GlobalFest 2020 Update

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on festivals and the performing arts in Canada is unprecedented. We continued to work on alternative plans and had hoped moving our festival into September would allow us to proceed in a modified capacity.

Following extensive consultation with the City of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, we were unable to make our annual gathering for fireworks at Elliston Park happen this year, and have made the difficult decision to postpone GlobalFest until August 2021. We wish to thank all those within the Province who worked so hard with us to find a solution. These are difficult times and we appreciate the absolute need for safety for all Albertan’s and visitors to our wonderful city.

As stated in our previous announcement – all tickets and passes purchased will be honored for 2021. If you have already received physical tickets, please keep them in a safe place as they will grant you festival access next year. If you were not yet mailed tickets, you will receive an electronic ticket via email as soon as our new dates are confirmed.

GlobalFest is more than just fireworks. The team is moving ahead with other programming in our annual calendar, with some going online plus two new events launching:

  • OneWorld Virtual Showcase – premiering September 4 on YouTube, in conjunction with Alberta Culture Days, we showcase the performers who grace the stage at GlobalFest and other Calgary events each year
  • 50/50 Raffle – opening September 19 online, aiming for $100,000 and our biggest win yet!
  • 4th Annual GlobalFest Golf Classic – returning September 21 at Muirfield Lakes Golf Course, a day on the links with great prizes to be won
  • OneWorld Spotlight – running September 21 through December 21 on YouTube. A mini documentary series meeting people from around the world who call Calgary home. Questions and answers for the Passport Pursuit contest will be given each episode.
  • GlobalFest Human Rights Forum: Breaking the Cycle 2.0 – October 13-17, presented online FREE. Registrations now open

Stay tuned to our social media channels for information on GlobalFest activity outside of Calgary. We are working on additional programming opportunities in the fall and winter. Keep checking back for updates as we begin planning for next year – and look forward to the first shot going up over Elliston Park when it is safe for us to come together again.

Thank you for your ongoing support. We hope you and your families stay safe and well.

With regards,

Ken Goosen

Chief Operating Officer


Both the OneWorld Festival and Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival will take place at the same location — Elliston Park in East Calgary (main gate at the corner of 17th [International] Avenue and 60th Street SE).

Elliston Park is open from 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm on the following evenings (please note: there is no entry after 9:15pm).

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Festival Grounds

There are three entrances to Elliston Park – two entrances off of 17 Avenue (International Avenue) SE and one along 60 Street SE. Gates open at 6:00 pm every night.

GlobalFest reserves the right to inspect any bags or packages brought into the park by patrons.

Glass containers and alcohol are strictly prohibited.

Beer, wine, and a selection of international beverages are available for purchase on site at the OneWorld Café and International Bar.

There is absolutely no smoking (cigarettes, vaping & Cannabis inclusive) permitted within Elliston Park during GlobalFest.

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Road Closures

To ensure everyone’s safety during the Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival and the Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival, 17th (International) Avenue SE between 52nd Street and 68th Street SE will be closed from approximately 8:00 pm until 11:30 pm. During this period, traffic will be detoured to Memorial Drive via 52nd Street and 68nd Street SE.

Please be advised: After each evening’s pyromusical display, all vehicular traffic (including shuttles) will be held until it is deemed safe to move vehicles. For the safety of all our patrons, we ask that you please be patient as you exit the festival site.

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Parking & Shuttle Bus Service

There is no parking available at Elliston Park.

Southland Transportation is offering public shuttle service from two locations:

Marlborough Mall (free parking), and Downtown pick-up at the corner of 4 Street & 10 Avenue SW.

Southland Transportation provides a return shuttle service to and from Elliston Park for just $6.00 per person, per night. Free shuttle service for children 5 & under when accompanied by an adult.

Southland Transportation – Shuttle Bus Policy – All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event that a GlobalFest presentation has been postponed, any unredeemed Shuttle passes that have been purchased online will remain valid only for the postponement date. Any shuttle passes that have already provided service cannot be redeemed a second time. Should you have any questions in this regard please contact Southland Transportation – Charters.


Please be advised: After each evening’s pyromusical display, all vehicular traffic (including shuttles) will be held until it is deemed safe to move vehicles. For the safety of all our patrons, we ask that you please be patient as you exit the festival site.

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Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is available for those with a valid Accessible Parking Placard at the RONA Distribution Centre (2015 – 60 Street SE). The parking lot can be accessed at the intersection of 23 Avenue and 52 Street SE on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Bicycle racks are provided free of charge at Elliston Park on a first-come, first-served basis. Racks can be found by both Southland Gate (17th [International] Avenue and 61st Street SE) and RONA VIP Gate (along 60th Street SE).

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Click here for more ticket information.

ALL DATES TENTATIVE. Fireworks will be postponed due to any conditions that organizers feel may jeopardize public safety. NO EXCHANGES OR REFUNDS. Upon postponement of an event or presentation, the event or presentation will be rescheduled. Ticket or pass holder assumes any and all liabilities as to risk and danger resulting from attending an event or presentation. Ticket or pass holder waives any claims for loss of personal effects or personal injury whether incurred before, after or during the event or presentation. Rules enforced and/or displayed on-site apply to the holder of said ticket or pass. Management reserves the right to deny entry to a ticket or pass holder whose behavior is deemed inappropriate.

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Children’s Tickets2018-05-07T15:06:56-06:00

Children’s Tickets

Free admission for children 5 and under when accompanied by an adult.

If over 5, they fall under regular ticket prices. Click here for more information.

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On-Site Box Offices2018-05-07T15:11:02-06:00

On-Site Box Offices

There are 2 on-site box offices:

  • Main Box Office: Across 60 St SE from Co-op Corner Gate (17 Ave & 60 St SE)

5:00pm – 9:15pm

  • BigSteelBox Office: Southland Shuttle Gate (17 Ave SE between 61 St & 65 St)

6:00pm – 9:15pm

A limited number of general admission tickets will be available for purchase each festival evening at Elliston Park. Special VIPs and GlobalPasses may also be available if any remain.

Please check our homepage and affiliated social media for daily updates.


Tickets purchased online can be picked up at Elliston Park Box Offices on any show night.

You must bring your receipt or ID with you.

Please bring your receipt or identification to a Box Office BEFORE 9:00PM.

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Pets & Service Animals2018-06-19T09:03:46-06:00

Pets & Service Animals

There are absolutely no animals permitted in Elliston Park during GlobalFest with exception to Service Guide Dogs. These Qualified Service Guide Dogs must:

  • Come from one of Alberta’s Qualified Service Dog Organizations
  • Pass an Assessment administered by a qualified organization
  • Come from a school certified by Assistance Dogs International (ADI)

Owners will be asked to produce Government of Alberta Service ID Card and ADI School ID Card.

Emotional support or comfort dogs and therapy dogs are not considered service dogs under Alberta’s Service Dogs Act and Service Dogs Qualification Regulations . Emotional support dogs provide comfort and companionship to the dog owner, but are not trained to do specific tasks that assist a disability. A therapy dog is brought by the owner on visits to people in institutions or in their homes, providing others with an opportunity to interact with a dog.

For the safety of all guest’s attending GlobalFest, emotional, comfort or therapy animals will not be permitted in Elliston Park during the festival.

All Service Animal Handlers must carry an Alberta Service Dog Identification Card.

For more information or questions please contact:
Service Dog Assessment Team
780-427-9136 (Edmonton)
310-0000, then 780-427-9136 (toll-free)

Government of Alberta
Human Services

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There is absolutely no smoking (cigarettes, vaping & Cannabis inclusive) permitted within Elliston Park during GlobalFest.

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Clothing – What To Wear & Bring

Being an outdoor festival in Calgary, the temperatures do cool down after sunset. Please plan ahead; check the forecast and dress accordingly. Feel free to bring tarps, blankets or chairs to sit on and keep warm!

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Weather Conditions

Fireworks could be postponed due to any conditions that organizers feel may jeopardize public safety. The alternate postponement day is the day following regularly scheduled performances.

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GlobalFest offers general festival seating. There are two large seating bowls created by the landscape of the park, with the south seating bowl also facing the TD Main Stage. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs.

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Wheelchair accessible & Senior Viewing2020-07-16T09:58:19-06:00

Wheelchair Accessible & Senior Viewing

Wheelchair accessible and senior viewing is available between RONA VIP Gate & Corner Gate.

Please note: seating is not provided.

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Food Concessionaires2020-07-16T10:00:32-06:00

Food Concessionaires

Our concessionaires offer a variety of festival fare.

We also offer cultural fare through our International Food Booths. Click here for a complete listing.

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Composting & Recycling

In support of our Green Program presented by GDI Integrated Facilities Services, we provide a number of green bins for composting, short blue bins for beverage container recycling and City of Calgary blue bins for paper, cardboard and plastic items.

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Beer Gardens

GlobalFest is a family event, but we do offer alcoholic beverages from around the world for guests 18 and older.

There are 2 Beer Gardens on-site:

– between RONA VIP Gate & Co-op Corner Gate

– west of the Southland Shuttle Gate

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Children’s Village Presented by Shakers Fun Centre2018-05-07T15:32:57-06:00

Children’s Village Presented by Shakers Fun Centre

Located by Co-op Corner Gate, the Children’s Village presented by Shakers Fun Centre features bouncy houses and slides, Calgary Zoo puzzles, and Girl Guides arts and crafts!

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There are absolutely no drones allowed in, over or around Elliston Park during GlobalFest.

For More information please visit:
City of Calgary
Calgary Police Service
Transport Canada