New to Bard On Bower? We've got you covered!

When is it?

The Bard on Bower runs for 3 weeks each summer- usually in July. The two mainstage shows have multiple performances each on the outdoor stage!  All performances are FREE and no ticket is required.  Just come and enjoy.  We will be gladly accepting donations.

Where is it?

At beautiful Bower Ponds, Red Deer- by the historic Cronquist House:

How much does it cost?

The shows on the main stage at Bower Ponds are proudly presented with  NO ADMISSION charge. Thanks to government support, sponsors and fundraising, we are able to cover most of the infrastructure cost to put on the festival.  That said, we do welcome cash donations at the mainstage shows. The majority of your donations at the shows will go directly to the cast & crew. These talented artists and theatre creators do not get paid in the traditional way; they dedicate full time hours for weeks on end to provide this exciting cultural event for all central Albertans for just a share of the donations collected. 

Is it a rain or shine event?

Most of the stage is covered by a roof and we do provide some tents and several umbrellas to the audience. If the day is rainy leading up to the performance and we are convinced no one will want to come, we may cancel a performance. Rain has come upon us during performances and we have always finished the show (taking impromptu intermissions as needed). If severe weather closes the park system all shows are suspended until the park reopens. For notice on cancellations follow us on twitter and like us on facebook!

Are there washrooms and amenities?

Washrooms are located in the Bower Ponds Pavillion, where there is also a concession. These are closed by the time our performances end. Here's a closer look at the site: 

What should I bring with me?

Seating is on the sloped ground so you may want to bring a blanket or low festival chair to sit on. We have many tarps on hand that you can lay under your blanket (the geese will have left unwelcome presents for you on the grass). Picnics are welcome, and as it cools off you will find bug spray and an extra layer of clothing useful. A hat, sunscreen and rain-gear are always wise, and you may want cash if you choose to make a donation or take advantage of any refreshments available. We have a limited number of tents set up for public use, and many umbrellas.

Is the park accessible for wheelchairs and strollers?

The audience area is on a sloped grassy hill which might be a little awkward, but it is a barrier-free park. The ground is more flat at the back of the seating area just off of the walking path. Bulky items like strollers should be kept to the periphery of the seating area.

What if I have other questions?

When you are at the ponds please visit our donations tent at the back of the audience area if you have any questions at all, or if need to see someone with First Aid. In advance of a performance you can e-mail us at


Please note- Prime Stock Theatre and the City of Red Deer are not responsible for personal items including bicycles, strollers, chairs, bags etc. Ensure that your vehicle and its contents are secure in the parking lot with nothing visible that could be tempting to anyone.

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