Festivals and Events

Festivals and events

Our Event Services team assists event planners, organizations, and citizens planning events that take place on City land and/or require City permits.

We 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.

Are you planning an event?

Plan your festival or event that occurs on or impacts City of Calgary property.

Attend an event

Get outdoors and experience arts, culture, recreation events and activities throughout our city.

News for event organizers


Temporary Outdoor Event Exemption Pilot

This program is to encourage more events across the city by making it easier for businesses to host events and pop-up activities on their own properties.

Arts & Culture Microgrant Program

Up to $50,000 for experiences from June 7 through December 31, 2022, including community-run projects, new opportunities for local artists, activations in winter months and local events hosted by not-for-profits.

Waste and recycling services changes

Starting Jan. 1, 2022, The City will no longer provide waste and recycling services for events. Organizers will need to contract a private waste and recycling service provider.

Festival and event strategy

We are working on a strategy to maximize the benefits of festivals and events planned and held in our city.

Are you an event organizer? Keep up-to-date on latest City policy, process, permit changes, event funding, important deadlines and professional development sessions.

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