An example of Diane Colwell’s photography next to a picture of families creating in the Contemporary Kids program
Contemporary Kids returns with Painted Photographs, a look at Diane Colwell’s creations | Image: Courtesy of Contemporary Calgary

Free This Week

Expand your horizons with these upcoming events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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It’s the last full week of winter and it feels like spring weather is just around the corner—so inject some fun into your week and check out these awesome free events. We can’t wait to warm up around the fire at the Crescent Moon Party or create with the family at the next edition of Contemporary Kids!

ProArts Presents Harmony Guzheng Ensemble

March 13, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

The guzheng, also known as the Chinese zither or harp, is a traditional Chinese string instrument that has been around for more than 2,000 years. A Calgary based non-profit music organization for guzheng lovers, get to know the Harmony Guzheng Ensemble at this free lunch hour concert.

Emerging Artist’s Unleashed Reception

March 14, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Little Gallery, University of Calgary (604, 2975 University Way NW)
Free admission

Every year the Alberta Society of Artists gives an undergraduate student an opportunity to exhibit their work and gain valuable exhibition experience. Explore the show and meet the artist at this reception.


March 14, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

From the beautiful Alberta Foothills comes fibre artist Judy Sysak. Sysak processes raw sheep’s fleece by hand, kettle dyes the fibre, spins it into yarn, and weaves it into cloth on her Saori loom. This opening is your chance to see her work up close and meet the artist.


March 14, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

Join Arielle Twist for the launch of her debut poetry collection, Disintegrate/Dissociate, followed by a chat with author-artist-musician Vivek Shraya. Twist is a Nehiyaw, two-spirit, trans woman that is creating to reclaim and harness ancestral magic and memories.

Crescent Moon Party

March 15, 2019, 7:00 – 9:30pm
Crescent Heights (9th Ave. & Centre St. NE)
Free admission

An outdoor party under the moon, join the Crescent Heights Community Association for this second annual treat that includes music, art, fire, and dancing.

A poster for the Crescent Heights Community Associations' Crescent Moon Party

Ecstatic Dance with Marie-Claire O’Donoghue

March 15, 2019, 8:00 – 10:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration recommended

When was the last time you gave yourself permission to just dance without judgement, expectation, or wanting to look a certain way? Ecstatic Dance creates a setting for you to let go of your daily structured movement patterning, and let your body speak through dance. All ages and experience are levels welcome. Adult accompaniment required for children under 16. Be sure to dress appropriately to move.

Transforming Odds & Ends Reception

March 16, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00pm
HUB @ 302 (302, 1235 26th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Alberta Society of Artists’ Transforming Odds & Ends offers a reinterpretation of adornment and beautification against the definition of junk. Hear Audra Schoblocher share insight into this unexpected collection of wearable sculptures and collages at its reception.

One Heart, Five Habits

March 16, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

One Heart, Five Habits: A Cardiologist’s Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure Through Healthy Lifestyle Practices is a new book by Dr. Sayeh Zielke with Naomi K. Lewis set to launch at Shelf Life Books this March. Backed by carefully documented, evidence-based research, Zielke explains the importance of addressing hypertension and answers some of the questions that are asked by patients in her cardiology clinic.

Contemporary Kids: Painted Photographs

March 16, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free admission, registration required

This monthly program invites families to learn about contemporary art through unique and engaging art activities developed for children ages five to 12. Enjoy an engaging kid-friendly tour of Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta that focuses on the work of Diane Colwell followed by chance to paint with photography.

We Are Canadian

March 16, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Meeting Room 0-14, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission

Part of the Festival of Animated Objects, don’t miss this free screening of short films for family audiences. Curated by festival founder Xstine Cook, this captivating selection of new and classic National Film Board works use puppetry, stop-motion, and other methods to entertain all ages while celebrating the art of animating objects on screen.

Master Class for Families

March 17, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

Head to the Esker Foundation for an afternoon of family fun at the gallery and delve into new mediums with art projects that relate to the current exhibitions. This is an educational, energetic, hands-on program for kids ages five to 10. An adult is required to stay for the duration of the workshop and all materials are provided.