Free This Week

Roll into September with these free and awesome events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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With the end of summer looming fast, you might as well squeeze in as much as possible to this long weekend. Don’t worry, these free events are here to help.

Here’s what we’re checking out this week:

ProArts Presents Calgary Concert Opera Company

August 29, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Featuring over 16 singers performing popular arias and duets, Calgary Concert Opera Company joins ProArts@Noon for a lunch hour concert that includes excerpts from its upcoming performance of Verdi’s La Traviata.

10-Minute Plays for Jane’s Walk – Summer Edition

August 29, 2018, 3:00 – 4:00pm
Meet at the Conversion Statue (8th Ave. & 1st St. SW)

After its successful turn at Jane’s Walk, these 10-minute plays have been amusing audiences all summer and it’s your final chance to see them. With several performers reprising their work as well as two new performing groups, three plays are performed in succession along Stephen Avenue.

Music in the Plaza

August 29, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park Historical Village (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)

Heritage Park’s free summer concert series wraps its seventh season this week with The Woodhouse Big Band.

Stephanie Warner’s A Violent Streak

August 29, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Join Shelf Life Books for the Calgary launch of Stephanie Warner’s debut poetry collection, A Violent Streak. The reading also features local poets John Creary and Natalie Simpson.

Sunnyside Salsa Wednesdays

August 29, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
containR Art Park (1020 2nd Ave. NW)

It’s your final chance to join Free Spirit Dance and Studio Creole as they bring a tropical mix of salsa, timba, samba, and more to containR in Sunnyside.

Music at McDougall

August 30, 2018, 11:45am – 1:00pm
West Grounds, McDougall Centre (455 6th St. SW)

With the last edition of this summer concert series from the Government of Alberta and CKUA, head to McDougall Centre to hear the stylings of Jenny Allen.

Neil Zeller’s Fifth Annual Photowalk

August 30, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Meet at the arch in front of the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA (101 3rd St. SW)

A social event for everyone, join Neil Zeller for a very short talk and enjoy the company of like-minded, passionate, positive people while exploring the bridge and St. Patrick’s Island. Be on the lookout for special guests and giveaways.

BUMP Festival

August 30 – September 1, 2018
Throughout the Beltline

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, and an alley party.

Fiesta Filipino

August 31 – September 2, 2018
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Celebrate Alberta’s vibrant Filipino community with food, arts, entertainment, and crafts. Guest performers include Xian Lim, Bela Padilla, Annie Lux, and more

BUMP Festival Alley Party

September 1, 2018, 2:00 – 10:00pm
Warehouse (1235 10th Ave. SW)
Free, family-friendly

Beside the Beltline Urban Murals Project’s warehouse site, don’t miss this alley party with live music, food trucks, and local beer from Last Best Brewing. Contemporary Calgary has even joined forces with the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association to present an interactive mural art activity.

BBQ on the Bow

September 1 & 2, 2018
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 2, 2018, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Prince’s Island Park (698 Eau Claire Ave. SW)

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 and kicks off right after its signature, family-friendly parade.

Piano Appreciation 101

September 4, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free, registration required

Join the Calgary Public Library this week to learn more about the piano as Charles Foreman shares its progression using examples of music performed during the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition & Festival.