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Make sure to check out Squonk: Hand to Hand at Olympic Plaza | Photo: courtesy of Arts Commons

Free This Week

Wrap up your August with these fine events

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Round out your August by hitting up free arts events from the Woezo Africa Cultural Festival, Arts Commons and Wordfest! If that’s not enough, there’s also tons of live music on offer across Calgary this week. So what are you waiting for? Get on out there!

Play The Parks: Tennyson King & Music with Mandy

August 24, 2022, 10:00am
Little Red Riding Van, Century Gardens Park (826 8 St. SW)
Free to attend

Play the Parks, an annual music program and concert series, is expanding to 13 cities including Calgary. Presented by the TD Music Connected Series and curated by Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI), this week’s event marks the first of three musically and culturally diverse concerts at Calgary parks this summer.

Mark Limacher

August 24, 2022, 12:10 – 1:00pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (608 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

ProArts@Noon Concert Series presents Mark Limacher, a Calgary-based composer, improviser, arranger and genre-crossing pianist. His compositions focus on small gestures and contemplative textures, his work manifesting most frequently in the guise of solo instruments and chamber ensembles.

Live Music in the Plaza — Cabot’s Crossing

August 24, 2022, 6:00pm
Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
Free to attend

Heritage Park’s free outdoor concerts provide some of the best emerging acts the local music scene has to offer every Wednesday evening this summer in Heritage Town Square. This week catch the high-energy and hard-driving rhythm of Cabot’s Crossing.

Artist Reception

August 26, 2022, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend, RSVP required

Meet the artists who bring inspiration, beauty and thought-provoking ideas to the walls and public spaces of Arts Commons. This artist reception showcases the current exhibitions on display with the RBC Emerging Visual Artists Program.

Calgary Pride Kickoff

August 27, 2022, 12:00 – 9:00pm
Central Memorial Park (221 2nd St. SW)
Free to attend

Join the Calgary Pride kick-off event featuring family-friendly performances and music, local vendors, food trucks and a screening of Kiki in the evening. Folk are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, snacks,and drinks for the film.

Woezo Africa Cultural Festival

August 27, 2022
Various venues
Free to attend/participate, RSVP required

The second day of Woezo Africa Cultural Festival’s programming includes free family-friendly arts and crafts and storytelling workshops as well as a bustling cultural fair where artists, businesses and non-profits showcase their products and services.

BUMP Festival Wrap-Up Party

August 27, 2022, 5:00 – 10:00pm
(1229 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free to attend

Party with the Beltline Urban Murals Project as they celebrate the end of another fantastic year of programming. Check out the BUMP electronic dance party featuring a lineup of four incredible local DJs alongside a beer garden and food trucks.

Sundays in C-Square

August 28, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Celebration Square, East Village (508 7th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Every Sunday in August, National Music Centre is bringing back its free outdoor Sundays in C-Square concert series, featuring a lineup of notable local names across a spectrum of genres. Catch The Corey Hotline perform this week along with Justine Giles.

Squonk: Hand to Hand

August 29, 30 & 31, 2022
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Bring the whole family for three days of catchy music and spectacle as Squonk takes over Arts Commons’ front yard. Audiences are invited to operate two giant purple puppet hands as Squonk’s band plays their signature brand of quirky, upbeat rock and two guitarists engage in a musical face-off.

Joshua Whitehead

August 30, 2022,
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free to attend, RSVP required

Wordfest is excited to present Joshua Whitehead in person for the launch of Making Love with the Land, his long-anticipated first work of non-fiction. This hour-long celebration features an extended reading and conversation hosted by Wordfest’s Shelley Youngblut.

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