Festivals and Events
Our Events Services Team is here to support event planners, organizations and citizens who are planning events that occur on City land and/or requires City permits.
We can help navigate planning processes, applications and regulations. We can also answer any questions about event planning, available funding, liquor licenses, food vendors, fireworks, logistics and technical production. Learn more about planning festivals and events.
Photo taken before COVID-19 pandemic
Festival and Event applications
We are currently only accepting applications for community events, non-competitive walks and runs and drive-in and drive-thru events. All events must meet provincial and City requirements, legislation and restrictions on gatherings. Learn more about COVID updates for festivals and events.
There are several opportunities available to help fund your event:
The Festivals and Events Microgrant Program is available for arts, culture, sport and recreation events. Applications accepted until November 13, 2020 for events between July 20 and December 31, 2020.
The Council Strategic Initiatives Fund (CSIF) is not accepting applications for funding until further notice.
2021 Festival and Event Subsidy Program is not accepting applications as the deadline was October 31, 2020.
Special Event road closures
Get up-to-date information about road closures for upcoming special events.
In 2019 we supported 287 events translating to 567 event days. Of these events, 147 received funding through the Festival and Event Subsidy Program, and 11 events received funding through the Council Strategic Initiatives Fund.
The City of Calgary annually presents Canada Day New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Alberta Culture Days. In addition, the Event Services Team partners with regional, national and international organizations to deliver unique one-time events such as the Tour of Alberta, the Junos and WorldSkills.