Frequently Asked Questions

Get Tickets

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.


Fall Festival Passes

On Sale This Summer
Valid Oct. 14 – 18, 2020

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 fall festival 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

$425 Early Bird Regular
$700 Early Bird Plus
On sale now until Jan. 31, 2020

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.


Get to Our Venues

Memorial Park Library



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.


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

111 12 Ave SE, CALGARY


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


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.


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.


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.

Book Store

Owl’s Nest Books is our official bookseller, and Calgary oldest independant book shop with more than 40 years of experience. In addition to selling the featured book at our events, Owl’s Nest will 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 location in Britannia Shopping Plaza (815a 49 Ave SW) has a wide selection of past Wordfest titles.

Social Media

Please join our authors and become active members of the Imaginairium 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?

Get Gifted

New for 2019: Build an Imaginairium keepsake (the bracelet and beads are free thanks to a super donor). Every event has its own bead, which you can easily add to the leather string you’ll pick up at your first show (don’t worry, we’ll have Bead Elves standing by to help). Will you be the lucky patron who finds each author’s lone extra-special bead? Share photos of your keepsakes on Instagram using the tag #ImaginAIRium2019. Who knows which authors and book lovers will want to connect back with you?