Free This Week

Last week for Downtown pianos, picnics and more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Back off Mother Nature! Don’t you know summer isn’t over yet? It’s another week and there’s still tons of free events to check out. Here’s what we’re heading to this week.

Final Pop-Up Picnic

August 24, 2016 12:00 – 1:00pm
John J. Bowlen green space (corner of 7th Ave. & 6th St. SW)
Free, family-friendly

Although it’s another sign of the end of summer, we’re still excited for the final Pop-Up Picnic of 2016. Hosted by Downtown Calgary at the John J. Bowlen green space, this lunch hour extravaganza features the ever-popular Green Fools Circus camp and will include activities such as stilt walking, unicycle riding, juggling and more.

ProArts Presents Hello Moth

August 24, 2016, 12:10pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free, family-friendly

This week ProArts@Noon Concert Series presents Hello Moth. With a mesmerizing presence that combines pop sensibilities with unearthly sounds, the music is sure to surprise and charm listeners.

Music In The Plaza

August 24, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park Historical Village (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)

It’s the penultimate free summer concert at Heritage Park so don’t miss it. From bluegrass, country, gospel, folk and even swing, this week you can hear the June Bugs’ sweet acoustic sound.

Rooftop Screening Series: Big Man Japan

August 24, 2016, 7:30pm
Calgary Marriott Downtown Rooftop (110 9th Ave. SE)

Last chance to see giant monsters invade downtown. Okay, not really. But this week you can Join Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF), Downtown Calgary and the Marriott for this free screening. It’s family-friendly and kids are encouraged to wear their best monster costume!

Street Piano Sing-a-long

August 25, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Woodlands Piano (332 6th Ave. SW)
Free, family-friendly

Another last of the summer event that you should squeeze in, Calgary’s very own Chris Nevile and PJ Lavergne bring their indie-rock sensibilities for this epic sing-along.

Stephen Avenue Walk #IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage

August 25 – 27, 2016, 12:00pm
Stephen Avenue Summer Stage (Centre Street & 8th Ave. SE)

The Stephen Avenue Summer Stage continues to entertain all summer long and this week you can see lunch hour performances from Corduroy. Ten Minute Detour and Fraid Knot.

Kaleidoscope 2016

August 27, 2016, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre (2212 13 St. NW)
Free, all ages

Join Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre for a free day of art, music and dance. See displays from local artists alongside live demonstrations and performances to encourage people of all ages to try a new dance step or pick up a paintbrush. There will even be a creative kid’s zone will be set up and a food truck will be on site.

Bookbinding with Carolyn Qualle

August 27, 2016, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Esker Foundation (444, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

Explore examples of portable personal books, from medieval daybooks to contemporary sketch and travel journals, then dive into folding, cutting, and sewing to make your own. Constructed using historical sewing methods and waxed threads, all materials will be provided.

Summers on 17th: MarketSpot

August 27, 2016, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Tomkins Park (17th Ave., between 7th & 8th St. SW)
Free, family-friendly

Swing by this Saturday for live music, reading racks supplied by the Calgary Public Library, artisan vendors, performances, produce markets, kids crafting activities and more, all on 17th Ave.

Kensington Summertime Outdoor Movies

August 27, 2016, 9:00pm
Calgary Parking Authority Lot 57 (1210 Kensington Rd. NW)
Free, family-friendly, BYO-chair

Back by popular demand, Kensington Summertime Outdoor Movies series returns for its second consecutive year. This week might be the last one but they are going out with the original Ghostbusters, so don’t miss it.

Music in the Park

August 28, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Murdoch Park (815 Centre Ave. NE)

Pack a picnic this Sunday and head to the park to see Bruin perform thanks to the City of Calgary’s Music in the Park.