What a better place for a magical date night in Calgary then the greatest outdoor show on earth. The Calgary Stampede attracts over one million visitors a year and features one of the largest rodeos, a parade, midway, shows, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing, and more...
Whether you are a cowboy or a girl at heart there is something for everyone. With 10 days of excitement, we crafted the ultimate stampede date night experience for couples in Calgary.
Sneak A Peek
If you're like me, you love the way Stampede comes to life at night. My favourite part (besides the cute animals) is walking around the midway after the sun sets when all the rides are lit up and the music is bumping. Sneak-a-peek offers the opportunity to check out the Stampede a day before the Parade at a discounted rate on July 4th from 5 pm -Midnight.
Fuel Your Desire
You will need a lot of energy for your eventful day. Everyone should start stampeding date off with a stampede breakfast either on the grounds or at one of the several venues around the city. There are several free pancake breakfasts the entire 10 days of the stampede as well as one at the grounds on Cenovus Family Day.
Enjoy hands-on experiences and iterations with animals in the agriculture building. Discover the elements necessary to grow plants and plant a sunflower seed to take home and grow. Take a lively tour and enjoy discussions with friendly, knowledgeable guides throughout the agriculture zone. The Cattle Trail tells the story of beef and exploring everything from how calves are born to understanding the different cuts of beef you see on your table.
Tease Your Taste Buds
Tease your taste buds with mouth-watering Midway food for lunch. Some of the more adventurous eats are listed below:
Avocado Ice Cream
Caesar Ice Pop
Wild Boar Bacon Elk Smokie
Watch the Action
Check out some of the complementary shows that run daily. From agility poles and dock-diving to frisbee and dancing, the action-packed dog bowl is sure to impress your date. For something a bit more grown-up immerse yourself in a night of excitement that combines bull riding and the extreme sport of bull freestyling.
“If it is a horse ride it, if it is a fence fix it, if she is a lady treat her like a queen." - Unknown
Win Their Love
Show off your hand-eye coordination and keep your eye on the prize to win your date a prize along the midway.
Enjoy the View
Take a relaxing ride on the Skyride to cool off your feet and scout out your next thrill-seeking ride or the not so intimidating funhouse on the midway.
Grab a coffee and line up for the Ferris wheel once the sun has set and the midway lights are all lit up.
Shake Your Booty
Get your boot, scoot and boogie on at Nashville North or kick back and enjoy delicious eats and a cold drink all while listening to live music at the Roadhouse.
Cap off the perfect stampede date night by cuddling up on the steps of the Saddledome to watch the night sky light up with a spectacular fireworks display.
Tips to Save and Stampede:
Visit the grounds on these Value Days
Utilize these Stampede saving opportunities
Pack a lunch and bring your own water bottle to fill up throughout the day
Enjoy a free pancake breakfast before arriving
Set a budget for food, drinks, rides and games and stick to it
Don't stay all day, get a stamp and come back later for night shows, fireworks
Purchase Grandstand tickets for free admission