News and Updates

COVID-19 UPDATE: Lilac Festival 2020 

We will stop and smell the lilacs in 2021!

August 7, 2020 [ Calgary, Alberta ]

Dear Calgary, 

In response to the circumstances surrounding the pandemic, and with the health and safety of all Calgarians in mind, Lilac Festival 2020 is officially postponed until June 6, 2021

When the city began to open up, we were cautiously optimistic and extremely hopeful that rescheduling the 31st annual Lilac Festival to September would be a possibility. Although we remained hopeful, we knew we would have to make a judgment call based on the increasing concern for the overall well-being of our community. Due to the instructions by The City of Calgary and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s mass gathering risk assessment protocol we have made the decision to postpone this year's event. 

As one of Calgary’s largest outdoor street festivals, we know that this is tough news for the Calgary community. This event supports so many local small businesses, makers, and artists and we know this news doesn’t come without its challenges for all of these businesses. Festivals such as this one are what make up Calgary’s electric culture and we must work together to keep this vibrancy alive, amidst the new protocols and shifts in safety measures in light of the pandemic. 

"Making the decision to postpone to 2021 was difficult on so many levels. We had really hoped we could end the summer by celebrating on 4th Street like we normally would in the spring, but as time progressed it became clear that postponing the celebrations a year is what would have to happen” says Jennifer Rempel, Event Producer. “The 2021 4th Street Lilac Festival will be a true celebration of resiliency, community spirit, and coming together as no other year has been before. We look forward to planning through the winter months and seeing all of your smiling faces next spring."

The team at the 4th Street Lilac Festival, along with the board are working closely with the City of Calgary to plan a safe and fun Lilac Festival on June 6, 2021. 

In the meantime, please continue to share these posts, stay current with the latest updates, and support local whenever possible. This international pandemic has hit every city on a local level harder than anyone could have planned for. It’s our mission through our events to always find ways to strengthen and rally behind local independent businesses, makers, and artisans – and that doesn’t stop now. Our local community needs us more than ever and any support you can offer truly makes a world of difference. Let’s gather together (metaphorically) and come out of this stronger than ever before! 

Thank you for always being our greatest fans Calgary. We’ll see you next year for #LilacFestival2021

 

Please see Alberta’s latest public health advisories here

Jennifer Rempel 

Lilac Festival Event Producer 

E: jennifer@lilacfestival.net

 

Media Contact 

Kristy Archibald 

Media Relations at Urban Production Group 

E: marketing@urbanproductionsgroup.com

P: 403 837 4310

 

 

COVID-19 Response UPDATE: Lilac Festival

April 6 [ CALGARY, AB ] 

Dear Calgary, 

Through recent events surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we have been forced to consider the possibility of what the future for the 31st annual Lilac Festival will be. Due to the instructions by The City of Calgary and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s mass gathering risk assessment protocol we have made the decision to reschedule Lilac Festival to September, 2020 (exact date is TBD). 

What does this mean? 

For festival attendees: As of right now, nothing about the festival will be any different. Our team and board are closely monitoring the situation and staying cautiously optimistic that Lilac Festival will be able to proceed as usual on the rescheduled date. We will continue to post updates on our website and our social media channels. 

For Vendors + Entertainment: We will be in close contact with you to ensure the change of date is a quick and seamless process. Please keep an eye open for an email regarding the next steps on your end, along with any news and updates that we receive regarding this tragic situation in the meantime. 

We realize the hardships that are a result of this pandemic and we want you to know we are doing our very best to ensure that we are making decisions with our health, safety, and the overall well-being of our city in mind. We’re committed to being both responsive and responsible as we navigate these times and do our part to support the local businesses, artisans, and makers who rely on festivals and shows such as this one to survive. Please continue to share these posts, stay current with the latest updates, and support local whenever possible. We couldn’t do what we do without you and we can’t wait to see this fear lifted and our city thriving once again! 

Please see Alberta’s latest public health advisories here

 

Jennifer Rempel 

Lilac Festival Producer 

Ejennifer@lilacfestival.net 

 

Media Contact 

 

Kristy Archibald 

Media Relations at Urban Production Group 

E: marketing@urbanproductionsgroup.com

P: 403 837 4310 

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COVID-19 Response: Lilac Festival

MARCH 14 [ CALGARY, AB ] 

 

Dear Calgary, 

Through recent events surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we have been forced to consider the possibility of what the future for the 31st annual Lilac Festival will be. Currently, as it stands, Alberta is in a low-risk situation, but is taking extreme precautionary efforts to ensure the virus is contained and hopefully short-lived. 

Please see Alberta’s latest public health advisories here

Right now our team, along with the 4th Street staff and board are closely monitoring the situation and staying cautiously optimistic that Lilac Fest will be able to proceed as usual on June 7, 2020. We have been in close communication with the City of Calgary and will be moving forward in the best possible manner to adhere to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s mass gathering risk assessment protocol. We will continue to plan the execution of this iconic Calgary festival, but will be making future decisions regarding how we will move forward once we have more information in the upcoming days.  

Thank you Calgary for always being our biggest fans! We would not be able to continue to host the Lilac Festival if it wasn’t for your unwavering love and loyalty that you have shown us throughout the years. This international pandemic has hit every city on a local level harder than anyone could have planned for. It’s our mission through our events to always find ways to strengthen and rally behind local independent businesses, makers, and artisans – and that doesn’t stop now. Our local community needs us more than ever and any support you can offer truly makes a world of difference. Let’s gather together (metaphorically) and come out of this stronger than ever before! 

 

Jennifer Rempel 

Lilac Festival Event Organizer via Urban Productions Group 

E: jennifer@urbanproductionsgroup.com

 

Media Contact 

 

Kristy Archibald 

Media Relations at Urban Production Group 

E: marketing@urbanproductionsgroup.com

P: 403 837 4310