Free This Week

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

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • 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 Calgary Film’s always-popular Trailer Party, this week brings tons of September favourites.

Here’s what we’re checking out:

ProArts Presents Impasto Duo

September 5, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Forced into hiding, fleeing the continent, their loved ones lost, their lives cut short, the persecuted composers of World War II still produced music of incredible beauty and emotional force. Featuring four such composers—Erwin Schulhoff, Rosy Wertheim, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, and Bohuslav Martinu—this concert shows the power of the human spirit in the face of wartime anti-Semitism.

Free First Thursday Night

September 6, 2018, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)

The perfect chance to explore Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master before it closes, don’t miss this month’s Free First Thursday Night at Glenbow.

Searching for Marilyn Monroe

September 6, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Come to Shelf life Books to hear Pae Veo read from his debut book, Searching for Marilyn Monroe. Joined for his reading by musician, Jen Heizer on keyboard, the evening is hosted by local author Eugene Stickland.

Mysterious Barricades

September 7, 2018
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary (206 University Court NW)
Free, registration recommended

An annual cross-Canada concert for suicide awareness, prevention, and hope, join the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts for World Suicide Prevention Day. The day draws awareness to the mysterious barricades between mental illness and health while inspiring open discourse about suicide and prevention measures. A pre-concert activity takes place from 4:00 to 5:00pm with the show taking place at 5:00pm.

Poster for Mysterious Barricades

Trailer Party

September 7, 2018, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)
Free, RSVP required

Get ready for this year’s Calgary International Film Festival in the best way possible—a free trailer party! One of its most popular events, it’s a great way to watch trailers and learn more about the films coming to the 2018 festival.

M:ST 9 Performance Art Biennial

September 7 – October 7, 2018
Multiple venues

The M:ST 9 Biennial brings Canadian and international performance artists to Calgary for a month-long festival. It celebrates experimental and risk-taking artworks that disrupt conventions and connects theatres, galleries, and public spaces all over the downtown core. Explore opportunities to entangle with media in new and surprising ways through exhibitions, interactive installations, performances, and interventions, all events are free and all are welcome.

Saturdays in C-Square: Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble

September 8, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Celebration Square (Corner of 7th Ave. & 4th St. SE)

It’s your final chance to join the National Music Centre for free, family-friendly musical afternoons in C-Square. This week, swing by East Village’s beautiful plaza to hear smooth jazz musings from the Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble

Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble performing onstage

Don’t miss the Jazz in the Square—the final offering of Saturdays in C-Square | Photo: Courtesy of the National Music Centre

Open Air

September 8, 2018, 2:00pm
Central Memorial Park (1221 2nd St. SW)

Wrapping up the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition & Festival, don’t miss this ever-popular free event where you can bask in the warmth of the September sun while listening to an outdoor chamber music concert.

Viva! Closing Reception

September 8, 2018, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Jarvis Hall Gallery (333B 36th Ave. SE)

An exhibition and sale in support of Equinox Vigil, check out several stunning mirrors that have been individually painted, embellished, or redesigned by 30 Calgary artists at its wrap-up party. The evening includes performances from Laura Parken, Brian Jensen, and Alexandria Inkster.

A Night of Words: Vivek Shraya, Amber Dawn and Larissa Lai

September 10, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SE)

A dynamic reading and conversation, hear how three ground-breaking Canadian authors explore writing and the issue of gender through their new works.