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Press Release

August 31, 2023

Free Fun for Everyone: University District’s Annual Block Party is Back

The U/D Block Party returns and will feature live music from The Brasstactics, giant inflatables and fun activities for all ages.

University District will host its third outdoor annual Block Party on September 17, 2023 from 1-4 p.m. to celebrate the growth of Retail Main Street, which is now home to more than 30 retailers, businesses and services since launching in 2020. This free public event will be taking place outdoors along Retail Main Street on University Avenue between Smith Street NW and McCaig Street NW.

The U/D Block Party will feature front-door activations from participating retailers, roving live music from The Brasstactics and a plethora of fun activities for families to enjoy.

The Brasstactics will be roaming Retail Main Street throughout the event

What: University District’s annual free Block Party featuring live music, activities and more. The U/D Block Party will include activations from the community’s retailers as well as free fun activities including face painting, balloon twisting, giant inflatables, roaming performers and a lego building booth.

Where: University District Retail Main Street at University Avenue NW, between Smith Street NW and McCaig Street NW.

When: Sunday, September 17, 2023 from 1-4 p.m.

Who: The event is open to the general public and free for people of all ages to attend. There will be featured performances from the Brasstactics.

Parking: University District offers free two-hour surface lots and a free three-hour underground parkade. License plates must be registered at one of the Calgary Parking Authority machines located at each lot and the parkade.

Select University District retailers will also be participating in the event with special promotions and contests.

About University District

To the west of the University of Calgary and overlooking the Bow River and Rocky Mountains, University District is a comprehensive 200-acre community with a bold new vision for urban life in Calgary. Through a collaborative, people-first design process, the Master Plan and thorough engagement program forged strong respect between the local stakeholders and UCPG. The neighborhood applies the best ideas in city design and incorporates the wants and needs of surrounding legacy communities – weaving current aesthetic, technology, and lifestyle options into the strong social fabric of the city. University District is the 2022 national winner of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) Award for Best Growing Community.

For more information about University District, visit its Discovery Centre at 4410 University Ave. N.W., Calgary (just north of the Alberta Children’s Hospital) or go online: and visit Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, #UDLife.

Media Contacts:

Jacqueline Tran
University of Calgary Properties Group
(403) 903-6024

Paula Worthington
Worthington PR & Story
(403) 585-2429