Free This Week

Leap your way into March with these free happenings

Here’s a week’s worth of free events to check out as we celebrate the leap year and roll into the month of March. There’s a Scotland-inspired concert, a screening of the Hungarian film Gentle, workshops for all ages and more!

Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios

Until March 3, 2024
Glenbow at the Edison (150 9 Ave. SW)
Free to explore, regist

Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios presents the little-known story of a group of artists and printmakers who produced a collection of graphic textiles in Kinngait (formerly Cape Dorset), Nunavut in the 1950s and ’60s — a period of social change that disrupted traditional language and relationships to the land.

Kosasih _ Woods Duo

February 28, 2024, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1 St. SE)
Free to attend

Eileen Kosasih and Lauren Woods invite you to a program featuring opera and folk music inspired by the raw beauty and poetic charm of Scotland, and the Canada-Scotland connection. Don’t miss this noon-hour concert!

An Evening with Black Art Historian: Dr. Charmaine Nelson

February 29, 2024, 6pm
Craigie Hall 119, University of Calgary (2940 University Way NW)
Free to attend, registration required

Delve into the intricate web of “Slavery, Mobility, and the Creolized Counter-Knowledge of Resistance” as Dr. Charmaine Nelson explores a pivotal historical moment through the lens of an intriguing fugitive slave advertisement from the Quebec Gazette.

Mary Beth Laviolette: Curator’s Tour of Harry Mitsuo Kiyooka

February 29, 2024, 12 – 1pm
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (435 Campus Lane NW)
Free to attend, registration required

Mary Beth Laviolette, curator of Nickle Galleries’ latest exhibition, HARRY MITSUO KIYOOKA – Artist. Educator. Activist (1928 – 2022), offers an intimate tour of the exhibition and discuss Kiyooka’s 70-year career as a painter, printmaker, instructor and community builder.

Magic, Motion, and Make Believe: Opening Reception

March 1, 2024 | Drop in Puppet Lab, 1 – 4pm & Opening Reception, 4 – 6pm
Sparrow Artspace (36 4 St. NE)
Free to attend, registration required

Check out Magic Motion and Make Believe! Meet the artists, Jenny Dale Stables and Tia DeLauria, and immerse yourself in a world of puppetry, story, and play. Join them for an enchanting evening of conversation and material exploration at their hands-on puppet lab.

Les Jardins Blues Fest

March 2, 2024, 12 – 4pm
Les Jardins (10808 18 St. SE)
Free to attend

Looking for something to wash away those winter blues? The Les Jardins Blues Fest is sure to put a little more pep in your step! With live music from Alvin’s Jazz Club and complimentary food, it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon!


March 4, 2024, 6:30 – 9pm
Calgary Central Library (800 3 St. SE)
Free to attend,

Edina, a female bodybuilder, is ready to sacrifice everything for the dream she shares with her life partner and trainer Adam: to win the Miss Olympia. The odd love she finds on her way makes her see the difference between her dreams and her true self. Don’t miss this screening of Gentle presented by the Calgary European Film Festival as part of their European Union Film Series!

Zine Making Workshop

March 4, 2024, 6 – 8pm
Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (435 Campus Lane NW)
Free to attend, registration required

Join writer Francine Cunningham as she walks you through writing exercises and drawing prompts with the goal of completing a finished mini book by the end of the session. She will teach you basic four-stitch book binding, so you’ll be able to go home and make as many books as you want.

Open Studio for 55+

March 1, 2024, 1 – 4pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Contemporary Calgary’s Open Studio for 55+ on Fridays in March invites participants to bring projects they are currently engaged in, or ideas and materials for projects, offering the opportunity to work with the support of peers and a facilitator with a background in visual art.

Contemporary Kids: Air, Lungs and Music

March 3, 2024, 10am – 12 noon
Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Embark on a creative journey inspired by the vibrant Resistance & Respiration exhibition, where kids will discover the fascinating realm of art through the lens of breathing. Join them in crafting unique instruments that transform breathing into a dynamic and expressive expression.

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