A render of Central Commons Park with people skating in the foreground
Celebrate the grand opening of Central Commons Park | Photo: Courtesy of University District

Free This Week

Ring in December with these free arts happenings

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There’s an avalanche of art in store as we head into December. Check out the AE West Artist Showcase, learn about Calgary’s Best Walks with author Lori Beattie, and explore winter markets galore!

All this and more in this week’s roundup of free arts events.

Mount Royal Kantorei Choir

November 30, 2022, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Mount Royal Kantorei offers a diverse and innovative choral experience and has been making exceptional choral music for 26 years. Catch them as part of the ProArts@Noon Concert Series!

Extravaganza Showcase

December 1, 2022, 8pm
King Eddy, National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE)
Free to attend, first-come first-served

Canada’s Music Incubator and the National Music Centre present AE West Artist Extravaganza Showcase, a live concert featuring 12 participating artists, each performing two songs.

Nature n’ Nurture — Artist Reception

December 2, 2022, 6 – 9pm
Framed on Fifth (1207 5th Ave. NW)
Free to attend

Framed on Fifth presents Jeweliyana Reece’s first solo show Nature ‘n Nurture, inspired by all the beautiful nature in our own backyard and featuring paintings and glass art.

Calgary’s Best Walks

December 3, 2022, 1 – 3pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free to attend

Talk to best-selling author Lori Beattie about her book Calgary’s Best Walks, then do one of the walks led by Lori herself. Bring your walking shoes and explore the beauty of Calgary on foot.

Winter Market

December 3 & 4, 2022,
500 Collective (500, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

500 Collective’s first annual Winter Market features locally made art and handicrafts by its tenants and 20 additional vendors. Head over to its space for live music, hot chocolate and much more!

Weihnachtsmarkt (Craft Market)

December 3 & 4, 2022, 11am – 4pm
Century Downs Racetrack and Casino (260 Century Downs Dr., Rocky View)
Free to explore, donations accepted

Check out the annual Weihnachtsmarkt Craft Market. Shop barns filled with hundreds of unique items created by local artisans and craft vendors while enjoying popular German street food and mulled wine.

Wildflower Art Salon & Sale

December 4, 2022, 10am – 4pm
Wildflower Arts Centre (3363 Spruce Dr. SW)
Free to explore

Wildflower’s artists are busy getting ready for the holiday season, creating art of all kinds. At the Salon, you will find paintings, fibre art, hand-pulled prints, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, drawing, glass work and more!

Central Commons Park Grand Opening

December 4, 2022, 1 – 5pm
Central Commons Park (4019 University Ave. NW)
Free to explore

Join University District for the official grand opening of Central Commons Park. The event includes skating performances, entertainment, complimentary hot cider and the U/D Night Market-Holiday Edition.

Sounds of the Season

December 6, 2022, 12 noon
Suncor Energy Centre (111 5th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra hits the road for a fun-filled holiday concert! Bring your friends and family for a festive lunchtime performance and enjoy the sounds of the season.

Have a free event that’s not listed? Email us at events@calgaryartsdevelopment.com or fill out this form.