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Festivals and Events

Festivals and Events enhance the quality of life in Calgary and are an essential element in creating complete communities. These experiences are recognized to have significant value by citizens and visitors and are a vital ingredient in Calgary’s on-going development as an active and creative city.

Canada Day Fireworks
Canada Day Fireworks

We provide a one-window-in approach for planning festivals & events taking place on City land.

In 2016 we supported 272 events translating to 610 event days. Of these events, 140 received funding through the Festival and Event Subsidy Program, and 19 events received funding through the Council Strategic Initiatives Fund.

The City of Calgary proudly presents Canada Day, Recreation New Year’s Eve Family Dance Party, and the Alberta Culture Days Kick-Off Celebration each year. In addition, the Event Service’s Team partners with regional, national and international organizations to deliver unique one-time events such as the Tour of Alberta, the Junos and WorldSkills.

Attending an Event

No matter what time of year, Calgary has great events to offer. Check out our events calendar.

Planning an Event

Event Services can help answer your questions about event planning, available funding for events, alcohol and liquor licenses, food vendors, lighting, fireworks, permits, logistics and technical production.

Subscribe to The City of Calgary Event Services email updates and receive information for organizers of events, festivals, walks and runs in Calgary.

Road Closures

Click here for information about road closures for special events

Waste and Recycling

Click here​ to learn about garbage, recycling, and composting collection for festivals and events.