Participants in the First Nations Parade
The First Nations Parade makes its way through Flour Rope Square in downtown Calgary | Photo: Shaun Robinson, Calgary Stampede

Free This Week

Extend the fun this week with these awesome and free events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Money can be a bit tight this week with big ticket events like the Stampede taking place, but there’s still tons to do without spending a buck. From concerts and pancake breakfasts to festivals and art receptions, you can take your pick!

Fluor Rope Square

Until July 13, 2019, 8:15am – 1:00pm
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Hosted by the Calgary Stampede Downtown Attractions Committee, this piece of Stampede heaven is located right in the heart of downtown. Every day starts with a bacon pancake served hot off a chuckwagon or smokie and includes tons of free entertainment including the Fluor Great Western Flapjack Flip, Lammle’s World Champion Hat Stomp Competition, square dancing, horse drawn rig rides, and the First Nations Parade.

ProArts Presents Brian Buchanan

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

Brian Buchanan is a veteran jazz performer who has been on the Alberta music scene for more than 30 years. Duck out of work and hear him at this free lunch hour concert.

Lifelong Learners

July 10, 2019, 2:30 – 3:15pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration recommended

Seniors are invited to join the Esker Foundation for a tour and discussion of the current exhibitions in a relaxed, social environment. Explore new ideas and engage creatively with arts and culture.

Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception

July 11, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Join Christine Klassen Gallery and celebrate the launch of two new shows—Jennifer Weihmann’s In Between and the Resolve and the annual group show, Chroma. Don’t miss these playful summer exhibitions.

Hats Off An Artist Roundup

July 11, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

This showcase series is the perfect time to experience the diverse, living, breathing, and ever-changing arts hub that is cSPACE. Bring a date or bring yourself! This July sees a Stampede themed hootenanny where you can introduce yourself to an arts community that is shaping where Calgary is going.

Spotlight YYC: Mackenzie Kelly-Frère Opening Reception

July 11, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Alberta Craft Gallery, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Mackenzie Kelly-Frère is an artist and educator whose work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Explore some of his new work in the Alberta Craft Gallery’s Spotlight YYC exhibition.

Calgary Turkish Festival

July 12 – 14, 2019
Eau Claire Festival Plaza (139 Barclay Parade SW)
Free admission

Get a taste of Turkish culture with art, folk dance, music, and gourmet food. Visitors are invited to celebrate, learn, and savour the hospitality, culture, heritage, and cuisine.

Humainologie Free Vegan Breakfast

July 14, 2019, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Humainologie Gallery + Store (1514 7th St. SW)
Free admission

Part of the Block Breakfast with Kit & Ace and Saje Natural Wellness, join Humainologie for a free, vegan breakfast. A local not-for-profit that promotes empathy and inclusion, it’s your chance to enjoy vegan pancakes, chai, and other delicacies.

Sunnyside Open Stage Tuesdays

July 16, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00pm
containR Art Park (1020 2nd Ave. NW)
Free admission

Every Tuesday throughout the summer, head to #SOSTuesdays for the Sunnyside Open Stage, hosted each week by Eugene Saunders and guests! Swing by to support local talent or share something yourself.