Axe throwing, deep fried tequila shots, a 45-foot tall spinning ride, an international pavilion, a fire-lit tight-rope walker and a beautiful, new, 16-acre park are just a few of the new offerings to check out this Stampede. What’s your Stampede thing?
1. Ride the Stampede’s new ride
A new ride means a new opportunity for challenging yourself and your friends; Spin Out is a 45-foot tall rotating claw that spins you in every way imaginable – including spinning while you’re hanging upside down! For information on our other rides and ride packages, check out: http://www.calgarystampede.com/stampede/attractions/midway
2. Watch rescue dogs perform jaw-dropping tricks at the Dog Bowl
These rescue dogs and dogs adopted from shelters, of multiple sizes and breeds, prove that you can do anything you set your mind to, and overcome any obstacles in your way; watch as these dogs defy gravity through freestyle Frisbee disc, flyball racing and high jumping agility demonstrations. Be sure to stay until the end of the show for the exhilarating dock diving act. Canine Stars will motivate you to go home and train your pooch a new trick or two.
The Dog Bowl will feature six shows daily with room for more than 2,000 dog lovers per show. Daily shows are at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. In addition, on Suncor Family Day and BMO Kids’ Day, the first show will be at 10:30 a.m. Sneak-A-Peek on Thursday, July 7 will feature two shows at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
3. Relax by the river in Indian Village’s new home in the brand new ENMAX Park
Stampede Park’s newest green space, a beautiful inner city public park and gathering space, is the new home to Indian Village presented by Penn West. Located by the MacDonald Entry, and across the bridge from Kids’ Midway, you can experience a number of activities at Indian Village including daily dance demonstrations and tipi raising competitions, cooking demonstrations over a an open fire, and traditional arts and crafts created by Treaty 7 artisans. Don’t forget that the Bannok Booth has also moved with Indian Village to ENMAX Park so be sure to grab some doughy goodness and relax and enjoy it on the lush green grass.
Indian Village’s first event, the Opening Ceremonies and Camp Moving Ceremony on Friday, July 8, the first day of the 2016 Calgary Stampede.
4. Give your taste buds a treat by trying the new 2016 Midway foods
Speaking of doughy goodness… there are lots of new treats to indulge in this year at Stampede! For example…
Fruit Infused Grilled Cheese – Grilled cheese gets taken to a whole new level. Fruit infused cheese creates a mind blowing, rainbow colored experience. A perfect combination of blueberry, strawberry and kiwi makes this a must try!
Deep Fried Tequila Shot Bites – These non-alcoholic shot bites take deep fried treats to a new level by frying tequila flavoured cake bites until they are perfectly golden brown and topped off with icing sugar. Have a shot with friends and family, Stampede style.
Big Pickle Dog – Ever wonder what a hot dog stuffed pickle would taste like? Look no further than the Big Pickle Corn Dog! Get your dilly dog fix.
PS. Yep you read that right – the hot dog is stuffed inside a giant pickle! You have to see it to believe it.
Deep Fried Oreo Milkshake – A vanilla milkshake gets the Oreo treatment with both regular Oreos and deep fried Oreos, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Watch out because this milkshake is next level!
For a complete listing and photos of this year’s new food options please visit https://www.calgarystampede.com/blog/category/food/
5. See Joseph Gordon-Levett’s stunt double walk a fire-lit tight-rope in Grand Spectacular
Your excitement will be high after the GMC Rangeland Derby and this year’s TransAlta Grandstand Show is sure to keep the enthusiasm going with gravity-defying acts and fearless stunts including high-flying motorcycle stunts and world-famous tight-rope walker Jade Kindar-Martin who will walk across a tight-rope that has been lit on fire.
More crowd pleasers fill the performance as The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede lead the show with guest performances from incredible acts, such as Alberta Ballet.
Ending the performance is more than 1,000 kg of fireworks that will illuminate the Calgary sky. Tickets are on sale now starting at $56 and can be purchased at www.calgarystampede.com/tickets.
6. Travel to international lands through the sights, sounds and tastes at the International Pavilion
All located in the Big Four Building, there is something for everyone at the International Pavilion. Check out the International Theatre, where headliners Peking Acrobats return to Stampede Park after their highly successful performances in 2014. Then wander to the International Street Market to shop and discover some unique treasures. Let the children play at the airport-themed Play-Port and watch some local talent perform on the Cultural Community Stage presented by GlobalFest.
Visit http://www.calgarystampede.com/stampede/shows/peking-acrobats for a full schedule of performances every day of Stampede!
7. Count the number of backflips performed during the Bell Adrenaline Ranch at their new location in the Stampede Corral
The Bell Adrenaline Ranch has been one of our most popular attractions. This year, they’ve moved indoors to the Stampede Corral to accommodate more guests, more shows, more backflips and more pyrotechnics! This show is one not to miss but kids, don’t try this at home.
Daily shows are at 12:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. In addition, on Suncor Family Day and BMO Kids’ Day, the first show will be at 10 a.m. Sneak-A-Peek on Thursday, July 7 will feature two shows at 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
8. Cheer your loudest for Calgary’s best summer music
Calgary is celebrating the Year of Music in 2016 so the Stampede has brought in some incredible musical performances for this Stampede. Four local artists, Christian Hudson, JJ Shiplett, The Dudes and Jocelyn Alice, will grace the Coca-Cola stage as well as this years’ JUNO Winner for Group of the Year, Walk Off The Earth; 15-time Canadian Country Music Award Winner, Gord Bamford; and American alternative rock sensations X Ambassadors.
Nashville North also boats 2016 Country Album of the Year JUNO Nominee, High Valley, 2014 Canadian Country Music’s Rising Star Award winner, Tim Hicks and 2014 Grammy Nominee for Best Country Single, Deric Ruttan among many others.
The Virgin Mobile Concert Series in the Scotiabank Saddledome hosts three-time GRAMMY award winners Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum and Jeff Dunham.
For more information, show times and tickets visit http://www.calgarystampede.com/stampede/music/
9. Wave at the Express Clydesdale Hitch as they pass by during the GMC Rangeland Derby and Heavy Horse Show competitions
If you love watching the Stampede Parade because of the beautifully decorated floats, wagons and horses then you’ll love seeing the Express Clydesdales. This horse and wagon hitch team is from Oklahoma and are coming to the Stampede to compete in the Heavy Horse Show and the World Champion Six Horse Hitch. These events take place during the first four days of the Stampede but you can also catch the hitch nightly during the GMC Rangeland Derby where they do a lap of the track and wave to the crowd.
10. Satisfy your need for adventure with paintball, axe throwing and climbing walls
For the Stampede guest who likes to live on the edge, we have a brand new area created with you in mind! Welcome to Adventure Park, the ultimate spot for testing your skills. Partake in the latest trend, axe-throwing, or challenge a friend to the ultimate type of race – a race up either side of a climbing wall! And of course no adventure zone would be complete without a paintball zone, so go over and add a little more colour to your plaid shirt. There’s sure to be the right game for you because there are three types of paintball play to take part in from delicate play with paintballs that don’t break to sniper zones.
For more information on any of the above, and for way more, visit http://www.calgarystampede.com/stampede/.