Bianca Miranda and Keshia Cheesman sit on a picnic blanket
Bianca Miranda and Keshia Cheesman in The F Word | Photo: Courtesy of Arts Commons

Free This Week

Enjoy the summer with work-in-progress performances and incredible concerts

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Post Stampede might seem like a quiet time for our city, but that’s certainly not the case. Summer ramps into high gear with tons of concerts, pop-up events, festivals, and so much more, here’s what we’re checking out this week!

ProArts Presents Central Alberta Chamber Players

July 17, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

The Central Alberta Chamber Players was formed in 2016 to perform chamber music. At its core a brass trio, the ensemble collaborates with many other musicians to bring to life a variety of concert experiences, so don’t miss this fantastic free lunch hour concert.

Debra Power

July 17, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park Historical Village (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
Free admission

Heritage Park’s free summer concert series, Music in the Plaza, returns for an eighth season of spectacular live music. Supported by the RBC Foundation, it continues with a concert from blues powerhouse, Debra Power. It’s the perfect teaser for the upcoming Calgary International Blues Festival.

Long Lunch Quick Reads

July 19, 2019, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Loft 112 (535 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Sit back and enjoy lunch, friends, and other poetry lovers, this month’s luncheon features Broken and Strong: Family Fragments by W. John Williamson. Bring your own meal or pre-order one for $10 by emailing before July 18 at 12:00pm.

A/P’s 30th Anniversary Opening Reception & Fundraiser

July 19, 2019, 7:00pm
Alberta Printmakers (4025 4th St. SE)
Free admission

Celebrate Alberta Printmakers’ beginnings, where they’ve come through the years, and the many members, partners, and supporters who have helped them get to where we they are now. Futurology kicks off with A/P’s 30th anniversary celebration and fundraiser.

The F Word

July 19, 2019, 7:30pm
Jack Singer Rehearsal Hall, Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

Keshia Cheesman and Bianca Miranda have been hard at work under commission from Theatre Calgary having spent some time work-shopping the piece with director Nina Lee Aquino. And they are ready to share with an audience! The F Word fuses song, movement, poetry, and narratives to confront fat phobia and diet culture, and celebrate the creators’ personal journeys towards body acceptance. RSVP by emailing Jenna Turk at

Fiestaval Festival Latino

July 19 – 21, 2019
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission           

A free multicultural celebration of Latin American culture, Fiestaval features live music, dance lessons, authentic Latin food and Latin handicrafts, beer gardens, a kid’s area, and much more! Held in the heart of downtown Calgary, be sure to swing by this fun festival.

From the Heart of the City

July 20, 2019, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Central Memorial Park (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free admission

Witness curated chaos at its finest as One Big Jam throws a fully-improvised concert experience, right in the heart of the city. The concert celebrates some of Calgary’s finest talent and anyone can find themselves contributing to the mix.

The Temporary

July 20, 2019, 2:30 & 7:30pm
Motel Theatre, Arts Commons (2nd Floor, 225 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

This is the fascinating story of how the small prairie city of Brooks transformed into one of the most diverse places in the country. A live documentary play by Col Cseke, join Downstage for this free work-in-progress presentation. Email to register.

Jessie Rose Vala and Stephen Nachtigall

July 20, 2019, 3:00 – 6:00pm
TRUCK Contemporary Art (2009 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission           

Work closely with the artists to make your own pendants, small patches, and/or wizard hats, this workshop offers the chance to explore aspects of Jessie Rose Vala and Stephen Nachtigall’s Main Space exhibition The Yellow Forest.

Garden Festival

July 20 – 27, 2019
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
Free admission

With free indoor and outdoor concerts featuring Leo Dumont Band, Rondel Roberts Band, Ghostkeeper, K.P. Smith, and Natalie Gauthier, enjoy games, tours and dance lessons, a family fun day, and much more. Don’t miss it!

Sunnyside Open Stage Tuesdays

July 23, 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.