Calgary Police Service

Raves and extended dance parties

All night techno-dance parties are fun and exciting, but they can also be very dangerous if you don't understand the risks. Please practice "safe raving" with these tips.

Here are a few tips to help you outlast the party:

  • Stay hydrated - dancing will dehydrate you.
  • Know your surroundings - located clean water taps, exit points, and emergency personnel are located before you start to party.
  • Don't let your guard down - raves can be full of people trying to advantage of you and your friends. The Calgary Police are targeting pimps who are hanging out at raves hoping to recruit new prostitutes.
  • Always keep a clear head when you are in large groups such as raves.
  • Make sure your shoes are comfortable. Ask yourself this question: Am I still going to love these shoes after five hours of dancing?
  • Be aware of hearing damage. Ringing and inner ear tickling are signs that damage is happening to your inner ear - this damage is permanent and can cause deafness and is permanent and irreversible. Wearing earplugs can reduce the risk of damage.
  • If you're hooking up with someone, be safe about it. Remember - children are forever, AIDS is the fastest growing disease in the world and other sexually transmitted diseases can have permanent and horrible results, including death.
  • Stay away from drugs and be careful about your alcohol intake - for more information, please visit AADAC.

Raves and the law

For many, raves are all about the music. However, raves can be a major concern to residents and communities in Calgary. Raves are often associated with drug possession and trafficking, vandalism, graffiti, auto break-ins, noise bylaw infractions, physical and sexual assaults, and sex trafficking.

Calgary has implemented a Rave Bylaw to protect the safety, health and welfare of all Calgarians, including people who attend raves. Legal raves must meet the following requirements:

  • An Extended Dance Event License (Rave License‚Äč) is clearly posted at the event.
  • A "quiet area" or "chill room" is available to get away from the music and dancing.
  • Security personnel are distinctively dressed and present at every exit and "quiet area."
  • Emergency medical professionals are on hand.
  • Clean water taps are accessible, and free.
  • Ear plugs are available.
  • Noise outside of the event is minimal.


In an emergency always call 911

Non-emergency 403-266-1234