An image of four brightly coloured artworks depicting kimonos
This free workshop for kids features an exhibition tour and pattern exploration | Photo: courtesy of Contemporary Calgary

Free This Week

Free art for you and the kiddos too!

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

The coming week has lots of free arts on offer from artist talks to workshops to holiday markets. There’s something for you and the whole family in this week’s roundup!

Tour – Numismatic Collection Vault Tours

November 22, 2023, 12noon
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (435 Campus Lane NW)
Free to attend

Curator of Numismatics, Marina Fischer offers a rare behind-the-scenes tour of Nickle Galleries’ numismatic vault. Learn about how ancient coins are preserved and used to support teaching and learning at the University of Calgary.


November 22, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Sonabelles A Cappella is a high-energy, self-directed, all-female a cappella group. Join them as they kick off the holiday season with some Christmas classics showcasing mesmerizing harmonies in this ProArts@Noon concert!

Artist Talk w/ Mehdi Darvishi

November 22, 2023, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join Alberta Printmakers for a virtual artist talk with Mehdi Darvishi, who will discuss his current exhibition Centenary which features a series of large-scale mezzotint prints.

N@N – Kirstin Evenden: The National Trust for Canada

November 23, 2023, 12noon
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (435 Campus Lane NW)
Free to attend

Kirstin Evenden has been working in the field of heritage, museums and galleries for 30 years. Join her for this Nickle@Noon talk focused on the topic of empowering Canadians to save historic places that matter.

Body Talk

November 23, 2023, 6 – 7pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Join Esker Foundation curators Elizabeth Diggon, Naomi Potter and Shauna Thompson for a conversational tour of the fall exhibitions: Care and Wear: Bodies Crafted for Harm and Healing, and Like everything alive that we try to hold forever.

Bring the Baby Art Tour

November 24, 2023, 12 – 1pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Parents, caregivers and their babies are invited to join Esker Foundation for this gentle baby-led conversational tour where they explore their current exhibitions, followed by tummy time on artist Yvonne Mullock’s extraordinary interactive sensory blanket.

Festival of Ideas

November 24 & 25, 2023
Online & in-person at cSPACE Marda Loop (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Select events are free to attend

Join W.P. Puppet Theatre for the 12th iteration of the Festival of Ideas, an annual conference that explores the theory and practice of how puppet power promotes and impacts positive social change.

Annual Fall Show & Sale

November 25, 2023, 10am – 4pm
Calgary Grace Lutheran Church (3610 Sarcee Rd. SW)
Free to explore

The Calgary Creative Arts Guild is hosting its annual fall show and sale featuring original works from over 30 local artists. There will be a door prize. Admission and parking is free! Cash donations to the Veteran’s Food Bank gratefully accepted.

Christmas Market and Artisan Fair

November 25, 2023, 10:30am – 5pm
Shepard Community Hall (10800 84th St. SE)
Free to explore

This Christmas Market and Artisan Fair is sure to have something for everyone with up to 40 various vendors, concession and cafe seating plus a visit from Santa.

The Holiday Market

November 26, 2023, 11am – 4pm
Deerfoot Inn & Casino (Suite 1000, 11500 35th St. SE)
Free to explore

The Holiday Market at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino is back for its third year. You will find up to 60 vendors offering everything you may need for hosting, planning or gifting!

Blox Holiday Market

November 26, 2023, 11am – 4pm
The BLOX Arts Centre (625 11th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

This exciting event at a newly established arts space promises a delightful Sunday afternoon. With over 30 curated vendors, the market showcases a diverse array of original crafts, arts and gifts, offering a unique shopping experience.

Contemporary Kids: Colours, Patterns, and Wearable

November 26, 2023, 10am – 12noon
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free to participate, RSVP required

Join Contemporary Calgary for an exhibition tour and pattern exploration inspired by the work of Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins as part Contemporary Calgary’s free onsite Contemporary Kids program.

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