Everything You Need to Know About the Calgary Stampede

Everything You Need to Know About the Calgary Stampede
Everything You Need to Know About the Calgary Stampede
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Everything You Need to Know About the Calgary Stampede

Get ready for the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth with a roundup of Stampede tips, tricks and information.

What is the Calgary Stampede?

The Stampede has something for everyone: legendary entertainment, western arts and culture, bucking broncs, brazen bulls, free breakfasts, stomach-flipping rides, baby animals and, well, we could go on, but let’s get a move-on to everything you need to know to have an awesome Stampede.

The Calgary Stampede Parade kicks off the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth each year.

The Calgary Stampede Parade

The Calgary Stampede Rodeo includes 9 exciting events.

The Calgary Stamped Rodeo includes 9 exciting events.

Going to the Calgary Stampede Rodeo

Cap the night off with the Calgary Stampede Evening Show.

Cap the night off with the Calgary Stampede Evening Show.

The Calgary Stampede Evening Show & Chuckwagon Races

As the sun sets on the chucks, the Bell Grandstand Show lights up the Grandstand. Featuring The Young Canadians and more dancers, athletes, musicians and entertainers than you’d think could fit on one stage, the show packs a lot of entertainment punch. An ahhhhh-inspiring fireworks show caps off the night.


It’s important to note that a ticket to the Calgary Stampede Evening Show includes a ticket to both the GMC Rangeland Derby and the Bell Grandstand Show, and that tickets cannot be purchased to either portion of the event individually.

Catch free nightly concerts at the Coca-Cola Stage.

Catch free nightly concerts at the Coca-Cola Stage.

Music at the Calgary Stampede

There’s never a dull moment on the Calgary Stampede Midway.

There’s never a dull moment on the Calgary Stampede Midway.

The Calgary Stampede Midway

From motocross to dog performers, adventure sports you can participate in, zip lining to paintball to driving a virtual reality chuckwagon, there’s never a dull moment on the midway.

Experience Treaty 7 culture at the Elbow River Camp

Experience Treaty 7 culture at the Elbow River Camp

Heritage, agriculture, art, and First Nations’ culture at the Stampede

Enjoy a pancake breakfast during the Calgary Stampede.

Enjoy a pancake breakfast during the Calgary Stampede.

Pancake breakfasts during the Calgary Stampede

Food is one of the best parts of the Calgary Stampede.

Food is one of the best parts of the Calgary Stampede.

Crazy food at the Stampede

Kids can saddle up at the BMO Kids’ Zone.

Things for kids at the Calgary Stampede

For parents’ convenience and peace of mind, diaper change stations, nursing areas and stroller rentals are available. The Lost Kids Centre helps ensure a quick reunion if children become separated from their adults.

Purchase general admission tickets at all three Park entrances.

Purchase general admission tickets at all three Park entrances.

Buying tickets for the Stampede

General admission tickets can be purchased at the three Park entrances.

  • General (13 to 64 years) $18
  • Seniors (65+ years) $9
  • Children (7 to 12 years) $9
  • Children 6 and under Free
BMO Kids’ Day is just one day to save money at the Calgary Stampede.

BMO Kids’ Day is just one day to save money at the Calgary Stampede.

Calgary Stampede money-saving deals

Value Days offer free or reduced admission during specified times, along with other treats, like free breakfasts or standing room tickets. Check the day to see applicable times and promotions.

  • Sneak-a-Peek First Thursday
  • Parade Day First Friday
  • Cenovus Family Day First Sunday
  • McDonald’s Community Day Tuesday
  • BMO Kids’ Day Wednesday
Be prepared for a day at the Calgary Stampede.

Be prepared for a day at the Calgary Stampede.

Weather tips and what you can bring to the Calgary Stampede

Calgary’s weather is unpredictable. The average daily high in July is 23°C (76°F), but even if it’s hot during the day, evenings can get cool. It’s been known to rain too. Dress in layers, bring a hat (cowboy, preferably) and wear comfortable shoes.

There are many ways to get to Stampede Park.

There are many ways to get to Stampede Park.

Getting to the Calgary Stampede grounds

Taxis and Uber service the area, and there’s designated car2go parking at the north end of Stampede Park. You can find bike racks at entrances and assigned motorcycle spots in all Stampede lots. Sorry, no RVs or trailers are permitted.

Accessibility at the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede has many resources throughout the grounds to ensure everyone enjoys themselves and has the amenities needed for all ability levels.

 

Parking & Transportation

All of the parking lots associated with the Calgary Stampede (the ones closest to the perimeter of the event grounds) offer accessible parking options. The fee for these parking lots is around $25.

The CTrain is a simple, affordable, and accessible way to get to the grounds. The best stop to use for accessibility is the Erlton Station. It is at the south end of the grounds. It is a longer distance from the entrance but is flat and does not require pushing up or down a steep ramp system.

 

Entrance Rates

The Calgary Stampede offers care aid complimentary entrance. This is by request when you approach the ticket sales at all entrances. Complimentary Care Aid rates are available for entrance to the grounds as well as the standing room only Chuckwagon and Evening Show tickets.

 

Accessibility Amenities

Visit a Guest Services Booth for wheelchair rental and more information about the amenities available on the grounds. These booths are located near the entrances and can be found on the free maps you receive upon arrival.

Not all rest room locations are created equal! The map will show many options and all of them have an accessible solution. Much of the Calgary Stampede is not a year-round, permanent structure so the restrooms vary in their user friendliness. The best accessible restrooms will be found in any of the permanent structures. The Big Four Building, The Maker Market, and the Nutrien Western Events Centre.

 

Accessible Event Seating

All of the Grandstand Events (Rodeo, Chuckwagons / Evening Show) offer accessible seating at various price points. The accessible seating is located at the front of the Grandstand Pavilion. It has ramps leading to different tiers to ensure visibility. The closer to the center of the Grandstand allows for better viewing and is higher priced. The seating located on either end of the Grandstand is offered at a lower price point.

The Rodeo seating is all assigned. The Chuckwagons and Evening Shows offer ‘standing room only’ entry. This allows people to congregate in front of the Grandstand. There are two accessible seating sections on both ends of the Grandstand Pavilion. These seats are for people with mobility challenges who have purchased ‘standing room only’ tickets. The spots in this section are available on a first come – first serve basis. Folding chairs are available for care aid’s and companions.

 

Music Venues

Both Coca-Cola Stage and Nashville North are ground entry and accessible to enter. Neither offer seating. The Coca-Cola Stage is an outdoor stage in the middle of the grounds with a large lawn available for people to gather on. Finding a spot to sit or stand on the lawn is on a first come, first serve basis. Nashville North is a bar style venue in a tent. It does not offer lower tables.

 

Dining

You will find dining options from the moment you enter the Calgary Stampede Grounds. You may not always have a table to sit at though. Different parts of the grounds offer opportunities to sit. Often the choices are picnic tables and benches. These options are not always user friendly for people with mobility challenges.

The Big Four Building offers a food hall in the basement. The elevator is small and busy. Once down there you will find multiple vendors serving food and drinks. They have many low, large tables and chairs, air conditioning and accessible restrooms. This area is very busy at dinner time.

 

Hidden Gems

Western Oasis is a world class art display. It is a quiet, air-conditioned area at the back of the Maker Market. This area also has a clean and accessible restroom.

The Boyce Theatre features a daily Talent Search. This is a first come, first serve - free of charge event. They have limited accessible seating but can accommodate some guests so arrive early to secure your spot.

Nutrien Western Events Center is one of the newer buildings on the grounds and it offers agricultural exhibits and multiple daily shows in the arena. It has an elevator to the second level where you will find plenty of accessible seating to take it all in and a great restroom. 

Hotel Arts is a short walk from the Calgary Stampede.

Hotel Arts is a short walk from the Calgary Stampede.

Booking a hotel for the Calgary Stampede

Browse more accommodations, including bed and breakfasts, hostels, campgrounds and RV parks on our accommodations map.

 

Explore the New Central Library in Calgary.

Explore the New Central Library in Calgary.

Explore the city during the Stampede

Explore beyond Calgary at Bar U Ranch National Historic Site (Photo credit: Jeff Bartlett).

Explore beyond Calgary at Bar U Ranch National Historic Site (Photo credit: Jeff Bartlett).

Day trips to take when visiting Calgary during the Stampede

If you have the time, many unique destinations are an easy day trip away.

Stampede like a pro with these tips and tricks.

Stampede like a pro with these tips and tricks.

Tips to Stampede like a pro

Most Grandstand seats in levels 2, 5 and 7 are under cover, providing shelter from sun and rain while you take in the Rodeo or Evening Show.

Stay hydrated inside and out with the help of water misters and fountains throughout the park.

It’s “Yahoo!” never “Yeehaw!”