A promotional photo of George Koller and The Willows
Enjoy George Koller and The Willows with a donation to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank | Photo: Courtesy of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

Free This Week

Squeeze in a few last-minute events this week with these free offerings

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

It might be close to the end of the year, but Calgary’s arts community is still pumping out awesome events. If you have a spare moment over the next few weeks, why not check out these freebies?

Here’s what’s on our calendar:

Northern Reflections: A Winter Window Exhibition

Until December 31, 2018
Multiple locations
Free admission

Northern Reflections is back with more artists, more animators, and more window magic. Buds Collective has again paired local businesses with local artists and animators to bring Calgarians a unique opportunity to participate in an immersive art experience. Celebrate the magic of wintertime as you stroll the streets searching out painted windows with the help of the AUGLE app. Then use AUGLE to reveal the animation through augmented reality.

INID Xmas Opera Special

December 19, 2018, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Multipurpose Hall B, Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE)
Free, registration required

Join Kristine Francesca for a dose of Yuletide cheer with nativity stories told through classical and opera music. The event is hosted by Diversity Initiatives for New Immigrants Association and features The Great Balanzo (Aytahn Ross) and Newton John’s Country Lounge Carol.

ProArts Presents Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet

December 19, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

For this special Christmas time concert, hear the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra present a brass quintet with arrangements for brass and organ. Don’t miss this free lunch hour concert.

George Koller and The Willows

December 19, 2018, 8:00pm
DJD Dance Centre (111 12th Ave. SE)
Free with a donation to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank

Join celebrated Canadian vocal trio, The Willows, and award-winning bassist, George Koller, for an evening of original tunes and holiday classics. Together, their signature nostalgic charm and refreshing harmonies are sure to transport you to a classy, refined, and adventurous time in music. The only price of admission is a donation to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank in order to share the gift of Christmas with others.

Because the Night Solstice/Holiday Karaoke Fundraiser

December 21, 2018, 9:00pm – 2:00am
Main Space, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (2009 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

As the winter solstice falls on December 21, join TRUCK and spend the night singing your heart out! Karaoke is free but $2 will bump you up in the cue and any song by Patti Smith will put you at the front of the line.

Christmas Market Saturdays

December 22, 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 Saturday and mark off all those last minute to dos.

Christmas in Kensington

December 22, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Throughout Kensington
Free admission

This is your last weekend to head to Kensington to 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.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

December 31, 2018, 6:00pm – 12:00am
Multiple locations
Free admission

The City of Calgary caps off the year with an evening of free music, live performances, activities for all ages, and, of course, fireworks. From the outdoor skating and music at Olympic Plaza to a family-friendly rumpus room at the Municipal Building, stick around as the countdown ball drops and the fireworks kick off. This year you can even head to the Central Library Dance Party for tons of activities including poetry readings by Calgary Poet Laureate Sheri-D Wilson.