Creating Community Spirit
For more than a century the CS brand has been a well-known symbol in our community. It stands for Calgary Stampede, but it’s also come to symbolize our Community Spirit, a belief that We’re Greatest Together.
This Community Spirit is fueled by volunteerism, provides opportunities to our youth and provides a lasting economic impact in our city.
Over 3,500 jobs result from our annual community celebration. These enthusiastic employees join our 1,500 year-round staff as we welcome more than one million guests from around the world. For many young people the Stampede will be their first job, providing valuable experience for the future.
Our education programs introduce students to food sustainability, land and ecosystem management, and animal care practices through both classroom training and interactive hands-on experiences. Annually, these programs connect more than 50,000 young people from across Calgary and southern Alberta with their rural roots.
At the heart of the Stampede are more than 2,300 Calgarians who give their time and energy to help make our community better. Spread across 48 committees, these volunteers embody our western values - putting on events across the city, supporting our community celebrations and making The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth possible.
Through our Calgary Stampede Foundation, thousands of young people take part in our youth programs including The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts, Calgary Stampede Showband, Band of Outriders and Calgary Stampede Showriders. These tuition-free programs provide the opportunity for participants to pursue their passions, develop skills and perform for audiences both locally and around the globe.
WELCOMING THE WORLD
We proudly host hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and across Canada each year. Along with our local guests, these national and international visitors contribute $400M in direct economic benefit to our province.
A PLACE FOR YOUTH
When completed, our Youth Campus will provide education and performing arts opportunities for our community. Located on the banks of the Elbow River, Youth Campus will feature indoor and outdoor classrooms, offer world-class training and performing spaces, and be home to the TransAlta Performing Arts Studios and Calgary Arts Academy.
GIVING OUR TIME
The Stampede is a not-for-profit community organization supported by more than 2,300 volunteers and governed by a volunteer board of directors. Board members receive no financial compensation and individually give more than 300 hours yearly.
WELCOMING NEW CALGARIANS
True to our western values, the Stampede prides itself on welcoming those new to Calgary. As a community organization, we celebrate the evolving cultural makeup of our city and provide new Calgarians with opportunities to contribute and participate in our rich, local traditions.
YEAR-ROUND GATHERING PLACE
Stampede Park is home to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth and much more. Every year we host over 1,200 business, tourism, sporting, hospitality and community events – welcoming more
than two million guests to conferences, concerts, competitions, ceremonies and celebrations.