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Free This Week

Fall into autumn with these exciting arts events

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

It’s officially autumn, but the slight chill in the air isn’t just the seasons changing — it’s the really cool free events happening this week. From live music concerts to an astonishing mash-up of art and science, you’ll definitely want to get out there!

Allen Reiser

September 21, 2022, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

ProArts@Noon Concert Series presents pianist Allen Reiser for a program of French piano music that centres on French composers inextricably linked with Paris. Bring your croissants and your Perrier, and indulge yourself in the musical ambiance of lunch in Paris!

Open Air Performance

September 22, 2022, 12 – 1:30pm
Confluence Plaza, St. Patrick’s Island (1300 12 St. NE)
Free to attend

Join the Calgary Public Library and Rozsa Arts Foundation for a free open-air musical performance on St. Patrick’s Island, featuring performances from Justine Giles and Cam Buie. This event is open to all ages!


September 22, 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. Make sure to check out the final month of performances at Olympic Plaza before it wraps up with an event commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Gailan Ngan in Conversation

September 22, 2022, 6 – 7pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

In this online talk, artist Gailan Ngan speaks with Curator Naomi Potter about her creative practice and her current Esker Foundation exhibition, From The Studio Floor, which features hand-built and cast ceramic sculptures that broadly explore shape, surface treatment and colour.

A Cultural Trilogy

September 23 – 25, 2022, 5:30 – 8pm
The GRAND (608 1st St. SW)
Free to attend, donations accepted

A Cultural Trilogy is a fictional cultural expression/production from Ethnik Festivals with three days of distinct events with parallel enactments in music, dance and play. Be taken on a creative exposé through three layers of artistic expression!


September 23 – 25, 2022
TELUS Spark & Century Gardens Park
Free to attend

Get ready to experience the best mash-up, smash-up of science, technology, engineering, art and math your senses can witness. Experience human-powered mech, creativity and ingenuity with Hack the House, science mixed with rap, a makers’ fair, food, fun, reading, creating, wonder and so much more.

Embracing our Imperfect Bodies

September 24, 2022, 11am
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to participate, registration required

Yoga and movement specialist Sharon Cavanagh leads participants in a chair yoga experience inspired by and surrounded by sculptures and drawings featured in Robin Arseneault’s exhibition, Falling Off the Log, at Esker Foundation.

Pop-Up Show & Sale

September 24, 2022, 10am – 4pm
Salvation Army, Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre (1731 29th St. SW)
Free to explore

Sponsored by Frame for Less and Destination Art, The Calgary Creative Arts Guild is hosting a bonus pop-up show and sale featuring original works from over 20 local artists. Admission and parking are free, and artists will be in attendance

Leaf it to Us

September 24 & 25, 2022, 12 – 9pm
Century Gardens Park (826 8th St. SW)
Free to explore

RISE UP Downtown Vibrancy Program presents, Leaf it to Us, a collaborative temporary public sculpture by Sinéad Ludwig-Burges that is dependent on the community’s participation in combining science and nature through an interactive visual display.

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!

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