A lineup outside the Globe Cinema
The lineup for last year’s Trailer Party | Photo: Courtesy of the Calgary International Film Festival

Free This Week

A busy season kicks off with a fantastic lineup of free events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and have some fun! From Honens’ annual Open Air concert to the Calgary International Film Festival’s Trailer Party, this week brings tons of September favourites.

ProArts Presents Echéa String Quartet

September 4, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

The Echéa Quartet is a London-based string quartet formed in 2017 at the Royal Academy of Music. They have recently been awarded the role as the academy’s Fellowship String Quartet and you can see them at this free lunch hour concert.

Free First Thursday Night

September 5, 2019, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)

The perfect chance to explore current exhibits—including Nick Cave: Feat.—before they close later this month, don’t miss September’s Free First Thursday Night at Glenbow.

Trailer Party

September 5, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)
Free admission, registration recommended

Sit back, relax, and enjoy back-to-back trailers for every film being shown at this year’s Calgary International Film Festival. This free fan favourite gives you a sneak-peek of all the available trailers for the 20th anniversary edition.

Off-Country Music Series

September 5 – 7, 2019
Various venues
Most shows are free

Celebrating all the music genres and styles that are inspired by similar storytelling tradition as country music, Off-Country Music Series runs during Country Music Week and showcases over 60 acts in 18 different venues along the Music Mile! Most shows are free so go explore.

176 Keys

September 6, 2019, 12:30pm
Stephen Avenue Walk (8th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Be a part of the energy as Stephen Avenue comes to life when four internationally renowned pianists and join Honens for performances of J.S. Bach, Brahms, Copland, Rachmaninov, and more.

Shaping Alberta

September 6, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (1415 14th Ave. NW)
Free admission

Presented in partnership with CARFAC Alberta and the Friends of the Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society, Shaping Alberta shares 10 Alberta artists’ visual perspective on life and creativity. Swing by the opening reception to explore.

Square Dance Rocks

September 6, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Highwood Community Centre (16 Harlow Ave. NW)
Free admission

Square dancing is just walking to music! The public is invited to attend, no partner necessary, as experienced callers introduce the basic steps of modern western square dancing. Register to take part in this fun evening of song and dance.

Fan Village

September 6 – 8, 2019
Cowboy’s Tent (321 11th Ave. SE)
Free admission

The countdown to the Canadian Country Music Awards is on! The fully-licensed Fan Village kicks off this Friday with YYC Country Friday Night and continues throughout the weekend with live music, fun activities, and so much more.


September 7, 2019, 1:00pm
Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts Lobby, Mount Royal University (18 Mount Royal Circle SW)
Free admission

Bring the family for a fun-filled program of stories and examples of things that are the same, only different! Tap your toes to dances from around the world for piano, fiddle, and accordion with czardas from Hungary, tangos from Argentina, and jigs from Canada. It’s your chance to experience a real concert accordion up close alongside a demonstration of the similarities and differences between classical violin and country fiddling.

Open Air

September 8, 2019, 2:00pm
Central Memorial Park (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free admission

One accordion, two pianos, and a quartet of strings—bring your sunglasses and blanket to Central Memorial Park for this fantastic free concert. It’s the perfect wrap to the 2019 Honens Festival.

Mysterious Barricades

September 10, 2019, 7:00pm
Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary (206 University Ct. NW)
Free admission, registration required

A concert for suicide awareness, this series includes performances by some of Canada’s finest musicians and includes classical, choral, jazz, and more. Register in advance to ensure your spot.

Print(ed) Word Salon Series

September 10, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Simmons-Harvie Community Living Room, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission

Join artist Heather Huston and writer Doug Neilson as they discuss their artist book, Hymenoptera. This free event is the ninth in a series of 12 talks from Alberta Printmakers and Loft 112.