Late Night Thursday Patio Party
Get into the groove with Late Night Thursday's Patio Party | Photo: Courtesy of Contemporary Calgary

Free This Week

Hit up pop-ups, markets, parties, and more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Round out July with an awesome lineup of free events including a bike-in cinema, a patio party, a night market, and much more. Here’s what we’re checking out this last week of the month:

Victors, Villains and Vixens

Until July 30, 2017
St. Patrick’s Island Park
Free, no tickets needed

Although the Calgary Folk Fest is taking over Prince’s Island Park this week, Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow is heading to St. Patrick’s Island for a special, free performance. Victors, Villains and Vixens is a collection of different scenes from a variety of Shakespeare plays, performed by up-and-coming actors.

ProArts@Noon Presents Barbara King & Anna Mendham

July 26, 2017, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Hear Mezzo soprano Barbara King, the founding Artistic Director of Calgary Concert Opera Company, and special guest soprano Anna Mendham, in this noon hour concert of operatic solos and duets.

Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers

July 26, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)

Join Shelf Life Books for the launch of Dale Leckie’s new book, Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers: Geological Wonders of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks. Get ready for a road trip and follow the main highways in Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks, the book answers questions about different geological stops along the way.

Stephen Avenue Summer Stage

July 26, 27, 31 & August 1, 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 Locomotive Ghost this Wednesday, Randy Woods Band this Thursday, and Randi Boulton next Tuesday. And don’t forget to kick off your week with Monday Blues featuring Tim Williams on July 31.

Late Night Thursday Patio Party

July 27, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Contemporary Calgary (117 8th Ave. SW)

Featuring a talk by Calgary artist Kim Hoang on the social and cultural critiques and facets of suburbia, head to Contemporary Calgary and enjoy its pop-up patio for drinks, music, and summer treats.

The Voice of Things Exhibition Tour

July 27, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Taking its name from Francis Ponge’s classic 1942 book of prose poetry, this conversational tour with Elizabeth Diggon considers the sculptures, drawings, installations, and videos of Jason de Haan and Anton Vidokle as starting points for broader metaphysical and fantastical questions.

EV Junction Pop-Up Retail Park

July 27 – 30, 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 join Calgary’s New Style Hustle and House dance enthusiasts for a social dance mixer, part of the Creative Living Room Series.

Calgary Night Market

July 28 & 29, 2017, 5:00 – 11:00pm
South Centre Mall (100 Anderson Rd. SE)

Make your way down to the South Centre Mall parking lot and enjoy this evening out with your friends and family. Check out live entertainment, local eats, and a one-of-a-kind market with a variety of artisan vendors, a geeky section of anime and comic inspired goods, and local businesses.

Historic Calgary Week

July 28 – 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.

How can you think that?!? A Political Bookclub

July 29, 2017, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

A book club for conservatives and liberals who want to get out of their bubbles and bridge the great divide. Buy the book, read it, and join in this lively discussion. This month’s book is What Is Government Good At? by Donald J. Savoie and discussions will be led by Julie Sedivy, a local scholar and writer.

Beltline Garden Party

July 29, 2017, 10:45am – 3:00pm
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)

Featuring live music, a dog parade, costumed performers, kids’ crafts, and a vintage tea cup and saucer sale, this garden party is sure to be a hoot. You can even go on a tour of the house, exhibits, and gardens!

Bike-In Cinema

July 29, 2017, 9:30pm
Sunalta Park (1602 11th Ave. SW)

Join the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary for an exciting evening of outdoor cinema this Saturday. It kicks off with the short film Strange Territory by Calgary-based artists Ashley Bedet and Jessie Short, followed by the feature film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night directed by Ana Lily Amirpour.


July 29 & 30, 2017
Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW)

Just Love Animals Society is returning to Calgary once again with the West Coast’s largest outdoor pet festival. Bring your pet to sample treats, food, accessories, toys, and more.

Calgary Arab Festival

July 29 & 30, 2017
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)

A free, family-friendly event, this festival shares Arabian traditions, folk dance, music, food, customs, arts, and much more.

A Wake in the Undertow

July 30, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Join Shelf Life Books for a reading from Rich Theroux and Jess Szabo’s new book of poetry, A Wake in the Undertow—a collection that unveils two people in love as they disclose things survived, dig deep for sacred weapons, and face the tumult of running on fumes.