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Free This Week

Free arts to start off your May

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

The first week of May not only brings good weather but a chance to check out Calgary’s arts scene with live music and visual arts, plus plenty of art sales to get your Mother’s Day shopping on!

MRU Conservatory Students

May 3, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

The Proarts@Noon Concert Series present students from the academy and advanced performance program at Mount Royal University Conservatory. The program includes the passionate and melancholic Brahms horn trio as well as solo performances.

Cinco de Mayo Showcase

May 3, 2023, 5 – 9pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Mark your calendars for the cSPACE’s Cinco de Mayo showcase event! This one is gonna be a real margarita-shaker with themed cocktails at the cash bar, some of the best in local live music, and games and activities for the whole family.

Spring Smalls Exhibition — Opening Reception

May 4, 2023, 5 – 8pm
500 Collective (Suite #500, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Join 500 Collective as they features 20 artists exhibiting their work, with over 60 paintings and prints for sale. Whether you’re an art lover looking to add a piece to your collection, or are simply hoping to browse, swing by and say hello!

An Evening with Animators Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis

May 4, 2023, 7pm
The Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

The UCalgary Department of Film and Media Studies, along with Calgary Cinematheque, invites you to hear from Oscar-nominated and Palme-d’Or-winning filmmakers Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis about the creative process behind their longtime collaboration and latest film, The Flying Sailor.

Art Show and Sale

May 6, 2023, 10am – 7pm
Chestermere Recreation Centre (201 West Chestermere Dr.)
Free to explore

The Chestermere Fine Art Guild presents its spring Art Show & Sale with featured artist Lorraine Everett and many other local artists. Browse original prints, paintings, drawings and much more just in time for Mother’s Day.

Artisan Show and Sale

May 6, 2023, 10am – 4pm
Shaganappi Community Association (2516 14th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Looking for special handmade items? Shop for Mother’s Day at this sale hosted by four local vendors: Szabo Glass Creations, Wilder Soap Company, Suzanne Harcsa Middleton and T Topi!

Form(ed) reception

May 6, 2023, 2 – 4pm
Alberta Craft Gallery & Shop, cSPACE King Edward (280, 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Carissa Baktay’s Form(ed) presents a series of O.O.U.U.’s (Objects Of Unidentified Uses) exploring memory, body and femininity. Attend the opening reception and learn how these mixed material sculptures come to life through intuitive process and intimate performative acts.

15th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Dance Party

May 6, 2023
Dickens Pub (1000 9th Ave. SW)
No cover

Dickens is marking 15 years of live music, dance parties, drag shows, burlesque showcases, trivia nights, poetry slams, board game days and silly movie screenings. Celebrate with them at one big dance party!

Who Made You The Judge?

May 6 & 7, 2023, 12 – 5pm
Nvrlnd Boutique (1048 21st Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Who Made You The Judge is a social justice exhibition focusing on people facing judgement and inequity within society. The Calgary-based artist XOX Unknown presents a diverse array of portraits painted on collages of descriptive words unique to each person’s characteristics accompanied by their stories.

Spring Pottery Sale

May 7, 2023, 10am – 4pm
Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Fairview Studios is excited present its spring pottery sale featuring over 55 artists selling their pieces. This is a great opportunity to pick up the perfect gifts for Mother’s or Father’s Day.

Dave’s Big Art Show

May 7, 2023, 10am – 5pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Head over to the cSPACE Projects for the return of Dave’s Big Art Show with more than a dozen local artists showcasing and selling their art. Search for that unique handmade gift or piece of art that you’ve been looking for!

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