Calgary Stampede
Calgary Stampede
4.5
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Welcome to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth! The Calgary Stampede is an annual, 10-day rodeo, exhibition and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta. It features the world's largest outdoor rodeo, a parade, stage shows, rides and games, shopping, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and Indigenous experiences. The Calgary Stampede is the most authentic, memorable western experience you could pack into a vacation. Calgary is located only one hour from Canada’s majestic Rocky Mountains making the Stampede the perfect place to kick off a true western vacation, and an experience that is unrivaled in excitement.
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  • Laurie M
    88 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun return to Stampede!
    We went on July 11 after a 17 year absence and were pleasantly surprised to benefit from free entry until 11:00 am! We always like the map and daily event schedule provided at the gate as it really helps to make the most out of your day. The RCMP were celebrating 150 years so we enjoyed seeing the Misical Ride which is a proud Canadian event. The illusionist was OK and 2500 others watched it with us. The Indigenous camp by the river was also a treat with dancers in regalia. Stampede show riders and probably far too many people packed into a Dog Stars show made the list of shows u til the final Coca Cola Stage concert of Tegen & Sarah. Many new venues and improvements have occurred since we last visited especially the Coca Cola stage, River Vp and Nutrien Agricultural areas. Lots of fun concerts and night life is available as well. It was tricky to search out gluten free food so possibly a link to a list of items or providers of such on the Stampede website would be a benefit to many. We did find gf poutine and in the Ag Grill there were options. It was a lot of fun, the weather was perfect +20 🤠
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Christian C
    Hong Kong, China3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly Unique
    We visited Calgary Stampade and we have a great time. Lots of things to do and see. we enjoy the shows ( Rodeo ) . The park has lots of things to offer Iy is truly a unique event of Calgary. Its worth visiting .
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Mary K
    Providence, Rhode Island420 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get your tickets!
    We were a bit concerned about ending up in Calgary during the Stampede...THE event of the year! We had just finished 2 weeks of being in the Canadian Rockies and ready to fly home. But we decided to join the fun, and were glad we did. We enjoyed the matinee rodeo during a weekday, and even though we bought seats on the 7th level up, we could see just fine and were shaded from the sun. The Calgary Stampede app is wonderful and was very helpful to navigate to different areas to see various events. The rodeo is only one of the many attractions to the Stampede. There are performers, other animal competitions, the Midway, and of course plenty of food! This was a great way to experience Calgary.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Hvnahoot
    Saint Thomas, Canada363 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Horse Heaven!
    First time and won’t be the last time. Attended 2 days and had tickets for a night show and afternoon rodeo. Very exciting events and lived all of the buildings of livestock. The food options were extensive and very good but expensive. Was a fun environment so we had fun wearing everything cowgirl!! Also used the train and that was easy and inexpensive to and from our hotel as well as our trip into downtown for dinner!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Phillip B
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do the Calgary Stampede
    Wow, what an experience, the whole atmosphere was awesome. The organisers should be very proud, the night entertainment was the best we had ever seen, coming from Queensland Australia we have lots of entertainment but Calgary put on the best. It was a bucket list experience for us.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Phil N
    Cootamundra, Australia270 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Greatest outdoor show in the world!
    The signage outside the entrance to the Stampede states the obvious and is pretty close to the truth! Was lucky enough to attend the 2nd and 3rd last days of the 2023 Stampede and found it to be an unforgettable experience! The rodeo was non stop action and the evening chuck waggon races and light show 2nd to none in entertainment value. Apart from the main arena, the overall fair ground was massive and held over 100.000 people each day I believe. Anyone with an interest in rodeo or cowboy events should certainly put this rodeo on their "bucket List".
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 11, 2023
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Mairi
Manama, Bahrain13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
It was a nice experience overall. The agricultural show was super informative and the motocross show was awesome. We also enjoyed browsing all of the stalls in the BMC. We got in for free, as we arrived before 10am but the parking was a nightmare and we ended up parking in a lot that charged 40 dollars. We don't believe it was affiliated with stampede but there was no way for us to know that, so we were disappointed, as we would have rather parked in the official carpark. Signage and directions could be vastly improved for tourists like us. As well as information on how to get there online. The website was not very helpful.

The food stalls were good but everything was incredibly overpriced. It actually put us off, and we would have spent more but it seemed wasteful. Bottles of water were $5 and food was expensive ($10 for a bag of donuts). We decided not to go to the rodeo as the tickets were also expensive and we had spent so much on parking and food.

The queue for tickets for rides was over an hour long at each stand, so again, we didn't bother. It was a shame as the event was good but just seemed quite poorly planned and executed. We would have spent much more time and money there if it had been a bit more well organised and smoother.

Customer service was a bit of a flop; when we asked one vendor for a recommendation for fudge, she just shrugged and said she didn't eat the stuff. The whole thing just felt a little thrown together which was weird for an event that's been going on for so long. Overall, we were disappointed. It was a nice experience but I don't think we would go again.
Written July 14, 2022
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BDR416
Buckinghamshire, UK101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Had a two day package as part of a wider trip. The Stampede park is exceptionally busy particulalry around the food and funfair areas. The rodeo was great but spectators can be a long way away. Evening show was spectacular, both included in our package but an expensive extra if just turning up. Glad we did it but wouldn't go again
Written March 19, 2020
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SB01
Sonning Common, UK862 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We happened to be in Calgary during the Stampede so obviously decided to see what all the fuss is about. We just paid the $23 entry fee for the show ground. There is quite a lot to see for general entrance, but it gets increasingly expensive the more you want to do. Basic tickets for the rodeo cost another$39. A round trip for 2 on the chair lift is another $20, etc, etc. There was an impressive motor cross display and easily the most fast food concessions I've seen in many a year. Some decent complimentary music was performed thru the day. If you've any interest in cow, sheep or horse grooming this is the place for you, although we all commented the animals, often in tiny pens, looked pretty miserable. It's fairly easy 15 min walk from downtown, but it's a big site so be prepared for a lot of walking.
Written July 17, 2022
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CummingDubai
Aberdeen, UK473 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Visited on two days. First day we went to the afternoon Rodeo and the second to the evening show.
We really enjoyed the Rodeo, but was bit disappointed with the rest of the Stampede consisting of mainly food stall and funfair rides. We went early the second day thinking we could go to the Nashville tent but were informed that there were queues up to 2 hours long just to get into the tent which was obviously packed. The evening show was brilliant> there was Chuck Wagon racing to start with which was entertaining enough to start with but became a bit tedious by the 9th race especially once you saw that provided Wagon No 1 completed his turn roughly in line with the other two they almost always won. Setting up for the show took a bit of time while they wheeled the backdrop into place, which was an impressive set up. The Country Singer who came on after the DJ was excellent. Wasn't sure what was coming after he went off stage as we thought he was the main event. The show which followed involving local children of a range of ages was absolutely brilliant working so well with the stage lighting, the drones and ultimately the fireworks.
We took the Metro train to and from the event from Downtown which was pretty efficient. It is not possible to buy a return ticket but the transport company put on lots of additional staff selling tickets to supplement the machine which helped greatly.
The Friday afternoon and Saturday evening combination we had the best from a visit to the Stampede.
Written July 26, 2022
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Kate3353
Boston, MA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Bucket list wish to attend the Calgary Stampede and it did not disappoint.
It was crowded but we had advance tickets, the evening show with finale of fireworks was the best I have seen - topping Disney for sure.
If you go, beware that the stadium is in the sun and we only lasted 2 hours. Must have sunglasses, hat ( preferably cowboy hat) and sunscreen.
Loved the area that had dog demonstration, crafts,art - totally enjoyable.
Written September 13, 2022
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moodblu
West Valley City, UT1,437 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I have to write a little disclaimer and preface: I am an introvert, not a rodeo fan, not entirely comfortable with huge crowds, lots of lights & noise, and late night entertainment. But that being said, going to the Calgary Stampede and some of its surrounding events was an interesting, entertaining and fun experience. There were around 140,000 people on the grounds the day we went. We attended the rodeo, chuck-wagon races, bareback relay races, the evening show and the fireworks and laser show. We also spent some time on the midway, mostly people-watching, as I don’t do carnival type rides and games, but we ate food, looked at exhibits, and walked around seeing the sights. There were additional entertainments and activities available that we didn’t participate.

The rodeo featured excellent competition in all the normal rodeo events. The announcing was interesting and informative. My favorite parts were the chuck-wagon races and bareback relay races—both very exciting competitions! The evening show was long, loud and bright for my taste, but featured a lot of good music and dancing. I was impressed with the production of the show. I very much enjoyed the fireworks and the lighted drones that were featured, forming shapes and animations among the firework displays. There were native tribal singers and dancers, which was also quite enjoyable. There was no shortage of food on the midway, whatever a person liked, it was probably there. Some of it sounded kind of strange, but many brave souls were partaking.

Going to all the events that we did made for a long day, arriving at the Stampede grounds at 11:30 a.m., and getting back to our hotel around midnight. All in all, I was glad that we were able to experience this event, billed as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”.
Written August 17, 2022
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Laurie M
88 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We went on July 11 after a 17 year absence and were pleasantly surprised to benefit from free entry until 11:00 am! We always like the map and daily event schedule provided at the gate as it really helps to make the most out of your day. The RCMP were celebrating 150 years so we enjoyed seeing the Misical Ride which is a proud Canadian event. The illusionist was OK and 2500 others watched it with us. The Indigenous camp by the river was also a treat with dancers in regalia. Stampede show riders and probably far too many people packed into a Dog Stars show made the list of shows u til the final Coca Cola Stage concert of Tegen & Sarah. Many new venues and improvements have occurred since we last visited especially the Coca Cola stage, River Vp and Nutrien
Agricultural areas. Lots of fun concerts and night life is available as well.
It was tricky to search out gluten free food so possibly a link to a list of items or providers of such on the Stampede website would be a benefit to many. We did find gf poutine and in the Ag Grill there were options. It was a lot of fun, the weather was perfect +20 🤠
Written July 12, 2023
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chriskeeno52
London, UK125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We came to the stampede befor covid struck and we decided this time we would make a
longer trip and combine a few other places in our itinerary and spend longer here.We picked a hotel near by(The Downtown Marriott) and we also took a 2 day package which included entry to the stampede,free ride on the gondola across the site,2 free stetsons,entry to the chuck wagon finals and entry to the rodeo plus while you are in the grounds there are many other activities going on.
Inside the grounds you will eat various types of food,drink various beers and enjoy visiting the Indian site.Plenty of rides for the kids and lots of animals for them to see and pet.
The site covers a large area so be prepared for a lot of walking and large crowds especially around the main stadium.
A light railway operates between the stampede and uptown/downtown which is very well used at peak times.
Outside of the stampede are various areas where other things are going on like Rope Square(Olympic Square) which features line dancing,childrens activities,country and western singers and many other amusing features.
Written August 27, 2022
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bluechippm
Bristol, UK599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We had waited 3 years for the stampede to open after covid and we were delighted with what we saw and experienced. Although we never did not try the fairground rides the shows and exhibitions were superb. The evening show with singers, artists, fireworks and races was slick, professional and well put together. The afternoon event was great fun exciting and entertaining.
Stampede staff and performers were lovely and a pleasure to deal with.
A knock out show all around
Well done Calgary - we loved your city and the Stampede.
Written July 14, 2022
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Phil N
Cootamundra, Australia270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The signage outside the entrance to the Stampede states the obvious and is pretty close to the truth!
Was lucky enough to attend the 2nd and 3rd last days of the 2023 Stampede and found it to be an unforgettable experience!
The rodeo was non stop action and the evening chuck waggon races and light show 2nd to none in entertainment value.
Apart from the main arena, the overall fair ground was massive and held over 100.000 people each day I believe.
Anyone with an interest in rodeo or cowboy events should certainly put this
rodeo on their "bucket List".
Written October 12, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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