A still from Purple Noon
Purple Noon | Still: Courtesy of Calgary Cinematheque

Free This Week

Stack the deck with these awesome events and make a memorable week

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

With both Valentine’s Day and Family Day, this week is another busy one in Calgary. And even if you don’t have a ton of cash, you can still get out and enjoy it with these fantastic free events. Grab your calendar and start planning!

ProArts Presents Hello Moth

February 12, 2020, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

Platinum certified Canadian producer and avant-pop artist Hello Moth creates unsettlingly inventive genre-fluid music inspired by artists like David Bowie, St. Vincent, and The Knife. Catch him live on your lunch break.

Date/Less Valentine’s Showcase

February 13, 2020, 5:00 – 9:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Grab a date or meet someone new at cSPACE’s second annual Date/Less Valentine’s event. Discover music, dance, gallery exhibitions, artist demos, open studios, activities, and more on all four levels of cSPACE King Edward.

February flywheel

February 13, 2020, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Pages on Kensington (1135 Kensington Rd. NW)
Free admission

filling Station’s February flywheel features Ethan Vilu, Jason Rothery, Helen Hajnoczky, Ian Kinney, and University of Calgary Writer-in-Residence Sharanpal Ruprai. Swing by Pages on Kensington for an evening of literary delights!

Long Lunch Quick Reads

February 14, 2020, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

February is for lovers… of poetry, lunch, and good people! Join Loft 112 for a literary lunch as Pam Medland shares her chapbook of poetry and love of family. Hugs, chapbooks, lunch (pre-order or bring your own), poetry, and a moment to yourself—what could be better?

Bloody Offensive

February 14, 2020, 7:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission, registration required

A free, rowdy, disreputable, adults-only Valentine’s Day romp you won’t want to miss, join the Alexandra Writers Centre Society this Friday. Don your red riding cloak and indulge in a literary jaunt through the woods featuring wolfish readings, poison apple cocktails, Goldilocks goodies, and prizes fit to blow your house down.

GLOW Winter Festival

February 14 – 16, 2020
Stephen Avenue (Along 8th Ave. SW)
Free admission

This free, family-friendly event boasts programming that appeals to all ages and backgrounds while bringing citizens, tourists, and businesses together for Calgary’s own winter festival. Head downtown to find live music, winter activities, outdoor lounges, and stunning lights that are sure to put a glow on your face.

Beltline Bonspiel

February 15, 2020, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Hurry hard to this premier winter festival celebrating local community and rooted in Calgary’s proud heritage. This one-day festival brings together local Calgary teams to compete in a friendly outdoor curling tournament alongside Alberta music, delicious local food and craft beer, and live entertainment.

Purple Noon

February 16, 2020, 3:00 – 5:00pm
Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission

Calgary Cinematheque’s free screening series at the Central Library continues with Purple Noon, René Clément’s lush, colourful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1955 crime thriller, The Talented Mr. Ripley. This screening even features a short introductory lecture from Kevin Allen.

Family Day Pajama Party

February 17, 2020, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission

Get cozy in your pajamas this Family Day at the Central Library! Join in for a cartoon marathon, special storytime, pop-up performances, crafts, treats, and more—just don’t forget to bring your favourite stuffed animals and slippers to the party! It’s going to be awesome.

Puppet Pop-Up

February 17, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Calgary Church of Christ (4030 Maryvale Dr. NE)
Free admission, registration required

Celebrating the Year of the Rat, create your own stuffie rat puppet with instruction and help from WP Puppet Theatre. Practice your hand sewing to sew two sides of the cloth body, stuff, and then detail with ears, whiskers, paws, and eyes! There are even Chinese snacks and tea to enjoy.