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Celebrate Latin American culture this weekend at Fiestaval | Photo: Courtesy of Fiestaval Latino

Free This Week

Beat the heat with these cool arts offerings

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  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Take advantage of the summer heat and catch a live outdoor concert, participate in a historical walking tour, explore local vendors and more — the week ahead is jam-packed with free things to do.

Read our roundup and start planning your next outing!

Du-Rite Aces

July 20, 2022, 6:00pm
Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
Free to attend

Calgary-based band Du-Rite Aces play a roots roundup of blues, jump, rockabilly, western swing and surf, all mixed up into one big stew. Catch them for a special edition of Live Music in the Plaza presented by Heritage Park, Calgary Bluesfest and CJSW 90.9FM.

Literary History Walk

July 21, 2022, 7:10 – 8:30 pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free to participate, registration required

On this guided walk in Calgary’s Beltline, author Shaun Hunter takes us back to the early 20th century and Calgary’s burgeoning literary scene. Along the way, meet three internationally successful Calgary writers of the 1920s whose stories add a fascinating layer to this storied Calgary neighbourhood.

Punk Pancake Collage Clash

July 22, 2022, 10:00am – 2:00 pm
TRUCK Contemporary Art (2009 10th Ave. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

At the Punk Pancake Collage Clash, you can have your pancakes and eat them too. Join TRUCK Contemporary Art for a pancake breakfast accompanied by punk playlists and a collage-making party supported through their art supply redistribution program, F.U.E.L (Free Utensils for Expressive Living).

Summer/Fall Exhibitions Launch

July 22, 2022, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Esker Foundation is pleased to launch its summer/fall 2022 exhibition season and invites you to join them to celebrate the openings of new exhibitions by artists Robin Arseneault, Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau, Gailan Ngan, and Teresa Tam.

Fiestaval — Festival Latino

July 22 – 24, 2022
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

A free multicultural celebration of Latin American culture, Fiestaval features live music, dance lessons, authentic Latin food and handicrafts, beer gardens, a kids area and much more! Head downtown to enjoy the festivities!

Historic Calgary Week

Begins July 22, 2022
Various Venues
Free to attend

Check out this festival to learn about and celebrate the history, culture and community of Calgary with this year’s theme – We’ll Meet Again: Unseen History Brought to Life. There are virtual and in-person events with more than 65 different walks, talks, tours and presentations!

Trunk Show and Sale

July 23, 2022, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Centre St. N (between 7th & 14th Ave. N)
Free to attend

Join the businesses of Crescent Heights BIA for some art, music, shopping and fun at the second annual Trunk Show and Sale. Discover new things, enjoy great food and stroll along one of Calgary’s most historic main streets while taking in Calgary’s talented artists and makers.

Artist-Led Exhibition Tour

July 23, 2022, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Esker Foundation’s exhibiting artists Robin Arseneault, Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau, and Gailan Ngan lead a tour through the gallery as they discuss work in their respective exhibitions: Falling Off The Log, The Garden of a Former House Turned Museum and From The Studio Floor.

Early Music: Voyageur Virtuose

July 24, 2022, 7:00pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free to attend

Until the mid-18th century, the recorder was among the most common instruments used in both secular and sacred music settings. Join recorder virtuosi Jérémie de Pierre and Élyse Lamanque Girard for a special concert featuring music by J.S. Bach, Gaultier de Marseille and Telemann.

ArtsXpeditions — Bee Betrayal

July 26, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Battalion Park School (369 Sienna Park Dr. SW)
Free to attend

ArtsXpeditions brings pop-up music concerts and performances to communities around Calgary all summer long! This event features a new play for kids about pollinators – those tiny but important creatures who are critical to the health of our entire ecosystem.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Until August 7, 2022
Various venues
Free to attend

Shakespeare On The Go! Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow program is once again hitting the road to perform in neighbourhoods around Calgary. This summer, a cast of six emerging artists present The Merry Wives of Windsor — hilarity ensues in this romantic farce about the misadventures of Falstaff.

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