The Greatest Outdoor Show in the world is finally here! Time to wear your finest plaid, step into those boots and be part of the wild, wild, west.
Here are things to do in Calgary with a Stampede twist.
The Stampede’s Indian Village is one of the annual event’s oldest and most respected traditions as it recreates the life of the aboriginal communities that were once in the area. The entire exhibition of teepees is set-up by the Tribes of Treaty 7. However, for this year, the Indian Village will have a new home at Enmax Park across the Elbow River near the Saddledome – a new site at a new green space that is two and a half times larger than the old location the attraction usually sits on.
Where: Enmax Park, Stampede Park
Calgary’s The Locked Room will set-up a mobile escape room called the ‘Wild West Jail’ where teams of up to eight people will have 10 minutes to find their way out of the jail-themed room. The whole experience will take about 15 minutes, including a five-minute debriefing period before and after the locked room experience.
Where: BMO Centre, Stampede Park
When: Daily from July 7 to 17
Every night, the Evening Show starts with the GMC Rangeland Derby, which involves exciting chuckwagon races. When this portion of the event is over, a massive stage is towed in for the TransAlta Grandstand Show, featuring an eclectic mix of song, dance, and acrobatics. The evening’s affair concludes with a massive fireworks display over Stampede Park.
Where: Grandstand, Stampede Park
When: Nightly at 7:45 pm
This year’s lineup for the Coca-Cola Stage, the largest music venue at the Calgary Stampede, is chart-topping and award-winning. Tonight’s concert features The Sheepdogs at 9 pm.
Where: Coca-Cola Stage, Stampede Park
When: Tuesday, July 12 at 9 pm
Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall has some high energy, rockin’ country music planned for this year’s Stampede main stage and event tent, including Jeremy Dallas, Chris Henderson, Foxx Worthee, the Chris Buck Band, the Boom Chucka Boys and Twoshine County. Plus there’s a bull riding arena and rooftop patios.
Where: Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall – 9615 MacLeod Trail South
When: From Friday, July 8 to Saturday, July 16
Tickets: At Ranchman’s, no charge for patio entry, event tent and main stage priced $10-$15, roughstock cards (10-day VIP passes for up to four people) priced $125, chute passes $30. Drinks tickets $5.95-$6.95, food tickets $11-$18