Planning festivals and events
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.
2021 event planning
We understand that it is difficult to plan an event for 2021, as we don’t know what City or provincial regulations related to COVID-19 will be in place next year at the time of your event.
Follow these steps to start the application process:
- Review our Festival and Event Policy
- Review our Festival and Event Manual
- 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 just submit a Special Event Greenspace Application.
- 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. We have temporarily condensed our 90-day application process to 30 days.
Event planning resources
There are several opportunities available to help you 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.
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.
Photo taken before COVID-19 pandemic
Contact Event Services
Open Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
2105 Cliff Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 2G4
Event Services #63
P.O. Box 2100 Station M
The City supports over 265 events every year.
We're proud to support the vibrant arts and culture community in Calgary.