Free This Week
ProArts Presents Jesse Plessis’ rendition of the Beatles classic, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band | Photo: Courtesy of ProArts

Free This Week

Festivals, tunes, receptions and celebrations are on the schedule this week

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

It doesn’t matter if you’re short on dough our just looking for something great to do, there’s always something you can check out for free in Calgary. Here are our not-to-be-missed picks for the week:

Stephen Avenue Walk #IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage

July 18 – 23, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Stephen Avenue Summer Stage (Centre Street & 8th ave SE)
Free, family-friendly

Back for performances Monday through Saturday, head to the Summer Stage this week for performances from Wildflower, Fromage Chaud, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Global Fest Iranian Brazilian Pavilion Dance Groups, Domino and Y Brothers.

Pop-Up Piano Series

July 19 & 21, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Wee Little Piano Book Exchange at Fifth Avenue Place (420 2nd St. SW) & Piano Bar in Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW)
Free, family-friendly

Curious who will be tickling the ivories this week thanks to Downtown Calgary? On Tuesday hear Meagen Kelln fuse folk music with classical piano and on Thursday it’s singer and songwriter Debra Power’s turn at the keys.

Pop-Up Picnic

July 20, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Fifth Avenue Place (420, 2nd St. SW)

Princess Party is the theme of this week’s Pop-Up Picnic. Downtown Calgary will transform the corner of 5th Ave. and 2nd St. into a fairy tale wonderland full of enchanting music with appearances from Cinder Princess and Beauty Princess.

ProArts Presents Jesse Plessis’ Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

July 20, 2016, 12:10pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free, family-friendly

Beatles fan? Then you need to head to ProArts’ free lunch hour concert this week. Featuring piano duo Bente Hansen and Jesse Plessis, their most sought-after performance is Plessis’ arrangement of the complete Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Without lyrics to help the listener understand the meaning of each song, Plessis has explored ways to express those same meanings pianistically. The result is a reimagining of each song that, although not faithful to the original, the original feeling stays intact.

Summers on 17th: Kids Day Wednesdays

July 20, 2016, 2:00 – 6:00pm
Tomkins Park (17th Ave., between 7th & 8th St. SW)
Free, family-friendly

Gather up the kids and head down to 17th Ave. for a fun-filled afternoon of activities in the park. Each Wednesday this summer check out free kids crafts, books, games, a story from the Calgary Public Library, face painting and free dance classes.

Blue on the Avenue featuring Bill Dowey

July 21, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Stephen Avenue Summer Stage (Centre Street & 8th ave SE)
Free, family-friendly

Join host and curator Mike Watson for this exploration of local blues music on the heart of Stephen Ave. This week features Bill Dowey, one of the most convincing and dedicated blues artists in Canada.

+15 Window Closing Receptions

July 21, 2016, 6:00pm
Arts Commons +15 (205 8th Ave. SE)

Join Stride, Untitled Art Society, TRUCK and more to close out the current +15 Window Gallery exhibitions! It’s a great chance to see Ashley Bedet’s Goal-State, Graham Macaulay’s vessel/fold and Paul Robert’s Either Ore before it’s too late.

Historic Calgary Week

July 22 – August 2, 2016
Multiple locations
Free, donations welcome

Chinook Country Historical Society highlights our cultural, institutional, industrial, architectural, sporting and military heritage with over 60 events. There are talks, walks, concerts, family events, museum visits and more. All events are open to the public and are free of charge with one exception.

Fiestaval Latin Festival

July 22 – 24, 2016
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free, family-friendly

Festival season heats up this week with Fiestaval—a free multicultural celebration of Latin American culture featuring live music, dance, authentic food and handicrafts, beer gardens, a kids area and more!

Lougheed House 125th Anniversary Party

July 23, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)

Put on your best frock or bow tie and party like it’s 1891 to celebrate Lougheed House’s 125th Anniversary! Calgary’s history and contemporary culture collide with live performances of music, comedy and First Nations’ dance. The day also features historical talks, crafts, free iced tea and, of course, cake.

Trio: Laurie D. Graham, Joan Shillington, and Micheline Maylor

July 23, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Head to Shelf Life books this Saturday for an evening of excellent poetry with Joan Shillington, Laurie D. Graham and Calgary’s Poet Laureate Micheline Maylor.

Summers on 17th: MarketSpot

July 23, 2016, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Tomkins Park (17th Ave., between 7th & 8th St. SW)
Free, family-friendly

Summer is here, which means so are Summers on 17th! Featuring MarketSpot, a collaboration between Market YYC and Artspot, these two local organizations have teamed up to bring music, art and local vendors to Tomkins Park each week. Stop by to check out the ever-changing roster of live music, reading racks supplied by the Calgary Public Library, artisan vendors, live performances, produce markets, kids crafting activities and more.