Arts & Culture in Downtown Calgary
Arts Commons brings live theatre to life with companies like Alberta Theatre Projects, Downstage, One Yellow Rabbit, Theatre Calgary, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. You can experience more intimate theatre performances with companies like The GRAND, Lunchbox Theatre, and Vertigo Theatre.
Downtown is also home to some of the most compelling visual arts galleries in the city. Contemporary Calgary presents a rotating collection of international art shows and installations along with an open-studio residency program and speaker series.
The Glenbow Museum, closed for major renovations until 2026, is one of western Canada’s largest museum collections with over 250,000 artifacts. Until the museum reopens, you can visit the satellite gallery, Glenbow at The Edison, a free pop-up hosting touring exhibitions.
Get a great view of it all from the iconic Calgary Tower. With 360 degree views at 191 metres above the downtown core, it’s the best view of the city by far. Enjoy a free multimedia tour that will take you through all the major landmarks in the city and beyond.