Image of Calgary Opera's McPhee Artists
Don't miss this noon-hour concert by Calgary Opera's McPhee Artists | Photo: courtesy of ProArts Society

Free This Week

Cap off your October with these free finds

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  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

With workshops, concerts, art markets and more, there’s plenty of ways to get cozy and enjoy the arts as the weather shifts and October comes to a close. Check out what’s on for free this week!

Calgary Opera’s McPhee Artists

October 25, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Eight young professional singers from across Canada take the stage for a program that include selections from Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) and Don Pasquale, George Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, and Vittorio Giannini’s Beauty & The Beast.

Aging Gratefully

October 25, 2023, 7 – 8:30pm
Carya Village Commons (2nd floor, 610 8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Through 2020 to 2023, Storytelling Alberta’s StoryShare project helped Calgary and area seniors deepen their connection to community through sharing their stories. Join them for the final celebration with host Doreen Vanderstoop.

N@N – Dawn Saunders Dahl: Artist, Connector, Maker

October 26, 2023, 12 – 1pm
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (435 Campus Lane NW)
Free to attend

This Nickle@Noon presentation is about Dawn Saunders Dahl’s experiences developing public art projects, programs and events while maintaining a visual arts studio practice. Don’t miss it!

bFLUID: Showcase Event

October 26, 2023, 5 – 9pm
cSPACE Marda Loop (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Dress up, celebrate the arts and have some Halloween fun with cSPACE Marda Loop. Featuring music and dance performances from Springboard Performance and Fluid Fest, Spooky Prairie Shindig with Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society and more

Pumpkins & Picasso

October 27, 2023, 4 – 7pm
Canopy Studios (1723 9th St. SW)
Free to attend

Join Canopy Studios for some artsy family-friendly halloween fun! Check out a haunted house, scavenger hunt, Halloween-themed arts and crafts, local art, treats and a haunted happy hour for the adults.

Fine Art Show

October 27 & 28, 2023, 10am – 4pm
Strathcona Community Association (277 Strathcona Dr. SW)
Free to attend

State of Art YYC presents a fine art show featuring the work of several Calgary professional artists including original paintings, glasswork, pottery, jewelry and more!

Palette Fine Art Show & Sale

October 27 & 28, 2023, opening times vary
Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW)
Free to attend

The Palette art show and sale features paintings by over 65 local artists in a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, watercolour, pastel and mixed media. Buy your first piece of original art, add to your collection or browse for your own pleasure.

Passionate Painters Fall Art Show

October 28, 2023, 10am – 4pm
St Peter’s Church (Elbow Dr. & 75th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

The Passionate Painters Art Group features Calgary artists presenting a variety of styles and mediums. Make sure to check out their work at the group’s annual fall art show and sale!

Art Show & Sale

October 28, 2023, 12 – 8pm
Dessert Room, Carriage House Inn (9030 Macleod Tr. S)
Free to attend

From the Easel is a Calgary-based group of artists hosting a sale where you’ll find original pieces in oils, acrylics, watercolour, graphite and mixed media. Explore and find a piece of art that speaks to you!

Mayor’s Halloween Storytime

October 31, 2023, 10am 
Calgary Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to attend

Join Calgary Public Library and Mayor Jyoti Gondek for a thrilling and chilling Halloween Storytime at the Central Library. Get in the trick-or-treating spirit and wear your costume to enjoy Halloween-themed songs, rhymes and stories.

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