10 Reasons to Attend the 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!

1. The Rodeo

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 1:30 p.m. and for the evening show, nine heats of four chuckwagons each take place nightly at 7:45 p.m.

2. A Global Variety of Food

Each year a new variety of crazy-delicious food options from around the globe is featured at the Stampede Midway! Past favourite food features have included velvet chicken strips, dragon dogs, scorpion pizza, and mini-donut popsicles! What will you test your taste buds with this year?

3. FREE Pancake Breakfasts

Behold a time 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.

4. Energy

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 and share them with your social network using the hashtag #yycenergy!

5. Concerts

There are several music venues right on the Stampede grounds. The Scotiabank Saddledome, Coca Cola Stage and Nashville North are among the most popular and have hosted notable artists including, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonders, Kiesza, and plenty more. For a look at this year's full lineup, click here.

6. 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!

7. Calgary Transit operates 24-hour CTrain service

With two train lines, a free far zone downtown, and 45+ stops around the city, the CTrain can get you where you need to go at any hour!

8. Ten 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!

9. Immerse yourself in arts and culture

There is ample opportunity to purchase a unique souvenir from artists in the many shops around Stampede Park!

10. Parade Day!

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. in Calgary’s downtown core. The parade begins at the intersection of 1rst Street and 9th Avenue SE, goes down 9th Avenue to the intersection with 10th Street SW, where it then crosses over to 6th Avenue SW and finishes at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 1rst Street SE. Be sure to check out the parade route map well in advance so that you can scope out a good viewing spot!

Calgary Stampede is the greatest outdoor show on Earth!

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