Three women in red dresses
Join ProArts@Noon for a recital by Women on the Verge | Photo: Courtesy of ProArts

Free This Week

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Amy Jo Espetveidt

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From one month to another, this week brings a mix of free events that include concerts, workshops, talks, and more. It’s also the start of show and sale season, so there’s tons to do. Grab your calendar and start planning.

ProArts Presents Women on the Verge

October 31, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Formed in 2016 with the desire to tell the stories of women’s lives, Women on the Verge features American soprano Emily Martin alongside Canadian soprano Elizabeth McDonald and pianist Kathryn Tremills. This lunchtime recital—Expectations and Desires—includes music by Hugo Wolf, Henri Duparc, Richard Pearson Thomas, Logan Skelton, Robert Spillman, Roberta Aldridge, and up-and-coming Canadian composer Cecilia Livingston.

Mini Masters

November 1, 2018, 11:00 – 11:45am
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

Calling Calgary’s newest contemporaries! Join the Esker Foundation on the first Thursday of every month for a hands-on art class. Parents and guardians are invited to bring their little ones, ages two to five, to explore art making in this fun and social program. All are welcome to participate, just dress for mess.

Open House & Community Consultation

November 1, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)

Enjoy free admission, appies, and bevvies, plus childminding and children’s games, all while you tour the Loughheed House and share what you want to see here in the future. With its first revamp since it opened in 2005 looming, this is your chance to shape what’s to come.

Free First Thursday Night

November 1, 2018, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)

A great way to kick start November, head to Glenbow for this fantastic night out. Open late with free admission, be sure to swing by on the first Thursday of each month!

Opening Day & Family Fun Weekend

November 1 – 4, 2018
New Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)

Celebrate the new Central Library’s opening day and join the Calgary Public Library for free activities, family storytimes, roving performers, tours of the new location, live music, giveaways, and more! You can even hop on Calgary Transit to get there for free on November 3.

Calgary Public Library's Opening Day & Family Fun Weekend

Bring the Baby Art Tour

November 2, 2018, 12:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

A relaxed, social tour, bring your baby to the Esker Foundation and have tot-friendly fun while discussing the exhibitions.

The City as Dream or The Poet as City Planner

November 2, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE)
Free, registration required

A free keynote lecture by Alberto Manguel as part of the Western Humanities Alliance 2018 Conference on Spectral Cities, explore the human ability of bringing to life places that claim a presence in the world, both in our minds and imaginations. This talk looks at the cities of Utopia and Macondo, Oz and Eldorado—cities which are always present, though no official atlas will show their true location.


November 2, 2018, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Theatre Calgary Rehearsal Hall, Arts Commons (220 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

Theatre Calgary’s TC OUT LOUD continues with three new pieces from local writers, read by local actors, alongside a new work by an established playwright. This month’s featured writer is Cheryl Foggo so don’t miss this low-key evening celebrating new work and Calgary’s fantastic community of artists. RSVP to

NBS Sharing Dance Tour

November 3, 2018, 10:00 – 12:00pm
Wildflower Arts Centre (3363 Spruce Dr. SW)
Free, registration required

In partnership with Wildflower Arts Centre, Canada’s National Ballet School invites you to a day of creative movement in Calgary. With two workshops—Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors Class and the NBS Sharing Dance Family Workshop—and no dance experience needed, grab your dancing shoes and great ready to move.

Walking in Place

November 3, 2018, 5:00 – 6:00pm
Performance Hall, New Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free, registration required

An artist talk by Larissa Fassler, join the Calgary Institute for the Humanities for this free keynote lecture as part of the Western Humanities Alliance 2018 Conference on Spectral Cities. Fassler’s artistic practice reflects her interest in the architecture of cities and how places affect people—psychologically and physically. Hear Fassler share her thoughts, assumptions, and preconceptions about how a place and its inhabitants can be corrected through personal observation.

Christmas in the Country Art Sale

November 3 & 4, 2018
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
Free admission

With two weekends of Christmas cheer in Alberta’s Foothills, find 1,000 pieces of fine craft and unframed artworks by local artists. It’s the perfect time for getting a head start on purchasing gifts and getting into the Christmas spirit.

A poster for Leighton Art Centre's Christmas in the Country Art Sale

Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild Fall Pottery Market

November 4, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Triwood Community Association Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW)
Free admission

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping and support the Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild at this annual market. Featuring a huge selection of unique, hand-made functional and decorative pottery at excellent prices, it’s arguably the largest pottery-only event in Western Canada.