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Who Cares? | Photo: courtesy of ProArts Society

Free This Week

Step into September with Pride

Haider Ali

  • Price Free

Embrace the joy of art and usher in September with an array of free arts events, including live music, markets and the annual Pride Parade and Festival!

Pride Week at Calgary Public Library

Until September 4, 2023
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Enjoy free programming celebrating the 2SLGBTQ+ community and history during Calgary Pride Week. Programs include movie screenings, talks with experts, art-making for kids and teens and more.

Who Cares?

August 30, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Who Cares? is a music collective formed by violinist Laura Reid and flutist Jiajia Li. With backgrounds in classical music, the duo presents classical and contemporary music at this lunch-hour concert!

Music in the Plaza

August 30, 2023, 6 – 8pm
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! Set up your lawn chair in the plaza and enjoy the show with popcorn in hand!

Farmers & Makers Markets: Beltline & Sunalta

August 30 & September 1, 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.

Kardinal Offishall & Kiesza: Party in the Plaza

August 30, 2023, 7pm
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Join Arts Commons as Canadian Hip-Hop pioneer Kardinal Offishall and dance diva Kiesza co-headline a free party complete with food trucks, drinks, and an opening showcase of local Hip-Hop artists.

Emi Laara: little stories to dream

August 31, 2023, 7pm
Stream online
Free to attend

Join Alberta Playwright’s Network for an evening of film, and stories by Cuban Canadian playwright Hebert Poll Gutierrez. The event will close with a Q&A with Hebert and some of the film’s performers.

Bridgeland-Riverside Farmers Market

August 31, 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.

Art From the Heart

September 2, 2023, 11am – 4pm
(4936 21st Ave. NW)
Free to attend

Art From the Heart Show and Sale is presented in a lovely garden setting. Drop by to browse art and meet artists Lynn Hawthorne, Gloria Chow, Joan Shearer, Kathy Roberts, and Rosemary Bennett.

Calgary Pride Parade and Festival

September 2 & 3, 2023
Various venues
Free to attend

Join Calgary Pride for two days of free events and performances to celebrate the annual Calgary Pride Parade and Festival, proudly presented by TD Canada Trust.

Transit Tuesdays

September 5, 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!

Summer On 17th

Until September 23, 2023
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.

Summer Songs on Stephen Ave

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!

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