University District (U/D) never falls short on fun, entertaining events, and this year, the U/D Block Party is making its third comeback as an annual community favourite. 

University District is an award-winning community located west of the University of Calgary main campus. What started as empty endowment lands has now transformed into an active and vibrant community with a growing list of retail, offices, park spaces, cycling pathways, residential buildings, and most recently the Alt Hotel. 

There’s a lot to celebrate — and the U/D Block Party is the best place to do it. 

U/D Block Party Event Details 

  • Sunday, September 17 
  • 1-4 p.m. 
  • 4410 University Ave NW 
  • University District Retail Main Street

The U/D Block Party is a free community event that celebrates the neighbourhood’s growing Retail Main Street — the main corridor along University Avenue lined with over 30 beloved retailers like OEB Breakfast & Co., Fuwa Fuwa Japanese Pancakes, Village Ice Cream, The Canadian Brewhouse, The Banquet, Staples and Borough Bar + Grill. Lifestyle options including YYC Cycle, Bottoms Up Scrubs, Orange Theory Fitness, Clara Optometry, AdaptAbility and Cineplex VIP Cinemas are also among the growing list of offerings. For a full list of what’s along Retail Main Street and to stay up-to-date on new announcements visit  

Photo by the University District Block Party 2022

The U/D Block Party invites Calgarians from all corners of the city to experience the community character. The streets will be buzzing with live music, roaming entertainment, a kid zone, same-day discounts from participating retailers and more surprising delights.  

The U/D Block Party will be the perfect opportunity to explore this growing community. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see how much University District has grown since the first retailers opened in 2020. The best part? There’s even more to come. 

The U/D Block Party Line Up 

Live Music from Brasstactics:
Live Music from Brasstactics:

Brasstactics is a New Orleans-style brass band made up of 10 talented musicians. They describe their music as, “a crash course in human culture,” playing a range of tunes from AC/DC to Dr. Dre and funky throwbacks from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s. 


Family-Friendly Activities 
  • Giant inflatables
  • Face painting
  • Balloon twister
  • Circus Workshop: Test your juggling skills with a hands-on workshop 
  • Lego Booth
Photo from the University District Block Party 2022

The Retail Main Street is curated to offer everything you need within walking distance. At its completion, it will boast nine blocks of retail from entertainment, lifestyle, everyday convenience and fashion and home options. As a feet-first community, University District is continuing to deliver on the vision to be a community where people can thrive. 

After you’ve indulged in the U/D Block Party festivities and explored the retailers, stroll through the parks and green spaces to experience the serenity of nature in a bustling neighbourhood. End your visit with a stop at the Discovery Centre to learn more about the community. As a one-stop hub for all things related to University District, you’ll be able to tour the builder show suites and get a sneak peek of what’s coming up for this emerging and one-of-a-kind neighbourhood.

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