Paul Brandt and Jann Arden in the Stampede Parade
Paul Brandt and Jann Arden, 2018’s Calgary Stampede Parade Marshalls | Photo: Chris Bolin, Calgary Stampede

Free This Week

Pancakes and outdoor concerts signal the first full week of July

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

With the Calgary Stampede just around the corner, the free offerings for the week have a distinct western feel. But if country music and pancakes aren’t your thing, why not hit up a classical raga concert or a performance piece? We’re going to check out a little bit of everything!

ProArts Presents Rod Thomas Squance & Abbas Janmohamed

July 3, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

Presenting North Indian classical raga music, hear Rod Thomas Squance, marimba, and Abbas Janmohamed, tabla, share their exciting approach that still preserves the integrity and authenticity of this centuries-old tradition.

Interrelation: Mohkinstsís

July 3, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
At the Confluence, near Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Interrelation: Mohkinstsís is the third in a series of land-based endurance performances by Meagan Musseau, with prior iterations on Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain, Treaty 7 Territory (Banff), and on Wolastoqiyik territory (Fredericton, NB). In the performance, Musseau braids vinyl flagging tape from a tree, offering a point of engagement with the land, water, and spirit of this region.

Music in the Plaza

July 3, 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 all kicks off with a performance by The Big City Lights—a great band that brings a roots-based sound to a mix of covers and creative originals.

First Flip Stampede Breakfast

July 4, 2019, 7:30 – 10:30am
Stephen Ave. (Between 1st St. & Centre St. SE)
Free admission and breakfast

It’s time to holster a hotcake, Calgary! Help us kick off the 2019 Calgary Stampede at the First Flip Stampede Breakfast. Hosted by Tourism Calgary, Calgary Arts Development, Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, Calgary Economic Development, and Platform Calgary, be our guest and come enjoy great food and entertainment.

Free First Thursday Nights

July 4, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Get into Glenbow without paying a dime and check out its popular Thursday night affair, this July offers a great chance to explore all the new exhibitions including Nick Cave: Feat. and Ed Pien: Our Beloved.

Everything II

July 4, 2019, 7:00pm
Riverwalk Plaza, East Village (608 Confluence Way SE)
Free admission

One immigrant’s way of acknowledging the Indigenous territory on which she dances, this solo work by Lee Su-Feh grows out of a negotiation between what the dancer carries and the surface on which she dances.

Stampede Parade

July 5, 2019, 9:00am
Downtown Calgary
Free admission

A special part of Calgary’s cultural identity, the Stampede Parade signals the official start of the 10-day celebration. Swing down to the route to see beautiful floats, live music, stunning horses, and so much more. This year’s parade is led by Amber Marshall—a local cowgirl and actress best known for her role in Heartland.

Bring the Baby Art Tour & Tummy Time

July 5, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration recommended

A relaxed, social tour, bring your baby to the Esker Foundation and have tot-friendly fun while discussing the exhibitions. This program starts with a casual half-hour tour of the current exhibitions, followed by a half-hour of tummy time social fun for both baby and guardian!

These Threads Hold Memory Opening

July 5, 2019, 8:00pm
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)
Free admission

Carrie Allison uses beading in her practice to connect to ancestors, to gain insight with Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies. Bringing together works of art that move away from western notions of information and data by Indigenizing western information models, explore the show at its opening reception.

Cache Opening

July 6, 2019, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Herringer Kiss Gallery (101, 1615 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Curated by Kevin Kanashiro, this exhibition shines a light on a group of talented, well established artists that are not necessarily familiar to the public eye. Explore the show at its opening reception.

Calgary Parking Authority Stampede Breakfast

July 9, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Calgary Parking Authority (620 9th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Get your pancake fill with the Calgary Parking Authority this week and swing by for breakfast. With a few surprises in store, enter for your chance to win prizes and swag.

Sunnyside Open Stage Tuesdays

July 9, 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.

Print(ed) Word Salon Series

July 9, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Simmons-Harvie Community Living Room, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission

Join artist Tim van Wijk and writer Erin Emily Vance as they discuss their artist book, The Night Will be Long but Beautiful: The Life and Death of Jeff Lakes. This free event is the seventh in a series of 12 talks.