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Catch the opening of Teresa Tam's Good Job Arcade | Photo: Courtesy of TRUCK Contemporary Art

Free This Week

Don't let these free events pass you by!

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  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Immerse yourself in a whirlwind of artistic delights this week with the first of many summer markets, plus unique exhibition openings and a chapbook launch with local authors! Read our round-up of free arts events to get your planning started!

Brian Katz

May 24, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Brian Katz is celebrated for his instrumental mastery and evocative compositions, forging jazz, Jewish, classical and various world music influences into a very personal sound. Catch him live with special guests Allan Merovitz, voice, and Frank Rackow on woodwinds.

Farmers & Makers Market Beltline

May 24, 2023, 3 – 7pm
Central Memorial Park (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free to attend

The Farmers & Makers Market takes place among the beautiful gardens and water features of Central Memorial Park. Each week, you’ll find 45-plus local farms and producers, ready-to-eat food, live music and a free drop-in kids arts & culture program.

The District Night Market

May 25, 2023, 4 – 8pm
The District at Beltline (227 11th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Check out Marketspot’s first in a series of night markets with The District at Beltline. Experience delightful evenings filled with delicious food, live music, and a curated artisan market at The District at Beltline’s outdoor green space.

Good Job Arcade — Opening Reception

May 26, 2023, 7pm
TRUCK Contemporary Art (2009 10th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Good Job Arcade is a Teresa Tam-led project that utilizes work and play to explore themes of asynchronicity experienced by diaspora communities that form into nostalgia. Visitors can engage in all of their senses, with many little treasures and moments to find.

SPOTLIGHT: Summer Florals by Margaret Hall — Opening Reception

May 27, 2023, 2 – 4pm
Alberta Craft Gallery & Shop, cSPACE Marda Loop (2nd floor, 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

This collection of summer hats and headpieces by Margaret Hall highlights traditional millinery techniques in vintage and modern hat styles with a contemporary aesthetic. It also celebrate summer with its florals and colour palette of white and pinks and reds.

First Sound, Last Sound: Performance + Artist Talk & Tour with Mel O’Callaghan

May 27, 2023, 2 – 3:30pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend with registration

Join Esker Foundation for a performance of First sound, last sound, and an artist talk and tour with artist Mel O’Callaghan, as she discusses the works in her exhibition Pulse of the Planet.

Calgary Artists Studio Tour

May 26 – 28, 2023
Various venues
Free to attend

On this self-guided tour, meet Calgary’s emerging and established artists while you tour around the city at your own pace. All ages are welcome to learn about each artist’s process, view their work and ask as many questions as you’d like.

Chapbook Launch

May 27, 2023, 7pm
cSPACE Marda Loop (4th floor, 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Join Radical Bookshop and Press for the launch of three chapbooks by Alberta authors! Enjoy wine, snacks and readings from The Assistant by Josef Schabell, The Bachelors and Widows Christmas Party by Audrey J. Whitson and TACOSHOP22RL by Seth Rasporich.

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