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The Garden of a Former House Turned Museum | Photo: courtesy of Esker Foundation

Free This Week

Fill the final days of summer with these arts events

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Whether you choose to tour artist studios in Inglewood and Ramsay, hit up a block party in University District, or attend an Alberta Culture Days celebration, this week brings a whole swath of free arts events ranging from live concerts to literary celebrations!

L’entretien des Muses

September 14, 2022, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

From raging fire to pouring rain, thunderstorms to sunshine, whimsical glee to solemn introspection, the muses have gathered. Join harpsichordist Justin Luchinski and violinist Sarah Bleile Douglass for a noon-hour concert presented by ProArts Society with works by Biber, Scarlatti, Bach and Rameau.

Curatorial Tour

September 15, 2022, 6 – 7pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Join Curator Shauna Thompson for a tour of Esker Foundation’s current exhibitions: Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau’s The Garden of a Former House Turned Museum, Gailan Ngan’s From the Studio Floor and Robin Arseneault’s Falling Off The Log.


September 15, 2022, 12:30 – 1:30pm & 4:30 – 5:30pm
Olympic Plaza (215 8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

The 2022 season of ArtsXpeditions has been bringing live concerts and performances that span genres and ages to communities around Calgary all summer long. Set to wrap up on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, make sure to check out the final month of performances at Olympic Plaza!

The New New Society: Ang Bagong Bagong Lipunan — Opening Reception

September 16, 2022, 7 – 9pm
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)
Free to attend

The New Gallery is pleased to present The New New Society: Ang Bagong Bagong Lipunan by Cris Mora, an exploration of the fragility of history. Through video, photography and installation, Mora investigates the history and plight of Filipino Overseas Foreign Workers (OFWs) migrating to Canada.

50th Anniversary Celebration

September 17, 2022, 11am – 4pm
Marlborough Mall (3800 Memorial Dr. NE)
Free to attend

Join Marlborough Mall’s 50th anniversary celebration with festivities that include: live music, cultural performances, face painting, Butterfield Acres petting zoo, Wheels for Wags Car and Motorcycle Show in support of BARCS Rescue, Dunk Tank and Cash Grab in support of Trellis Society, and more!

Play The Parks: Dragon Fli Empire & Uyemi

September 17, 2022, 11am – 4pm
Good Neighbour Historic Firehall Park (149 5 Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Presented by the TD Music Connected Series and curated by Canada’s Music Incubator, this week’s Play the Parks concert wraps up a trio musically and culturally diverse live shows at Calgary parks this summer.

East Side Studio Crawl

September 17, 2022, 11am – 5pm
Various Venues
Free to attend

Artists of Inglewood and Ramsay welcome you to the 19th annual East Side Studio Crawl, a celebration of creativity and community. Follow the red balloons to Artpoint, Burns Visual Arts Society, Heritage Weavers & Spinners, Nvrlnd, the New Blank, and Workshop Studios.

U/D Block Party

September 17, 2022, 11am – 5pm
North of the Alberta Children’s Hospital (4410 University Ave. NW)
Free to explore

Over the past year, the University District community has grown to include new residents and retailers, and has seen a buzz of activity. With so many new changes, the U/D Block Party offers up the perfect opportunity to explore everything the neighbourhood has to offer.

Discover Square Dancing

September 17, 2022, 7:30pm
McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca St. SE)
Free to participate

Square dancing is just walking to music! Go and try it at this introductory dance party hosted by the Calgary & District Square & Round Dancers Association. No partner is necessary, and an experienced caller leads you through the basic steps. Wear some comfy shoes!

Gotta Minute Film Festival

Until September 18, 2022
Various venues
Free to watch

This year, the 30 selected silent short films in this festival will be shown on Pattison Onestop screens in places like the Calgary C-train, Calgary Public Library locations and more!

Off the Shelf

September 19, 2022
cSpace King Edward (4th floor, 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Join the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society as they celebrate five Calgary authors and their pandemic-launched books. Lori Hahnel, Barb Howard, Sophie Stocking, Doreen Vanderstoop and Barbara Miller Biles read short excerpts from their work at this in-person event that includes a Q&A.

Alberta Culture Days

Until September 30, 2022
Various venues
Free to attend

Alberta Culture Days is an opportunity to discover, experience and celebrate arts and culture through events and activities — indoors and outdoors, in person and online, in Calgary and across the province. Find out what’s happening near you!

Have a free event that’s not listed? Email us at events@calgaryartsdevelopment.com or fill out this form.