Free This Week
Calgarian soprano Brittany Rae joins pianist Claire Butler this week for ProArts@Noon | Photo: Allison Seto

Free This Week

Look for lots of music and a few festivals around town this week

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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So, is your calendar full? A long weekend means there’s tons of free events in Calgary making it the perfect time to get out and about. Here’s what we’re hitting up this week:

Stephen Avenue Walk #IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage

August 31 – September 3, 2016, 12:00pm
Stephen Avenue Summer Stage (Centre Street & 8th Ave. SE)

Did you know that the Stephen Avenue Summer Stage is still rocking? This week look for performances from Christian Hudson, Elbow River Band, Jacquie Drew & the Crew and the Youth Singers of Calgary.

ProArts Presents Brittany Rae, soprano with Claire Butler, piano

August 31, 2016, 12:10pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free, family-friendly

Don’t miss your chance to hear Calgarian soprano Brittany Rae, an up-and-coming talent who recently performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, made her Classical Revolution Calgary debut, and was the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Foothills Philharmonic Chorus and St. David’s United Chamber Choir. She’ll be joined by national finalist of the Audi Junior Musician of the Year and a regional winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, pianist Claire Butler.

Downtown Libations

August 31, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00pm
State & Main (601 8th Ave. SW)

This month’s happy hour gathering features a pairing between Calgary International Film Festival and Downtown Calgary. Enjoy an evening of film chatter, trailers, ticket giveaways, and, of course, happy hour specials.

Music In The Plaza

August 31, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park Historical Village (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)

Here’s your last chance to enjoy Heritage Park’s free summer concert series for the summer and wrapping it all up is multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and lyricist, Clinton St. John.

Blue on the Avenue featuring Vernon Wills

September 1, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Stephen Avenue Summer Stage (Centre Street & 8th Ave. SE)
Free, family-friendly

After work on Thursday, you’ll want to make a trip to Stephen Avenue and make your first stop Blue on the Avenue with Vernon Wills.

Free First Thursday Nights

September 1, 2016, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)

Then walk on down to the last Free First Thursday that you can see Kaleidoscopic Animalia at Glenbow. Thanks to Servus Credit Union, you have four whole hours to explore to your heart’s content.

Marda Pride

September 3, 2016, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Marda Loop BRZ (2032 33rd Ave. SW)

Maria Loop is getting in the Pride spirit with this community celebration. Look for spoken word, movement and musical pieces put on by Calgary’s Coming Out Monologues and more.

BBQ on the Bow

September 3 & 4, 2016, starts at 12:00pm
Montgomery Community Association (5003 16th Ave. NW)
Free, all-ages

Get ready to get your nom on while enjoying some rocking bands at BBQ on the Bow. This year’s musical lineup includes Bownesians, Peter and the Wolves, South Side Groove, Boogie Patrol and more.

Calgary Chinatown Street Festival

September 4, 2016, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Impark Lot behind the Chinese Cultural Centre (2 St. & Riverfront Ave. SW)
Free, family-friendly

Back by popular demand, this family-friendly event features the familiar sights and sounds of cultural performances, a kids play zone, as well as merchants and food tents.

Pride in the Park

September 4, 2016, 12:30 – 6:00pm
Shaw Millennium Park (1220 9th Ave. SW)
Free, family-friendly

Looking to take in something at the Calgary Pride Festival? Why not check out Pride in the Park? Immediately following the parade, head to one of Calgary’s largest free outdoor cultural celebrations. There will be live music, activities for youth and children in the family zone, a beer garden, and a marketplace.