5 Free Things to Do in Calgary in August

From a city-wide street art festival to new inclusive playgrounds, there are lots of ways to have fun without breaking the bank this month.

Krill Williams performs at the BUMP Festival Kick Off Park Party. Photograph by Tyrell Bonnick.

Summer’s not over yet, and there are plenty of opportunities to make the most of the warm weather and longer days. If you’re hoping to have some fun without breaking the bank, there’s no shortage of cost-friendly events happening throughout Calgary. Here are five free activities to try out during the rest of August.


Sundays in C-Square Concert Series

Join Studio Bell at East Village’s C-Square every Sunday in August for live afternoon concerts featuring a wide assortment of Alberta talent. The free, family friendly performances run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The August 21 show features folk-pop singer-songwriter Kate Stevens and Plains Cree folk singer-songwriter Wyatt C. Louis, while vocalist Justine Giles and The Corey Hotline take the stage on August 28.

C-Square, 7 Avenue and 4 Street S.E., studiobell.ca


BUMP Festival

BUMP Festival is a city-wide street art festival that runs for the entire month of August. Art fans can create self-guided tour routes using BUMP’s interactive map to check out some of the 100+ murals that have gone up since 2017. BUMP is holding several free events in the coming days, such as Whitebark Pine BUMP Up on August 19, Graffiti Jam & Outdoor Cinema on August 20, Greenview Block Party BUMP Up on August 21 and the BUMP Artist Talk on August 24.

Multiple locations, yycbump.ca


Summer on 17th 

Celebrate summer at Tomkins Park until the end of September with live music, fitness classes, DJs, drag shows and outdoor movies. All events are free and are happening nearly every day of the week. For the rest of August, you can catch some blues and jazz music, a dance performance, yoga classes, DJs, classical music and more. Check out the calendar to see what’s happening.

Tomkins Park, 17 Avenue and 8 Street S.W., 17thave.ca


Outdoor Yoga

Calgary Outdoor Yoga is hosting weekly outdoor yoga classes every Sunday until October. Classes are fit for all levels, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned yogi. In order for classes to be accessible to all price points, Calgary Outdoor Yoga operates on a pay-what-you-can admission fee. You can join the 10 a.m. class in Mahogany or the 1 p.m. class in Stanley Park — just be sure to confirm your spot in advance.

Multiple locations, outdooryoga.ca


Take the Family to an Inclusive Playground

Parks Foundation Calgary has collaborated with the City of Calgary and the Sofina Foundation to open 10 new inclusive playgrounds throughout the city. These playgrounds are developed using a set of universal design principles that guide the placement and overall function of the play structure in a way that enables children of all abilities and needs to have some outdoor fun. Gather the family and check out one (or more) of the new structures, which are located at Elliston Park, Ramsey Park, Ted Harrison School, Vivo Playground, Edworthy Park, Hidden Hut, North Glenmore Park, Sandy Beach Park, Somerset Square and Variety Park.

Multiple locations, parksfdn.com

[Correction: This story has been updated to show the correct time for the C-Square Concert Series.]

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