Sugar Brown
Don’t miss blues singer/songwriter Sugar Brown this Wednesday | Photo: Courtesy of ProArts Society

Free This Week

Check out blues, books, galleries, and festivals

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

Roll through the long weekend with these great, and free, events! From live music to visual arts treats, there’s so much to see and do. Here’s what we’re checking out:

Historic Calgary Week

Until August 7, 2017
Multiple locations
Free, donations welcome

Chinook Country Historical Society highlights our cultural, institutional, industrial, architectural, sporting, and military heritage with over 60 events. There are talks, walks, concerts, family events, museum visits, and more.

ProArts@Noon Presents Sugar Brown

August 2, 2017, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Sugar Brown is known for his brand of dark, sweet, and inconsolable blues and you can catch this free lunch hour concert, co-presented with the Calgary International Blues Festival.

Stephen Avenue Summer Stage

August 2, 3 & 8, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Stephen Avenue Summer Stage (Centre Street & 8th Ave. SE)

The Stephen Avenue Summer Stage is back for 2017, so stop by on your lunch hour and catch Calgary Youth Singers Shine this Wednesday, The Waltzing Matildas this Thursday, and Matt Blais next Tuesday.

Free First Thursday Nights

August 3, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)

Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience has been the talk of Canada’s visual arts community and here’s your chance to check it out for free. It’s also the last free night before The Arctic Photographs of Geraldine and Douglas Moodie closes on August 27.

EV Junction Pop-Up Retail Park

August 3 – 6, 2017
EV Junction (4th St. & 8th Ave. SE)

Head to the East Village every Thursday through Sunday until October 1 and hit up the food trucks, live music, performances, pop-up art, and much more. This Thursday check out a special treat from Afrikadey! for the Creative Living Room Series.

Bring The Baby Art Tour

August 4, 2017, 12:00 – 12:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

This week is the perfect time to bring your baby to Esker Foundation for this tot-friendly discussion and relaxed, social tour.

Inglewood Sunfest

August 5, 2017, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Mainstreet Inglewood (9th Ave. SE)

Inglewood Sunfest is all about having fun in the sun! This feisty summer festival in the heart of this historic neighbourhood is here to celebrate, engage, entertain, and delight, and includes activities for all ages.

Franco Festival Calgary

August 5, 2017, 11:00am – 9:00pm
Murdoch Park (9th St. & Centre Ave. NE)

An initiative of Portail de l’Immigrant Association, a non-profit organization based in Calgary, join in and celebrate many the Francophone cultures (Africa, North-America, Europe, and Asia) through dance, music, food, arts, and crafts that demonstrate the magnitude and diversity of Canadian heritage.

CAMPER In Situ: 110

August 5, 2017, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Stanley Park (Between 4th St. SW & the Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club)

Join TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary for in-situ CAMPER installation 110 by Megan Gnanasihamany. An exploration into the meeting points of memory, filmic fiction, and bodily experience within a stationary road trip, the work invites participatory viewership to explore familiar backroads and highways.

Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony

August 5, 2017, 8:00 – 9:30pm
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)

An annual event meant to promote a shared desire for peace—this ceremony includes live music, speakers, and the release of hundreds of colourful lanterns.

Heritage Day Festival

August 7, 2017, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)

This August long weekend, don’t miss the 40th annual Heritage Day Festival at Olympic Plaza featuring multicultural performances, ethnic foods, and unique handicrafts.

Sheri-D Wilson + C.R. Avery

August 8, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

A celebration of two new books by two of the hottest spoken word artists in the country, head to Shelf Life Books as Sheri-D Wilson launches her 10th book of poetry and CR Avery launches his forth.