A photo of Alison Norlen’s Glimmer (Zeppelin)
Alison Norlen’s Glimmer (Zeppelin) can be found on the main floor of Calgary City Centre | Photo: Courtesy of Art and the City

Free This Week

The calendar is bursting at the seams with all these great events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

A huge week in Calgary’s arts community, it brings dozens of free offerings thanks to The City of Calgary, Calgary ArtWalk, Beakerhead, and many more. So, grab your calendar and start planning—it’s going to be a busy one!

ProArts Presents Trinity Winds Trio

September 18, 2019, 12:00 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

Trinity Winds Trio exists purely to perform for the enjoyment of both its musicians and for the audience in an effort to expose them to quality small ensemble experiences. See them at this free lunch hour concert.

Book Club & Meet the Author

September 18, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Alliance Francaise Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (350, 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

This is your chance to discuss this new French book with the author. Read Les étoiles brilleront dimanche by Benjamin Coissard and register to take part.

Ian Blurton

September 18, 2019, 7:00pm
King Eddy, National Music Centre (438 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Ian Blurton wraps up his National Music Centre residency with a free show which will be recorded using the Rolling Stones Mobile. The performance is first come, first served, and subject to capacity. Don’t miss it!

Single Onion #161

September 19, 2019, 7:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

The Single Onion kicks off its season with four great poets—Clara Joseph, Stuart Ian McKay, Peter Midgley, and Josh Smith. This night of local poetry takes place the third Thursday of the month, nine times a year, so mark your calendars!

PARK(ing) Day

September 20, 2019, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Various venues
Free admission

Artists, designers, and citizens have collaborated to transform 20 on-street parking stalls into creative people spaces for the day. These designs will spark your imaginations on what public space can be when it’s not parking. Explore the interactive exhibits and vote on your favourite one!

YYC Climate Parade & Expo

September 20, 2019, 3:00 – 6:00pm
Municipal Plaza (800 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free admission

Calgarians are gathering together to call for climate action, celebrate Alberta innovation in the green economy, and showcase to Canada and the world that Calgarians are committed to supporting youth action on climate change. The day includes live music, an expo, a parade, and a protest.


September 20, 2019, 5:00pm
The Pioneer Gallery (117 8th Ave. SW)
Free admission

How can downtown alleys be converted from uninhabitable service corridors into viable amenityscapes for the public and downtown businesses? Join the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the unveiling of the Green Alley Project, ground zero for the weekend’s events, where the new GAP installations, sketch crawl gallery display, new BUMP murals, and the AATC art walk collide. The event is free and open to the public.

Spectral Illuminations IV

September 20, 2019, 8:00 – 11:00pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free admission

Illuminating Memorial Park Library with the art of projection mapping, site-specific projections, see the pieces light up and animate surfaces throughout the building, interpreting the amazing history of the first library in Alberta. Co-presented with the Calgary Public Library as part of Beakerhead, don’t miss this amazing evening from EMMEDIA.

Community Fall Fair

September 21, 2019, 10:00am –3:00pm
ENMAX Park (Elbow River Pathway & MacDonald Ave. SE)

Enjoy a day of fall festivities with the Calgary Stampede. The day includes a free pumpkin spice pancake breakfast, arts and crafts for the whole family, live entertainment, and a market featuring local produce and handmade goods.

East Side Studio Crawl

September 21, 2019, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Various venues
Free admission

Walk, cycle or crawl to participating studios spread over six locations—Burns Visual Arts Society, Artpoint, Heritage Weavers, Jeff de Boer, Workshop Studios, and NVRLND. Meet an eclectic group of creators that paint, sculpt, work with metals, textiles, ceramics, and more.

Calgary ArtWalk

September 21 & 22, 2019
Various venues
Free admission

This is a free annual festival designed for all Calgarians to experience the wide-range of visual art in Calgary. Whether you are familiar with or brand new to Calgary’s art scene, walk, ride, or hop to venues across the city to take in artist talks and tours, exhibitions, workshops, and more.

Sharon Wood

September 22, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

Join Shelf Life Books for an afternoon with Sharon Wood, author of Rising: Becoming the First Canadian Woman to Summit Everest. In it Wood investigates life in Everest’s long shadow and how she ultimately found her place in the world.