Images of Alicia Woynarski & Anna Casurella
Alicia Woynarski & Anna Casurella present a lunch hour concert | Photo: courtesy of ProArts Society

Free This Week

Be sure to check out these free arts finds

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There’s free fun for the entire family in store over the upcoming week! Read our arts and culture roundup and check out a variety of programming, from live music to outdoor theatre to workshops.

Alicia Woynarski & Anna Casurella

August 9, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Check out this contemporary English recital with mezzo-soprano Alicia Woynarski and soprano Anna Casurella titled She is Clothed in Strength & Beauty, featuring works by Canadian and American composers.

Music in the Plaza

August 9, 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! Watch from the Selkirk’s patio as you enjoy dinner, or set up your lawn chair in the plaza and enjoy the show with popcorn in hand!

BUMP Festival: Artist Talk

August 9, 2023, 7:30 – 9pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Listen to a panel of 2023 local and national BUMP artists: Diane & MSHL, La Guita, Anais Lera & Hannah Reimer discuss their craft, share their thoughts and field questions about painting, art and culture.

Farmers & Makers Markets: Beltline & Sunalta

August 9 & 12, 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.


August 10, 2023, 12noon
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Join Arts Commons as its presents ArtsXpeditions, featuring live music to energize your day. Expect a wide range of genres and styles at these free performances showcasing fabulous local performers. This week features musician Ollee Owens.

For the Temporary Accommodation of Settlers

August 10, 2023, 7pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Join Contemporary Calgary for a talk by UCalgary’s Dr. David Monteyne. His book offers new ways of approaching historical processes of immigration, challenging readers to consider government architecture and migrant experiences.

Bridgeland-Riverside Farmers Market

August 10, 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.

Wagonstage Theatre: The Little Forest

August 10 & 11, 2023
Various venues
Free to attend

UCalgary Wagonstage Theatre presents The Little Forest by Clem Martini, where four siblings in a treeless neighbourhood embark on a mission to bring nature back to life. Join them on their journey at a neighbourhood near you!

Franco Festival

August 12, 2023, 11am– 7pm
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Franco Festival Calgary is a celebration of Francophone culture, language and heritage. Experience music performances, dance shows, exhibitions, authentic cultural food and more!

Beat Market

August 12, 2023, 12noon – 9pm
Congress Coffee (Suite #1A, 215 36th Ave. NE)
Free to attend

Join Congress Coffee for a family-friendly day-long music and market experience, in support of Girl’s Rock Camp & Controller Club, featuring a live bid spin auction with local DJs, record swap, vendor market, live music, a community party and more!

Contemporary Kids & Contemporary Teens

August 13, 2023, 10am & 12:30pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free to attend

Contemporary Calgary’s free onsite workshops invite kids and teens to learn about modern and contemporary art through unique and engaging art activities. With the main objective of storytelling, they will use collages and newspapers to create a memoir.

Transit Tuesdays

August 15, 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

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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