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Free This Week

April winds down with tons of free offerings

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  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

The month of April winds down with a wide range of free offerings! Shop at one of several spring markets, celebrate Earth Day with festivities at Southcentre Mall, or attend a community wellness initiative.

Whatever you do, make sure to get out there!

Collegium Musicum

April 20, 2022, 12:10 – 1:00pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

ProArts@Noon presents UCalgary’s Collegium Musicum, an ensemble dedicated to exploring music from the Baroque period and earlier. This year the ensemble’s focus has been French baroque music and music of early 17th century Italy.

Alberta Literary Awards Finalists’ Readings

April 20 & 21, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Meet the Authors! Join the Writer’s Guild of Alberta as they feature the finalists for the 2022 Alberta Literary Awards with intimate readings set over two days.

POW! Parade of Wonders

April 22, 2022, 10:30am
Stephen Avenue & Olympic Plaza
Free to attend

Join Parade Marshal Mayor Gondek for the official kick-off to the Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo. The Parade of Wonders, co-presented by Calgary Expo and Downtown Calgary, welcomes celebrity guests and tens of thousands of fans each year to celebrate creativity and community in beautiful downtown Calgary.

Spring Bliss

April 22, 2022, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Village Commons (610 8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

You’re invited to a mini-mental wellness festival hosted by carya Calgary for an opportunity to learn about brain health and how to support your mental wellness through a variety of local partners.

Art Show & Sale

April 22, 2022, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Montgomery Community Centre (5003 16th Ave. NW)
Free to explore

The Calgary Creative Arts Guild and Montgomery Community Association look forward to seeing everyone and meeting art lovers this spring at their art show and sale. Head down to the community of Montgomery to join them to view and buy art from a variety of local artists!

Celebrating Life Dialogues

April 23, 2022, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Stream online
Free to attend, donation recommended

After two challenging years in isolation, Celebrating Life aims to celebrate community and a brighter future together. Join them as they host a full day of conversations and presentations with creators, artists, and change-makers to reflect on how they are evolving, thriving, and moving forward.

Earth Day Recycling Drive

April 23, 2022, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Rd. SE)
Free to participate

Celebrate Earth Day at Southcentre Mall set up to accept various recyclables including paper, cardboard, beverage containers, clothing, metals and old electronics. You also visit the Earth Day learning hub’s eco-friendly art station to make a fun take-home craft, or take a picture at their photo booth!

Spring Art Show & Sale

April 23 & 24, 2022, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave. NE)
Free to explore

Beacon Original Art’s two-day art show and sale with over 20 different local artists in attendance showcases a diverse array of art. It is an opportunity for artists to share their inspirations and techniques with each other and the public.

Virtual Spring Market

April 23 & 24, 2022
Free to explore online

Are you looking for one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends? Maybe for the mother in your life? (hint hint!) Show + Sale’s seasonal art markets are your destination for local handmade artwork made by emerging artists at AUArts. There’s something for everyone, with artwork of varying mediums and price points.

Tower Migration — Opening & Artist Talk

April 23 & 24, 2022
Studio Vazquez-Mackay (100, 441 5th Ave. SW)
Free to attend and explore

This series of artworks originated with Mark Vazquez-Mackay’s interest in the biblical story of the Tower of Babel and parallel cautionary tales, and his curiosity about the motivations behind human migration ultimately led to the focal question: what circumstances are people moving away from?

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