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Planning festivals and events

Festival and Event applications

Starting January 1, 2022, we will require 90 days to process event applications. All events must meet provincial and City requirements, legislation and restrictions. 

2022 event planning

We understand it continues to be difficult to plan events due to changes and changing provincial and City requirements, legislation and restrictions. Please complete the application steps and our Events Services Team will follow up, to help, when needed. 

Follow these steps to start the application process:

  1. Review our Festival and Event Policy
  2. Review our Festival and Event Manual
  3. Complete an Event Opportunity Form if your event on City land will involve:

    a) Serving alcohol
    b) Fireworks or other types of pyrotechnic displays
    c) Setting up one or more tents or stages with a combined area greater than 600 sq. ft.
    d) Using parks or pathways, and roadways or sidewalks

    • If the event you are planning does not include any of these elements, you can submit a Special Event Greenspace Application. Please ensure to submit your application at least 8 weeks before the date of your requested event as any applications received with less than 8 weeks’ notice, will not be processed in time. 

  4. City of Calgary Event Services will contact you to discuss your proposed event and the next steps.

The application process involves a review from Event Services as well as other City departments and event-planning partners from the province. Starting January 1, 2022, we will require 90 days to process event applications.

Event planning resources

Event funding

2022 Festival and Event Subsidy Program will be accepting applications from October 1 – 31 11:59 p.m. MST , 2021. Application forms will be available here, starting October 1, 2021.

We continue accepting applications for our Festivals and Events Microgrant Program. This microgrant program is to support event delivery costs for events planned for June 11 through September 30, 2021.  

The Council Strategic Initiatives Fund (CSIF) is not accepting applications for funding at this time.

Food vendor operating requirements for events

If your event will include food vendors on your site, you must ensure they meet additional requirements. Learn about food vendor operating requirements.

Waste and recycling for events

Does your event require garbage, recycling and composting collection? Learn about waste and recycling services for festivals and events.

Learning opportunities for organizers

We host annual information sessions to share valuable event planning resources and connect event-planning colleagues, partners and experts. Learn more about our Festival and Event 101 series.

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Contact Event Services

Phone: 403-476-4311


Open Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
2105 Cliff Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 2G4

Mailing Address:
Event Services #63
P.O. Box 2100 Station M
Calgary, AB
T2P 2M5​​​​

The City supports over 265 events every year.

We're proud to support the vibrant arts and culture community in Calgary.

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