Free This Week
This week, join ProArts Noon Concert Series for a concert with Charlie Hase and Jonathan Lewis | Photo: Courtesy of ProArts

Free This Week

Find lots of music and literature, not-to-mention pancakes, this week

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

With the Stampede in full swing this week you sure have a plethora of free choices to attend. And we promise, they’re not all western themed! Here’s what we’re checking out:

Stephen Avenue Walk #IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage

July 11 – 16, 10:00 – 12:00pm
Stephen Avenue Summer Stage (Centre Street & 8th Ave. SE)

This week the Summer Stage will be the home base for the Fluor Square Dancers. Head down and learn how to line dance all week long. Join experienced volunteers for Stampede style line dancing accompanied daily by western styled bands.

Fluor Rope Square

Until July 15, 2016
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free, family-friendly

The Calgary Stampede Downtown Attractions Committee is once again transforming Olympic Plaza into Fluor Rope Square. Swing by for Stampede themed entertainment from 8:15am to 12:15pm on July 9 and 16, and from 8:15am to 1:15pm July 11 to 15, 2016.

Pop-Up Piano Series

July 12 & 14, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Woodlands Piano (332 6th Ave. SW) & Piano Bar in Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW)
Free, family-friendly

A new week means two more concerts in this Downtown Calgary series. On Tuesday hear Nathaniel Schmidt on the Woodlands Piano and on Thursday catch Liz Stevens on the Piano Bar in Eau Claire Market.

Susan Holbrook & Nicole Markotić: Double Book Launch

July 12, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Head to Shelf Life Books for this double book launch celebrating two new poetry books from Coach House Books—Susan Holbrook’s Throaty Wipes and Nicole Markotić’s Whelmed. They will be joined by Helen Hajnoczky who will be reading from her latest volume of poetry, Magyarazni.

Pop-Up Picnic

July 13, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Harley Hotchkiss Park (611 4th St. SW)

The theme for the next Downtown Calgary’s Pop-Up Picnic is Shakespeare by the Bow, a perfect mid-summer’s treat!

ProArts Presents Charlie Hase with Jonathan Lewis

July 13, 2016, 12:10pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free, family-friendly

Master violinist Jonathan Lewis and pedal steel guitar wizard Charlie Hase join together to meld a colourful variety of musical styles and world influences.

Labour of Love: Exhibition Tour with Shauna Thompson

July 14, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (444, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Join curator Shauna Thompson on this conversational tour through the Esker Foundation to discuss the destruction and rebuilding in Wafaa Bilal’s 168:01 and Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens’ Real failure needs no excuse.

Long Lunch/Quick Reads Presents Amusement Park by Doreen Vanderstoop

July 15, 2016
Loft112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)

Balance out the beer and corndogs with a little bit of literature this Stampede. Swing by Loft112 this week for another Stampede story launched at Long Lunch/Quick Reads—Doreen Vanderstoop’s Amusement Park. Bring your own lunch or pre-order a boxed lunch at

Stampede Lunch

July 15, 2016, 12:00pm
C (117 8th Ave. SW)

Join Contemporary Calgary for some boot-stomping fun, a free Stampede classic—beef on a bun—and a chance to experience its current exhibitions, Material Girls and Cream.

Sofar Sounds Show

July 16, 2016, 6:00pm
Location to be announced to attendees
Free, donations accepted, register for your invitation

Are you familiar with Sofar? No? Well you should be! Its goal is to find local artists and host private, acoustic sessions in intimate, alternative settings. Think a curated house, gallery or museum concert. Each one is hosted by volunteers who welcome 50 to 100 music lovers into their space, along with three to five local music acts. Those who have signed up and are chosen will be given the address day before the event but the lineup will remain a mystery.