Project Overview

Fall 2023 Update: Through implementation the following projects were realized:

  • A Community Notification toolkit was piloted to 17 major events from July 2023 to September 2023. This provided event organizers best practices and resources for being a good neighbour in the community where an event is being held.
  • "Good neighbour signage' was installed during Canada Day and Stampede at key locations on Scotsman's Hill, Ramsay, Crescent Heights, Fort Calgary, and St Patrick's Island. Additional signage was developed and installed to address noise concerns from Tomkins Park in the Beltline. Signage was made available to event organizers to borrow and install for their events throughout the summer.
  • An initial review was conducted regarded waste management practices at events that focused on learning about experiences with waste service changes for festivals and events hosted on City land, with a goal to better support the festival and event industry. A new web page has been developed to provide information and resources for festival and event organizers to develop better waste management processes. Work on this project will continue into 2024.

Winter / Spring 2023 Update:

The Eventful City Strategy is now in an implementation phase. Through implementation there will be a number of projects that are designed to address and meet the objectives of the strategy. Please refer to the main page for the most up to date project information.

Fall 2022 Update:

Thank you for providing your feedback. Online engagement for this project is now complete. Please see the What We Heard Report for more details on the public engagement process and what was heard from participants.

Project Background:

The City of Calgary wants to better understand what issues or concerns communities are dealing with related to major outdoor events so we can provide the support they need. We want to hear from residents who live in and around communities where major outdoor events take place, where unintended gatherings or unplanned travel congestion can result, and from all Calgarians who attend these events, so that we can provide the right support services to communities to ensure successful event experiences and happy neighbours.

City Council wants to hear from Calgary communities and event organizers to understand the issues and concerns facing community residents regarding major outdoor events, to ensure successful events in all Calgary communities. Based on what we learn, we will develop recommendations to provide needed supports and services to mitigate community impacts. As outlined in this Notice of Motion: Developing Municipal Event and Landmark Special Policy Areas (May 17, 2022), recommended supports for affected communities will be replicated across Calgary to balance the use and enjoyment of our great public spaces with residents and visitors alike.

We will report back to City Council in September 2022 with what we’ve heard from citizens and event organizers.

Selected Communities and Scope:

Crescent Heights as well as the communities surrounding and near Scotsman’s Hill, Prince’s Island Park, Millennium Park, Prairie Winds Park, Elliston Park, and the Red Mile (Beltline neighbourhood at 17th Avenue S.W.) have been initially selected because they annually host or are near major outdoor events. The residents of the communities surrounding Scotsman’s Hill, the Red Mile, and City parks we’ve mentioned, are encouraged to provide their feedback as well as everyone who may attend major outdoor events.

All Calgarians are welcome and encouraged to participate in this engagement and share feedback, it is not limited to residents of selected communities.

Provide Your Input

*Online engagement for this project is now complete.

As part of this engagement, we would like to hear from residents who may be impacted by these events, as well as from event attendees themselves. Please click on the tiles below to share any experience and perspective you might have.

We will also be engaging with event organizers for their feedback.

Next Steps

Thank you for providing your feedback. Online engagement is now complete. Please see the What We Heard Report for more details on the public engagement process and what was heard from participants.