Kasie Campbell and Ginette Lund's Matrilineal Threads on display
Kasie Campbell and Ginette Lund's Matrilineal Threads | Photo: Courtesy of The New Gallery

Free This Week

Another busy week brings together receptions, concerts, walks, and more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

From concerts to receptions, pop-ups to services, launches to sales, this week gives you lots of chances to get out and explore Calgary’s arts community or observe Remembrance Day. We can’t wait to check out these free events.

ProArts Presents Coimbra Piano Duo

November 6, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

The Coimbra Duo made its international debut with orchestra in Coimbra, Portugal at the 2018 Coimbra World Piano Competition. Now you can see Lana Henchell and Carmen Morin perform live at this free lunch hour concert.

Free First Thursday Nights

November 7, 2019, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Since its launch in 2016, Free First Thursday Nights has provided access to over 56,000 visitors. November is your first chance to see the amazing new shows on display including the dynamic linocuts of Sybil Andrews, the textural delights of Gerald Ferguson, the multi-artist exhibition ExtraOrdinary Objects, and new work by Nicole Kelly Westman.

CAAF Connection 2019

November 7, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

The Calgary Allied Arts Foundation features residents from the past year exhibiting their work. Join in for the exhibition reception featuring work by Kaitlynn Copithorne, Anj Fermor, Jackie Huskisson, Nina Morris, Brittany Nickerson, and Tiffany Wollman. CAAF’s current artist resident, Chris Savage, is also hosting an open studio at the same time with artist talks starting at 7:00pm. Be sure to swing by.


November 7, 2019, 7:00 – 9:30pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

This book launch and reading celebrates the launch of Kaitlyn Purcell’s ʔbédayine, her Metatron Prize-winning debut novella. With readings from Purcell, Joshua Whitehead, and Trynne Delaney, don’t miss this fantastic evening.

Marjie Crop Eared Wolf

November 8, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)

Free admission, registration recommended

Using thousands of Blackfoot words transcribed from the Blackfoot Dictionary as well as an audio tape made by Marjie Crop Eared Wolf’s mother, Iitsi’poyi addresses cultural legacy and resilience by actively engaging in language preservation. Get an deeper appreciation of the piece by attending this artist talk.

Matrilineal Threads Opening Reception

November 8, 2019, 8:00 – 11:00pm
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)
Free admission

Consisting of large yarn sculptures and a crocheted bodysuit, Matrilineal Threads explores Kasie Campbell’s relationship with her late mother, Ginette Lund, and the ways in which women can relate to themselves respective of their mothers. Explore the show at its opening reception.

Heritage Weavers and Spinners Annual Fall Sale

November 8 & 9, 2019
Artpoint Gallery & Studios Society (1139 11th St. SE)
Free admission

Get to know the Heritage Weavers and Spinners at this annual fall sale. Featuring weaving, spinning, and fibre art, all made locally by group members, it is a great chance to pick up a unique gift and see demonstrations.

The Group Art Society Fall Show & Sale

November 9, 2019, 9:00am – 3:00pm
St. Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Enjoy a day of art with The Group Art Society and meet the artists to take in original paintings in a variety of mediums, sizes, and prices as well as a painting demonstration. Donations for the Calgary Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

Bowness Holiday Craft Fair

November 9, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Bowness Community Association (7904 43rd Ave. NW)
Free admission

Open to the public of all ages, this free event is a chance to check out what local Bownesian and Calgarian vendors have to offer. Grab some unique gift ideas for all your loved ones at this sale.

Alberta Potters’ Association Christmas Pottery Sale

November 9, 2019, 10:00am – 3:30pm
Bridgeland Riverside Community Centre (917 Centre Ave. NE)
Free admission

Christmas is right around the corner and the potters of the Alberta Potters’ Association are busy making! Swing by for a fantastic day of shopping, visiting, and holiday joy.


November 9, 2019, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Mona Lisa Art Salon (1518 7th St. SW)
Free admission

Local artists present fine art in a variety of mediums and themes, the festivities include live music, as well as Mehndi artist Shaleen Harjij with her beautiful henna designs. You can also check out a new gallery space, Mona Lisa Art Salon!

Unravelling Identities Opening Reception

November 9, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00pm
HUB @ 302 (302, 1235 26th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Diana Ohiozebau is a visual artist and currently in the MA program in history of art, design and visual culture at the University of Alberta. Explore the show at this reception and artist talk.

Airdrie Regional ARTS Society Winter Show & Sale

November 9 & 10, 2019
CrossIron Mills (261055 Crossiron Blvd., Rocky View)
Free admission

The Airdrie Regional ARTS Society is proud to present its winter show and sale featuring talented, local artists. All are welcome to come out and enjoy seeing the diverse talent and beautiful creations.

Christmas in the Country

November 9 & 10, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
Free admission

Pieces of fine craft and unframed artworks by local artists fill the museum and galleries of the historic Leighton home. Discover over 100 talented artists and find unique gifts for your loved ones at this sale’s second weekend.


November 10, 2019, 3:00 – 9:00pm
Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st St. SW)
Free admission

Celebrate all things Brazil including live music by Becky, Jansen and group, Banda Trama, Saulo’s band alongside dance shows, capoeira, kid’s entertainment, crafts, and so much more. The day is catered by Minas Brazilian Steakhouse!


November 10, 2019, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Throughout Inglewood & the Music Mile
Free admission

This free, family-friendly event takes participants to various venues throughout Inglewood and the Music Mile. Featuring a guided tour of all the afternoon’s music with ArtWalk With Art, venues include the Central Library, Revival Brewcade, High Line Brewing, and the Cold Garden Beverage Company.

Remembrance Day Service

November 11, 2019, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Join Fort Calgary on Remembrance Day for a special service featuring bagpipes, readings, and choral singers. Entrance is free with a non-perishable donation to the Veterans’ Food Bank.

War in Pieces

November 11, 2019, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free admission

Full of short, first-person stories, this pop-up gallery reveals the challenges and rewards of military life, the trauma of combat, the depth of the bonds among soldiers, and how the experience of war forever changes human perspective.

Marda Loop Justice Film Fest

November 12 – 17, 2019
Various venues
Free admission

This free festival is all about film with a social edge. Screenings include post-show discussions with local and international artists and experts, as well as opportunities to interact and connect with community.

Métis Week at the Library

November 12 – 17, 2019
Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission

Métis Week is an annual celebration of Métis people, their culture, and their contributions. Celebrate with live music, performances, children’s activities, genealogy programs, cultural workshops, and much more.