What is Wordfest?

Wordfest connects Calgarians of all ages and backgrounds with life-changing ideas through live events featuring some of today’s most compelling writers, thinkers, and dreamers.

Our year-round programming culminates in a 7-day reader’s festival held every April and October. Wordfest’s trademark events include readings, workshops, panel discussions and in-school presentations from authors writing in every genre and for all ages.

20,520 fans a year

Our audience continues to grow after each event. We attract a broad spectrum of age groups, backgrounds, and interests to our programming.

181 events last year

Did you know that Wordfest has more than doubled the number of events it produces annually, since becoming a year-round presenter of life-changing ideas?

119 days until October Festival

The 23rd edition of Calgary's #1 Reader's Festival will transform the Beltline district along 12th Avenue for a week-long fan frenzy with more than 70 artists in up to 50 live events.

6,847 new visits

This is the number of Wordfesters who have walked through the doors of Memorial Park Library to experience our events since we moved into our new home in December 2016.

October Festival

Now in its 23rd year, Calgary’s #1 Reader’s Festival from October 8 to 14, features more than 70 authors over seven days in a variety of highly entertaining, innovative theatrical formats. Programming ranges from traditional readings and interview-style presentations to storytelling events; and from stimulating conversations held in high-profile restaurants and bookshops, to book-themed trivia nights and poetry cabarets. More than 1,200 writers have presented at the festival since 1996.