5 things to do at the Calgary Stampede today: Thursday, July 5

Jul 5 2018, 4:44 am

Today is July 5, which means one thing — the 2018 Calgary Stampede will officially begin tomorrow.

To get you hyped up for the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, here is a list of all the Stampede related events to check out around town today.

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Stampede Breakfast Kick Off

What: Never say no to a free pancake breakfast, am I right or am I right? Everyone is welcome at this free, all-inclusive Stampede kick-off breakfast. There will be free pancakes, live country music, face painting, a farm corral of animals, and much more.

When: Thursday, July 5

Time: 7 to 10 am

Where: Save-On-Foods — 8855 Macleod Trail SW

Price: Free

First Flip

What: It is time for a little boot scootin’ boogie, Calgary. Holster a hotcake and kick off the 2018 Calgary Stampede at First Flip. Music and entertainment will be brought to you by some great Canadian singer-songwriter.

When: Thursday, July 5

Time: 7:30 to 10:30 am

Where: Stephen Avenue between 1st Street SE and Centre Street

Price: Free

Coca-Cola IgNITES the Night


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What: This ultimate block-party in the midst of the Stampede midway is the perfect way to kick-off the 2018 version of the Greatest Outdoor on Earth! Check out concerts galore with the Northern Touch Allstars reuniting at the newly renovated Big Four Roadhouse, Alexisonfire on the Coca-Cola Stage, and a silent disco at the Monster Energy Compound — did someone say dance party? Don’t forget to hit up all your favourite rides, as the midway will be open until 1 am! Get a two for one admission courtesy of  Coca-cola here!

When: Thursday, July 5

Time: 5 pm to 1 am

Where: Stampede Park – 1410 Olympic Way SW

Tickets: Online, $9

STMPDR + YYCNow Present: Sneak A Peek 

What: Do a little pre-Stampede to get you in the mood for the real deal as you help raise money for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation — a more than worthy cause! Enjoy live entertainment by Steel and Timber, Fireside Music, and DJ Chris Brennan, along with a live art show, door prizes, promotional giveaways, and both live and silent auctions with killer items that you’ll definitely want to get your hands on.

When: Thursday, July 5

Time: 5:30 to 9:30 pm

Where: National on 17th – 550 17th Avenue SW

Tickets: Online, $30

Dallas Smith

What: He’s a Canadian country staple here in our city, but he never gets old! Come two-step the night away to his many classic tunes, along with our favourite “Sideways.”

When: Thursday, July 5

Time: 9 pm

Where: Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall – 9615 Macleod Tail SE

Tickets: Online, $50 to $60

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