How to Imaginairium 2022

Get Tickets

Individual Tickets

For the best experience, purchasing tickets online prior to each event is strongly recommended. Prices advertised on are for advance tickets only and are exclusive of GST and fees. Door sale pricing may differ.

Festival Passes

$149 Full Week (Sept. 29 – Oct. 6)
$100 Long Weekend (Sept. 30 – Oct. 2)

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. This pass excludes enhanced Imaginairium experiences priced at $25 or more, and it excludes shows occurring outside the fall festival program.


Festival Weekend Hotel + Show Package

$650 + GST

Spend the Friday and Saturday night of the festival at Hotel Arts — Calgary’s design-centric, fashion-forward boutique hotel surrounded by the bustling restaurant scene of the Beltline and Victoria Park District. Just steps away from the Imaginairium’s main hubs, this package is perfect for staycationers and out-of-towners alike. Includes a two-night stay in a luxury room, two Long Weekend Passes to the Imaginairium, complimentary breakfast and parking, and an invitation to our VIP party.


Show Schedule & Authors Subject to Change

Please visit often for the most current schedule and artist lineup. To make sure you don’t miss any important notifications, we also recommend signing up or double-checking that you’re on our email list. Wordfest is unable to honour refunds due to artist lineup or scheduling changes. In the event of a show cancellation or postponement due to circumstances beyond Wordfest’s control, your ticket will be held as a credit to use for other Wordfest shows. Or you may request that your ticket be converted to a donation and you will receive a charitable receipt.

Get Tokens

New for 2022: Spark connection and multi-sensory play at the festival with our Imaginairium BINGO cards! Pick yours up at any box office, bookstore table, or the Libations Bar. Then connect the dots to earn special tokens that can be exchanged for drinks, snacks, books, and surprises. Will you be the first lucky patron to complete all the friendly challenges on your card? Share photos of your progress, tokens and prizes on Instagram using the tag #ImaginAIRium2022. Who knows? Posting to social media may just be what you need to fill that last square!

Festival Hubs

Memorial Park Library

DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Avenue S.E.

Central Library

Land Acknowledgment

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.

This sacred gathering place provides us with an opportunity to engage in and demonstrate leadership on reconciliation. Thank you for your enthusiasm and commitment to join our team on the lands of Treaty 7 territory.

Health & Safety

By accessing our shows, you are attesting that you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or Monkeypox. You are also agreeing to comply with Wordfest’s COVID-19 & Monkeypox safety precautions outlined below. Policies subject to change. Let’s do our best to keep each other healthy!

To provide a community-first return to live programming for patrons, authors, Wordfest staff, volunteers and the venue staff, we will be taking the following precautions.


Masks are strongly encouraged. We recommend wearing your mask at all times while at the venue when not eating or drinking, including when seated in the performance space and in the post-show signing line.

Bar Service at Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

Bar service will be available pre- and post-show to enjoy socially distanced in the lobby or while seated in the theatre.

Bar Service at DJD Dance Centre

Bar Service will be available on the main floor Community Living Room pre- and post-show. No beverages will be allowed on the second floor lobby or in the theatre.

London Book Service

We will also offer “London Book Service” as an alternative option to the post-event book signing. (Patrons can pre-purchase books through Owl’s Nest Books in advance or at the door and authors will sign these copies prior to the event, allowing pre-purchased copies to be picked up before and after the show from a table separate from the book signing line.)

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 festival venues are accessible to those with limited mobility. Courtesy seating is available upon request. Please contact boxoffice@wordfest.con with any questions or concerns.

The Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall at Central Library, DJD Dance Centre, and Wordfest’s space at Memorial Park Library include gender neutral bathroom facilities.

Patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact the box office to request an audio recording and transcript of the show. Please inquire ahead of time for a faster turnaround.

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

Book Store

Owl’s Nest Books returns as the official festival bookseller. In addition to featured tables at every event, we will have pop-up stores featuring offerings from all of the 2022 Imaginairium authors on the 2nd floor of Memorial Park Library and the Community Living Room on the main floor of the DJD Dance Centre.

We will also offer “London Book Service” as an alternative option to the post-event book signing. (Patrons can pre-purchase books in advance or at the door and authors will sign these copies prior to the event, allowing pre-purchased copies to be picked up before and after the show from a table separate from the book signing line.)

Social Media

Please join our authors and become active members of the Imaginairium community by sharing photos and posts online. Use the hashtag #ImaginAIRium2022. Tag us on Twitter using @WordfestTweets. Tag us on Instagram using @wordfest. Who knows which authors will want to connect right back with you?

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