A photo of an astronaut on the Skipping Stone Bridge
Experience the perfect mash up of science, engineering and art at Beakerhead | Photo: Trevor Lalonde

Free This Week

Soak up the last of summer with these free finds

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

It’s an exciting week ahead when it comes to art with both fan-favourite festivals like Beakerhead and intriguing new entries like LobbyFest in store! Check them out alongside an array of markets, concerts and visual art.

Clicquot Trio

September 13, 2023,
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Performing music by two of the greatest jazz musicians, classical/jazz fusion ensemble Clicquot Trio pay tribute to Chick Corea and Bill Evans in this noon hour concert presented by ProArts Society.

Farmers & Makers Markets: Beltline & Sunalta

September 13 & 16, 2023
Central Memorial Park & Sunalta Community Association
Free to explore

Check out the Farmers & Makers Market at two locations this summer — Wednesdays at Central Memorial Park and Saturdays in the Sunalta neighbourhood. Each week, you’ll find local farmers and producers, ready-to-eat food, live music and their free, drop-in kids arts & culture program.


September 14, 2023, 12noon
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Join Arts Commons as it presents ArtsXpeditions, featuring a range of live music to energize your day. This week features Ivy Chi in partnership with the Immigrant Council for Art Innovation. 

Bridgeland-Riverside Farmers Market

September 14, 2023, 3:30 – 7:30pm
Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave. NE)
Free to attend

Check out this weekly outdoor farmers’ market featuring over 30 vendors, food trucks, live music and kids activities, along with the Locally Grown Concert Series featuring awesome local bands.

how to feel the weight of the moment — Opening Reception

September 14, 2023, 5 – 8pm
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free to attend

Centring issues related to mapping, imaging systems and ecological crisis, this exhibition brings together a selection of recent works. A number of participatory projects will also run parallel to the gallery exhibition.


September 14 – 17, 2023
Various venues
Free to attend

Experience Beakerhead as Calgary is transformed into a vibrant playground of interactive experiences, awe-inspiring installations and mind-bending performances. Check it out for the perfect mash up of science, engineering and art!

Community Festival

September 16, 2023, 12 – 3pm
Grace Baptist Church (2670 Radcliffe Dr. SE)
Free to attend

Join the Albert Park and Radisson Heights communities for their free 2023 Community Festival! Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy an afternoon of music, games, art, food, family activities, a market and more.

Freshly Pressed: Steamroller 2023

September 16, 2023, 12 – 3pm
Rick Rack Textiles (4704 Manhattan Rd. SE)
Free to attend

Alberta Printmakers invites you to experience the connection between printmaking and textile art on a large scale. There will be a hands-on fabric printing activity, a window gallery and an outdoor steamroller printing demonstration!

Transit Tuesdays

September 19, 2023, 4:30pm
Century Gardens (826 8th St. SW)
Free to attend

Make your commute a little more exciting! Drop by Century Gardens every Tuesday to take in some special local music. Enjoy the sun, frolic in the splash pool and have a dance if you’re feeling it!

Summer On 17th

Until September 23, 2023
Tomkins Park (17th Ave. & 8th St. SW)
Free to attend

From movies in the park to live bands, theatrical performances and more, the 17th Ave Business Improvement Area is pulling out all the stops to ensure this summer is epic. Visit the website for details.

Gotta Minute Film Festival

Until September 24, 2023
Various venues
Free to watch

The Gotta Minute Film Festival is a film festival like no other, screening one-minute silent short films in public spaces. Watch for cinematic gems on digital platform screens along the Calgary C-Train system and at participating Calgary Public Libraries.

Summer Songs on Stephen Ave

Until September 30, 2023
Stephen Ave (8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Enjoy live local music on Stephen Ave this summer, supported by the Calgary Downtown Association. Check out the Stagehand website for the full schedule as well as other free concerts around the city!

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