The audience at a Calgary Underground Film Festival Field Trip screening
Catch a free screening of Beat Street at containR Art Park | Photo: Courtesy of the Calgary Underground Film Festival

Free This Week

You won’t want to miss these concerts, gatherings, and so much more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

As August winds down, there’s no shortage of free and awesome events to check out. From fantastic concerts to a chance to go on a Field Trip with the Calgary Underground Film Festival, there’s plenty on the go—start planning!

ProArts Presents Flamenco Concert

August 21, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

This concert brings dancers Fiona Malena and Anastassiia La Musa together with guitarist Tosh Hayashi and violinist Jonathan Lewis for an explosive mix of sound, movement, and emotion. Don’t miss this lunch hour concert.

Music in the Plaza

August 21, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park Historical Village (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
Free admission

Did you know that Heritage Park’s awesome free concert series returns for an eighth season of live music this summer? It continues with Das Corazones’ versatile roots-rock sound.

Sunnyside Salsa Wednesdays

August 21, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00pm
containR Art Park (1020 2nd Ave. NW)
Free admission

The hottest dance party of the summer is back every Wednesday until the end of August. Enjoy all your favourite vacation rhythms and get your social dance groove on with music by DJ Henry Palma of Latin Sound Productions.

Rethinking the Closet

August 23, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission, registration required

Rethinking the Closet: New York Gay Life Before Stonewall sees Dr. George Chauncey, author of the ground-breaking study Gay New York, present a look at gay culture in New York between World War II and the 1969 Stonewall uprising.

Balancing Art and Political Statements in Artistic Practice

August 23, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration recommended

Join Sámi photographer, filmmaker, video, and visual artist, Marja Helander, as she discusses Indigenous rights and environmental issues in both her creative practice and in her work in Among All These Tundras.

Improv in the Park

August 23, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Central Memorial Park (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free admission

The Loose Moose Theatre Company escapes to the great outdoors for a fast-paced performance where comic scenes are created right before your eyes. No scripts, no problem! Join The City of Calgary for this special presentation.


August 24, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Stephen Avenue (120 9th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Join Downtown Calgary this summer for some excellent music and live performances! With a Saturday night performance, swing by to hear Swing Kings Little Big Band. It’s the perfect way to take advantage of the season.

Beat Street

August 24, 2019, 9:00pm
containR Art Park (1020 2nd Ave. NW)
Free admission

An aspiring DJ from the South Bronx and his promoter best friend try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music. Join the Calgary Underground Film Festival for its next Field Trip screening, Beat Street. This curated film is matched perfectly with its unconventional screening location.

PLACEHOLDER: An Unconventional Book Club

August 27, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

How can we characterize our relationship to the land we live in? Join the Esker Foundation for an informal conversation facilitated by members of d.talks. PLACEHOLDER is an unconventional book club designed to generate conversations among strangers, where a question is as important as an answer.

Sunnyside Open Stage Tuesdays

August 27, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00pm
containR Art Park (1020 2nd Ave. NW)
Free admission

Every Tuesday throughout the summer, head to #SOSTuesdays for the Sunnyside Open Stage, hosted each week by Eugene Saunders and guests! Swing by to support local talent or share something yourself.