Red Deer has some great nightspots featuring live entertainment. Local artists will wow you with their talent and out of town guest artists drop in from time to time just to get in on the fun. Many nightspots have pool tables and other games. Those who prefer games of chance can check out our casinos and bingo halls. Central Alberta’s largest trade show, agriculture, entertainment, sports and convention facility, Westerner Park hosts more than 1200 events each year, from trade shows to rodeos, concerts to sporting events and produces Westerner Days, Red Deer’s annual summer fair. The ENMAX Centrium, the 6,000-seat arena, is the home of the Red Deer Rebels a WHL junior hockey team.
The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is an interactive, hands-on celebration of Alberta’s sporting history. There is over 7,000 square feet of exhibit space and interactive areas. The interactive areas include a multi-sport Virtual Visual System with hockey, baseball, basketball, football and soccer; a baseball pitching area, Alpine Skiing machine, and 200m Wheelchair Challenge and “You Call the Play” press box, and also a climbing wall and a golf putting green. New gallery additions to the museum exhibits are “Ice and Snow, The Spirit of Winter” Gallery, and the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Gallery.
If you’re visiting Red Deer, make sure to stop by the Red Deer Public Library, either the Downtown Branch or the branch at the Dawe Community Centre. Both libraries offer free internet access to visitors wishing to check their email or surf online. And for the traveling family, both libraries offer lively drop-in story times for kids of all ages throughout the school year. The Library’s Summer Reading Program also offers weekly themed activities and events for the entire summer. A variety of programs aimed at kids and teens (check out the Mezz teen space) ensure there is something for everyone at the library.