Frequently Asked Questions

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Individual tickets

For the best experience, purchasing tickets online before every event is strongly recommended. All tickets are general admission. Prices advertised are for advance tickets only and are exclusive of GST and fees. Door sale pricing may differ. All tickets are final sale.

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Fall Imaginairium Passes

On Sale This Summer
Valid Sept. 29 – Oct. 4, 2020

We have a special Imaginairium this year, 25 at 25, to celebrate Wordfest’s 25th Anniversary. 25 events, featuring 25 of Canada’s most amazing fiction writers, Sept. 29 to Oct. 4, 2020. This pass gets you access to all regular events. You can reserve tickets in advance (subject to availability) or be admitted on a first come, first served basis at the door. The pass excludes food-related events and events occurring outside the main festival dates. 2020 Pass Holders also save on the box office fees normally added to the price of single tickets.

Platinum Passes

$600 Regular (while quantities last)
$700 Platinum Plus [SOLD OUT]

Platinum and Platinum Plus Pass Holders can reserve complimentary tickets in advance to all regular festival events, as well as year-round events until the end of December 2020. The regular Platinum pass includes your choice of 1 food experience or special event. Platinum Plus members can choose 4 food experiences or special events.

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COVID-19 Response

Wordfest is watching the COVID-19 situation very closely. Our first priority is the health and safety of our audience, artists, volunteers, and staff. We are closely following official advice and guidance from federal, provincial, and local authorities. As we receive new information, we will continue to update this page with our current COVID-19 response.

The Bionic Women Writers Experience

November 6-8, 2020

$180 gets you 460+ minutes of inspiration over 3 days with 6 Power House Writers. Sign up now to indulge in inspiring insights, uncensored conversations, priceless workshops and one-on-one mentorship with four of Canada’s fiercest writers: Gwen Benaway, Claire Cameron, Kate Harris and Jenny Heijun Wills. The Friday afternoon to Sunday morning conference package also includes a special feminist edition of Dick Lit’s Trivia Night and a bonus showcase featuring two of Spring 2020’s most-talked-about female authors, Tessa McWatt and Maria Reva. More info coming soon. 

25th Anniversary Festival

Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, 2020

2020 marks Wordfest’s 25th Anniversary, and we’ll be celebrating a quarter century of word goodness with a special Imaginairium: Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, 2020. Trust us, you won’t want to miss a moment of 25 at 25, featuring 25 of Canada’s most beloved fiction writers in 25 spectacular events at Memorial Park Library, Decidedly Jazz Dance Centre and the Bella Concert Hall.

Get to Our Venues

PLEASE NOTE: In order to enable us to start our events on time, please arrive at least 10 minutes ahead of showtime to guarantee your seat. Latecomer entry is at the discretion of front of house staff.

Memorial Park Library

2ND FLOOR PERFORMANCE HALL
1221 2RD STREET SW, CALGARY

TRANSIT

The following routes and bus stops are within a block of Memorial Park Library. Also, the main Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations servicing downtown are only a 15 minute walk away.

PARKING

Street parking is available near Memorial Park Library, and some areas such as 13 Avenue may have free spots after 6pm. Please read street signage carefully before parking your vehicle. Nearby paid parking lots include ImPark Lot #77, Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre Parking Lot, and Hotel Arts Non Guest Parking.

DJD Dance Centre

DJD DANCE CENTRE THEATRE
111 12 Ave SE, CALGARY

PARKING

The DJD Dance Centre has a parkade for ticket holders (available after 5pm and Saturdays & Sundays). You will receive a code for the parkade with your ticket purchase. You can access the parkade off of Centre Street (at the back of the Kahanoff Centre). Two large paid-public parking lots are located at the South and East sides of the building. Two-hour meter street parking is available on Center Street SE, between 12 and 13 Avenue SE. Two disabled parking spaces are available on the south side of the building.

Central Library

PATRICIA A. WHELAN PERFORMANCE HALL
800 3RD STREET SE, CALGARY

The Calgary Central Library is one block east of the former Central Library building and just behind City Hall. The Performance Hall is located on the same level as the main entrance, which is up the exterior ramps and stairs from street level. Come find us directly to the left of the main doors once inside.

If this is your first time at the new library, you may want to consult the “Getting Here” and “Accessibility” pages on the Calgary Public Library website. Lane and road closures around the East Village are listed on the EV Experience website.

TRANSIT

If you are taking Light Rail Transit (LRT), the East-Bound and West-Bound City Hall Stations are within a block of the Central Library.

PARKING

We recommend any of the paid lots in the East Village listed below. Please remember to read parking signage and payment instructions carefully before leaving your vehicle.

Accessibility & Inclusivity

Wordfest strives to create a welcoming and inclusive space for all. Please strive with us. Embracing and encouraging diversity is an essential part of our programming and our values. All of our year-round and festival venues are accessible to those with limited mobility. Please visit our website for details or contact the box office with any questions or concerns. Courtesy seating is available upon request. All festival venues have gender neutral bathroom facilities.

If your financial situation limits your ability to experience our events, please contact us. We have a limited number of complimentary passes and tickets, thanks to the generosity of our individual donors.

Volunteer with Us

Wordfest works with approximately 150 volunteers every year. Volunteers assume a variety of roles that contribute to our success, during the fall festival and at year-round events. If you see someone in a Wordfest T-Shirt, they are one of our fantastic volunteers.

If you want to volunteer please click here to sign up, sign in, or read all the details.

Bookstore

With few exceptions, books by the authors and hosts featured in our events will be available for sale in the venue lobby before and after the show through our partnerships with Owl’s Nest Books (815a 49 Ave SW) and Shelf Life Books (1302 4 St SW), two of Calgary’s finest independent bookshops. In addition to selling the featured books, they also bring a limited selection of past titles by the author (if available). And if you missed the chance to buy a book at one of our events, their store locations have a wide selection of past Wordfest titles.

Social Media

Please join our authors and become active members of the Wordfest community by sharing photos and posts online. Use the hashtag #Wordfest2020. Tag us on Twitter using @WordfestTweets. Tag us on Instagram using @wordfest. Who knows which authors will want to connect right back with you?