A still from Happy Birthday to Me
J. Lee Thompson's Happy Birthday to Me | Still: Courtesy of the Calgary Underground Film Festival

Free This Week

A long weekend means there’s lots to see and do

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Looking for something to do this week that won’t break the bank? You’re in luck! Calgary’s arts community always has a great lineup of free events and with the Easter long weekend looming, there’s tons to check out!

The W.O. Mitchell Book Prize Finalists – Reading & Celebration

April 17, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

Join the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and The City of Calgary to celebrate the three W.O Mitchell Book Prize Finalists—Marcello Di Cintio for Pay No Heed to the Rockets, Larissa Lai for The Tiger Flu, and David Martin for Tar Swan. The evening includes readings and complimentary tapas from Aida’s Bistro.

Happy Birthday to Me

April 17, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)
Free admission, registration required

Get a jump start on the Calgary Underground Film Festival and celebrate National Canadian Film Day with a free screening of Happy Birthday to Me. The 1981 slasher directed by J. Lee Thompson revolves around six brutal murders occurring around a popular high school senior’s birthday.

Launchpad 2.0

April 18, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Festival Hall (1215 10th Ave. SE)
Free admission

This reception is an opportunity to meet the artists of Indefinite Arts Centre and see their work before it is sent off to Dubai to be on display at Mawaheb and Dubai International Airport. Donations are welcome.

Single Onion #158

April 18, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

The Single Onion celebrates National Poetry Month with a reading from Vivian Hansen, Lori D. Roadhouse, Anne Sorbie, and Calgary Poet Laureate Sheri-D Wilson. Don’t miss it!

Palette Fine Art Show & Sale

April 20, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW)
Free admission

Hosted by the Calgary Community Painters Society, the Palette art show and sale features paintings by many independent artists in a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, watercolour, and mixed media. You can even enjoy live art demonstrations throughout the day and bring the kids for a special Easter activity.

1st Legion of Utopia

April 20, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

Join James Davidge, Nick Johnson, and Ryan Ferrier as they celebrate their new graphic novel, 1st Legion of Utopia. The afternoon features a panel discussion on politics in art with special guests Brian Singh, Pablo Policzer, and Xstine Cook.

Vaisakhi Mela

April 20 & 21, 2019, 2:00 – 6:00pm
Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE)
Free admission

Encouraging multicultural associations to represent their country and share songs, dances, performances, and activities, don’t miss this mega event celebrating Indian New Year, harvest festival, and religious festival, all rolled into one.