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Free This Week

Dig in for the long weekend with these fantastic events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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With the first long weekend of the summer looming large, if you’re staying in town be sure to check out these free events. There’s a chance to dive into Poetrology, Canada Day celebrations, Sunnyside Salsa Wednesdays, and so much more, so you have no reason to stay home. Here’s what we’re hitting up:

ProArts Presents Phyllis Wheaton Duo

June 27, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

With a powerful voice and persuasive lyrics, Phyllis Wheaton is a Canadian-born singer/songwriter whose works reflect her many adventures in this country and abroad. Writing from a place of experience, she sings folk, blues, country, and Celtic songs at this free lunch hour concert.

Lifelong Learners

June 27, 2018, 2:30 – 3:15pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Seniors are invited to join the Esker Foundation for a tour and discussion of the current exhibitions in a relaxed, social environment. Explore new ideas and engage creatively with arts and culture.

REASSURANCE… Community Celebration

June 27, 2018, 3:00 – 6:00pm
Sheldon Chumir Health Centre (1213 4th St. SW)
Free, all welcome

As a public artwork Recognition…Validation…Reassurance… takes the form of a social practice art project. Created by community participants for community benefit, the content addresses mental wellness and is devised and led by artist Dick Averns. Reassurance… is based on the premise that mental health is about self-expression but is often invisible. Presented along a city block in the downtown core, this 24/7 installation features nearly 200 artworks generated through free community workshops and you can swing by the community celebration this week.

Invite for REASSURANCE… Community Celebration

Sunnyside Salsa Wednesdays

June 27, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
containR Art Park (1020 2nd Ave. NW)

Running throughout the summer, join Free Spirit Dance and Studio Creole as they bring a tropical mix of salsa, timba, samba, and more to your midweek.

Canada Day Carnival

June 29, 2018, 3:00 – 7:00pm
Robert McClure United Church (5510 26th Ave. NE)

Robert McClure Farmers’ Market offers a fresh take on Canada Day with this carnival celebration. For only 25 cents per game, market-goers of all ages can participate in family-friendly Canada Day-themed activities including Canadian I Spy, ring toss, a temporary tattoo station, water balloon toss, a Polaroid photo booth, tin can toss, and more.


June 29 & 30, 2018
Memorial Park Library, 1221 2nd St. SW
Free, registration required

Poetic experiences that stimulate the community into their own creativity, join Calgary Poet Laureate Sheri-D Wilson for Poetrology. The space brings poets and creators together to produce an unforgettable experience and a chance to interact with poetry in unique ways and leave you feeling inspired.

Canada Day

July 1, 2018
Multiple venues

Don’t miss Canada’s 151st birthday celebrations taking place across downtown. The City of Calgary has partnered with tons of local organizations to plan a day full of fun, family-friendly, and free events including music, dance, art, and culture offerings. The Indigenous Showcase returns to Prince’s Island Park, there’s a street fair in the East Village, and you can check out the One City, One Voice community sing-a-long at the Riverfront Stage.

Sunnyside Open Stage Tuesdays

July 3, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm
containR Art Park (1020 2nd Ave. NW)

Every Tuesday throughout the summer, head to #SOSTuesdays for the Sunnyside Open Stage hosted by Eugene Saunders and guests! Swing by to support local talent or share something yourself.

Experience Alberta

July 3, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Travel through Alberta with three Stonehouse authors—this is your chance to hit the road without leaving town. Escape to Waterton where mystery abounds and historical events collide with the peaceful solitude of the village with D.K Stone and The Edge of Wild and the Dark Divide. Explore summer outdoor pools and more with Lisa Murphy Lamb and Jesus on The Dashboard. Travel north and west, a little faster than in 1905 with Pam Clark and Kalyna. It’s a literary vacation.