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Rediscover Downtown with the Galt Museum

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The Galt Museum is excited to present a re-imagined Taste of Downtown, April 20.

Because of Covid restrictions, the Galt Museum opted not to hold a ‘Taste of Downtown’ for the past two years.


“The pandemic gave us the opportunity to re-imagine and redesign some of our events like ‘Taste of Lethbridge,” said Galt Museum Resource  Development and Volunteer Co-ordinator Chris Roedler.


The new event, “Rediscover Downtown’ has a few little changes, but the purpose of the event is still to not only help people  discover everything happening downtown, but also  to raise some money to update the Discovery Hall/ long term exhibit hall.


“We’ve moved the event up a few months to April, we have 20 different businesses participating and  we’ve increased tickets to 300 from 200,” Roedler summarized, adding if it is successful,  the Galt Museum would love to have the event multiple times a year instead of just once.


During Discover Downtown Lethbridge Festival, ticket-holders sample menu items at well-established and new restaurants and cafés, tour businesses and learn about the history of downtown historic buildings. This is a place where street culture will come alive, seeing the sidewalks of downtown teeming with community members of all ages, no matter what the weather has in store. 


“ The idea is not  to go and sit in a business for an hour and eat. People can stop by, see what they have to offer and  get  a free sample,” Roedler said, adding the Galt Museum is also offering their space to businesses who may not have a downtown location, but still want to be part of the event.


Participating businesses include Décor Out the Door, The Slice Bar and Grill, Seyyes Clothing, Purple Hippo Boutique, Mocha Local (and their various local suppliers), Mocha Cabana, Umami/Asian Supermarket, How Sweet Inc., The Sill and Soil, The Penny Coffee House, Naturistas, Urban Apothecary, Arise Coffee House, Infinitea, Downtown BRZ, Tourism Lethbridge, Standout Photography and 4 Elements Massage. Roedler noted there are a lot of businesses returning from previous Taste of Downtown events, but also a lot of new businesses participating,  some of which started during the pandemic.


“ They’re all within walking distance, so you can part at the Galt Museum or downtown and walk to them all,” he said.


 There will also be buskers performing  during the event, which will be happening 5-8 p.m, April 20.


Tickets are $50 for the event, which will go towards updating the Discovery Hall.


“Plans are still in the preliminary stages, but we want to have it completed in the next two to three years. There is a lot of  interest from the public in being able to see more of our  artifacts from our archives. We have a lot of stuff,” he continued.


“The last time it was updated was in 2006,” he continued.


“This is an important fundraiser  for us, but there is a better vibe downtown we really want  to help people to get out and see it,” he said.


Once tickets are purchased, a digital map will be emailed to the purchaser so they will be able to start where they want during the set timeframe. Each participating business will have a sandwich board out front with a Discover Downtown Lethbridge sign on it. 


 Tickets for the event are available through or by calling the Galt m Museum.

 More information  about the event  is available by calling Roedler at 404-320-4219 or e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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