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23 free things to do in Calgary this spring

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Daniel Chai Mar 19, 2019 11:57 am

Save your money this spring! Check out these 23 free things to do in Calgary this season, from Music Video Dance Party to Aggie Days and more!

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

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City of Calgary Youth Hiring Fair 2019

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What: The city will be hosting a hiring fair for job-seekers aged 15 to 24 in the Big Four building in Stampede Park. Dress to impress, bring a pen in case you have to complete any forms, and be ready to provide plenty of copies of your resume. Some of the employers present will be hiring from different people of minimum ages.

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: TBA
Where: Big Four Building, Stampede Park – 1801 Big Four Trail SE
Admission: Free

Music Video Dance Party!

What: Dance to some of the best music videos of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s – aka all the best genres of music – at the Rec Room!

When: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: Doors 9 pm
Where: The Rec Room Calgary – 1180, 901 64th Avenue NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Hangover – HUMPDay HOUSE Party

What: A night of House music at Habitat Living Sound with OH FUNK and featuring Prairie Chola Ayatollah and Dj Dramatik. Hosted by J9Productions.

When: Every Wednesday night
Time: 9 pm to 2:15 am
Where: Habitat Living Sound – 1217 1st Street SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

YYC Free Market and SOS Open Mic Jam

What: Crescent Heights Community Association hosts the YYC Free Market and SOS Open Mic Jam at the hall on March 25. Give what you can to the YYC Free Market, take what you need, and leave no trace. SOS Open Mic Jam is a platform for hobbies and professional musicians to try out new material and jam together. Bring your instruments and talent.

When: Monday, March 25, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Crescent Heights Community Association – 1101 2 ST NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Rock-A-Palooza Gem & Mineral Show 2019

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Precious Gems (Anna Soelberg/Shutterstock)

What: Silver Cove is partnering with Spruce Meadows Congress Hall to present Rock-A-Palooza Gem & Mineral Show. Family friendly and free admission

When: Thursday, March 28 to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 10 am to 8 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Spruce Meadows Congress Hall – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, De Winton
Admission: Free

Aggie Days – Family Days

What: Aggie Days’ Family Days are a free educational experience for families. Come and see real farm animals, and find out where your food comes from. Plus take in a Stock Dog Competition on Saturday and an Extreme Cowboy Race on Sunday.

When: April 6 to 7, 2019
Time: 10am to 4pm
Where: Nutrien Western Event Centre at Stampede Park
Admission: Free, food bank donations appreciated

Monthly Open House at AVRO Museum

What: Learn more about Avro Canada and its contributions to Canada’s aviation and aerospace legacy, plus see the latest progress on our Arrow II project. There will be a flight simulator on site, used in AVRO’s design and testing, which will be open for the public to take for a spin.

When: The Second Sunday of every month – April 14, May 12 and June 9
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: AVRO Museum – 229 Avro Lane, Calgary
Admission: Free. Small donation when using the flight simulator to help maintain its operation.

Easter at the Market

What: Hop on over to the Calgary Farmers Market for Easter fun! Get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, decorate Easter cookies, and give a donation to the Calgary Food Bank to ensure that no one goes hungry this Easter. There is no better way to put a little spring in your step and enjoy some quality time with the whole family. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh produce for your Easter feast!

When: April 18, April 19 and April 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Marda Egg Fest

What: The Easter Bunny is coming to Marda Loop to hide chocolates all around for your little bunnies to find. Bring your baskets down to Marda Loop for one of their most popular free family events.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Marda Loop – 33rd Avenue SW
Admission: Free

Vaisakhi Mela

What: Celebrate the Indian New Year with this cultural event open for everyone, featuring dances, entertainment, food, and more.

When: April 20 to 21, 2019
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: Genesis Centre Feature Gymnasium – 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE
Admission: Free

YYC Rhubarb Fest

What: Rhubarb Fest is a community festival that takes place in south Calgary, in the community of Southwood. Enjoy Village Brewery Beer Garden, live music, a marketplace with various vendors, artists, businesses, organizations and City of Calgary departments, children activities and more!

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Southwood Community Hall – 11 Sackville Drive SW
Admission: Free, donations for Calgary Food Bank are being collected

Lilac Festival

What: A pedestrian-only event, the Lilac Festival showcases an array of musical talent, vendors, and a perfect opportunity to people watching. There are six stages hosting over 30 performances throughout the day, offering artists exposure to an often brand new audience. 4th Street will also feature over 500 vendors that vary from artisan crafts, to imported wares, to community organizations and more.

When: Sunday, June 5, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 4th Street SW – between 13 Avenue and Elbow Dr.
Admission: Free

Father’s Day BBQ

What: Panorama Hills Community Centre hosts a Father’s Day BBQ. In addition to the BBQ, there will be lots of games and a photo booth to remember your special day with Dad.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: Panorama Hills Community Centre – 88 Panamount Hill NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Roasterie Tour – Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

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What: This 20-minute tour gives attendees a look at Phil & Sebastian’s vintage retro-fitted roaster and operations, plus learn about their green coffee sourcing strategies.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 12:15 to 12:35 pm
Where: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters – 618 Confluence Way Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Free Brewery Tours at Red Bison Brewery

What: The tour starts off with an explanation of Red Bison’s name and why founder Steve started the brewery. Attendees will then see the homebrew system Steve used to brew beer on the balcony of his downtown Calgary condo, and talk about malt and how each of the flavours impact the recipes. After this, it’s a walk through the processes for the brew day and the fermentation process. Once the tour is complete, guests will be able to buy flights to try out beer and the kitchen is also open.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 1 pm
Where: Red Bison Brewery – 111, 3016 10 Ave NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Free First Thursday at Glenbow Museum

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What: Explore the Glenbow Museum at your leisure for FREE on the first Thursday of every month.

When: The first Thursday of every month – April 4, May 2 and June 6
Time: 5 pm to close
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Esker Foundation

What: Esker Foundation connects the public to contemporary art through relevant, accessible, and educational exhibitions, programs, and publications. The gallery reflects on current developments in local, regional, and international culture; creates opportunities for public dialogue; and supports the production of groundbreaking new work, ideas, and research. Admission is free. The gallery is barrier-free.

When: Open Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed Mondays
Time: Various times
Where: Esker Foundation – 4th Floor – 1011 9th Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

The Little Vegan Spring Market 2019

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The Little Vegan Market

What: The market will have a full line-up of vegan-friendly businesses selling their products – whether you’re purchasing for yourself or for a friend, there’s plenty to browse, and it’s all 100% vegan. Browse the market to see all the delicious things that can be made without the use of meat, dairy, or any other animal products, and the cruelty-free wares don’t stop at the food (though there will be plenty of that). Possible purchases will also include beauty products, housewares, and more.

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Marda Loop Communities Association – 3130 16th Street SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Farmers’ Market

What: Explore over 80 vendors supplying customers with fresh local produce, meat, poultry, international food, organic goods, jewelry, art and more. Whether it’s the arrival of fresh produce or fun events, there’s always something happening at the market.

When: Open year-round from Thursday to Sunday
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Address: 510 77 Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market

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What: Grab your weekly haul of delicious produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, preserves, florals, and more, all grown and produced on farms right here in Alberta. You can enjoy live entertainment and other fun activities happening at this quaint community farmers’ market. The market will go on rain or shine, so come prepared.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 1320 5th Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Crossroads Market

What: Enjoy farm-fresh produce and tasty treats plus lost of unique finds from the large variety of vendors.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Crossroads Market – 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch

What: The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch features over 35 vendors under one roof over one counter. Crafts, food vendors, and more.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Fridays), 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Where: Symons Valley Ranch – 14555 Symons Valley Road
Admission: Free

Downtown Market

What: Stroll through your favourite local makers, artists and producers at the monthly Downtown Market series.

When: April 16 and May 14
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Gulf Canada Square – 401 9th Avenue SW
Admission: FREE

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