Free This Week

Take advantage of the warmth with pop-up performances and sundown socials

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • 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, markets, and more. Here’s what we’re checking out this week:

ProArts Presents Brazilian Music Project

July 18, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free

John Reid and Denis Nassar’s Brazilian Music Project combines a blend of Brazilian folkloric music, classical music forms, and jazz improvisation ranging from bossa nova to samba. Hear its unique sound at this free lunch-hour concert.
proartssociety.ca

10-Minute Plays for Jane’s Walk – Summer Edition

July 18, 2018, 3:00 – 4:00pm
Meet at the Conversion Statue (8th Ave. & 1st St. SW)
Free

After its successful turn at Jane’s Walk, these 10-minute plays return for the summer. With several performers reprising their work as well as two new performing groups, three plays are performed in succession along Stephen Avenue.
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Sundown Social

July 18, 2018, 4:00 – 9:00pm
Under the 4th Ave. Flyover in Bridgeland (634 McDougall Rd. NE)
Free

Reclaiming an under-utilized space, this social grows something that is wild and beautiful. Full of cut blossoms and wildflowers, the setting sun art is paired with music, food, and beer.
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Music in the Plaza

July 18, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park Historical Village (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
Free

Heritage Park’s free summer concert series, Music in the Plaza, returns for a seventh season of spectacular live music. Supported by the RBC Foundation, it continues this week with A New Ground—an emerging Celtic collaboration between fiddler Claryssa Webb and guitarist Ryan Dugal.
heritagepark.ca

Sunnyside Salsa Wednesdays

July 18, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
containR Art Park (1020 2nd Ave. NW)
Free

Running throughout the summer, join Free Spirit Dance and Studio Creole as they bring a tropical mix of salsa, timba, samba, and more to your midweek.
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Music at McDougall

July 19, 2018, 11:45am – 1:00pm
West Grounds, McDougall Centre (455 6th St. SW)
Free

A seven-part summer concert series from the Government of Alberta and CKUA, head to McDougall Centre every Thursday for some noon-time jams. Each event features multiple musicians and artists from across the province to promote local talent, highlight musical festivals taking place in southern Alberta, and encourage everyone to enjoy McDougall Centre’s outdoor spaces and Calgary’s downtown core.
alberta.ca

+15 Window Galleries Closing Reception

July 19, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00pm
+15, Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE)
Free

Celebrate each of the exhibits hosted in the +15 at this closing reception. Artists will be on hand to speak about their work and everyone is invited to head to the Palomino (109 7th Ave. SW) for drinks afterwards (save 15% off your bill by showing a card from one of the exhibitions). Admission is free and all are welcome.

Calgary Turkish Festival

July 19 – 22, 2018
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, heritage, and cuisine.
calgaryturkishfestival.com

Christmas in July

July 20, 2018, 3:00 – 7:00pm
Robert McClure United Church (5510 26th Ave. NE)
Free

Celebrate Christmas in July at the Robert McClure Farmers’ Market with Christmas-themed activities including games, snowflake making, tree decorating, and a special appearance from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
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Poster for Christmas in July

BNA BUMP Launch Party

July 20, 2018, 4:00 – 11:30pm
Central Memorial Park (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free

Join the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association for the launch of its 2018 Beltline Urban Murals Project season. Featuring a live performance by Selci and a ton of amazing local DJs, the party wraps with an outdoor screening of Wes Anderson‘s 2009 animated film, Fantastic Mr. Fox.
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Fiestaval Latin Festival

July 20 – 22, 2018
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!
fiestaval.ca

Introduction to Sashiko with Jolie Bird

July 21, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

A day-long workshop where participants explore sash(i)ko, a rural hand stitching technique from Northern Japan, work on a stitch sampler alongside a centerpiece or wall hanging. All materials included, participants must be 16 years of age.
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Music in the Park

July 21, 2018, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Ralph Klein Park (12350 84th St. SE)
Free

With a climbing wall, hiding areas, zip line, and a sandy play area, celebrate the new Ralph Klein Park playground with live music from Heather Blush & The Uppercuts.
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10-Minute Plays for Jane’s Walk – Summer Edition

July 21, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Meet at the Conversion Statue (8th Ave. & 1st St. SW)
Free

After its successful turn at Jane’s Walk, these 10-minute plays return for the summer. With several performers reprising their work as well as two new performing groups, three plays are performed in succession along Stephen Avenue.
facebook.com

#YYC Audio Experience

July 21, 2018, 6:00pm
Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW)
Free

Join Calgary’s first #YYC Audio Experience, this live event allows attendees to download an audio file and listen to synchronized tasks in a specific place at a specific time through earphones/headphones.
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Bee Kingdom Glass Open Studio

July 21 & 22, 2018, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Bee Kingdom Glass (427 22nd Ave. NW)
Free admission

Swing by Bee Kingdom’s studio and find colourful scotch glasses, decanters, and more. You can even experience the studio and see the creation of glass work—be sure to grab a free hot dog while you’re there.
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Sunnyside Open Stage Tuesdays

July 24, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm
containR Art Park (1020 2nd Ave. NW)
Free

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