Summer in the City: Visit Downtown!
While summer construction has begun, Downtown Regina continues to be a lively atmosphere! With a wide array of engaging events, delicious dining and fabulous shopping, Downtown is the place to be for people of all ages and interests.
“We are working closely with businesses and organizations to make Downtown a great place to be this summer,” said Niki Anderson, City Manager. “The City of Regina is investing in infrastructure over the next few years to beautify streetscapes, transform transportation networks and improve pedestrian safety. We recognize revitalization comes with some construction “growing pains” and we want to remind Regina residents that Downtown is open for business - with lots to offer!”
For nearly 50 years, the non-profit co-operative that is the Regina Farmer’s Market (RFM) has played an important role in bringing together local producers and the community in the city centre.
“The Regina Farmers' Market is thrilled to host another farmers' market season in the heart of the city,” said Holly Laird, Executive Director, Regina Farmer’s Market Co-operative. “When you shop at the RFM, you're directly supporting Saskatchewan producers while contributing to our local economy's growth and sustainability. Everything sold at our market is made, baked, grown, or designed in Saskatchewan! We hope you'll join us in embracing the spirit of community this summer, as we connect city residents with our exceptional farmers, artisans and makers in Downtown Regina.”
The Regina Folk Festival brings the excitement of live music, delicious food and a festive atmosphere from August 11-13, 2023. The festival will be in Victoria Park again this year.
“The Regina Folk Festival has called Downtown home for over forty years,” said Amber Goodwyn, Artistic Director, Regina Folk Festival. “We’re so excited to party with everyone in the heart of the City again this summer!”
While you are Downtown, check out some of the amazing public art! There are a variety of projects to explore, including the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District (RDBID)’s Urban Canvas Projects: Alley Doors and Traffic Control Boxes. You can also visit the Gallery Art Boxes in Victoria Park that have featured artwork curated by local art galleries. As well, visit the newest art mural, the Path to Reconciliation on F.W. Hill Mall, which was a RDBID collaboration with Creative City Centre, with artists Geanna Dunbar and Brandy Jones.
“Downtown is the perfect destination to spend your summer and we invite everyone to spend time at our various shopping destinations and grab a bite to eat,” says Judith Veresuk, Executive Director of the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District. “We are also hosting a variety of summer activities for the whole family to enjoy. Throughout the summer season, Downtown is the place to be – it’s where it’s at!”
Residents are encouraged to walk or cycle around for a more immersive and active experience. Transit continues to operate with some stops relocated to Victoria Park during 11th Avenue construction. Find transit routes at Regina.ca/transit and check TransitLive. There is also ample parking available. If driving Downtown, check the Road Report at Regina.ca/roads to avoid any major restrictions.
Check out this collaborative video which highlights many of the exciting things to do and see, as well as the important investments we are making to ensure Downtown meets the needs of our growing community!
The summer calendar for Downtown is packed with events that will ensure a memorable experience for all. Visit the RDBID website for more information.