What: Each year the parade through downtown Calgary showcases marching bands, floats, horses and the people of Calgary in more than 150 western-themed entries.
Where: The parade will cover 4.5 km of downtown Calgary streets
Begins at 6th Avenue and 3rd Street SE and travels west.
Turns south at 6th Avenue and 10th Street SW
Turns east at 9th Avenue and 10th Street SW
Finishes at 9th Avenue and 4th Street SE
When: Friday, July 8, Parade Prelude at 8 am, Main Parade at 8:55 am
Fluor Rope Square
What: Each year Calgary’s Olympic Plaza is transformed into Rope Square, so you can enjoy free Stampede events, including bacon pancake breakfasts and live shows.
Where: Olympic Plaza, corner of 7th Avenue and Macleod Trail SE
Here are some of the free events happening in Rope Square this year:
What: Get your pancakes and bacon hot off the griddles from the back of authentic GMC Rangeland Derby Chuckwagons and Fluor Smokies – more than 30,000 free breakfasts are served every year at Rope Square for Stampede!
When: Every day fromFriday, July 8 to Saturday, July 16, except Sunday, July 10, from 8:15 to 10:30 am
Great Western Flapjack Flip
What: An exhibition of skill and enthusiasm involving a flapjack “flipper” and “catcher”. Contestants compete in teams, with prizes awarded for the team’s ability to elevate the foodstuff to new heights, and return the product to a safe landing.
When: Every day from Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15, at 10:05 am
Lammle’s World Champion Hat Stomp Competition
What: Can you destroy a cowboy hat in 30 seconds? Six contestants from the audience are chosen daily in advance of the event. Contestants are judged on their ability to stomp a cowboy hat in three categories: mash factor, originality and style.
When: From Saturday, July 9 to Saturday, July 16, except Sunday, July 10,at 10:05 am
What: Kick up your heels and join the Fluor Square Dancers on Stephen Avenue Walk. Experience isn’t necessary – with the help of volunteers, anyone can learn to square dance, Stampede style!
When: From Saturday, July 9 to Saturday, July 16, except Sunday, July 10,from 10 am to noon
First Nations Parade
What: Members of the five First Nations of Treaty 7 from Southern Alberta, dressed in traditional regalia, proudly parade on horseback and share their heritage through dance, music and commentaries. Join them in a Friendship Dance at Rope Square.
Where: Starts at 9th Avenue at 1st Street SW, then continues to Fluor Rope Square (7th Ave & Macleod Trail SE), then ends at 4th Avenue SW (Westin Hotel.)
When: From Saturday, July 9 to Saturday, July 16, except Sunday, July 10,from 10 am to 1 pm
Old Time Rig Rides
What: Enjoy an hour-long tour of downtown Calgary in a horse-drawn old time rig and even a free pancake breakfast along the way. Rig passengers are welcome to stay on board all the way to Stampede Park and be dropped off at Olympic Gate.
Where: Rides start at 9th Avenue at 1st Street SW (Encana Place.)
When: From Saturday, July 9 to Saturday, July 16, except Sunday, July 10,from 10 to 11 am
Tickets: The rides are free, but there are only a limited number of spaces in the rigs, so tickets are given out on the NE corner of Rope Square at 8:30 am every day.
Each weekday at Rope Square, there will also be a High Noon Hootenanny, and a whole host of acts performing, including the Chinook Country Line Dancers.
If there’s one thing we can count on at the Stampede, it’s free pancakes. As per tradition, a slew of free pancake breakfasts have been popping up across the city, and we want you to be prepared. A few of them have already come and gone, but there are plenty more where that came from. Click here to see our list.
What: The CORE shopping mall in Downtown Calgary is also keeping up the Stampede spirit, with an array of free country-themed entertainment.
Where: CORE Shopping Centre – 324 8th Avenue SW
Here are some of the events you can enjoy for free at the CORE:
What: Country singer Sykamore is renowned for her raw performance style and in her short career, has already collaborated with Juno winners and had her music featured on the hit TV show Heartland. Now dividing her time between Nashville and Calgary, Sykamore is excited to perform for her home crowd.
Where: Level 2 of the CORE
When: Saturday, July 9, from noon to 1pm
What: Due to the popularity of past CORE zumba parties, Maria Hunter is coming back to teach a Western-themed zumba party.
When: Sunday, July 10, from 11 am to noon
Register: Inside the Lolë store on the day
Line Dancing Party
What: The CORE is bringing in expert line dancing teachers to lead shoppers. Bring your boots and your co-workers and get ready to have some fun.
Where: Level 2 of the CORE
When: Monday, July 11, starts at noon
What: The Calgary Fiddlers are a CORE favourite who know how to get your toes tapping.
What: Suncor Family Day on Sunday, July 10, gives you free early admission to the grounds and the morning show, featuring Ukrainian dancers, singer Dylan Gillet and Mini Chuck Wagons. There’s also a free breakfast for the first 20,000 guests.
Where: Tickets are given out at Stampede Park entrances, the morning show is in the Grandstand and breakfast is served in the Grandstand Courtyard.
When: Free entry between 6 and 9 am, breakfast from 7 to 9:30 am