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Downtown Events & Activities

Re-Imagine Downtown Activation Grant

The Heart of Our City is committed to enhancing the vibrancy of Downtown Lethbridge. 

The Re-Imagine Downtown Activation Grant Program aims to support businesses, entrepreneurs, organizations, and community-minded individuals in implementing initiatives, events, and/or programs that seek to activate vacant, underutilized, and under-programmed private and public spaces and places– safely with COVID-19 restrictions in mind – within the downtown district.

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Downtown Event Schedule

With festivals, live performances, art gallery exhibitions, seminars, community events, and business promotions and sales a daily occurrence in the downtown. Be sure to check-out the downtown event calendars to see what's coming up!

 Downtown BRZ Event Calendar

 Community Calendar of Events

First Fridays

On the First Friday of every month, we invite you to visit your downtown and experience all the exciting things we have to offer. 

With more than 60 unique retail shops and 50 restaurants and pubs, offering food from around the world to satisfy every taste, you won't be disappointed. 

Stop by one of our art galleries to view work from both local and national artists, catch a movie at the theatre, explore our local shops or cool off in the Rotary Centennial Fountain in Galt Gardens. 

Downtown Lethbridge is your family room in the city – a place where everyone connects after a hard day's work in a friendly and safe environment. 

Every First Friday will feature a variety of community events so be sure to check back regularly to see what's coming up at

The idea of starting First Friday was an initiative by the Heart of Our City Committee and the event is now organized by the Downtown BRZ.  

Celebrate Downtown

Celebrate Downtown 2020 marks the 5th annual Celebrate Downtown awards to honour Downtown Champions. The event, hosted by the Heart of Our City Committee, was to be the largest to date. The event was scheduled to be held in May with 66 nominations brought forward by the community. Unfortunately, COVID-19 tossed those plans out the window, but over the summer the Celebrate Downtown was busy working hard with London Road Media to present the awards digitally. The Heart of our City Committee congratulates all of the Celebrate Downtown 2020 nominees and winners. 

2020 Nominations and Winners

To view the nomination videos and see the winners CLICK HERE

Event Background

In 2016, the Heart of Our City Committee commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Heart of Our City Master Plan with a celebratory event. The purpose of the event was to recognize individuals, businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions that exemplify the vision and pillars of the revitalization of our Downtown. These outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations have invested time, ideas and capital into the Downtown to make it more beautiful, livable, exciting, vibrant, accessible and sustainable. Due to the success of the event and that there many outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations deserving of special recognition, the Heart of Our City Committee decided to make Celebrate Downtown an annual event. The event provides an excellent opportunity for Downtown Champions, those friends, neighbours, colleagues and community members, to meet, mingle and network.