Early Pickup Event

We’re hosting an early pickup event for weekend pass holders to get your wristband early and avoid the admissions line on Friday!

The Basics

Date & Time

Thursday May 9th
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM


SunAlta Room & Patio at The Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel

Who’s Invited?

The event is open to weekend pass holders who have pre-purchased their pass!
Bring your ticket / QR code!

Can’t make it on Thursday?

That’s okay! You can always redeem your pass at our regular Admissions Desk during Otafest! Our Admissions Desk’s hours are listed on our home page.

Map here

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Weekend Pass Holders Only!

The event is open to weekend pass holders only (Angel Pass, Demon Pass, Weekend Pass, Youth Pass, Child Pass, Licensed Caregiver Pass).

Friday/Saturday/Sunday single day pass holders can only redeem their pass on the day for which their ticket is valid (i.e. Friday pass holders can only redeem on Friday, Saturday passes on Saturday, Sunday passes on Sunday).

What's Happening?

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can’t make it to the Thursday event?

That’s absolutely fine! This is more of a “bonus” event and you are by no means required to attend. You can still pick your wristband up at our Admissions Desk any time between 8am – 7pm on any of the festival days.


Can I pick up someone else’s wristband? Can someone else pick up mine?

The person must physically be present to receive a wristband. Otafest staff must put their wristband on your wrist at the time of redemption.


Can I get my Friday / Saturday / Sunday wristband at this event?

No. You can only redeem a single day pass on the day that the pass is for. This event is specifically for weekend pass holders.


I’m a parent with a single day pass, but my child has a weekend pass, can I come to this event?

Yes! Please accompany your child if that is what makes you and your child feel safe, however as stated above, we won’t have access to our single day wristbands so while we can give your child their wristband, you would still need to come to our Admissions Desk on the day your ticket was bought for in order to receive yours.


Will there be prop check at the Thursday event?

Yes! Our Prop Check team will be present to tag your props so you don’t need to worry about them on Friday!


Will you have copies of the paper schedule/map available?

Yes we will have a limited number! Please note that there is a different paper schedule for each day of the event. If you need one during Otafest, they will be available at our Info Booth. If we run out of schedules at the Thursday event, there will be more available at our Info Booth on Friday. That being said, the most up-to-date version of our schedule will always be online at https://otafe.st/schedule