Images of Francesca Ekwuyasi, Tessa McWatt, and Guy Vanderhaeghe

Free This Week

There's so much to see and do for free this week, be sure to start planning!

Kari Watson

  • Location Various venues 
  • Price Free

December continues to be a busy time, packed full of things to see and do! From holiday markets to live music, to online literary happenings, here’s a quick look at some of the free events that are happening this week.

Deck The Ave

December 3 – 18, 2021, 4:30 – 8:30pm
Stephen Avenue (8th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Deck the Ave brings holiday cheer to Downtown Calgary on Fridays and Saturdays with seasonal displays, fire pits, and live music along Stephen Avenue. It’s a family-friendly event that lets people of all ages celebrate the season in a fun, festive atmosphere in the heart of downtown.


December 8, 2021, 5:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join White Ribbon for their 30th anniversary initiative. With the help of musical experts and psychologists, they’ve composed a musical score to help men connect with emotions they are socialized to suppress. Watch the film and listen to an incredible panel speak about what modern masculinities mean to them.

The Way We GG

December 9, 2021, 7:00 – 8:15pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air is honoured to present their annual celebration of the Governor General’s Literary Awards. The 2021 edition of The Way We GG showcases Francesca Ekwuyasi, Tessa McWatt, and Guy Vanderhaeghe, all past recipients or nominees of Canada’s prestigious literary medal.

Little Modern Market

December 11, 2021, 9:30am – 3:30pm
The Brownstone YYC (120, 221 10th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

A modern and local pop up market creating a cool and modern environment for local makers to share their craft. Shop for clothing and accessories, jewelry, home decor, health and beauty and much more.


December 11, 2021, 8:30pm
King Eddy (438 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Often referred to by her listeners as a beautiful blend of rhythm, tone, and emotion, jazz saxophonist and singer-songwriter Perpie performs as part of NMC Presents: Bell Live at the King Eddy.

Terry O’Reilly

December 14, 2021, 7:00 – 8:15pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air is thrilled to present beloved CBC radio host Terry O’Reilly and his new book, My Best Mistake: Epic Fails and Silver Linings. This special one-hour conversation is hosted by Wordfest’s Creative Ringleader Shelley Youngblut.

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