Calgary Stampede 2023, the greatest 10-day outdoor show on Earth, officially opens at 9 am MDT today on July 7 and last until July 16.
If you reside in Canada and are unaware of the Calgary Stampede, you are missing out on an incredible experience.
This article contains all the information you need to know about the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
Calgary Stampede is a 10-day rodeo, exhibition, and festivity conducted annually in Calgary, Alberta, during the month of July.
Each year, over one million individuals attend this festival. There is something for everyone at the Stampede.
It includes a parade, midway, free breakfasts, stomach-turning attractions, stage performances, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing, and First Nations exhibitions.
During Stampede, Calgary is transformed into a raucous celebration. Additionally, office buildings and storefronts are decorated with cowboy-themed paint.
This article describes the history and current occurrences of Calgary Stampede.
Calgary Stampede 2023 Shows
World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo
Calgary stampede hosts largest outdoor rodeo in the world with total of $1.85 million in prize money.
Every day at 1:30 p.m., cowboys and cowgirls engage in a frenzied display of skill and fortitude, with each victory building towards Showdown Sunday, World’s largest outdoor rodeo.
It features 6 events which includes Barrel racing, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, and bareback.
In Canada, a special broadcast of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo will air on Sportsnet One July 7-14 & 16, Sportsnet 360 on July 15, and Sportsnet Now at 1:30 p.m. MT (3:30 p.m. ET) on July 15.
In the United States, log in to Cowboy Channel or stream live on Cowboy Channel Plus to watch the Rodeo.
The Calgary Stampede Evening Show occurs every evening at 7:45 p.m.
The iconic Chuckwagon Races at the Cowboys Rangeland Derby will celebrate 100 years in 2023.
Since 1923, Chuckwagon Racing has been the centrepiece of the Calgary Stampede.
Calgary Stampede Powwow
On July 12 and 13, the Calgary Stampede Powwow returns to the Saddledome for two days of competition.
This extraordinary competition will feature the finest dancers and musicians from across Canada and the United States, highlighting the diversity of First Nations dancing, singing, and drumming.
Do you adore dogs? Then this is the program for you, relocating to Community Park South.
The Dog Bowl brings The Canine Stars, an elite troupe of highly-trained canine athletes who are undoubtedly the most endearing performers in the area.
From agility poles and dock-diving to frisbee and freestyle dancing, this show is bound to captivate the entire family.
There will be daily shows at 12:30, 3:00, 5:30 & 8:00 p.m.
Furthermore, extra shows will run at 10:30 am on Tim Hortons Family Day: Sunday, July 9, TC Energy, Community Day: Tuesday, July 11, and BMO Kids’ Day: Wednesday, July 12.
Monster Energy Compound
Monster Energy Compound across from the Scotiabank Saddledome feature bikers with a great deal of expertise, courage, and adrenaline.
Watch these motocross athletes at the Monster Energy Compound, located across from the Saddledome, as they showcase their abilities and perform gravity-defying feats.
- July 6
7:30 & 10:00 p.m.
- July 7, 8, 14
12:00, 5:00, 7:30 & 10:00 p.m.
- July 10, 13, 16
12:00, 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30 p.m.
- July 9, 11, 12
10: 30 a.m. & 12:00, 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30 p.m.
- July 15
12:00, 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30 p.m.
Stage of Wonders
In the BMO Centre, The Grand Illusionist Magic Show and SOAR Aerial Circus will be performing on the Stage of Wonders.
Multiple performances every day mesmerize the audience with mesmerizing feats and daring aerial acrobatics.
|Soar Aerial Circus||The Grand Illusionist Magic Show|
|July 7, 8, 10, 11 & 13-16|
2:30 & 7:30 p.m.
July 9 & 12
4:00, 6:00 & 7:30 p.m.
|July 7, 8, 10, 11 & 13-16|
12:30, 4:00 & 6:00 p.m.
July 9 & 12
10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 p.m.
Drag Superstar Scarlett Bobo will be the headlining act, with performances by the legendary Miss Fiercalicious, Toddy, Ella Lamoureux, Smoky Waters, ChiChi, Gerardo, Matthew Bagshaw & Lorynne Machado, and illFX Entertainment – Athena!
Bartenders from all over Alberta compete to prove that their Caesar is the “best in town.”
Cheer on your preferred mixologist as they compete to represent Alberta at the national finals, as the Calgary Stampede’s official cocktail is reimagined and created live on stage.
Calgary Stampede 2023 Attractions
Calgary Stampede Parade
Since 1912, the Stampede Parade has been The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’s official opening ceremony.
Each year, our community is entertained by the Stampede Parade’s colourful displays, majestic horses, and high-energy marching bands.
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., viewers can watch the Parade at home on both Global Calgary and Global Lethbridge.
You can also watch parade on Global Television, the Global Television App, GlobalNews.ca, the Global News YouTube Channel, Global Calgary Facebook Live, and Amazon Prime.
Jeremy Hansen, a Canadian Space Agency astronaut, will lead the Parade. As part of the historic Artemis II mission, Hansen will become the first Canadian to journey to the moon.
Elbow River Camp
Enbridge’s Elbow River Camp presents the cultures of the Kainai, Piikani, Siksika, Stoney Nakoda, and Tsuut’ina First Nations of Treaty 7.
There are 26 tipis to visit, as well as local artisans selling jewellery and art, bannock and saskatoonberry preserves, traditional dancing, and a great deal more.
There are enough thrill attractions on the Midway to satiate any adrenaline enthusiast, including specially sized rides for children in The Great FUNtier!
If expertise is more important to you than excitement, the Midway games will test your hand-eye coordination.
Keep your focus on the objective, and you may win a prize.
At N.A.M.E. kiosks located throughout the Midway and Great FUNtier, one can purchase ride and game coupons.
Each attraction or game has a sign indicating the number of certificates required to ride or play.
BMP Kids’ Zone
The BMO Kids’ Zone offers activities for children of all ages, including a colouring mural, PAW Patrol meet-and-greets, and daily magic performances with Magic Mel.
|OPEN DAILY FROM 11:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.|
|PAW Patrol Story Time:|
11:30 – 11:50 a.m.
3:30 – 3:50 p.m.
Meet PAW Patrol Chase, Marshall and Skye:
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Magic Mel Magic Show:
2:30 – 2:50 p.m.
6:30 – 6:50 p.m.
This destination showcases numerous artistic and cultural disciplines. Meet North American artists and purchase their original paintings and photographs.
Enjoy nonstop music and entertainment at the Window on the West Stage or take a respite from the Midway in the Wine Garden.
This tranquil oasis features local music, a fine collection of western arts and crafts, cuisine, and wine.
CANADIAN ARMED FORCES
Since 1914, the Canadian Armed Forces have participated in the Calgary Stampede, including in the Parade, Rodeo, Evening Show, and throughout Stampede Park.
Visit the Canadian Armed Forces area in Stampede Park to meet veterans from the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, and The Royal Canadian Navy, who are also commemorating the 100th anniversary of Naval Reserves service.
Learn more about the Canadian Armed Forces by observing equipment such as the Canadian Army’s Leopard II Main Battle Tank, the Royal Canadian Navy’s Torpedo, and the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 Hornet Cockpit.
What is the historical significance of Calgary Stampede?
The first Calgary Stampede was held in 1886. The Calgary District and Agricultural Society sponsored its first agricultural exhibit.
However, there was virtually nothing in Calgary at the time. It had a CPR station, a Northwest Mounted Police post, and approximately one thousand residents.
Consequently, this Exhibition was an occasion to spread information about agricultural practices in the West.
Additionally, individuals could have joy and showcase the finest of the West.
Gradually, this Exhibition became an annual event, and an increasing number of people began to attend.