The W5s of Equinox Vigil + more
What it is
Equinox Vigil is a Free, Family-Friendly and Non-Denominational sacred event.
You do not have to have an ancestor or loved one buried at Union Cemetery to attend. Nor do you have to be mourning someone in particular. The evening’s intention is to make the cemetery as much a civic space for the living as it is for the dead, bringing Calgarians into the Historic Union Cemetery for an evening of art, music and culture.
Date & Time
Equinox Vigil is held each year to mark the Autumnal Equinox.
Saturday, September 23, 2017 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Opening Ceremony: 6:30 p.m.
Choir-led Lantern Processions: 8 pm & 9:15 pm
Union Cemetery is located directly across 25th Ave from the Erlton CTrain Station. It is also served by #10 bus.
Please note that parking at Union Cemetery is limited. You are encouraged to walk, bike or take transit to Equinox Vigil.
Parking: Spiller Road at 28th Ave SE, watch for the signs and volunteers directing traffic.
Please enter via the parking lot on Spiller Road at 28th Ave SE. Volunteers will direct you from there.
Equinox Vigil is free. However, donations to this non-profit, volunteer-led event are greatly appreciated.
Children of all ages are welcome. However, due to Union Cemetery’s uneven pathways, and low light conditions, strollers are highly discouraged.
Sorry, pets are not allowed at Union Cemetery (City Bylaw)
What to Wear
Equinox Vigil takes place rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and remember that the temperature gets cool after sunset.
What to Bring
You’re welcome to bring a lantern or flashlight for the lantern procession. Photographs or small mementoes to add to your personal memorial craft making are also welcome, although not necessary.
What not to Bring
Alcohol and pets are not permitted at Equinox Vigil. Smoking is allowed in designated areas only next to the portapotty.
Equinox Vigil has been deeply significant and meaningful event for my family for the past two years.2013 Participant
It is a very supportive environment; not somber, but definitely caring and gentle.2012 Participant