A glass blowing demonstration at Firebrand Glass Studio
Visit the Firebrand Glass Studio during The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta | Photo: Amanda MacKay

Free This Week

December rolls in with these great, and free, events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

Out with the old and in with the new, this week brings lots of opportunities to check out Calgary’s arts community. From concerts to screenings to receptions, there’s sure to be something that piques your fancy.

Here’s what we’re checking out this week:

ProArts Presents MASS ENERGY Choral Concert

November 28, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

An annual audience favourite, this choral concert brings together several of Calgary’s oil patch choirs for both individual performances as well as a gigantic combined-choirs finale. Featuring the ConocoPhillips Choir, Repsol Choir, and TransCanada In Harmony choir, bring your singing voice and join in!

Lifelong Learners

November 28, 2018, 2:30 – 3:15pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Seniors are invited to join the Esker Foundation for a tour and discussion of the current exhibitions in a relaxed, social environment. Explore new ideas and engage creatively with arts and culture.

This is Our Moment

November 29, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)
Free admission

The Indefinite Arts Centre is Canada’s oldest and largest disability arts organization serving close to 300 artists with developmental and physical disabilities. Join CEO Jung-Suk (JS) Ryu to talk about the organization’s transformation towards becoming a nationally recognized arts centre, presented as part of Nickle at Noon.

Chamber Music

November 30, 2018, 12:00pm
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary (206 University Court NW)
Free admission

The Chamber Music Program at the University of Calgary offers a rich and varied experience for qualified performers, regardless of instrument. Hear a program of graduate and undergraduate performers during this lunch hour concert.

Date Night at Esker

November 30, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

Escape the winter chill and let Esker be your host for date night! Drawing inspiration from its current exhibitions, roll up your sleeves and create your own artwork while honing your creative skills.

The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta

December 1, 2018
Multiple locations
Free admission

Hit the road and check out this open studio event. The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta sees galleries and private studios located in the beautiful foothills of southern Alberta throw open their doors for open houses and special events.

Christmas Market Saturdays

December 1, 2018, 10:00am – 1:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

A special Christmas market version of its weekly farmers and makers market, head to cSPACE King Edward this holiday season to find tons of things for your wish list.

A poster for Christmas Market Saturdays at cSPACE King Edward

Christmas in Kensington

December 1, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Throughout Kensington
Free admission

Held in Kensington every Saturday until December 22, enjoy horse and wagon rides, visits with Santa, a petting zoo, hot chocolate, and more! A great opportunity to roam the neighbourhood and engage in some local holiday shopping, you can even take in holiday movies by donation at The Plaza Theatre.

Youth Works 2018

December 1, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
Free admission

Back for its fifth year, this exhibition showcases artwork by junior and senior high school students from the Alberta School of Fine Arts, Bishop Carroll High School, Central Memorial High School, Foundations for the Future Charter Academy, Holy Trinity Academy, and Sherwood School. Support these young artists and check out the opening reception.

Calgary Carol Festival

December 1 – 3, 2018
Knox United Church (506 4th St. SW)
Free admission with a donation for the Calgary Food Bank

Head to Knox United Church for three nights of carol singing from Calgary’s best choirs. Non-perishable food items or a cash donation for the Calgary Food Bank is welcomed for admission and seating is on a first-come first-served basis.

Wildflower Art Salon & Sale

December 2, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Wildflower Arts Centre (3363 Spruce Dr. SW)
Free admission

Its eighth annual holiday salon and sale, this one-day-only event showcases artwork created by the professionally trained, practicing instructors of the Wildflower Arts Centre. From ceramics and fibre arts to paintings and drawing there is something for everyone on your list. A portion of all sales go to support footprints Dance Project Society programs.

Women in Love

December 2, 2018, 3:00 – 6:00pm
Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission, registration required

Part of Calgary Cinematheque’s library screening series at the new Central Library, see Ken Russell’s audacious screen adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s scandalous novel Women In Love. This event includes a guided discussion on the cultural and artistic significance of the film prior to the screening.

SPARK Disability Art Festival

December 3 – 8, 2018
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Featuring juried exhibitions as well as public programs, the SPARK Disability Art Festival is Calgary’s largest and longest running arts festival for visual artists with disabilities. This year’s festival takes place throughout cSPACE King Edward.