Tim Williams playing guitar
Tim Williams | Photo: Courtesy of ProArts Society

Free This Week

A busy week brings a plethora of events to check out

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

With a new month and a long weekend, this week is full of great—and free—events to hit up. From outdoor concerts and pop-up performances to festivals and street fairs, continue your summer with Calgary’s arts community.

Music in the Park

July 31 – August 2, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Central Memorial Park (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free admission

Pack a picnic, sit back, relax, and enjoy live music in a beautiful outdoor park setting with The City of Calgary. Music in the Park runs rain or shine, so come prepared! This week the festivities move into Central Memorial Park and you can see performances by Aimee-Jo Benoit, Canadian Chinese Orchestra, and the Calgary Wind Symphony.

ProArts Presents Blues at Noon

July 31, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

Tim Williams’ guitar skills are frequently compared to Ry Cooder and David Lindley. Like them, Williams plays a wealth of other string instruments, and his songwriting has won praise from the likes of Tom Russel and Willie Nelson. The Calgary Blues Music Association partners with ProArts Society to present this not-to-be-missed noon hour concert.

Music in the Plaza

July 31, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park Historical Village (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
Free admission

Heritage Park’s awesome free summer concert series returns for an eighth season of live music. It continues with the smooth sounds of the Michael Callander Jazz Sextet.

A Walk Through Blues History

July 31, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30pm
King Eddy, National Music Centre (438 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Blues musician and historian John Rutherford hosts an interactive talk show style discussion with Tim Williams, a local award-winning bluesman and historian in his own right. Don’t miss this fantastic talk presented by the Calgary Blues Music Association and part of the Calgary International Blues Festival.

Mini Masters

August 1, 2019, 11:00 – 11:45am
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

Calling Calgary’s newest contemporaries! Join the Esker Foundation on the first Thursday of every month for a hands-on art class. Parents and guardians are invited to bring their little ones, ages two to five, to explore art making in this fun and social program. All are welcome to participate, just dress for mess.

Free First Thursday Nights

August 1, 2019, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

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

Bring the Baby Art Tour & Tummy Time

August 2, 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!

The Ocean Inside Opening Reception

August 2, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00pm
EMMEDIA Gallery (2005 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

An installation based on Eveline Kolijn’s first-hand experience of witnessing the devastating effects of climate change and other human-made environmental stresses on the coral reefs, don’t miss this opening reception.

Inglewood Sunfest

August 3, 2019, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Mainstreet Inglewood (9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Inglewood Sunfest is all about having fun in the sun! This feisty summer festival in the heart of this historic neighbourhood is here to celebrate, engage, entertain, and delight with activities for all ages.

Bucky Music Festival

August 3, 2019, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Buckmaster Park (1629 21st Ave. SW)
Free admission

A family-friendly festival with two stages of awesome music, this is your chance to hear local acts, explore the garden, and much more. Emily Triggs headlines this afternoon in one of Bankview’s most beautiful treasures.

Klezmer in the Square

August 3, 2019, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Celebration Square (4th St. & 7th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Head down to East Village’s beautiful plaza for the first weekend of Saturdays in C-Square featuring virtuoso Schmenge and Eastern European-flavoured tunes by the Calgary Musicscapes Band.

Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony

August 3, 2019, 8:00 – 9:30pm
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

With 2,000 colourful, glowing paper lanterns launched on the reflecting pond, this free, family event looks towards a peaceful, nuclear-weapons-free world that is free from violence.

Heritage Day at Fort Calgary

August 5, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Celebrate Heritage Day at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers and enjoy various family-friendly activities, including Mountie uniform try-on sessions, cultural heritage films, Indigenous artisans, museum tours, and more. Admission to the museum is by cash donation, or bring a non-perishable food donation for the Veterans’ Food Bank.

Tour de Bowness Street Festival

August 5, 2019, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Mainstreet Bowness (Along Bowness Rd. NW)
Free admission

A festival of competitive bike racing, artisans, food trucks, music, children’s activities, and more, the event celebrates the vibrant and historical community.

Heritage Day Festival

August 5, 2019, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Hosted by the Calgary Folk Arts Council, the 42nd annual Heritage Day Festival features six hours of multicultural performances, ethnic foods, and unique handicrafts. Don’t miss this family-friendly festival in the heart of downtown.

Sunnyside Open Stage Tuesdays

August 6, 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.