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 in the program guide are for advance tickets only and are exclusive of GST and fees. Door sale pricing may differ.



Festival Pass

$165 Early Bird (until September 15)
$195 Regular (until October 23)

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 food-related Imaginairium events and events occurring outside the fall festival program. 2019 Pass Holders also save on the box office fees normally added to the price of single tickets.


Platinum Passes

$500 Regular (SOLD OUT)
$625 Plus (SOLD OUT)

Platinum and Platinum Plus Pass Holders can reserve complimentary tickets in advance to all regular Imaginarium events (October 14 and 23), as well as year-round events until the end of December 2019. The regular Platinum pass includes your choice of 1 Imaginiarium food experience. Platinum Plus members can choose up to 4 food events during the festival.

Get to the Festival Hubs

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.


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.

Venue Shuttle

Move between our two venue hubs with ease. A shuttle will be traveling back-and-forth between Memorial Park Library and Central Library, and a round trip usually takes 20 minutes.

Shuttle Times

Thursday, October 17
4:30 PM until 11:00 PM
Friday, October 18
4:30 PM until 11:00 PM
Saturday, October 19
11:00 AM until 11:00 PM
Sunday, October 20
11:00 AM until 5:30 PM

Pick Up / Drop Off

West Side of Central Library
3 St SE near 7 Ave SE

Front Entrance of Memorial Park Library
2nd St SW between 12 & 13 Ave

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. 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 festival, 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 200 volunteers every year. Volunteers assume a variety of roles that contribute to our success, during the Imaginairium 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 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 2019 Imaginairium authors on the 2nd floor of Memorial Park Library and the mezzanine of the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall at Central Library.

Social Media

Please join our authors and become active members of the Imaginairium community by sharing photos and posts online. Use the hashtag #ImaginAIRium2019. 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?

Community Discounts

This is your chance to explore some of Calgary’s happening neighbourhoods while also supporting our local businesses. Treat yourself by presenting your badge or ticket at the following locations during the 2019 Imaginairium

Calcutta Cricket Club

340 17 Ave SW
10% off

Fiasco Gelato

221 19 St SE #110
2 for 1 small scoop


#100, 1011 1st St SW
10% off

Little Henry

1209 1 St SW
10% off

Rodney’s Oyster House

355 10th Ave SW
10% off (not including happy hour)

Sidewalk Citizen: Central Memorial Park

340 13 Ave SW
10% off

Sidewalk Citizen: East Village

618 Confluence Way SE
10% off

Sidewalk Citizen: Sunnyside

338 10th St NW
10% off


St. James Corner

1219 1 St SW
10% off

Sweet Relief Pastries

120 – 13th Ave SW
10% off storefront treats

Tea House

1213 1 St SW
10% off

The Beltliner

243 12 Ave SW
10% off meals and drinks

Trolley 5

728 17 Ave SW
2 for 1 brunch or lunch
valid: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm
Sat-Sun 10am-3pm

Two Penny

1213 1 St SW
10% off

Veg-In YYC

215 6 Ave SE
15% off

Cabin Brewing Company

505 36 Ave SE
10% off all drink purchases

Caffe Beano

1613 9 St SW
10% off coffee

Confluence Distilling

507 36 Ave SE
15% off all spirit bottles in Tasting Room

The Dandy Brewing Company

2003 11th Street SE
10% off in Taproom

I Love You Coffee Shop

348b 14 Ave SW
10% off coffee and food

Last Best Brewery

607 11th Ave SW
$5 18oz beers

Lukes East Village

In the Central Library
15% off


1210 1 St SW
Specialty Cocktail “The Thousandth Word” for $9 + tax

Skin LAB

1238 1 St SW
15% off regularly priced services

Shelf Life Books

1302 4 St SW
10% off Imaginairium titles

Hotel Arts

Calgary Downtown
(Four minute walk from Memorial Park Library)
Get 15% off with code “Wordfest” when you book online.

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Calgary Downtown
(Next to Memorial Park Library)
Get 10% off with code “S7608” or quote “Wordfest” when you call for reservations. 403-351-6500

Alt Hotel Calgary East Village

(Near Central Library)
Get 15% off with code “Wordfest” when you call for reservations.587-441-6635

Community Discount Policy

*For single ticket holders, the discounts are only available on the date listed on your ticket. Discounts restricted to Wordfest artists, hosts, pass holders, single ticket holders, staff, and volunteers participating in events between Oct. 14 and 23, 2019.