Image of dancers performing at Globalfest Groves
GlobalFest Groves returns with memorable multicultural performances | Photo: Courtesy of GlobalFest

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

Summer On 17th

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.

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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