A poster for The Bottle Picker Monologues
The Bottle Picker Monologues returns | Photo: Mike Tan

Free This Week

Get into the spirit of the season with these free events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Need a break this week? Why not hit up one of these fun, and free, events? From seasonal treats to local gems, there’s still a ton to see and do. Here’s what we’re checking out:

ProArts Presents Repsol Choir

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

In its 16th year, the Repsol Choir performs under the direction of musician, composer, and musicologist Bruce Petherick, accompanied by local artist Ron Proctor at the piano. This corporate choir continues to challenge itself with more complex pieces, mixing contemporary favourites with classical compositions, and having a lot of fun along the way! Hear them perform at this free lunch hour concert.

‘Tis The Reason Holiday Market

December 13, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Paula Timm Artist + Studio, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Can’t make a Saturday shop? Don’t fret and head to cSPACE King Edward this Thursday for a special edition of the ‘Tis The Reason Holiday Market alongside open studios, art exhibitions, and more.

The Bottle Picker Monologues

December 13, 2018, 6:00pm
Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission

A highlight of the week, be sure to check out Downstage’s one-night-only special encore performance of The Bottle Picker Monologues. The piece is created by created, designed, and performed by current and past bottle pickers and offers insight into their diverse experiences, including a new take on A Christmas Carol.

flywheel Reading Series

December 13, 2018, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Pages on Kensington (1135 Kensington Rd. NW)
Free admission

Join filling Station this December for a merry, happy flywheel. Featured readers include Stuart Ian McKay, Angela Waldie, Kyle Flemmer, and Jess Nichol.

Community Evening at Esker

December 14, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Swing by the Esker Foundation for a family-focused exhibitions tour, film screenings, and art making fun for kids and adults. There will even be seasonal treats from Bite Grocery + Eatery.

Alberta Book

December 14, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Performance Hall, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission

Join local photographer George Webber and guests for an evening presentation to launch his eighth photo volume, Alberta Book. Get a first look at this incredible portfolio selected from an archive spanning nearly 40 years.

A poster for the launch of George Webber's Alberta Book

Christmas Letters

December 14 – 16, 2018
Foothills Alliance Church (333 Edgepark Blvd. NW)
Free admission

An original Christmas musical theatre presentation suitable for children aged five and up, this musical production is quirky and fun with a message that will touch the heart.

she[EMPOWERS] Christmas Market

December 14 – 16, 2018
St Louis Hotel (430 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Shop from and support female entrepreneurs. she[EMPOWERS] features a female-entrepreneur marketplace, live performances by up and coming female performers, free workshops, and more. This is a free market, but donations for women-focused charities are accepted at the door.

Christmas Market Saturdays

December 15, 2018, 10:00am – 1:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

A special Christmas market version of its weekly farmers and makers market, head to cSPACE King Edward this holiday season to find tons of things for your wish list.

Christmas in Kensington

December 15, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Throughout Kensington
Free admission

Held in Kensington every Saturday until December 22, enjoy horse and wagon rides, visits with Santa, a petting zoo, hot chocolate, and more! A great opportunity to roam the neighbourhood and engage in some local holiday shopping, you can even take in holiday movies by donation at The Plaza Theatre.