A still from Ahomapénî: Relations and Rez Dogs
Ahomapénî: Relations and Rez Dogs | Still: Courtesy of Stoney Nakoda AV Club

Free This Week

Roll into September with these free and awesome events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

With the end of summer looming fast, you might as well squeeze in as much as possible this long weekend. Don’t worry, these free events are here to help. So, grab your calendar and start planning!

ProArts Presents Calgary Concert Opera Company

August 28, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

Calgary Concert Opera and Foothills Philharmonic Opera Chorus come together to perform excerpts from their upcoming performance of Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila. Don’t miss this free lunch hour concert with ProArts@Noon.

Music in the Plaza

August 28, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park Historical Village (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
Free admission

Heritage Park’s awesome free concert series returns for an eighth season of live music this summer and it wraps up this week with the classic stylings of the Woodhouse Big Band. Don’t miss it.

Sunnyside Salsa Wednesdays

August 28, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00pm
containR Art Park (1020 2nd Ave. NW)
Free admission

This is your last chance to hit up the hottest dance party of the summer! Enjoy all your favourite vacation rhythms and get your social dance groove on with music by DJ Henry Palma of Latin Sound Productions.

BUMP Festival

August 28 – 31, 2019
Throughout the Beltline
Free admission

With several new murals popping up, join the Beltline Urban Murals Project as it caps another successful year with a three-day festival. The lineup includes artist talks, walking tours, alley parties, and an outdoor cinema.

Bike-In Cinema Ahomapénî

August 29, 2019, 9:00 – 11:00pm
Sunalta Community Centre (1627 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

On the eve of a new moon, join the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, and the Stoney Nakoda AV Club for a night of local cinema at the park outside the Sunalta Community Hall. It’s your chance to see a selection of shorts by the Stoney Nakoda AV Club followed by the feature film Ahomapénî: Relations and Rez Dogs.

Artist Reception

August 30, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Founders Room, Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Join Arts Commons for this artist reception celebrating its current gallery exhibitions! Meet and mingle with local artists, curators, and art lovers alike, this is a chance to celebrate the visual and media artists involved including Chelsea Yang-Smith, Zack Aboulazm, Vivek Shraya, Colby Jones, Sean Taal, Autumn Whiteway, Brenn Royal, and more.

Fiesta Filipino

August 30 – September 1, 2019
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Celebrate Alberta’s vibrant Filipino community with food, arts, entertainment, and crafts. Guest performers include Ian Veneracion, Lovi Poe, and more.

How Can You Think That?!

August 31, 2019, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

A political book club for conservatives and liberals who want to get out of their echo chambers and bridge the great divide. Read the book and join in a lively discussion. Come prepared to discuss The Nationalist Revival by John B. Judis.

BBQ on the Bow

August 31 & September 1, 2019
Montgomery Community Association (5003 16th Ave. NW)
Free admission

Get ready to get your nom on while enjoying some rocking bands, BBQ on the Bow strives to spread passion for southern style BBQ while simultaneously celebrating and promoting local products, businesses, and musicians.

Pride in the Park

September 1, 2019, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Prince’s Island Park (698 Eau Claire Ave. SW)
Free admission

One of Calgary’s largest free outdoor cultural celebrations, Pride in the Park fills Prince’s Island Park with live music, activities for youth and children, and a marketplace. You can even hit up the signature, family-friendly parade at 11:00am.

Puppet Pop-Up at Pride in the Park

September 1, 2019, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Prince’s Island Park (698 Eau Claire Ave. SW)
Free admission

Drop by and create your own stick puppet dragon, unicorn or other magical creature at Pride in the Park. WP Puppet Theatre’s Puppet Pop-Up event guides all ages through creating mythical creature stick puppets by using colourful paper, sticks and other materials.