Marda Gras

Marda Gras Street Festival - Lite!

Sunday August 8, 2021 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Marda Gras is a FREE family-friendly event in the heart of Marda Loop. The longest running street festival in Calgary. Take part in a pedestrian friendly, car-free day with your friends and family – shopping local and reconnecting with the community.

This year, the festival’s focus is on the street! Walk the street and reconnect with your community. There will be four “street performer corners” with a full lineup of music, dance and magic shows. Local businesses and artisans will be there to promote and sell a variety of products and services.

For kids of all ages there will be an exclusive colouring sheet of the Marda Loop neighbourhood, handed out at the Marda Loop BIA tent.   

The BIA tent will also be handing out a map with special offers from a selection of local business.

Pet Photo Booth and Pet Pageant

Don’t miss a chance to dress up your pet in costume for a FREE photo in the “Marda Gras Pet Photo Booth”. Be sure to enter your pet’s photo in the Virtual Pet Pageant for a chance to win some great prizes! Registrations will be donated to Tails of Help pet charity who helps fund essential veterinary care for ill or injured pets of owners who are experiencing financial hardship, with the goal to keep pets healthy and with their loving families.

On Social we are @mardagrasyyc   #mardagras21

Find out more about the history of Marda Gras here: Visit Marda Loop | Back to the Origins of Marda Gras

Getting to Marda Gras

Getting to Marda Gras

33rd Avenue SW between 19th and 22nd Street

Marda Gras is hosted on the streets of Marda Loop, on 33rd Avenue SW between 19th and 22nd street.

If you’re nearby, the best way to get here is on foot!  If you are a little further, there is Calgary Transit service via Max Yellow BRT, and Routes 7, 20, 22 and 66.  You can also scoot here on Bird and Neuron

If you are driving, there is street parking in the general area.  (But note that the usual shuttle from the Military Museums is NOT available this year).

Getting to Marda Gras


Register & Pay Online

Part of what makes Marda Gras unique is the vendors!  Adding something special to the culture and atmosphere of the event, the festival welcomes all styles of vendor to showcase their products and services.  Register to participate today! 



Vendor Registration


The festival has not determined 2021 volunteer needs at this time

In the past, Marda Gras has hosted over 35,000 visitors during this single-day annual festival.  Volunteers are a major contribution to its success.

Volunteers are encouraged to register with us and join a warm, welcoming Marda Gras family committed to excellence.

** 2021 Volunteer Needs are filled. Please register and receive notifications about future volunteer opportunities**

Volunteer Registration