Free This Week

Free events to start off your December

  • Location: Various Venues

December is here and you can enjoy a whole of range of free arts activities taking place this week including a number of holiday markets and concerts that will get you in the festive spirit!


December 6, 2023, 12noon
University Theatre, University of Calgary (230 University Court NW)
Free to attend

Dance@Noon presents the choreographic and directorial debut of UCalgary School of Creative and Performing Arts dance students in their third semester of composition, through the live performance of students at all levels in the dance program.

Alberta Vocal Arts

December 6, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Check out the ProArts@Noon concert series as Alberta Vocal Arts proudly presents a captivating highlights concert from Johann Strauss’ beloved operetta Die Fledermaus: The Champagne Operetta.

U/D Night Market — Holiday Edition

December 7, 2023, 5 – 9pm
Central Commons Park (University Ave. NW)
Free to explore

University District introduces a holiday edition night market, where you can explore an array of seasonal delights! Discover a unique curated selection of over 35 local artisans while enjoying the twinkling lights of U/D and entertainment.

FREE First Thursdays

December 7, 2023, 5 – 8pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free to explore

Join Contemporary Calgary and immerse yourself in the world of contemporary art during a special evening of exploration and creativity. Explore the galleries, indulge in a beverage and groove to the beats!

Gift of Art Market

December 9, 2023, 10am – 8pm
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery (2108 18th St. NW)
Free to explore

The Ruberto Ostberg Gallery Gift of Art Market is the perfect opportunity to pick up unique gifts or add a little something creative to your holiday list while supporting exceptional local artists. Grab brunch or a drink at the Artist Lounge while you’re at it!

Dave’s Big Art Show Holiday Edition

December 9, 2023, 1 – 7pm
Evergreen Community SPACES (1709 8th Ave. NE)
Free to explore

Check out a festive celebration of art and get ready to be amazed by the incredible talent. There’ll be a wide range of artworks on display in various styles and mediums. This holiday edition of Dave’s Big Art Show is not to be missed.

Map Battlez Fundraiser

December 9, 2023, 7 – 10pm
EMMEDIA (2005 10th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

The gloves are off! Projection mapping artists battle it out in three categories to test their skills and win $125 in in-kind rentals from EMMEDIA. You get to choose who the winner is by donating in the name of your favourite artist.

CPKC Holiday Train

December 9, 2023, 6pm
Anderson LRT (11015 Anderson Station Way SW)
Free to attend

The 2023 CPKC Holiday Train raises money, food and awareness for food banks. Professional musicians play free concerts from the brightly decorated train’s stage. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations for the Calgary Food Bank.

Mayor’s Holiday Storytime

December 9, 2023, 1 – 1:45pm
Calgary Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to attend

Join Mayor Jyoti Gondek for a memorable and festive holiday storytime at the Central Library! Share in the joy in storytelling with songs and fingerplays, as well as book readings voted on by students.

Kids Studio: Robot Pow-Wow presented by IndigeSTEAM Society

December 9, 2023, 2 – 4pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to participate, registration required

Families with children (0-12+) are invited to come to Esker and experience the current exhibitions alongside Robot Pow-Wow presented by IndigiSTEAM Society, a temporary one-of-a-kind interactive robotics installation.

Christmas Concert

December 10, 2023, 2 – 3pm
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to attend, food bank donations

Calgary Chinese Orchestra is hosting a free Christmas concert! The concert features a mix of traditional Chinese music and festival tunes. They’re looking forward to celebrating this wonderful time of the year with you!

Rock N Roll Xmas

December 10, 2023, 11am – 4pm
Congress Coffee (Suite #1A, 215 36th Ave. NE)
Free to attend

It’s a holiday party for the kids and growns! Catch a screening of A Christmas Story, as well as a handful of vintage Christmas cartoon shorts. Decorate a cookie, make some crafts and then get ready to rock with Forbidden Dimension.

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