10 Reasons to Attend Calgary Stampede
Ask a Calgarian what to do in July and they will no doubt tell you to attend the Calgary Stampede! This 10-day festival is the greatest outdoor show on Earth and was ranked one of the top parties in the world by CNN. Individuals from all around the world come to be part of this enriching experience. Why? Well, here are some reasons you should join the energy too!
Featuring the world’s best rodeo athletes and the finest stock, the Calgary Stampede Rodeo is definitely a must-see! Competitors from around the world display skill and grit each afternoon at 1:15 p.m. and for the evening show, nine heats of four chuckwagons each take place nightly at 7:45 p.m.
A Global Variety of Food
Word on the street is that there is a whole lot of crazy-delicious new food options from around the globe headed to the Midway this year, including red velvet chicken strips, dragon dogs, scorpion pizza, and mini-donut popsicles! There’s a lot more where that came from, take a look for yourself! What will you be testing your test buds with this year?
FREE Pancake Breakfasts
Behold a week where it’s completely normal to indulge in a diet solely containing pancake batter and sausages for 10 days straight… for free! Use this Stampede Breakfast tool to find the closest pancake extravaganza near you and perhaps make it your mission to attend one daily over Stampede week.
Insider tip: Arrive early to avoid what may feel like endless lineups.
There is a certain energy that fosters across the grounds and that is, the feeling of hospitality and friendliness. It’s impossible to decipher in words, so that just means you’ll have to come on down to see for yourself! Yahoo! Capture these moments with the hashtag #yycenergy!
There are several music venues right on the Stampede grounds. The Scotiabank Saddledome, Coca Cola Stage and Nashville North are among the most popular. This year’s lineup includes notable artists: Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonders, Kiesza, and plenty more. For a look at the full lineup, click here.
End every night with a sparkle
Fireworks are set off at approximately 11 p.m. each night just over the Grandstand building!
Insider’s Tip: If you time it just right, you could have the best view in Stampede Park on top of the Ferris wheel! Make sure to snap a picture and tag it #stampede2015!
Calgary Transit operates 24-hour CTrain service
10 days where wearing Wranglers is acceptable
If you wear your traditional blazer and dress pants to work during Stampede, you’ll look a little out of place. Even corporate Calgary has the luxury of wearing plaid shirts, jeans and cowboy boots for 10 days straight!
Even Princess Kate and Prince William gear up in cowboy attire!
Immerse yourself in arts and culture
There is ample opportunity to purchase a unique souvenir from artists in the many shops around Stampede Park!
Perfect for family fun, the famous Calgary Stampede parade kicks off the 10-day celebration on the first Friday of Stampede around 7:30 a.m. The parade begins at the intersection of 3rd Street and 6th Avenue and finishes at the intersection of 4th Street and 9th Avenue in Calgary’s downtown core. View map.
Insider’s Tip: Head down early to ensure you grab a spot with a great view!
Calgary Stampede is the greatest outdoor show on Earth!