are able to expand your imagination and create your own pet by making an armature and covering them with fun colours.

The program is innovative because it is led by local artists that connect the museum and gallery exhibits to an art making activity.

Share time with your family creating masterpieces and finding your inner artist!

Foam Fest

Canada’s #1 Fun Run is back in Red Deer on June 24th at Heritage Ranch! Gather your family and friends for this epic obstacle course complete with mud and, of course, lots of foam.

The 5K Foam Fest is an exciting and challenging experience for both new and old runners, and the festival-like atmosphere is open to all age groups and skill levels.

 An added bonus? Foam Fest is aligned with many Food Banks across the country, and the event itself helps raise funds and non-perishable food donations for them.

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