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Heritage Park's summer series Music in the Plaza kicks off this week | Photo: courtesy of Heritage Park

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Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Don’t miss out on free fun as the greatest outdoor show on earth kicks up its annual storm! It’s going to be an exciting week of live music, visual art and pancake breakfasts filled with entertainment.

EnChor Chamber Choir

July 5, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

EnChor Chamber choir is an auditioned ensemble, made up of singers from diverse walks of life, who share a passion for choral music. They recently placed second in the Adult Mixed Choir Competition at the Kathaumixw International Choral Festival.

Music in the Plaza

July 5, 2023, 6 – 9pm
Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
Free to attend

Discover free live music in Calgary all summer long from the city’s best emerging artists! Watch from the Selkirk’s patio as you enjoy dinner, or explore the shops before you setup your lawn chair and enjoy the show with popcorn in hand!

Farmers & Makers Markets: Beltline & Sunalta

July 5 & 8, 2023
Central Memorial Park & Sunalta Community Association
Free to explore

Check out the Farmers & Makers Market at two locations this summer — on Wednesdays at Central Memorial Park and Saturdays in the inner-city neighbourhood of Sunalta. Each week, you’ll find dozens of local farms and producers, ready-to-eat food, live music and their free, drop-in kids arts & culture program.

First Flip Pancake Breakfast

July 6, 2023, 7:30 – 10:30am
Stephen Avenue (Between 1st St. & Centre St. SE)
Free to attend

Come on down and bring your friends to kick off Stampede festivities at First Flip! This is the 100th anniversary of Calgary’s first pancake breakfast. Be there bright and early for pancakes and entertainment.

Bridgeland-Riverside Farmers Market

July 6, 2023, 3:30 – 7:30pm
Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave. NE)
Free to attend

Check out this weekly outdoor farmers market featuring over 30 vendors, food trucks, live music and kids activities. This year they are also launching the Locally Grown Concert Series featuring awesome local bands.

Exhibition Opening x Free First Thursdays

July 6, 2023, 3:30 – 7:30pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Join Contemporary Calgary in celebration of The Art & Story of Stampede Saddles, an exhibition featuring pieces from The Calgary Stampede Archives as well as a chance to explore their other exhibitions as part of a late-night gallery experience!

First Sound, Last Sound

July 6, 2023, 6 – 6:30pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

At the centre of the exhibition Pulse of the Planet by Mel O’Callaghan is a performance, First Sound, Last Sound, featuring two large-scale tuning forks. Performers and audience members are called into awareness of their own somatic rhythms.

Fluor Rope Square

July 8 – 15 2023, 8:30am
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

At Fluor Rope Square, every day starts with a bacon pancake served hot off a chuckwagon paired with Stampede-style entertainment including marching bands, dancers, singers, fiddlers, friendly mascots plus so much more!

Opening Reception: Be Yourself, Feel Free

July 8 2023, 12 – 9pm
Sparrow Artspace (36 4th St. NE)
Free to attend

You are invited to Almendra Vergara’s and Jessica Chiapa’s opening reception. Using a variety of materials and techniques, both artists reference nature and environment to explore their Mexican culture and heritage roots.

Talk / Free Tour With Teresa Tam

July 8 2023, 3 – 5pm
Online or in-person at TRUCK Contemporary Art (2009 10th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Tour the arcade with Teresa Tam! Tam is hosting a guided tour of her exhibition Good Job Arcade where she will be exposing funny stories, concepts that drive the games, and the people who made these games happen.

Night Markets at Heritage Park

July 8, 2023, 3 – 9pm
Heritage Park Historical Village (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
Free to explore

On Saturdays this summer, Heritage Plaza and promenade in the front parking lots will be taken over by vendors. Shop their local vendors, explore the shops in the Plaza, grab a bite to eat and be entertained!

Wagonstage Theatre: The Little Forest

July 8 & 10, 2023
Various venues
Free to explore

UCalgary Wagonstage Theatre presents The Little Forest by Clem Martini where four siblings in a treeless neighbourhood embark on a mission to bring nature back to life. Join them on their journey at a neighbourhood near you!

Free Art Supply Event

July 9, 2023, 10am – 2pm
Historical Fire Hall No. 1 (104 6th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Art + Craft Supply is hosting their first ever free art supply event! Stop by and pick up any art or craft supplies you need for a project or you want to try out! There are no limits nor fees. You can also donate supplies you no longer need.

Music Matters YYC

July 10, 2023, 11:30am – 1pm
Harmony Park (115 4th Ave. SW) 
Free to attend

Music Matters YYC is an eight-week outdoor concert series this summer in the heart of the city. Check out their family-friendly weekly programming and and see for yourself just how much Music Matters!

Summer On 17th

Tomkins Park (17th Ave. SW & 8th St. SW)
Free to attend

From movies in the park to live bands, theatrical performances and fitness classes, the 17th Ave Business Improvement Area is pulling out all the stops to ensure this summer is epic. Visit the website for details.

Summer Songs on Stephen Ave

Stephen Ave (8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Support live local music on Stephen Ave this summer, supported by the Calgary Downtown Association. Check out the Stagehand website for the full schedule as well as other free concerts around the city!

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