Canada Day Celebrations

Free This Week

Celebrate the Canada Day long weekend with free live music and cultural performances that highlight our country’s diversity, or choose from a week full of other free arts and culture events. From an outdoor movie screening of Paris is Burning, to an evening of creativity at Dave’s Big Art Show, to a special tipi raising curated by Garret C. Smith, there’s tons to check out!

Judith Davenport

June 26, 2024, 12:10 – 1pm 
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1 St. SE)
Free to attend

Avid chamber musician Judith Davenport has performed at a number of music series and festivals and is currently a member of the INNERchamber String Quartet. She’s accompanied by British-Canadian pianist Claire Stevens for this ProArts@Noon concert!

University District’s Night Market

June 26, 2024, 5 – 9pm 
Central Commons Park, University District (University Ave. NW)
Free to explore

Join University District for a summer night market with offerings you don’t want to miss, including entertainment, a chance to shop and support over 35 local vendors and explore the retail main street.

Artist In Residency — Exhibition

June 26, 2024, 6 – 9:30pm 
Fuse33 Makerspace (1720 Radisson Dr SE)
Free to attend

After three months of intense work, Fuse33 artists in residence are ready to present their masterpieces to the public. At the exhibition, the artists will be giving live testimonies on their journey through the program and showing what they accomplished

Exhibition Opening — Ghosts of Canoe Lake: New Work by Marcel Dzama

June 27, 2024, 6 – 9:30pm 
Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW) 
Free to attend

This exhibition marks Marcel Dzama’s return to the Canadian institutional scene after more than a decade. In a new body of work, the artist revisits themes of landscape drawn from Canadian art history and his own memories of a childhood spent in the wilds of Manitoba and northern Saskatchewan— all while confronting a natural world threatened by climate change.

Movie With a View: Paris is Burning

June 27, 2024, 10:30pm 
High Park (340 10 Ave. SW)
Free to attend

As a celebration of Pride Month, Calgary Cinematheque, Calgary Public Library and Calgary Pride are teaming up to host a free outdoor screening of Paris is Burning (1990). One night and one night only! Bring your chairs, blankets, snacks, etc!

Open Studio for 55+ 

June 28, 2024, 1 – 4pm 
Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW) 
Free to attend, registration required 

Contemporary Calgary’s Open Studio for 55+ on Fridays in June 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. 

The Market at cSPACE Marda Loop

June 29, 2024, 10am – 2pm 
cSPACE Marda Loop (1721 29 Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Start your Canada Day long weekend at cSPACE Marda Loop’s Market! Enjoy live music by Tim Gareau and Nico Brennan, plus Jube School Kids’ Drop-in with drumming, songs and storytelling by Chantal Chagnon. Discover local vendors, delicious food and festive activities in a lively community atmosphere.

Closing of EnVision: Claudia Lorenz & Verna Vogel

June 29, 2024, 1 – 6pm 
Sparrow Artspace (36 4 St. SE)
Free to attend

In the end, some possibilities are realized. Stop in and say farewell as artists Claudia Lorenz and Verna Vogel close out their month-long residency at Sparrow Artspace with an exhibition of work created by them and by their workshop participants.

Frybread Face and Me

June 30, 2024, 2 – 4pm 
Calgary Central Library (800 3 St. SE)
Free to attend

Join the Calgary Public LIbrary for a screening of Taika Waititi’s 2023 film Frybread Face and Me in celebration of National Indigenous History Month. This story follows a young boy from San Diego as he unexpectedly reconnects with his Najavo roots, spending a summer with his extended family on a reservation in Arizona.

Market Nights

June 29, 2024, 3 – 9pm 
Heritage Plaza (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 an array of discoveries waiting for you.

The Chinese Dragon in the West — Xiang Long Festival

June 29, 2024, 5 – 8pm 
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St. SW)
Free to attend

Join the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre for an informative presentation and conversation with notable community historian and philanthropist David Lei. Along with UCalgary Professor, he’ll discuss the Chinese Dragon’s cultural significance and rich history both in China and the West.

Dave’s Big Art Show 4th Edition

June 29, 2024, 5 – 10pm 
BLOX Arts Centre (834 11 Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Claw and Dagger Productions is excited to invite you to join them for an evening filled with creativity, music and inspiration. This event showcases the amazing talent of local artists and bands, featuring a wide range of art styles, mediums and music.

The Jam Social

June 29, 2024, 7:15pm – 9:15pm 
Kaks Bar and Podcast (1006 1 St SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Are you looking to make friends? Meet the one? Get out of your comfort zone? Listen to local artists live?The Jam Social is where folks ages 25 to 30 unite for music, comedy and jam bingo. Hosted by Jam The Social App.

TD JazzYYC Summer Fest Jazz Walk

June 30, 2024, 11:30 am – 6:30pm 
Jack Long Park (920 9 Ave SE) & The Livery (1107 10 Ave SE)
Free to attend

Jazz YYC’s world-famous JazzWalk returns to not one but two outdoor stages for an afternoon of free live music with local, national and international musicians including Gabriel Palatchi, Baritone Madness, Moneka Arabic Jazz, Samantha Wilson Trio, Perpie and so many more!

Canada Day Celebrations

July 1, 2024
Various venues
Free to attend

Celebrate Canada Day downtown with friends and family. Enjoy a day of free performances and activities that highlight our country’s diversity, like an Indigenous showcase and powwow, live music, cultural performances, food trucks and more. End the day with a spectacular fireworks show above Stampede Park.

Canada Day at Studio Bell & King Eddy

July 1, 2024, 10am – 5pm
Studio Bell, National Music Centre (850 4 St. SE)
Free to attend

You’re invited to a building-wide bash to celebrate Studio Bell’s 8th anniversary! Explore Canada’s musical mosaic through new exhibitions, catch live performances, and enjoy hands-on activities for the whole family. Visitors are also encouraged to hop across the street to the King Eddy for family-friendly live music from 3pm ’til close.

Canada Day at the Central Library

July 1, 2024, 12 – 5pm
Calgary Central Library (800 3 St. SE)
Free to attend

Join Calgary Public Library for free activities and programs to celebrate and recognize Canada’s many stories. Activities will include a special storytime, traditional Indigenous dancing demonstrations, outdoor musical performances and a citizenship ceremony for new Canadians.

Tipi Raising with Special Performances

July 1, 2024, 1 – 8pm
containR (1020 2 Ave. NW)
Free to attend

Learn how to raise a tipi with Garret C. Smith and his family as Springboard’s containR Fest presents this special event event featuring artistry and histories of cultural leaders and creative movers and shakers from the Nations of Treaty 7.

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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