5 Reasons why the Calgary Stampede is the Best Party in North America

ONE OF CANADA’S LARGEST MUSIC FESTIVALS 

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You’re prepared for stomach-stretching deep fried delicacies. You’re prepared for sunshine and good old fashioned western hospitality. But are you prepared to take in one of Canada’s largest music festivals? 

From big name acts taking down the Saddledome to daily concerts at Nashville North & the Coca-Cola Stage, the Calgary Stampede features endless music to get your feet a-tappin’ and hands a-clappin.’ Don’t be shy. While reveling in the good times and good tunes, feel free to throw in a ‘yahoo!’

IT’S HOME TO THE RICHEST RIDE IN RODEO

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Feel your heart to drop out of the bottom of your boots as you watch a human being willing straddle 2,000 – 3,000 pounds of writhing animal. Oh, and then stick around to see such acts of bravery awarded with over $2,000,000 in prize money, including a $100,000 giveaway on Showdown Sunday. Watch as the men and women of rodeo ride their way to riches.

EAT ALL THE WRONG THINGS, FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS 

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Open wide. Really wide. So you can stuff your face with red velvet mini-doughnuts. Turkey legs. Deep fried everything. Oreos, Mars Bars, butter, pickles, Cheetos. You name it. They fry it. Pizza deep fried. Pizza on a stick. Pizza with cockroaches. Pack your stretch pants, take 3-4 deep breathes, and dive into culinary adventure.

IT’S GOT THE TRANSALTA GRANDSTAND SHOW

The TransAlta Grandstand Show is a spectacular spectacle (for serious!). When the last wagon thunders over the finish line, the Evening Show begins with elaborate song and dance numbers, acrobatics, and a spectacular fireworks finale! This year’s performance includes a star-studded lineup of feature performers, including the Alberta Ballet, who will premier brand new numbers. This year’s TransAlta Grandstand Show promises to awe, inspire, and entertain. Don’t miss it. 

150,000 SQUARE FEET OF AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, AND ENTERTAINMENT 

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While not the Calgary Stampede’s official motto, one may argue “go big or go home!” might be a good fit. A particularly good fit, in fact, when it comes to the 150,000 square feet of the Agrium Western Events Centre. With agriculture at the heart of the Calgary Stampede, the Agrium Western Event Centre will be teeming with entertainment, agriculture, and fun in this one of kind venue.