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Tune into Classical Dance Party starting June 5, 2022! | Photo: Courtesy of the Calgary Phil

Free This Week

June gets off to a fun-filled start

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

June is here, and with it comes the beginning of summer festivals in addition to all the other exciting arts events happening around town. Amongst this week’s free offerings, check out a selection of events curated by Humainologie for Empathy Week, live music concerts by ProArts and Youth Singers of Calgary, and the much-awaited return of Lilac Festival. There’s lots to do for you and the kiddos too!

Duo Fratelli

June 1, 2022, 12:10 – 1:00pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

ProArts@Noon Concert Series presents viola/cello duo Duo Fratelli. They are pleased to perform a program of 20th and 21st Century classical music, featuring repertoire from well-known composers such as Paul Hindemith and Walter Piston, as well as the lesser-known Norwegian composer Kjell Marcussen.

Empathy Week

June 1 – 7, 2022
Various Venues
Free to attend, registration required

Empathy Week is an annual festival created by the non-profit Humainologie. It is a community initiative with numerous organizations and individuals coming together to host various events relating to empathy, human connection, and our shared humanity. Join them for a mix of in-person and virtual events!

ArtMatch Calgary Exhibition Opening

June 2, 2022, 5:00 – 8:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

To ring in the summer months, ArtMatch Calgary hosts an exhibition featuring around 25 artists with 80 original pieces of artwork for sale across a broad range of sizes and price points. Whether you’re an art lover looking to add an original piece or simply hoping to browse, swing by!

(M)othering Book Launch

June 2, 2022, 7:00pm
Calgary Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Join editors Anne Sorbie and Heidi Grogan as they launch the book, (M)othering! This book is unconventional, lovely, gritty, and joyful! Enjoy various writing and artwork that celebrates how mothering transforms us, shocks and rocks us into a new understanding of who we are.

Downtown Live!

June 4, 2022, 11:30am & 2:30pm
St. Patrick’s Island & Olympic Plaza
Free to attend

Youth Singers head to downtown Calgary to share music and celebrate the end of an amazing 2021/22 season. Their singers have worked so hard this past year as they made their way back to in-person performances and have one more chance to show you their stuff before summer break!

Lilac Festival

June 5, 2022, 10:00am – 6:00pm
4th St. SW (between 13th Ave. & Elbow Dr.)
Free to explore

Each spring, this one-day event starts up Calgary’s vibrant festival season. It encourages citizens to shake off their winter blues and reintroduce themselves to the thriving creative community in our city. Enjoy this array of musical talent, artisan vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Young Entrepreneurs Business Fair

June 5, 2022, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Markin MacPhail Centre (151 Canada Olympic Dr. SW)
Free to explore

Shop at 110 Student Businesses at Canada’s largest youth business fair presented by the Financial Academy at North Point School. Businesses in past years have included products or services such as self-made handicrafts, cards, fine arts, fashion accessories, creative games, face painting, magic tricks, singing, or playing an instrument.

Classical Dance Party

June 5, 2022, 2:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Just in time for summer break, enjoy this engaging and accessible online concert hosted by puppets DJ Bunny and Mitchy, premiering on June 5 and remaining available for online viewing. Created by the Calgary Philharmonic in partnership Inside Out Theatre, this performance appeals to everyone who loves music and is designed to accommodate people with sensory concerns and autism spectrum disorders.

Story Writing with Children

June 5, 2022, 3:00pm
Stream online
Free to participate, registration required

ChatterBox Theatre Society invites all chatterboxes in Calgary and Okotoks between ages 5 and 12 to join their story writing team in a one-hour Zoom session to help build a story about isolation. Together you’ll decide the characters and the storyline and share thoughts, feelings, and personal experiences.

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