Over 1.2 million people from across the world will flock to the biggest, baddest self proclaimed “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” in the middle of July. The Calgary Stampede is a dazzling 10-day celebration of Canadian western heritage that has been a country tradition for over 100 years. In 1912, a popular traveling entertainer by the name of Guy Weadick decided to bring the Old West culture to life. Since then, the annual festival has transformed into a family-friendly event that has just about everything you could think of.
Enjoy the thrilling competition of bareback bull riding after a fun-filled day at the amusement park. Get up close and personal with animal interaction at livestock shows. Dance the night away at the opening parade and evening concerts while enjoying bizarre yet irresistible eats from hundreds of food vendors. Into arts or shopping, or both? The Calgary Stampede has it all. Take a walk through history at the agricultural exhibits and delve into endless amounts of shops with western themed clothing and souvenirs.
The festival is built around its signature rodeo competition and notorious chuckwagon racing event. Witness the absurdity of four horses tied to a tented wagon in a rangeland derby nicknamed ‘Half Mile of Hell.’ The spectacular variety of food, entertainment and western culture makes the Calgary Stampede a one-stop-shop for locals and tourists alike.
The ultimate festival will take place at Stampede Park from July 5-14, 2019. General admission tickets go for $18 while seniors and children get in for $9. Pre-purchased rodeo, evening show and concert tickets include general park admission. The dress code is nothing but casual and relaxed, however cowboy hats, boots, denim and large belt buckles are highly encouraged. The Calgary Stampede takes place during one of the most pleasant times of the year with an average temperature of 75 degrees in July.
Stampede Park’s convenient location near downtown Calgary provides dozens of hotels within walking distance to the event. The city has all types of rooms for those who are traveling on the cheap, to visitors who are looking for premiere lodging.
Visitors and locals will have quick and easy access to the festival through Calgary’s C-train that connects directly to Stampede Park. The transit line operates 24 hours a day throughout the entire event and is free of charge in the downtown area. Event organizers strongly encourage using public transportation instead of on-site parking due to limited space. Find out more information on parking here.
There really isn’t much of a reason to leave Stampede Park if you are looking for something to do. However, if you do need a break during the 10-day festival, Calgary offers several fun-filled attractions in the surrounding area. The city contains a magnificent network of walking and biking paths that weave around parks, waterways and the downtown area. Try your luck on the tables at the local casinos or shop until you drop at the BMO Centre that offers nearly 200 vendors with a variety of products.
However you decide to enjoy your time in Calgary, the city and its festival will offer some of the most exciting events in the world. The Calgary Stampede is a jam-packed rodeo slingin’, music-filled entertainment event with exhilarating vibes from the moment you walk into the park. Pack your bags and get up to Canada for one of the world’s raddest events of all-time.
For event information and tickets head to the official website Calgarystampede.com
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