A musician performing at Heritage Park's Music in the Plaza
Swing by Heritage Park each Wednesday this summer for a free concert | Photo: Courtesy of Heritage Park

Free This Week

Festivals, flicks and concerts galore, it must be a long weekend

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

The long weekend is here and we can’t believe July is almost over. Luckily, there are tons of free events to help squeeze every drop of fun out of summer! Here are our picks for the week:

Stephen Avenue Walk #IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage

July 26 – 29, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Stephen Avenue Summer Stage (Centre Street & 8th Ave. SE)

July goes out with a bang on the #IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage. Don’t miss performances from Breakers, Youth Singers of Calgary ONCUE, Aaron Pollock, and Matt Blais.

Pop-Up Piano Series

July 26 & 28, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Wee Little Piano Book Exchange at Fifth Avenue Place (420 2nd St. SW) & Piano Bar in Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW)
Free, family-friendly

This week on the Downtown Calgary Street Pianos you can catch Bruce Petherick at the Piano Bar in Eau Claire Market on Tuesday and Noah Michael play the Wee Little Piano Book Exchange on Thursday.

Annie Davidson

July 26 & 30, 2016, 2:00pm
First Baptist Church (1311 4th St. SW) & John Dutton Theatre (616 Macleod Tr. SE)

Cowtown Opera is once again presenting its original production, this time for Historic Calgary Week. The abridged version of this opera tells the story of Annie Davidson, the founder of the Calgary Public Library.

Concrete Sonata

July 27, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Woodlands Piano (332 6th Ave. SW)
Free, family-friendly

Join Downtown Calgary for the 2016 edition of Concrete Sonata, a collaboration with Honens, Canada’s premier piano competition. Performing will be 2009 Laureate, American-Swiss pianist Gilles Vonsatte.

Pop-Up Picnic

July 27, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Harley Hotchkiss Gardens (611 4th St. SW)

Heads up folks! Downtown Calgary’s Pop-Up Picnic this week has been moved to the Harley Hotchkiss Gardens this week and you can check out a performance from Shakespeare by the Bow!

ProArts Presents Blues at Noon

July 27, 2016, 12:10pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free, family-friendly

Celebrate Calgary Bluesfest with Debra Power’s great talent. Honoured with the CBMA Award for Keyboard Player of the Year, Power recently represented Southern Alberta in the Solo/Duo Category of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

Summers on 17th: Kids Day Wednesdays

July 27, 2016, 2:00 – 6:00pm
Tomkins Park (17th Ave., between 7th & 8th St. SW)
Free, family-friendly

Wednesday is bustling and a great family-friendly afternoon can be found on 17th Ave. Each Wednesday this summer check out free kids crafts, books, games, a story time from the Calgary Public Library, face painting and free dance classes.

Fountain Tire Open Road Cinema Tour

July 27, 2016, 6:45pm, film at 9:45pm
Stampede Grounds (1410 Olympic Way SE)
Free, claim your ticket by registering

Fountain Tire is celebrating its 60th anniversary with an Open Road Cinema tour. This free, fun-filled evening includes a screening of Kung Fu Panda 3, festivities, activities, and more.

Music in the Plaza

July 27, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park Historical Village (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)

Heritage Park’s free summer concert series returns for a fifth season of spectacular live music, every Wednesday evening until August 31. This week its presenting one of the hottest, up and coming country acts in Canada today, Midnight Lights.

Historic Calgary Week: George Webber

July 27, 2016, 7:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)

Celebrate Historic Calgary Week with Glenbow and Calgary-based photographer George Webber who will be speaking about his early photographic works in the museum’s collection

A New Product (Ein neues Produkt)

July 28, 2016, 7:00 – 7:40pm
Esker Foundation (444, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Join the Esker Foundation for this screening of Harun Farocki’s black comedy that transforms a mundane situation into theatre of the absurd. German with English subtitles, this short film is a great chance to get to know Farocki’s work.

Inner City Stories Presents: Sarajevo by Doug Neilson

July 29, 2016, 5:00pm
Loft 112 (535 8th Ave. SE)

Join LoftOn8th as it launches Inner City Stories with Sarajevo by Doug Neilson. The evening will be kicked off by the author sharing three songs inspired by the character, storyline, and theme from his narrative.

Calgary Night Market

July 29, 2016, 4:00 – 10:00pm
Central Memorial Park (1221 2nd St. SW)

Head down to Central Memorial Park and check out the Calgary Night Market. Featuring a variety of ethnic street foods, local vendors, buskers, and entertainment, this twice-monthly event is quickly becoming a Calgary summer fave. And be on the lookout for a few Pokemon too!

Calgary Turkish Festival

July 29 – 31, 2016, 11:00am – 10:00pm
Eau Claire Festival Plaza (200 Barclay Parade SW)
Free admission

Celebrate Turkish culture in Calgary with this fun festival! Full of art, folk dance and, of course, food, up to 15,000 people are expected to stop by.

Kensington Summertime In The City

July 30 & 31, 2016, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Throughout Kensington

This weekend is going to be a busy one in Kensington. Not only are they throwing a huge outdoor party alongside Slide the City on Saturday, but they are transforming the whole community into Diagon Alley on Sunday. Celebrating the release of the new Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the day is full of Potteresque activities. We’re especially keen to check out a script reading at The Plaza Theatre from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Inglewood Sunfest

July 30, 2016, 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.

Summers on 17th: MarketSpot

July 30, 2016, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Tomkins Park (17th Ave., between 7th & 8th St. SW)
Free, family-friendly

Featuring the dynamic duo of MarketSpot, a collaboration between Market YYC and Artspot, these two local organizations have teamed up to bring music, art and local vendors to Tomkins Park each week. Swing by and check out live music, reading racks supplied by the Calgary Public Library, artisan vendors, performances, produce markets, kids crafting activities and more.

Tour de Bowness Street Festival

August 1, 2016, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Mainstreet Bowness BRZ (Bowness Rd. NW)
Free, family-friendly

Bowness comes alive with the Tour de Bowness Street Festival full of entertainment, food, kids activities and, of course, the 2016 Criterium bike race.