People sitting in lawnchairs outside watching a performer on a stage in a parkPerformance at Quinterra Legacy Garden

Free This Week

July awaits with Stampede breakfasts and outdoor concerts! Kick off your mornings with pancakes and entertainment at First Flip or Flour Rope Square. In the evenings, enjoy live music at Heritage Park or Quinterra Legacy Garden. Plus, there’s even more to check out in this week’s free arts roundup.


July 3, 2024, 12:10 – 1pm 
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1 St. SE)
Free to attend

ProArts@Noon Concert Series presents HereComesTreble. They’ll share a variety of covers in tight four or five part treble harmony. Some will be acappella, some with the accompaniment of piano or percussion beatboxing. Check them out!

Music in the Plaza

July 3, 2024, 6 – 8pm 
Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
Free to attend

Discover free live music in Calgary all summer long at Music in the Plaza! Each week, one of the best emerging live bands in Calgary will take the stage! Join them as they kick things off with the unconventional guitar tunings and intricately crafted lyrics of Heather May.

First Flip

July 4, 2024, 7:30 – 10:30am 
Stephen Avenue (Between 1 St. SE & Centre St. S)
Free to attend

There’s no better start to stampede than with the first pancake breakfast of the season. Bring your family and friends for a morning of fun, food, live music by Kyle McKearney and fantastic entertainment from Green Fools Theatre Society, LaBelle Sisters and Chinook Country Line Dancers.

Music in the Park

July 4, 2024, 7 – 8pm 
Quinterra Legacy Garden, South Glenmore Park (24 St. SW)
Free to attend

Every Thursday, Quinterra Legacy Garden hosts Music in the Park, featuring free performances by talented local artists. This week, check out Jory Kinjo who was raised in r&b, blues & soul music, whose career has since touched on jazz, reggae, ska and even country music.

Free First Thursday

July 4, 2024, 5 – 9pm 
Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW) 
Free to attend, registration required 

Join Contemporary Calgary for FREE First Thursdays as they invite you to explore their galleries, stop by the exhibition openings of Marie Lannoo: In Extremis and The Wagon Burner and Other Stories, enjoy curated beats by DJ Hannah and sip on a thoughtful selection refreshments. This is an all-ages event. 

Open Studio for 55+ 

July 5, 2024, 1 – 4pm 
Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW) 
Free to attend, registration required 

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

Group Art Show & Pancake Breakfast

July 6, 2024, 9:30am – 11am 
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery (2108 18 St. NW)
Free to attend

Don’t miss Ruberto Ostberg Gallery’s Connections 2024 artist-run pancake breakfast. Breakfast will be served by the exhibiting artists. Featuring musical guest Liam Testa’s Band.

The West Exhibition — Opening Reception

July 6, 2024, 11am – 5pm 
Franz Dopf Gallery (1145 Kensington Cres. NW)
Free to attend

During the Calgary Stampede, the Franz Dopf Gallery is hosting a short-term art exhibition from July 3 – 23, showcasing a diverse array of artworks that capture the essence of life in the West. Don’t miss their opening!

Market Nights

July 6, 2024, 3 – 9pm 
Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
Free to explore

Get ready for Market Nights! Shop for a wide variety of artisan products made by local vendors every week at Heritage Park’s front plaza. From one-of-a-kind jewelry to mouthwatering treats, and a whole lot more, there’s a diverse array of discoveries waiting for you!

Between The Notes

July 6, 2024, 5 – 6:45pm 
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library (800 3 St. SE)
Free to attend
, RSVP required

Baroque music, celebrated for its elaborate ornaments and grandiose embellishments, mirrors the architectural and artistic fervour of its time. This lecture explores the lavish and intricate soundscapes that defined this opulent period in music history.

Summer Cinema Club

July 8, 2024, 7 – 9:30pm 
Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (1725 10 Ave. SW)
Free to attend

The third week of CSIF’s Summer Cinema Club is subtitled New Hollywood New Me. Watch the film and then Kyle Marshall will lead a discussion on how the “New Hollywood” of the 1970s changed filmmaking going forward and how this film contributed to it.

Fluor Rope Square

July 6 & 8 – 13, 2024, 8:30am – 1:15pm 
Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave. SE)
Free to attend

At Fluor Rope Square, every day starts with a bacon pancake served hot off a chuckwagon or smokie paired with Stampede-style entertainment including dancers, singers, fiddlers, friendly mascots, plus so much more! All entertainment and activities are free!

Antyx Youth Programming 

Various venues 
Free to participate 

Antyx Community Arts invites youth ages 12 – 18 to participate in a number of their programs focused on providing safe spaces for creative expression including their mural projects, Youth Arts Action, The Film Lab and more! 

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