Free Things To Do in Calgary
Free Things To Do in Calgary
Find free admission and activities at the top attractions and public spaces in Calgary.
Details: One hectare of botanical gardens with over 500 trees, 50 varieties of plants, 900 square foot living wall, fountains, fishponds, and a playground.
Details: Explore four floors of the beautiful Central Library in the East Village.
Details: Free admission to Glenbow from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. (Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Free First Thursday Night program is currently on hold.)
Details: Admission is free to this contemporary art gallery in the neighbourhood of Inglewood.
Details: Free admission and parking to international horse-riding events for all ages and skill levels.
Details: Free admission and parking for indoor tournaments at this world class horse jumping venue.
Details: Admission is free to Calgary’s police museum with interactive displays and photo opportunities for all ages.
Book a free tour with local guides and learn more about the history of Calgary.
Details: Join free daily general or free architectural tours of the Central Library.
Details: Book a free tour of Western Canada’s largest Ahmadiyya Mosque.
Details: Book a volunteer greeter to see Calgary through the eyes of a local for free.
Details: Book a free tour of the Scotiabank Saddledome on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on non-event days in June, July, and August.
Details: Calgary’s only pay-what-you can free walking tour company.
Details: Explore the longest street pathway network in North America with Wild Rose Adventures free bike route collection.
Free Parks & Outdoor Activities
Explore the great outdoors with splash pads, skate parks, and trails, for free family fun in Calgary.
Details: Explore walking trails and natural play areas in this popular East Village park.
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.
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.
Details: Discover over 270 species of birds, 21 mammals, 347 species of plants, and Nature Centre for free.
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Details: Largest festival park in the heart of downtown Calgary with picnic areas, playgrounds, hiking trails, flower gardens, and outdoor skating.
Details: Free family drop-in programs in the summer make this man-made wetland a family friendly natural area.
Details: Provincial Historic Site and internationally acclaimed garden in bloom from March to November with free parking.
Details: Home to Canada’s largest free outdoor skatepark, basketball courts, beach volleyball courts, and waterfall.
Free Festivals & Events
Add these free festival season experiences in Calgary to your calendar.
Details: Free admission to the Calgary Stampede on special Value Days for The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
Details: Free one day event with musical talent, artisan vendors, and entertainment for all ages.
Details: Explore Alberta farms with free open house experiences each summer.
Details: Free mural tours, live DJs, and graffiti jams in the Beltline neighbourhood.
Details: Celebrate love with the Calgary Pride Parade and festival events throughout the city.
Details: Free 30 days of arts and culture experiences, local events and activities, across the province.
Details: Celebrate the Calgary Stampede with free Stampede pancake breakfasts in and around the city.
Details: Free admission to the Chinatown Street Festival with live entertainment, dancers, and music.
Details: Free access to Calgary and area locations with behind-the-scenes experiences and tours.
Details: Free admission to this neighbourhood market with live entertainment and a collection of local vendors.
Details: Free admission to this popular summer festival with 200 vendors, live entertainment, and activities for all ages.
Details: Calgary’s largest free drive-by Christmas light showcase with 650,000 bulbs and 25,000 strings of lights.
Details: Free family friendly event that attracts over 35,000 visitors from around Calgary.
Details: Free pet-friendly festival with vendors, live entertainment, and treats.
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.