Cow Town hospitality and fun
The city of Calgary comes alive for 10 days every July to celebrate one of the world’s biggest and best rodeos, the Calgary Stampede. Now over 100 years old, the Calgary Stampede is a must for lovers of all things country and western, or for those who just want to witness the spectacle of a cowboy bonanza with one million others. Visitors can expect good, old-fashioned country hospitality from the locals who kick off the celebrations with a giant parade.
The six major events of the daily rodeo are bareback, bull riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc, steer wrestling and tie-down roping. For the young cowboys and gals there are also novice events, including wild pony racing. Evening shows, concerts and venues - where you’re sure to catch one or more of the latest country music stars in action - will keep you entertained into the wee hours and, as we’ve mentioned already (we’re that excited!), free Stampede breakfasts will help you bounce back after a big night of partying. Purchase a ticket to the Calgary Stampede and it will include entrance to Stampede Park, an impressive area with rides, food and game stalls, themed areas, chuck wagon racing, agricultural competitions and more.
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Tips and tricks
The Calgary Stampede attracts up to one million people each year, so it’s a wise move to book your ticket, accommodation and transport in advance – or do a tour where it’s all covered.
The gates open early each day, but other than breakfast not much happens before around 11am.
Make sure you buy the right tickets for what you’re chasing as ticket packages vary. A hot tip: grandstand show tickets will also get you a great seat for evening fireworks.
On the grounds, The Range, located at the Big 4 Building, has the best range of grub and tables to sit at.
Whether you’re representing Australia in your best RM Williams get-up or donning a locally popular Stetson hat, dress for the West. It’s not mandatory, but will help you fit in.
While it’s summer in Calgary during the event, keep in mind that the nights can get cool.
The best way to get to the Stampede grounds and from one end to another in a hurry is via the C-Train (Light Rail Transit), which runs 24 hours during the event. There are two stations at the grounds, Victoria Park at the north side and Erlton at the south.
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