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Slam 3.5

Do to safety measures provided by the City of Calgary surrounding Covid19, our traditional format of Slam will be postponed until 2021. This event is an incredibly important support vehicle for the Alberta River Surfing Association and those efforts live on.

Slam 3.5 – Our Digital Takeover

For 2020 we will be hosting a 2 day virtual event in lieu of our annual festival at the 10th st wave. We’ve been given the opportunity to create content that tells the story of the Alberta RSA as well as our surfing community. We also want to continue to open our community to new faces so this will include a few interactive events. See below for schedule and reference the Events page for more details on these events.

If you would like to support the Alberta RSA, you can do so by visiting and become a member or donate to the association. There is also a Donate link on our home page.

If you enjoy surfing in Calgary or just want to support our community efforts, your membership helps our community evolve. It will give you a voice in the association and you will also stay privy to our events and project progress.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at Slam 3.5!

Slam 3.5 Event Links

If you missed a video or want to know where a live interactive event will be, here are the links!

Friday Sept 18, 2020

A Day In The Life…of a Calgary surfer

Guidebook Series: 10th St Wave, Wave Report Video

Guidebook Series: 10th St Wave, Know The Hazards Video

Guidebook Series: 10th St Wave, River Surf Equipment Video

Banded Peak Live Interactive Beer Tasting

Aruba, Live!

Saturday Sept 19, 2020

Live Yoga with Mallory Chapman on @slamcalgary IG

10th St: Past, Present, Future

Live Slam 3.5 Recap and Surf Slam Updates on @slamcalgary IG

Getting here

Located downtown, you can find the Slam Festival event site at 311 8st SW We have a fenced event space in the ParkPlus lot 6 and an open event area next to the 10st surf wave in a Calgary Public Park.

Leave the car at home

Slam attendees are encouraged to access the event space via public transport or green transportation means. If you take the train there is a stop at 8th st SW or across the bridge at Sunnyside station

Coming from out of town

Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel
110 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5A6
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What to pack

When packing a bag for Slam Festival, think about what you would pack for a day at the beach.

Here are some suggested items:

Here are some items you will not be able to bring onto the event site:

Pets policy

If you would like to bring your pet to Slam Festival you will need to adhere to city park rules. No pets will be allowed inside the fenced event space. We love our pets too but to get the full Slam experience we encourage you to leave your furry friends at home.

Security check

When entering the fenced event space Security Staff have the right to search attendees and their belongings for banned items.

Event times and noise considerations

Calgary Noise Bylaw states everyone has the responsibility not to make noise that disturbs others after 10:00pm. The stage and amplified sound will end each night before 10:00pm. If people are at the event site later than 10:00pm they are asked to keep noise under a disruptive level. Calgary Public Parks are closed to the public at 11:00pm. Slam attendees are asked to leave the event space at 11:00pm

Food and beverage

Food trucks and 18+ bar are available to attendees on the Slam Festival event site. Attendees are able to bring their own food and beverage to the Calgary Public Parks areas of the event space but will not be allowed to enter the fenced event space with outside food or drink. Alcohol is not permitted in any of the event areas.


An ATM is available on site.


Local Calgary artisans are building a market for attendees to include shopping into their Slam experience.

Toilet facilities

Portable toilets are available on the event site.

Green services & waste

Our goal for Slam is to send zero waste to Calgary’s landfills. In collaborations with Green Event Services we are using compostable materials and working towards recycling all waste produced by Slam Festival.

Info booth and lost & found

Our information booth and lost and found is located at the Box Office.


Medical services provided by Mass Gathering Medicine. First Aid volunteers will be walking the site to ensure the safety of attendees. The First Aid tent is located near the event entrance.

Age Requirements

Slam Festival is family friendly and accessible for all ages. The fenced event area includes a beer gardens. Alcohol service is limited to attendees 18 years and older.

Children ages 12 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult.

Slam Calgary is the first of an annual sport, recreation, music, art and culture festival based around the 10th Street Wave in downtown Calgary.  The festival creates a new cultural event in an unused area, provides unique and family friendly experiences, connection diverse communities, brings people to the river & Calgary and educates people on and builds support for the Calgary Urban Surf Beach and River Waves project.  The long term goal is a major festival drawing people from across the West to Calgary.