Festivals and Events
Festivals and Events enhance the quality of life in Calgary and are an essential element in creating complete communities.
We provide a one-window-in approach for planning festivals & events taking place on City land.
NEW - Festivals and Events Microgrant Program
$75,000 is available to support arts, culture, sport and recreation events. Applications will be accepted between July 20 and November 13, 2020 (or until all funds are allocated) for events planned between July 20 through to December 31, 2020. Learn about our new grant program.
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 proudly presents Canada Day, New Year’s Eve Fireworks, and the Alberta Culture Days Kick-Off Celebration each year. 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.
Attending an Event
No matter what time of year, Calgary has great events to offer. Check out our events calendar.
Planning an Event
Event Services can help answer your questions about event planning, available funding for events, alcohol and liquor licenses, food vendors, lighting, fireworks, permits, logistics and technical production.
Subscribe to The City of Calgary Event Services email updates to receive information about organizing events, festivals, walks and runs in Calgary.
As of July 3, we're accepting applications for community events and non-competitive walks and runs that meet provincial and City requirements, legislation and guidelines. We continue to accept applications for drive-in and drive-thru events. We will issue permits to successful applicants.
To learn more about planning a drive-in, drive-thru, community event or non-competitive walk or run during the COVID-19 pandemic in Calgary, check out our event planning resources.