Manhole cover relief printing
Manhole Cover relief printing with the City of Calgary and Alberta Printmakers | Photo: Kate Baillies

Alberta Culture Days

Join in as the province celebrates creativity, the arts, and wellbeing

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free
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With hundreds of free, family-friendly events and activities taking place across the province, Alberta Culture Days returns to celebrate the unique and interesting aspects of our culture.

Alberta Culture Days began in 2008 as a one-day event to recognize the value of Alberta’s arts and cultural communities. Since then, it has expanded into a vibrant, three-day, province-wide celebration that has helped inspire the creation of Culture Days—a pan-Canadian movement to raise awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of all Canadians in arts and culture.

“Community organizations have amazing events planned, from art walks and opera performances to dance lessons and film festivals,” says Alberta’s Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Leela Sharon Aheer in a statement. “I encourage everyone to get out this weekend to explore their community and celebrate our province.”

Back for its 12th year, this province-wide festival celebrates community, heritage, arts and, of course, culture. In Calgary, the Burc Intercultural Center (2945 19th St. NE) has been chosen as a central hub with three days of activities planned.

But that’s not all. In Calgary alone, there are 90 activities scheduled—there’s something for everyone. Here’s what we are most looking forward to:

Art, Music and Wellbeing

September 27, 2019, 5:30 – 9:00pm
RGO Treehouse, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

With two engaging presentations built around the 2019 Culture Days theme Creativity, the Arts, and Wellbeing, attendees can gain insight to research linking creativity and wellness. Check out Music for Mental Health by music therapist Jennifer Buchanan, followed by Prescriptions for Art by artist Dick Averns. Attendees can even share their own insight by contributing personal narratives in either of the Q&A sessions or during the discussions.


September 27, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

EMMEDIA and Indigenous Resilience in Music (IRIM) are proud to present Atsiniiksisstsii as part of the AlterNATIVE Indigenous Film Series. Showcasing the rich landscape of works produced by Indigenous artists, this edition, curated by Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand, features Intertribal Series, a documentary by Trevor Solway, and performances by Bebe BuckSkin, Wyatt C. Louis, and DJ BLKFT.

Culture Days at cSPACE King Edward

September 27 & 28, 2019
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

With two days of free tours, workshops, and demonstrations, all taking place at various locations throughout the hub and surrounding grounds, head to cSPACE King Edward and be amazed. You can even check out the weekly Farmers Makers Market, food trucks, and live music on the Saturday.

Calgary Jazz Orchestra

September 27 & 28, 2019
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121 14th Ave. SW)
Free admission

With nine free events for all-ages offering an interactive experience with the Calgary Jazz Orchestra, swing by St. Stephen’s Anglican Church to enjoy concerts, master classes, a dance party, and an instrument petting zoo.


September 27 & 28, 2019
containR Art Park (1020 2nd Ave. NW)
Free admission

An honouring of the buffalo of Sunnyside in Mohkinstsis, celebrate the Iinii by creating beautiful lanterns to carry in procession, watching films, and sharing in song, dance, and story. These fun and free events give everyone the opportunity to explore the history of this land.

Culture Days with The City of Calgary

September 27 – 29, 2019
Various venues
Free admission

Join The City of Calgary as it showcases artists of various mediums to inform and promote cultural opportunities in the city. You can make prints of manhole covers with Alberta Printmakers, see a public pit-firing at Edworthy Park, or take in a free concert. The City has also partnered with Contemporary Calgary for a series of Dynamic Environment events.

The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta

September 27 – 29, 2019
Various venues
Free admission

Go for a tour of the galleries and private studios located in the stunningly beautiful foothills of southern Alberta in this self-directed art drive! Celebrating Alberta Culture Days with open houses at participating artist studios alongside special events and activities at the galleries, go for a cruise this September.

Print It Yourself Festival

September 28, 2019, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Alberta Printmakers (4025 4th St. SE)
Free admission

Alberta Printmakers welcomes the public to take part in free printmaking demos and activities. Learn about linocut, silkscreen, letterpress, and child-friendly printmaking techniques from local professional print artists. Get ready to get your hands dirty and take your very own artwork home with you!

Culture Days at the Leighton Art Centre

September 28 & 29, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
By donation

An exciting weekend of art and autumn beauty in the Alberta Foothills, head to the Leighton Art Centre and kick off the new season with some art, history, and a spectacular autumn landscape. You can even check out plein-air art making (BYO supplies), mini-workshops, weaving demonstrations, and art exhibitions.

Alberta Culture Days runs September 27 to 29, 2019 throughout the province. A full schedule of events can be found at