Detail of Melanie Pope's Carl the Mimic, part of Ghost Stories YYC
See Melanie Pope's Carl the Mimic at Ghost Stories YYC's closing reception | Photo: Mathieu Martel

Free This Week

Check out receptions, concerts, readings, and so much more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

With a long weekend looming large, this week brings a mixed bag of arts goodies to check out. Although it is a little bit quieter with Thanksgiving, there’s still something for everyone including a bevvy of visual arts offerings and more.

ProArts Presents The Project

October 9, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

The Project is an acoustic blues and roots music trio featuring Wayne Corner, George Campbell, and Rick Lett playing old string music that has great stories and deep grooves. You are encouraged to sing along heartily at this lunchtime concert.

Xposed – Humans vs Planet Earth Opening Reception

October 10, 2019, 4:00 – 8:00pm
Knox Contemporary Gallery of Art (200 Barclay Parade SW)
Free admission

A juried exhibition depicting how humans have impacted our planet, check out this showcase from both local and international visual artists at the opening reception on October 10.

Benjamin Oswald Opening Reception

October 10, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Alberta Craft Gallery, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Benjamin Oswald’s ceramic sculptural work occurs within the blurred lines of art, design, and contemporary craft. Check out the show at its opening reception and chat with Benjamin while exploring his new collection of porcelain vessels.

flywheel Reading Series

October 10, 2019, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Pages on Kensington (1135 Kensington Rd. NW)
Free admission

Join filling Station for the next flywheel event. Featuring readings by Kate Flaherty, Laura Swart, Jacqueline Turner, Dora Dueck, and Su Croll, you won’t want to miss this night of awesome works.

Foothills Art Club Fall Art Show & Sale

October 12, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm
St. Andrews United Church (128 1st St. E, Cochrane)
Free admission

Find over 150 amazing original paintings on display and for sale at this annual show. Grab a new piece for yourself or a gift for someone special while enjoying live music by Marty Cochrane alongside refreshments.

Ghost Stories YYC Closing Reception

October 12, 2019, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery (2108 18th St. NW)
Free admission

Gather around the campfire one last time and listen to tales of ghosts and ghouls. Each of the artists has written a short story to go along with new work inspired by a ghost story, folk tale or urban legend. Come out for one last look at the unique gallery experience, this closing reception is the last chance to see all of the work and stories created by some of the top artists in Calgary.

Free Family Fun Day

October 14, 2019, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free admission, registration required

Wordfest is marking its third annual free family fun day with indoor and outdoor activities. Swing by to check out a dragon egg hunt for the kids, an enormous dragon egg for selfie-taking, face-painting, and a performance by Alex A., the creator of Super Agent Jon Le Bon and Mini-Jon’s Experiments. Game of Thrones cosplay is encouraged.