One Voice Chorus members pose for a photo in September of 2017
See the One Voice Chorus perform at a free lunch hour concert | Photo: Jayson Langley

Free This Week

Warm up and get out with these sweet events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

From exhibition launches to concerts and pop-up events, this week has plenty of fun—and free—chances to get out and about. Make the most of the last full week of the month and check out these happenings:

ProArts Presents One Voice Chorus

January 23, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

Founded in 2011, this fun, upbeat choir is formed by gay, lesbian, transgender, two-spirited, queer, straight, and cisgender allies. Celebrating the strength of community with songs that make you laugh, feel, and sing-along, this lunch hour concert is co-presented with the High Performance Rodeo.

WWI Exhibit Opening

January 24, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Launching a new exhibit at Lougheed House, sit in as Caitlin Bailey of Montreal’s Canadian Centre for the Great War is interviewed by Greg Wilson of Calgary’s The Military Museums. Don’t miss this deep, fascinating dive about the experience, crises, struggles, and legacy of our returning veterans.


January 24, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm
The Military Museums (4520 Crowchild Tr. SW)
Free admission, registration required

Join The Military Museums for this free screening Cam Christiansen’s WALL—a feature-length animated film exploring the impact of the wall separating Israel and Palestine has had on the people of the region.

Winter Exhibitions Open

January 25, 2019, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

The perfect chance to explore this season’s shows at the Esker Foundation, swing by this opening to see Neil Campbell’s wheatfield and Jeremy Shaw’s Quantification Trilogy.

A photo that is fractured as if shot through a kaleidoscope

Jeremy Shaw’s Towards Universal Pattern Recognition can be seen this season at the Esker Foundation | Image: Courtesy of the artist, KÖNIG GALERIE, and Macaulay & Co. Fine Art

Winter Family Fun

January 26, 2019
Main Field, New Brighton Athletic Park (5801 130th Ave. SE) & South Glenmore Park (8415 24th St. SW)
Free admission

Join The City of Calgary and celebrate family time outdoors with snow painting, snow dodgeball, potato sack races, and a scavenger hunt. With two events this Saturday—10:00am to 12:00pm in New Brighton and 1:00 to 3:00pm in South Glenmore Park—swing by this free pop-up event.

Valentine’s Glass Sale

January 26, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Bee Kingdom (427 22nd Ave. NW)
Free admission

With handblown glass for sale including a couple of new designs for Valentine’s Day, enjoy live glassblowing demonstrations all day long at Bee Kingdom’s next sale.

Neil Campbell and Jeremy Shaw in conversation with Naomi Potter

January 26, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration recommended

Join the Esker Foundation for a conversation with Director/Curator Naomi Potter and artists Neil Campbell and Jeremy Shaw. The afternoon focuses on the relationships between their work—the rhythmic and harmonic qualities of the human form, spatial perception, altered states, and what it means to be alive.

Lunar New Year Festival

January 26 & 27, 2019
Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st St. SW)
Free admission

Celebrate with the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre at its annual Lunar New Year Festival! The first of two weekends of programming, this is your chance to explore an exciting marketplace, see live performances, and enjoy lantern and firecracker displays.

Puppet Pop-Up: Year of the Pig

January 27, 2019, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st St. SW)
Free admission

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with WP Puppet Theatre and this fun, free, and family-friendly afternoon. Just drop by to make your own Year of the Pig puppet.

Full Circle with Kate Stevens

January 27, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Cornerstone Music Cafe (139, 14919 Deer Ridge Dr. SE)
Free admission, donations accepted

Come for brunch and stay for music by Kate Stevens and her special guest, Wyatt Louis. This family-friendly performance is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.