Province/Territory: Alberta

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth

  • 150 floats
  • 1000s of horses and cowboys
  • 1000000 visitors

Don your denim, grab your Stetson (that's a cowboy hat) and saddle up for the Calgary Stampede, “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. This happening hoedown officially kicks off with a parade of marching bands, over 150 floats and hundreds of horses. Next, watch the world’s best rodeo athletes go head-to-head riding wild horses and bulls, roping cattle and more. This excitement is only outdone by the heart-pounding rush of watching teams of four horses charge around the track in the chuckwagon races. Later take in the Grandstand Show--a staged spectacle featuring horses, singers, dancers and inspiring music. And before you head back to the ranch, pick up an authentic cowboy keepsake at the Stampede Market.

Why you should visit
  • Pick a spot on the sidewalk and watch as floats, bands, riders, celebrities and hundreds of horses pass by in the Calgary Stampede Parade.
  • Watch professional rodeo riders get bucked and thrown as they try to hold on for first place in the richest rodeo in the world.
  • Experience the roar of the crowd and exhilarating rush of the famous chuckwagon races.
  • Have a scream going for a white-knuckling, roller coaster ride at the Midway.
  • Learn how to raise a teepee, see demonstrations of Indian games, and take in dancing and meat-cutting skills at the Indian Village.
  • Be awed by the incredible entertainment taking place at the Grandstand Show.
  • Pick up a cowboy keepsake at the Stampede Market.
  • Dance and party well into the wee hours of the night at some of the best cowboy-themed bars in Calgary, located right on the Stampede grounds.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Get your tickets in advance.
  • One- or Two-Day Packages are available.
  • Tickets purchased in advance admit the ticket holder to Stampede Park.
  • Become a Stampede Insider and be first to find out what top entertainers will be performing at this year’s Stampede.
  • Paved pathways and ramps allow wheelchair access to all buildings at Stampede Park.
  • During the 10-day Stampede, limited parking is available at the north end of the Park.
When to go
  • The Stampede runs for ten days in mid-July.
Need to know
  • The Stampede is a highly-attended event. It is recommended that you book your accommodations well in advance. It is easy to get to and from hundreds of hotels, motels and more outside the downtown core. There are also a number of RV parks and campgrounds where you can stay.
  • All food establishments and indoor facilities are smoke-free, but there are outdoor designated smoking areas located throughout the Park.
  • There’s so much to see and do at the Stampede—use the online planner or app to help get you organized.
  • Pack your checked shirt, blue jeans, Stetson and a comfortable pair of cowboy boots or find authentic cowboy garb in the city.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen.
Getting Here
  • Stampede Park is conveniently located just southeast of downtown Calgary and walking distance from a number of hotels.
  • Stampede Park is located between two C-train stations and can be accessed by regular C-train and bus service, throughout the year.
  • The City of Calgary is approximately a 20 minute drive from the Calgary International Airport.
  • To get to Calgary by car follow the Trans-Canada Highway or the Queen Elizabeth Highway. For scenic route suggestions, visit Travel Alberta.
  • You can also travel to Calgary by bus via Greyhound or train by boarding VIA Rail.
  • View current highway conditions.