Cosplayers dressed as Disney princesses, and one little Joker, take part in the POW! Parade of Wonders
Show off your best cosplay in POW! Parade of Wonders | Photo: Courtesy of Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo

Free This Week

From jazzy offerings to a pop culture parade, check out these great events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Time is flying by and we can’t believe it’s the end of April already! So, make the most of the last few days of the month and hit up these free events. Here’s what we’re checking out this week—there’s so much to do.

ProArts Presents Tricia Edwards Duo with Raul Tabera

April 24, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

Tricia Edwards’ musical journey has taken many diverse paths from formative years spent training and performing in the classical realm to playing in the jazz idiom to her current passion in exploring the world of Latin music. Don’t miss this lunch hour concert presented in partnership with JazzYYC and its International Jazz Day(s) celebrations.

Lifelong Learners

April 24, 2019, 2:30 – 3:15pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration recommended

Seniors are invited to join the Esker Foundation for a tour and discussion of the current exhibitions in a relaxed, social environment. Explore new ideas and engage creatively with arts and culture.

POW! Parade of Wonders

April 26, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30am
Stephen Avenue (8th St. to Olympic Plaza)
Free admission, pre-registration is encouraged

A cosplay parade celebrating pop culture and creativity in Calgary’s downtown, it’s also the official kickoff to the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. It’s free to participate, but to walk in the parade you must be decked out. This year, over 4,000 cosplayers are expected to take part alongside special Calgary Expo guests. Don’t have time to get a costume together? Cheer on from the sidelines at this family-friendly affair.

My Old Body, My Old Mind: Listening Experience with Dada Centauri

April 26, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

Join Dada Centauri, a duo of Calgary synth explorers Andrew Hume and Whitney Ota, for this listening experience. Lie down, close your eyes and be led through the landscape of their aural environment. Be sure to bring a yoga mat.

Beacon Original Art Annual Spring Exhibition & Sale

April 27, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave. NE)
Free admission

A fantastic one-day sale with over 30 artists in attendance showing painting, jewelry, glass, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and textiles, celebrate 10 years of Beacon Original Art at its upcoming show.


April 28, 2019, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Throughout Inglewood
Free admission

This free, family-friendly event weaves its way through various venues throughout Inglewood. It’s a great way to check out all that Calgary has to offer in local jazz music. With a little something for everyone, from the jazz aficionado to the newest listener, it’s always a highlight of Calgary’s International Jazz Day(s) celebrations.

25th Anniversary Celebration

April 30, 2019
Hotel Arts (119 12th Ave. SW)
Free admission, registration required

Join the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program and celebrate 25 years of the CDWP! Hosted by 2002/03 Canadian Writer-in-Residence Suzette Mayr, the evening features readings by writers from Calgary, Alberta, and beyond. You can even enjoy live music by The Sidewinders.