The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The ten-day event, which bills itself as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world's largest rodeos, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing, and First Nations exhibitions. In 2008, the Calgary Stampede was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.Put Calgary Stampede into our Calgary day trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Calgary.
The event's roots are traced to 1886 when the Calgary and District Agricultural Society held its first fair. In 1912, American promoter Guy Weadick organized his first rodeo and festival, known as the Stampede. He returned to Calgary in 1919 to organize the Victory Stampede in honour of soldiers returning from World War I. Weadick's festival became an annual event in 1923 when it merged with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition to create the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.
Organized by thousands of volunteers and supported by civic leaders, the Calgary Stampede has grown into one of the world's richest rodeos, one of Canada's largest festivals, and a significant tourist attraction for the city. Rodeo and chuckwagon racing events are televised across Canada. However, both have been the target of increasing international criticism by animal welfare groups and politicians concerned about particular events as well as animal rights organizations seeking to ban rodeo in general.
Calgary's national and international identity is tied to the event. It is known as the "Stampede City", carries the informal nickname of "Cowtown", and the local Canadian Football League team is called the Stampeders. The city takes on a party atmosphere during Stampede: office buildings and storefronts are painted in cowboy themes, residents don western wear, and events held across the city include hundreds of pancake breakfasts and barbecues.
On April 23, the 2020 Stampede was cancelled for the first time in almost a century due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Calgary Stampede reviews
What a shame the stampede wouldn’t be holding this year. Had mad fun last year with friends. We had lovely steak on the go and got to experience the culture. Saw the biggest horses that I have ever... more »
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... more »
Visited the home and garden Show for spring. There were so many exhibitor the fours hours I walked wasn't enough. I was only able to get to about a 1/4 of the presentation. Not all presentation was necessary as we're looking at a new built. I wish the fall presentation was this big so you can start preparing for the spring or even to get your home ready.
Amazing place for tourists and locals, for all ages and all types of people. There were so many people, so many places to eat, and so many different attractions that we weren't bored for a moment. Prices here are fairly high so be prepared. It's also very crowded during high points of the year because everyone flocks to this place.
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