Event Directory Search for upcoming events Picks and Previews Plan ahead to check out these not-to-be-missed events All Theatre Dance Music Film & Media Visual Art Literary Festival Promotion Free Free GlobalFest Groves returns with memorable multicultural performances | Photo: Courtesy of GlobalFest June 21, 2023 Free This Week Ring in summer with these free events Haider Ali Location Various Venues Price Free Summer is officially here and there are a number of ways to kick it off including browsing a market, catching some live music or attending a pow wow. Get the primer on all of the free happenings with this week’s roundup! Good Story June 21, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE) Free to attend When you get the gift of a good story, you don’t waste it, you share it. Good Story is a new Indigenous opera by Robert Hunter. Catch excerpts at this song salon featuring the talents of pianist and organist Ethan Hill, and soprano Lauren Woods. facebook.com Crescent Heights Night Market Fest June 21, 2023, 4:30 – 9:30pm (Centre St. N & 16th Ave. NE) Free to explore There’s a new and exciting market coming to Crescent Heights. Head over on alternating Wednesday evenings and find your new favourites and support local small businesses. Free admission for all ages. eventbrite.ca Artist in Residency Exhibit June 21, 2023, 4:30 – 9:30pm Fuse33 Makerspace (1720 Radisson Dr. SE) Free to attend Celebrate the closing of IAACC’s Spring Artist in Residency Art Exhibit! Join them for an evening of art, refreshments and interaction. The artists will chat about their experience and their masterpieces, and tours of Fuse33 Makerspace are available. facebook.com Farmers & Makers Markets: Beltline & Sunalta June 21 & 24, 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. farmersmakersmarket.ca Bridgeland-Riverside Farmers Market June 22, 2023, 3:30 – 7:30pm Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave. NE) Free to attend, RSVP required 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. brcacalgary.org The Blackfoot Chief, the Movie Cowboy & the Making of The Calgary Stampede June 22, 2023, 6:30pm Taylor Digital Library, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW) Free to attend, RSVP required UCalgary Libraries and Cultural Resources invites you to a screening of The Calgary Stampede with a pre-movie talk by Mary Graham, author of A Stunning Backdrop: Alberta in the Movies, 1917-1960. eventbrite.ca Tour! Indigenous Art in the TFDL with Kaia MacLeod June 23, 2023, 11am Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (435 Campus Lane NW) Free to attend, registration required Join librarian Kaia MacLeod for an intimate tour of the recently acquired collection of art by Treaty 7 artists installed on each floor of UCalgary’s Taylor Family Digital Library. nickle.ucalgary.ca Bring the Baby Art Tour June 23, 2023, 12 – 1pm Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to attend, registration required Parents, caregivers and their babies are invited to join Esker Foundation for this gentle baby-led conversational tour of its current exhibitions followed by tummy time on artist Yvonne Mullock’s extraordinary interactive sensory blankets, created especially for babies to explore and enjoy. eventbrite.ca Indigenous Artisan Market June 23 & 24, 2023, 10am – 8pm Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Rd. SE) Free to attend Visit this Indigenous Artisan Market, organized by Authentically Indigenous in celebration of Indigenous culture while supporting local businesses. The two-day event showcases 12 unique vendors, including Southcentre’s Manitobah. southcentremall.com F is for Fem June 23 – 25, 2023 Alberta Hotel Building (808 1st St. SW) Free to explore F is for Fem features the work of Fem Assembly’s artists created over a six-month period during which the artists gathered for monthly critiques that helped develop a cohesive body of work. Check out their opening reception and zine launch! facebook.com Family Day & Pow Wow June 24, 2023, 9am – 5pm Enmax Park, Stampede Grounds (Elbow River Pathway & MacDonald Ave. SE) Free to attend Don’t miss the annual Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary’s Family Day and Pow Wow! Join in a fun-filled day featuring a pancake breakfast, children’s corner, Indigenous arts and crafts, exhibitions and, of course, a traditional pow-wow! facebook.com First Sound, Last Sound June 24, 2023, 2 – 2:30pm 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. eskerfoundation.com Night Markets at Heritage Park June 24, 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! heritagepark.ca GlobalFest Groves June 25, 2023, 9am – 5pm Trico LivingWell Park (Suite #100, 7711 Macleod Tr. SW) Free to attend GlobalFest is thrilled to return with the GlobalFest Groves pop-up event with partners Trico Homes and Kingsland Community Association. It promises to be a memorable summer experience featuring performers from Pakistan, India and more. globalfest.ca Summer On 17th Ongoing Tomkins Park (17th Ave. SW & 8th St. SW) Free to attend Summer On 17th is back along with all of your favourite events! 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. 17thave.ca Summer Songs on Stephen Ave Ongoing 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! stagehand.app Have a free event that’s not listed? 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