A promo photo of Jiajia Li Li
Don't miss the Jiajia Li Chinese Music Ensemble at ProArts@Noon | Photo: Courtesy of ProArts Society

Free This Week

New month brings new lineup of free events to explore

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

A new week brings some serious change as September wraps up and October sees a bunch of new and free events to check out. From concerts to talks to art shows, get out of the house this week and explore these offerings.

Empty office, residential dream

September 29, 2021, 12:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Our urban core is where one can live, work and play… how can we ensure that access to living includes every Calgarian? A crucial part of creating an equitable city. join d.talks on a tour of an office building conversion called Sierra Place that will provide 92 units of affordable housing downtown.

GlobalFest Human Rights Forum

September 29, 2021, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join a conversation talking to people in Calgary who are invested in anti-racism work to learn what is being done, what are the challenges being faced, and discuss what strategies are working to navigate the current realities impacting everyone in our society. Register to take part.

Jiajia Li Chinese Music Ensemble

September 29, 2021, 12:10 – 1:00pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to watch

Mid-Autumn Festival is an important holiday celebrated by many East and Southeast Asian people. The moon, love, and family are the common themes during this time. Join flutist Jiajia Li and go on a Chinese musical journey!


September 29, 2021, 12:15 – 5:30pm
Various venues
Free to watch

ArtsXpeditions pop-up performances are continuing to bring music, dance, and performance art to community centres, parks, and even the occasional street corner throughout September! Connect with all of the amazing talent that our community has to offer—this week you can see the final performances at Olympic Plaza!

Gisela Romero Quartet

September 29, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free to watch, registration required

It’s Alberta Culture Days! Join the Calgary Public Library outside in the park for a beautiful evening of live music fusing contemporary jazz and diverse Latin influences! Rozsa Arts at the Library programs support artists and help make the arts accessible to all Calgarians.

CIFRS National Day of Truth & Reconciliation

September 30, 2021, 10:00am
Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Rd. SE)
Free to participate

Southcentre Mall and Colouring It Forward Reconciliation Society invite you to pay tribute to Canada’s newest federal statutory holiday, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, beginning with a blessing ceremony and a traditional performance.

Indigenous Writers’ Panel

September 30, 2021, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

UCalgary’s Office of Indigenous Engagement and the Calgary Public Library welcome Eden Robinson, Richard Van Camp and Lee Maracle to share their literature on intergenerational trauma, healing, and Indigenous resilience.

Monkey Beach

September 30, 2021, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

In recognition of Orange Shirt Day, the Calgary Public Library presents a film adaptation of the novel by Eden Robinson that explores the healing journey steeped in intergenerational trauma as the main character discovers deep connections with her ancestral world and spiritual beliefs.

Bring the Baby Art Tour & Tummy Time

October 1, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to participate, registration required

Parents, caregivers, and their babies are invited to join the Esker for a gentle baby-led conversational tour exploring some of the themes in their current exhibitions. Babies have a chance to enjoy some tummy time on Yvonne Mullock’s extraordinary interactive sensory blanket.

Stage Two Festival of New Canadian Work

October 2, 2021, 12:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Lunchbox Theatre’s Stage Two develops new plays selected from its recent Stage One Festival, culminating in a presentation to be streamed online for a digital audience. It’s the perfect way to ease back into live activity safely while developing artistic work for potential production. This week see the next step in the production of By The Book.

Riverview Artists Show & Sale

October 4 – 8, 2021, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Atco Park (5302 Forand St. SW)
Free to explore

The artists of the Riverview Artists Group invite you to view their latest exhibit of original paintings. Finding inspiration in a wide range of subjects, they express their ideas in a variety of styles and techniques. An artist will be in attendance each day, so be sure not to miss it!

The Market on Stephen Avenue

October 5, 2021, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Stephen Avenue (Between 1st St. & Centre St. SE)
Free to explore

Join Delisle Marketing and Events on Stephen Avenue for this local market then wander down the avenue for more from amazing local shops and restaurants. There is sure to be tons of vendors, music, food, and so much more.

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