Event Directory Search for upcoming events Picks and Previews Plan ahead to check out these not-to-be-missed events All Theatre Dance Music Film & Media Visual Art Literary Festival Promotion Free Free The ProArts@Noon Concert Series presents their audience favourite Flamenco concert | Photo: courtesy of ProArts Society July 12, 2023 - July 18, 2023 Free This Week Get busy with live music, visual arts, markets and more! Haider Ali 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! calgarystampede.com 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. instagram.com 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. proartssociety.ca 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! heritagepark.ca 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. farmersmakersmarket.ca 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. brcacalgary.org 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. eventbrite.ca Sprayyc! 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. sprayyc.com 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. albertasocietyofartists.com 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! arts.ucalgary.ca 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. theatrecalgary.com 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. eskerfoundation.com 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. eskerfoundation.com 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! heritagepark.ca 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! stagehand.app Summer On 17th Ongoing 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. 17thave.ca Summer Songs on Stephen Ave Ongoing 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! stagehand.app Have a free event that’s not listed? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form.