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Planning festivals and events

The City of Calgary is advising organizations and individual event organizers that all festivals and events in Calgary with an audience of 15 people or more, must be canceled or postponed through June 30, 2020. In addition, we are cancelling permits for third party events that were set to be held on City land through June 30 which means those events cannot proceed.

While we understand this is a difficult time for many organizations, this decision is aligned with Federal and Provincial direction on mass gatherings. New festival and event permit applications are not being accepted until further notice. We will continue to provide updates to our event partners as the City's response to COVID-19 progresses. At this time, it is impossible to predict how long this emergency will exist.

If the event cancellation date is to be extended past June 30, The City will notify Calgarians and event organizers by May 5, 2020.

Please visit for the latest updates and restrictions on gatherings.


Event Planning Resources​​

Are you planning a festival or event that takes place on City land? Do you require services from our departments? Services include event applications, event guidelines, permits, approvals, regulatory requirements, festival and event food vendor operating requirements, and additional resources (Emergency response plans, alcohol licensing, safe food handling, etc).

The City's Event Services Team provides a one-stop approach for festivals and events that take place on City land.

Event Services can assist you with:

  • Charity runs and walks
  • Races and triathlons
  • Arts, cultural and music festivals
  • Parades
  • Block parties
  • Celebrations and so much more.
​​​​​​​Canada day performance

The City supports over 265 events every year.

We're proud to support the vibrant arts and culture community in Calgary.

Popular event locations:
Eau Claire Plaza
Olympic Plaza
Shaw Millennium Park



Event Funding

There are two funding sources managed by the Event Services team. The Festival and Event Subsidy Program provides approved events with subsidized City fees such as service costs, permit fees and license fees, as per the direction from Council. The Council Strategic Initiatives Fund assists one-time events or inaugural editions that encourage innovation and have the potential to support or contribute to the goals of Council.

Festival and Events 101

Event Services is committed to providing ongoing educational support to event organizers. Annually we identify relevant topics and present our Festival and Event 101 series to provide organizers with valuable information and resources. This also creates a forum in which event organizers can speak directly to the Event Services Liaisons to address pertinent questions and concerns.

Contact Event Services

Phone: 403-476-4311


Open Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
2105 Cliff Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 2G4

Mailing Address:
Event Services #63
P.O. Box 2100 Station M
Calgary, AB
T2P 2M5​​​​

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