Since our downtown Calgary office is literally right around the corner from the greatest outdoor show on earth, we’re big fans of the Calgary Stampede and we wanted to share some ideas (of ours and others) on how to make the most of this awesome 10-day Alberta born and bred event. From food to music to travel to finding the deals, read on to find out how to Stampede like a pro.
In addition to the traditional classics served on the midway, the Calgary Stampede is introducing 40 new innovative and mouthwatering carnival eats this year. From the Meter Long Sausage to Clam Chowder Poutine to Dill Pickle Pizza to Deep-fried Jello (in the pic), going to Stampede just to eat seems like a great idea to us.
We think that Stampede is totally worth dishing out a few dollars but there’s nothing wrong with trying to get the biggest bang for your buck. Global News has put together a list of ways to save money while you’re Stampeding (and if you missed our blog last week on how to save money with Red Arrow, check it out here) .
With a bunch of really cool venues and a fantastic line-up of performers every year, Stampede is not all Country, there’s a bunch of artists to see and enjoy. This year, you’ll see Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly Furtado, Theory of a Deadman, Meghan Patrick and many more. Be sure to check out the Stampede’s website to plan your way around the concert scene.
The Stampede Parade is a must-do to kick off opening day. The Parade showcases more than 150 western-themed entries, including 30 marching bands, 40 floats, 750 horses and 4,000 people. Insider tip: the route changed this year and the parade starts just a block east of our Calgary Downtown office (starts at 9th ave and Macleod trail Southbound). Go early, bring chairs and we think sitting in the block around the Calgary Tower is going to be your best bet! The parade is on Friday, July 7th this year. Click here for more details.
If you’re in Calgary, make sure you take the train or public transit, don’t bother with driving and parking. The Stampede Erlton and Victoria Park Stations are super convenient. If you’re coming from out of town, why not consider travelling with us? You’ll arrive downtown, mere blocks from the Stampede grounds and you can relax along the way, saving all your energy to do all that stuff we mentioned above! Click here to receive10% off when you come with us to Stampede 2017!
The Calgary Stampede runs July 7 - 16, 2017.
(all images courtesy of Calgary Stampede)