Image of two flamenco dancers
The ProArts@Noon Concert Series presents their audience favourite Flamenco concert | Photo: courtesy of ProArts Society

Free This Week

Get busy with live music, visual arts, markets and more!

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  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

As always, it’s a busy time of year as Stampede rolls through town, and whether you’re headed to the grounds or looking for a different kind of adventure, our round-up of free arts events has something for you!

Fluor Rope Square

Until July 15, 2023, 8:30am
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

At Fluor Rope Square, every day starts with a bacon pancake served hot off a chuckwagon paired with Stampede-style entertainment including marching bands, dancers, singers, fiddlers, friendly mascots plus so much more!

Special Stampede Indigenous Art Market

Until July 16, 2023, 11am – 8pm
Telus Convention Centre (136 8th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

If you’re looking for some unique western gear, or something else to do, then stop by Authentically Indigenous’ first-ever Stampede edition of its Indigenous Art Market and browse handcrafted goods from a selection of local vendors.

Flamenco Music & Dance

July 12, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Always an audience favourite, The ProArts@Noon Concert Series presents an hour of Flamenco music and dance featuring dancers Fiona Malena and Anastassiia Alexander with guitarist Michael Boyle.

Music in the Plaza

July 12, 2023, 6 – 9pm
Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
Free to attend

Discover free live music in Calgary all summer long from the city’s best emerging artists! Watch from the Selkirk’s patio as you enjoy dinner, or explore the shops before you set up your lawn chair and enjoy the show with popcorn in hand!

Farmers & Makers Markets: Beltline & Sunalta

July 12 & 15, 2023
Central Memorial Park & Sunalta Community Association
Free to explore

Check out the Farmers & Makers Market at two locations this summer — on Wednesdays at Central Memorial Park and Saturdays in the Sunalta neighbourhood. Each week, you’ll find local farmers and producers, ready-to-eat food, live music and their free, drop-in kids arts & culture program.

Bridgeland-Riverside Farmers Market

July 13, 2023, 3:30 – 7:30pm
Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave. NE)
Free to attend

Check out this weekly outdoor farmers market featuring over 30 vendors, food trucks, live music and kids activities. This year they are also presenting the Locally Grown Concert Series featuring awesome local bands.

A Conversation with asmaa al-issa

July 13, 2023, 6 – 7pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Join Esker for a conversation with asmaa about her Project Space exhibition, which pursues a method of mapping borrowed memories and stories she has acquired from a land known and claimed, but one she will never inherit.


July 14, 2023, 11am – 7pm
Century Gardens (826 8th St. SW)
Free to attend

Sprayyc is a collaborative public-painting event inviting the public to create graffiti art using provided materials, while professional graffiti artists showcase their talents through live art demonstrations.

CALGARY FLOODS (2013) — Opening Reception

July 14, 2023, 4 – 6pm
Calgary Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to attend

Brady Fullerton’s exhibition delves into one of the worst floods in Southern Alberta’s history and how the response showcased a type of Albertan attitude tied to an imagined cowboy identity, toxic masculinity, poor land stewardship and racial injustices.

Wagonstage Theatre: The Little Forest

July 14 & 18, 2023
Various venues
Free to attend

UCalgary Wagonstage Theatre presents The Little Forest by Clem Martini where four siblings in a treeless neighbourhood embark on a mission to bring nature back to life. Join them on their journey at a neighbourhood near you!

Shakespeare on the Go

July 14 – August 6, 2023
Various venues
Free to attend

Theatre Calgary’s traditional Shakespeare by the Bow program is once again be going on the road as Shakespeare On The Go!, with a cast of seven emerging artists presenting an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Esker Kids & Youth Studios

July 15, 2023, 11am – 1pm & 3 – 5pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to participate, registration required

Esker’s Kids and Youth Studios connect these groups to contemporary art and ideas through free experiential and creative activities led by contemporary artists. Parents or guardians are not required to be present for the duration of the program.

Dawn Thrasher: Dimensions of Play — Artist Talk & Opening Reception

July 15, 2023, 3 – 5pm
ASA Gallery, Crossroads Art Centre (Suite #222, 1235 26th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

In Dimensions of Play, Artist Dawn Thrasher tackles how during COVID-19, individuals pursued different ways to experience joy and relieve loneliness — various forms of play provided mechanisms that eased the melancholy of isolation.

Night Markets at Heritage Park

July 15, 2023, 3 – 9pm
Heritage Park Historical Village (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
Free to explore

On Saturdays this summer, Heritage Plaza and promenade in the front parking lots will be taken over by vendors. Shop their local vendors, explore the shops in the Plaza, grab a bite to eat and be entertained!

Music Matters YYC

July 17, 2023, 11:30am – 1pm
Harmony Park (115 4th Ave. SW) 
Free to attend

Music Matters YYC is an eight-week outdoor concert series this summer in the heart of the city. Check out their family-friendly weekly programming and and see for yourself just how much Music Matters!

Summer On 17th

Tomkins Park (17th Ave. & 8th St. SW)
Free to attend

From movies in the park to live bands, theatrical performances and fitness classes, the 17th Ave Business Improvement Area is pulling out all the stops to ensure this summer is epic. Visit the website for details.

Summer Songs on Stephen Ave

Stephen Ave (8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Support live local music on Stephen Ave this summer, supported by the Calgary Downtown Association. Check out the Stagehand website for the full schedule as well as other free concerts around the city!

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