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


Festivals and Events Subsidy Program reminder

The Festivals and Events Subsidy Program (FESP) will accept applications for 2023 events from October 1 – 31, 2022, 11:59 p.m. MST. Please check our funding page for the application, starting Sept. 30, 2022.

Eventful City Environmental Microgrant

The Eventful City Environmental Microgrant will help reduce financial barriers associated with implementing responsible environmental management of festivals and events within Calgary. Applications are being accepted from August 15 to September 30, 2022.

No charge after-hours inspections

Applying for a Building Permit is required for setting up event tents, canopies or shelters for temporary special events. Starting July 2022, Development, Business and Building Services will no longer charge the after-hours inspection fee (minimum $784.80) for inspections of event tents outside of regular business hours.

Eventful City 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.

The Festivals and Events Subsidy Program (FESP) will accept applications for 2023 events from October 1 – 31, 2022, 11:59 p.m. MST. Please check our funding page for the application, starting Sept. 30, 2022.

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