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Check out the annual Art in the Garden Show and Sale | Photo: courtesy of The Group Art Society of Calgary

Free This Week

A few free festivites you won't want to miss

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

There’s no better time of year to be out and about! In addition to festival offerings from Carifest and Franco Festival, you’ll find pop-up concerts, visual arts events, a photo walk, and more in this week’s round-up of free arts events. Check out the list and start planning your next outing!

Woodwind Ensemble

August 10, 2022, 12:10 – 1:00pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (608 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

ProArts@Noon Concert Series presents Woodwind Ensemble, a new collective of some of Calgary’s finest wind players who bring to life music for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon. The varied tone colours of this combination are the inspiration for American composer Samuel Barber’s languid and evocative “summer music”.

Live Music in the Plaza — I Am The Mountain

August 10, 2022, 6:00pm
Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
Free to attend

Heritage Park’s free outdoor concerts provide some of the best emerging acts the local music scene has to offer every Wednesday evening this summer in Heritage Town Square. This week catch the horn-accented songs of I Am The Mountain!

Stroll and Roll Photo Walk

August 12, 2022, 4:00pm
Prince’s Island Park (698 Eau Claire Ave. SW)
Free to participate, registration required

Art and Creative Skills Collective is offering a unique, free photography walk for youth ages 13 – 27 years. This is an opportunity to learn more about photography as a medium of storytelling, improve photography techniques and framing, and explore the outdoors.


August 12 & 13, 2022
Shaw Millennium Park (1220 9th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Get ready for Carifest with two days and three great events in store! This year’s festival has steel pan and reggae in the park, the Carifest parade, and a festival featuring food vendors offering the best in Caribbean cuisine, a beer garden, the kid zone and more!

Franco Festival

August 13, 2022, 11:00am – 8:00pm
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Presented by Portail de l’Immigrant Association, Franco Festival Calgary is a celebration of many Francophone cultures through music, dance, cooking, crafts and other aspects that demonstrate the breadth and diversity of Canadian heritage.

Art in the Garden Show & Sale

August 13 & 14, 2022, 10:00am – 4:00pm
(3443 Kerrypark Rd. SW)
Free to attend

The Thirteenth Annual Art in the Garden Show and Sale has framed and unframed paintings, art cards, matted prints and stained glass for purchase in many mediums and styles. Enjoy a day of art and the beautiful gardens with featured artists in attendance!

Marda Gras Street Festival

August 14, 2022, 10:00 am – 5:00pm
33rd Ave. SW (between 19th and 22nd St.)
Free to attend

Walk the street and reconnect with your community. Enjoy four street performer corners with a full lineup of music, dance and magic shows while you check out a variety of products and services from local businesses and artisans.

Sundays in C-Square

August 14, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Celebration Square, East Village (508 7th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Every Sunday in August, National Music Centre is bringing back its free outdoor Sundays in C-Square concert series, featuring a lineup of notable local names across a spectrum of genres. Catch The Steadies perform this week along with Troy Kokol.

World Stage Design

Until August 16, 2022
Various venues
Select shows are free to attend, tickets required

World Stage Design showcases and celebrates performance design. This year’s exhibition hosted by the University of Calgary welcomes several hundred artists, designers, technicians and architects from around the world for a variety of performances, exhibitions and speakers, including a few that are free and open to the public.

BUMP Festival

Until August 28, 2022,
Various venues
Free to attend

With this annual mural extravaganza, the Beltline Urban Murals Project is turning Calgary into an expansive open-air art gallery. This week check out an artist talk and celebrate the painting of a special collaborative mural with the Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre of Calgary.

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