Ross Street Patio being set up Tuesday

It’s that time of year again — for music to be regularly heard in Red Deer’s outdoor spaces.

It’s that time of year again — for music to be regularly heard in Red Deer’s outdoor spaces.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane on Ross Street, west of 49th Avenue, Tuesday so barriers can be installed for the Ross Street Patio.

Work is expected to continue to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Motorists can expect delays and are asked to use alternate routes.

The Ross Street Patio, with extended sidewalk and outdoor seating, will officially open on Friday, June 7, beginning at 11:45 a.m., with entertainment continuing through the lunch hour.

Music or cultural performances are planned for the patio on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer during the downtown market, and also at lunchtimes on Thursdays.

Larger music events will be held on the patio on July 5, Aug. 2 and Sept. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., to coincide with First Friday gallery openings throughout the downtown.

“Last year’s concerts and events added vitality and activity to the downtown,” said Charity Dyke, the downtown co-ordinator for the City of Red Deer.

“The downtown is our city’s living room and the best living rooms always come with live music and loads of activity.”

The City of Red Deer is also organizing Summer Sundays at Bower Ponds, a four-concert series that will run on the outdoor stage on June 23, July 7, Aug. 11 and Sept. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m.

“Summer is always amazing in Red Deer,” said Peter McGee, special events programmer for the city.

“Add world-class entertainers to our amazing parks and public spaces and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate our thriving cultural scene.”

Details on performers and other summer events is available on www.reddeer.ca/bestsummer.

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