Youth Singers members perform in Olympic Plaza
Join the Youth Singers of Calgary for one of two free concerts this Saturday | Photo: Courtesy of the Youth Singers of Calgary

Free This Week

Turn the calendar page and check out these awesome events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Can you believe it’s almost June? We can’t, that’s for sure. But even with time flying by, you can always take a moment or two for yourself. Be sure to make the most of the week by checking out these free events.

ProArts Presents Irish Cultural Society Choir of Calgary

May 29, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

Celebrating its 25th year, the Irish Cultural Society of Calgary Choir is still enthusiastically singing away, bringing joy everywhere they go with Celtic and Canadian songs. Along with outstanding musicians, strong leadership, and a welcoming manner, get to know this group during this free lunch hour concert.

Brutal Visions: Open House. Open Conversation.

May 30, 2019, 5:30 – 9:00pm
Contemporary Calgary, Centennial Planetarium (701 11th St. SW)
Free admission, registration required

Join Contemporary Calgary for its second installment of Open House. Open Conversation. This event features a panel discussion examining the enduring significance of brutalist architecture and a chance to learn more about the history of the Centennial Planetarium while exploring three temporary exhibitions.

Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work

May 31, 2019, 6:00pm
Lunchbox Theatre (160, 115 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

See a series of staged readings and new works at this annual offering from Lunchbox Theatre. This week you can catch Alysha Mohamed’s My Hands Were Made for This.

Exhibitions Launch

May 31, 2019, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Join the Esker Foundation and celebrate the launch of its new exhibitions— ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ Among All These Tundras and CHANNEL 51: IGLOOLIK – Celebrating 30 Years of Inuit Video Art—including a performance of siku/siku by Allison Akootchook Warden. All are welcome.

Artist Reception

May 31, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Meet and mingle with local artists, curators, and art lovers alike, this is your chance to celebrate Arts Commons’ current visual and media artists while having a deeper conversation about contemporary art.

Downtown Live

June 1, 2019, 11:00am & 2:30pm
Various venues
Free admission

Join the Youth Singers of Calgary for an afternoon of live entertainment. Featuring highlights from Come Alive, its spring mainstage production, this free event is prefect for the whole family.

Rhubarb Fest YYC

June 1, 2019, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Southwood Community Hall (11 Sackville Dr. SW)
Free admission

This family-friendly festival located in Southwood reaches out to all surrounding communities to join in on the fun! There is something for everyone at this little gathering including live music, a petting zoo, and much more.

Exhibition Tour & Talk

June 1, 2019, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration recommended

Join the Esker Foundation for a tour with Among All These Tundras artists Kablusiak, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Barry Pottle, Inuuteq Storch, and Couzyn van Heuvelen as they discuss their work in the exhibition.

Clothesline Festival & Art Sale

June 1 & 2, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. W)
Free admission

Enjoy the 80-acre historic Leighton property with many family-friendly activities including live music, artist demonstrations, children’s art activities, face painting, and local food vendors. Admission is free all weekend.

Empathy Week

June 1 – 7, 2019
Multiple locations
Most events are free

A festival of events that promote empathy, human connection, and recognition of our shared humanity, Empathy Week is curated by Humainologie and is a community initiative with partner organizations and individuals coming together.

4th Street Lilac Festival

June 2, 2019, 10:00am – 6:00pm
4th St. SW (Between 13th Ave & Elbow Dr.)
Free admission

Each spring, thousands of attendees enjoy this array of musical talent, artisan vendors, live entertainment, and much more. With over 500 vendors, there’s something that will interest everyone at this Calgary springtime staple. It also marks the unofficial start of Calgary’s busy festival season.