Join us year-round and from October 6 - 15, 2017, for the 22nd annual Wordfest.

Wordfest sparks lively, illuminating and meaningful conversations between Calgary’s readers and the world’s most engaging writers. Our year-round literary events culminate in a 10-day festival every October, and are programmed to inspire Calgarians to live more creative lives. Wordfest’s trademark events include readings, workshops, panel discussions and in-school presentations from authors writing in every genre and for all ages.

Wordfest Youth is a popular youth and education program that brings students together with authors to stimulate literacy and encourage a love of reading and writing.

For 21 years Wordfest has brought together writers from around the world to share stories and discuss ideas with readers. Wordfest is a not-for-profit organization that hosts year-round literary events featuring the world’s best writers. More than 900 writers have presented at these events over the past 20+ years. Festival authors have included Margaret Atwood, Douglas Coupland, John Irving, Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Ford, Lawrence Hill, Alexander McCall Smith and David Suzuki.

In addition to the annual Festival, Wordfest hosts various events throughout the year.


  • 100% Non-smoking
  • AMEX
  • Family friendly
  • French
  • Group booking
  • Group rates
  • Italian
  • Limited wheelchair access
  • MC
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Visa
  • Wheelchair access

Hours & Admission


Oct. 6-15, 2017 and year-round events.


Adults $20; Students $17; Seniors (65+) $17. Year round events, rates vary.

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