Event Directory Search for upcoming events Picks and Previews Plan ahead to check out these not-to-be-missed events All Theatre Dance Music Film & Media Visual Art Literary Festival Promotion Free Free Bring the kids and catch a performance of The Little Forest in a park near you | Photo: courtesy of UCalgary School of Creative and Performing Arts Aug. 2, 2023 - Aug. 8, 2023 Free This Week August opens with an array of free arts and culture offerings Haider Ali Location Various Venues Price Free From night markets to festivals to performing arts, there’s tons of free arts experiences to check out over the coming week. Read our roundup and don’t miss your chance to get out there! Shakespeare on the Go Until August 6, 2023 Various venues Free to attend Theatre Calgary is once again taking the show on the road as Shakespeare on the Go! A cast of seven emerging artists are presenting an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. theatrecalgary.com Historic Calgary Week Until August 7, 2023 Various venues Free to attend, registration may be required Chinook Country Historic Society invites you to explore the history of Calgary and area during this 11-day history festival. This year’s theme is transportation through time, honouring the arrival of the CPR 140 years ago. chinookhistory.ca Darren Johnson August 2, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE) Free to attend Blues guitarist Darren Johnson has been a fixture on the Canadian blues and roots scene — working with the likes of Amos Garrett, Tim Williams, Jim Byrnes, John Lee Sanders, and The Blind Boys of Alabama, to name a few. Catch him at this noon-hour concert! proartssociety.ca Music in the Plaza August 2, 2023, 6 – 9pm Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Dr. SW) Free to attend Discover free live music in Calgary all summer long from the city’s best emerging artists! Watch from the Selkirk’s patio as you enjoy dinner, or set up your lawn chair in the plaza and enjoy the show with popcorn in hand! heritagepark.ca Free First Thursday July 26, 2023, 5 – 9pm Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) Free to attend Join Contemporary Calgary for a late-night gallery experience! Explore the art exhibitions and connect with Antyx Community Arts Film Lab while you enjoy beverages, international cuisine, and music by DJ Press Play. contemporarycalgary.com Farmers & Makers Markets: Beltline & Sunalta August 2 & 5, 2023 Central Memorial Park & Sunalta Community Association Free to explore Check out the Farmers & Makers Market at two locations this summer — Wednesdays at Central Memorial Park and Saturdays in the Sunalta neighbourhood. Each week, you’ll find local farmers and producers, ready-to-eat food, live music and their free, drop-in kids arts & culture program. farmersmakersmarket.ca ArtsXpeditions August 3, 2023, 12noon Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE) Free to attend Join Arts Commons as its presents ArtsXpeditions, featuring live music to energize your day. Expect a wide range of genres and styles at these free performances showcasing fabulous local performers. artscommons.ca Art & Beat August 3, 2023, 3 – 8pm Century Gardens (826 8th St. SW) Free to attend, registration required This multicultural outdoor art-therapy event is a fun and interactive one-of-a-kind experience where participants can connect with nature and find inspiration for their art. Agenda includes a mask-making workshop, African dance and live music and drumming. eventbrite.ca Bridgeland-Riverside Farmers Market August 3, 2023, 3:30 – 7:30pm Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave. NE) Free to attend Check out this weekly outdoor farmers’ market featuring over 30 vendors, food trucks, live music and kids activities, along with the Locally Grown Concert Series featuring awesome local bands. brcacalgary.org Wagonstage Theatre: The Little Forest August 3 & 8, 2023 Various venues Free to attend UCalgary Wagonstage Theatre presents The Little Forest by Clem Martini, where four siblings in a treeless neighbourhood embark on a mission to bring nature back to life. Join them on their journey at a neighbourhood near you! arts.ucalgary.ca BUMP Festival: Graffiti Jam August 5, 2023, 3 – 9pm High Park (340 10th Ave. SW) Free to explore BUMP’s annual Graffiti Jam honours the roots of muralism and celebrates street art and culture. Join them to help kick off the festival as graffiti writers paint together to a backdrop of DJs, basketball games, vendor booths, BUMP Beer, delicious food and more. yycbump.ca Lantern Peace Festival August 5, 2023, 5:30 – 9pm Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE) Free to explore This festival features Indian music group Madhuban Performing Arts celebrating the spirit of non-violence, harmony and peace, along with inspirational speakers, a kid’s zone, and the release of colourful lanterns floating on the pool. You can also receive a link to watch to the online film festival. eventbrite.ca Music Matters YYC August 7, 2023, 11:30am – 1pm Harmony Park (115 4th Ave. SW) Free to attend Music Matters YYC is an outdoor summer concert series in the heart of the city. Check out the family-friendly weekly programming and see for yourself just how much Music Matters! stagehand.app Incredible India Fest August 7, 2023, 12 – 6pm The Westin Calgary Airport (671 Aero Dr. NE) Free to attend This one-day festival has vendors, dance, food, culture, arts, interactive sessions and fashion shows! It celebrates both traditional and contemporary spheres of South Asian music, dance, film, theatre, literature, poetry, cuisine and more. sparqproductions.com Transit Tuesdays August 8, 2023, 4:30pm Century Gardens (826 8th St. SW) Free to attend Make your commute a little more exciting! Drop by Century Gardens every Tuesday to take in some special local music. Enjoy the sun, frolic in the splash pool and have a dance if you’re feeling it! stagehand.app Summer On 17th Ongoing Tomkins Park (17th Ave. & 8th St. SW) Free to attend From movies in the park to live bands, theatrical performances and fitness classes, the 17th Ave Business Improvement Area is pulling out all the stops to ensure this summer is epic. Visit the website for details. 17thave.ca Summer Songs on Stephen Ave Ongoing Stephen Ave (8th Ave. SE) Free to attend Enjoy live local music on Stephen Ave this summer, supported by the Calgary Downtown Association. Check out the Stagehand website for the full schedule as well as other free concerts around the city! stagehand.app Have a free event that’s not listed? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form.