Lit Gala


$755,000 RAISED IN 2018!

Thanks to popular demand, Calgary’s most memorable gala will be returning in 2020. The Lit Gala features transformational experiences and distinct and notable cultural disruptors on every level of Calgary’s award-winning Central Library. As guests progress through the building, performers highlight our city’s vibrant cultural scene, and taste buds are tempted with an array of culinary delights.

Funds raised through the Lit Gala support a Spotlight Speaker Series for world-class thought leaders at the Central Library—providing free access to creative thinkers and fostering innovation and creative thought leadership in our city.

Located in the heart of Calgary’s East Village, the Central Library’s striking design welcomes plenty of natural light into its vast interior spaces. The Lit Gala takes its name from this concept, ushering in the light of knowledge to shine through the darkness.

Coming Soon.


2020 Date to be Announced


The Lit Gala will take place at the new Central Library, located in Calgary’s East Village at 800 3rd Street SE. The Lit Gala Entrance may be accessed via East Village (4th Street and 8th Avenue SE).

Getting Here

Limited parking is available, please consider using a taxi or ridesharing service with drop-off on 3rd Street SE. Access valet service via East Village (4th Street & 8th Avenue SE).

We encourage you to “dress to express” at an evening of glamour and fashion.

Express your identity. Express your individual style. Express what cultural disruption means to you. Whether this is inspired by runway looks of Tom Ford, the artistic expression of Lady Gaga, or the iconic style of Steve Jobs, we leave this up to your own creative interpretation.

The Calgary Public Library Foundation supports the Library through fundraising—connecting people and organizations who want to make a difference with the opportunity to improve our shared community. All donations received through the Library Foundation enhance Library collections, programming, and services.

Calgary’s new Central Library opened its doors to the world on November 1, 2019. The building, which added to Time Magazine’s list of the World’s 100 Great Places, saw more than 1.6 million visits in its first year.

With striking architecture and intelligently designed spaces, the Central Library has become an international icon and has helped elevate our city onto the global stage. As a cultural hub for learning and innovation, Calgarians’ access to the world, and the world’s access to Calgary, has fundamentally shifted through the Library’s programming and amenities.

Connect yourself or your business with Calgary’s most memorable gala.

Sponsorship inquiries:

Tracy Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Calgary Public Library Foundation
403 221 2008

Media contact:

Rachael Terner
Communications Manager
Calgary Public Library Foundation
403 774 2543