Calgarians, get ready for one of the biggest events of the calendar year as the countdown to Stampede time is on.
“The Greatest Show on Earth” only comes around once a year, so you’re going to want to celebrate this one in true western-inspired style. Since Stampede runs from July 6 to 15, there’s plenty to keep you busy with rodeos, concerts, some of the most interesting food you’ll ever see, wagon races, stage shows, and plenty more liveliness.
You won’t want to miss a thing as the city transforms into a civilized modern-day wild west – and you don’t have to. Taking advantage of special deals and free events allow you can have more fun without having to worry about your bank balance.
Now, here are some of the best deals you’ll find during this year’s Stampede.
Keep your change for Weadickville
Ever wondered what a Calgary street looked like back in the day? Head west at the Coca-Cola stage and north of the Big Four Building to find a recreation of a Calgary street as it would have looked in 1912. This is one of the coolest and most comfortable places to get some delicious food and each item will be priced for pocket change at each vendor. This could easily be one of your new go-to spots off the beaten track!
Save on admissions to Stampede Park
Visit your local Mac’s or Circle K from July 6 to 15 to buy your general admission passes for Calgary Stampede Park because you’ll save over 30% when you do. The deal includes two admission passes and two participating Coca-Cola 500ml beverages for just $27. It’s going to be available only while supplies last so be sure to get yours early. The passes will be valid for park admission from July 6 to 15 only.
If you head straight from the parade to the park on Friday, July 6, you’ll get free entry from 11 am to 1:30 pm. The team behind the Stampede have reversed the route for this year to make it easier for you to get to Stampede Park once the parade has passed. Free entry means you have more money to spend when you get in. Yee-haw.
Cenovus family day
Round up your whole family, aunts, uncles, the whole gang, and bring them along to Stampede on Sunday, July 8, where they’ll get free admission and free food! All you have to do is arrive between 8 and 11 am to get your complimentary entry. Pro tip: Waking up early will leave you with more money to spend on fair rides when you get there.
Stampede Like A Pro events
Make sure to check out the brand new GMC “Stampede Like A Pro” event series where local dealerships will be giving you the chance to engage in Stampede-like activities in their fleet of mobile trailers. Dealerships include; Davis Chevrolet GMC Buick (Airdrie), Jack Carter Chevrolet GMC Buick (South East Calgary), Okotoks Chevrolet GMC Buick (Okotoks), Capital Chevrolet Buick GMC (South East Calgary), CMP Chevy Cadillac Buick GMC (North East Calgary), Shaganappi GMC (North West Calgary) and Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick (South East Calgary).
The dealerships are bringing all of the fun to you with everything from food trucks, to a live music stage, and of course in true Stampede style, a mechanical bull. Save the dates below to make sure you get to enjoy the awesome free events new to Stampede this year hosted by the respective dealerships.
- Saturday, July 7: Davis, 8 am to 4 pm
- Monday, July 9: Jack Carter, 12 to 4 pm
- Tuesday, July 10: Okotoks, 8 am to 12 pm
- Wednesday, July 11: Capital, 12 to 4 pm
- Thursday, July 12: CMP, 8 am to 12 pm
- Friday, July 13: Shaw, 8 am to 12 pm
- Saturday, July 14: Shaganappi, 12 to 4 pm
When: July 6 to 15
Where: Calgary Stampede – 1410 Olympic Way SE
Price: Certain events are free, tickets can be purchased onsite