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.
More Stories From Calgary
Get to know the inside scoop on things to do in Calgary through our curated list of remarkable experiences told by local storytellers.
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.