Stampede Park, pancake breakfasts, and the world famous chuckwagon races are highlights of the Calgary Stampede festivities.
The entire city of Calgary celebrates its western heritage during 10 days at the start of July each year. Calgary comes alive with Wild West Stampede fever. Get up early and head to nearly any street corner for a free pancake breakfast doled out with plenty of western hospitality. And don't miss the official opening of the Stampede - the Parade. In 1998, approximately 4,000 people and 800 animals joined together to make up lively floats, bands, dancing troops, and livestock displays for a cheering crowd of 300,000.
The heart of the Calgary Stampede is the rodeo, so head to Stampede Park, just a short walk from downtown Calgary to see the world famous chuckwagon races, bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, and many other events. Enjoy the thrills of the midway rides, fast food stands, the sounds of live bands, bustling saloons, and more. Visit the Indian Village to see tipis, sample native foods, and take delight in the live dancing and music. Fantastic fireworks wrap up the day's events at Stampede Park, but for some, Calgary's nightlife is just revving up.