Free Things To Do in Calgary

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Free Things To Do in Calgary

Discover the best free things to do in Calgary.
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Devonian Gardens at The CORE Shopping Centre.

Devonian Gardens at The CORE Shopping Centre.

Free Attractions

Find free admission and activities at the top attractions and public spaces in Calgary.

Devonian Gardens

Details: One hectare of botanical gardens with over 500 trees, 50 varieties of plants, 900 square foot living wall, fountains, fishponds, and a playground.

 

Central Library

Details: Explore four floors of the beautiful Central Library in the East Village.

 

Esker Foundation

Details: Admission is free to this contemporary art gallery in the neighbourhood of Inglewood.

 

Rocky Mountain Show Jumping

Details: Free admission and parking to international horse-riding events for all ages and skill levels.

 

Spruce Meadows

Details: Free admission and parking for indoor tournaments at this world class horse jumping venue.

 

YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre

Details: Admission is free to Calgary’s police museum with interactive displays and photo opportunities for all ages.


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Calgary Central Library wood work

Calgary Central Library (Photo credit: Neil Zeller).

Free Tours

Book a free tour with local guides and learn more about the history of Calgary.

Central Library Tours

Details: Join free daily general or free architectural tours of the Central Library.

 

Baitun Nur Mosque Tours

Details: Book a free tour of Western Canada’s largest Ahmadiyya Mosque.

 

Calgary Greeters

Details: Book a volunteer greeter to see Calgary through the eyes of a local for free.

 

Scotiabank Saddledome Tours

Details: Book a free tour of the Scotiabank Saddledome on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on non-event days in June, July, and August.

 

Walk the YYC

Details: Calgary’s only pay-what-you can free walking tour company.

 

Wild Rose Adventures Self-Guided Cycling Adventures

Details: Explore the longest street pathway network in North America with Wild Rose Adventures free bike route collection.

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St. Patrick’s Island (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Roth & Ramberg).

St. Patrick’s Island (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Roth & Ramberg).

Free Parks & Outdoor Activities

Explore the great outdoors with splash pads, skate parks, and trails, for free family fun in Calgary.

St. Patrick’s Island

Details: Explore walking trails and natural play areas in this popular East Village park.

 

City of Calgary Wading Pools, Spray Parks, and Outdoor Pools

Details: Beat the heat with free wading pools, spray parks, and outdoor pools open from June until fall, open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Fish Creek Provincial Park

Details: Discover one of the largest urban parks in North America with a Visitor Centre and over 100 kilometres of walking, hiking, and biking trails.

 

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Details: Discover over 270 species of birds, 21 mammals, 347 species of plants, and Nature Centre for free.

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Prince’s Island Park

Details: Largest festival park in the heart of downtown Calgary with picnic areas, playgrounds, hiking trails, flower gardens, and outdoor skating.

 

Ralph Klein Park

Details: Free family drop-in programs in the summer make this man-made wetland a family friendly natural area.

 

Reader Rock Garden

Details: Provincial Historic Site and internationally acclaimed garden in bloom from March to November with free parking.

 

Shaw Millennium Park

Details: Home to Canada’s largest free outdoor skatepark, basketball courts, beach volleyball courts, and waterfall.

 

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Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfasts (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Colin Way).

Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfasts (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Colin Way).

Free Festivals & Events

Add these free festival season experiences in Calgary to your calendar.

Calgary Stampede Value Days

Details: Free admission to the Calgary Stampede on special Value Days for The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

 

4th Street Lilac Festival

Details: Free one day event with musical talent, artisan vendors, and entertainment for all ages.

 

Alberta Open Farm Days

Details: Explore Alberta farms with free open house experiences each summer.

 

BUMP Festival

Details: Free mural tours, live DJs, and graffiti jams in the Beltline neighbourhood.

 

Calgary Pride

Details: Celebrate love with the Calgary Pride Parade and festival events throughout the city.

 

Alberta Culture Days

Details: Free 30 days of arts and culture experiences, local events and activities, across the province.

 

Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfasts

Details: Celebrate the Calgary Stampede with free Stampede pancake breakfasts in and around the city.

 

Chinatown Street Festival

Details: Free admission to the Chinatown Street Festival with live entertainment, dancers, and music.

 

Doors Open YYC

Details: Free access to Calgary and area locations with behind-the-scenes experiences and tours.

 

Inglewood Night Market

Details: Free admission to this neighbourhood market with live entertainment and a collection of local vendors.

 

Inglewood Sunfest

Details: Free admission to this popular summer festival with 200 vendors, live entertainment, and activities for all ages.

 

Lions’ Festival of Lights

Details: Calgary’s largest free drive-by Christmas light showcase with 650,000 bulbs and 25,000 strings of lights.

 

Marda Gras Street Festival

Details: Free family friendly event that attracts over 35,000 visitors from around Calgary.

 

Pet-a-Palooza

Details: Free pet-friendly festival with vendors, live entertainment, and treats.

 

Shakespeare by the Bow

Details: Free live theatre in Prince’s Island Park each summer from Theatre Calgary.

 

Find more great local events with the Tourism Calgary Events Calendar.

 

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