Eventful City

Eventful City

Festivals and events help to grow our city and connect our residents and visitors by bringing people together to share art, culture, sport and entertainment experiences in meaningful ways. By becoming an eventful city, Calgary recognizes that festivals and events enhance quality of life, provide opportunities for celebration, connection and innovation and are essential elements in creating complete communities.

How festivals and events benefit Calgarians


Whether it’s a shared experience or a creative outlet, festivals and events bring people together.

Drives economic development

Bolsters local cultural assets and resources

Creates opportunities for new businesses & investments

Enables a healthy creative & cultural sector

Fosters a sense of community

Encourages diversity of cultural expressions

Contributes to a greener city

Why do we need a strategy?

Having a strategy helps us proactively shape the future of the creative sector in Calgary. It shows us how to build on previous successes and identifies areas for improvement and growth.

The Eventful City Strategy

The strategy document outlines our vision and roadmap for creating an eventful city.

Download the Eventful City Strategy

Community engagement

In 2021 we heard from Calgarians, event organizers and industry partners. Find out how we're using this information to better support communities and the event industry.

Learn more about what we heard

Event community impacts

Find out how we’re building on lessons learned, supporting event organizers, and collaborating with external partners to increase our impact in Calgary communities.

Read more about event community impacts

Plan your festival or event

If you’re thinking about planning a festival or event on City land or require a permit, our team is here to help.

Learn more about Festivals and Events Planning

Be part of the experience

Find out what events are happening in Calgary and experience what an eventful city is all about. Celebrate Calgary’s creative side and immerse yourself in its culture.

Find Events in Calgary

Contact us


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