Get ready for 10 days of exciting thrills and new spaces to chill. Every year, the Calgary Stampede looks to bring new experiences to guests and 2019 is no exception!
Here’s what tops this year’s new and notable, can’t miss Stampede experiences:
Coca-Cola IgNITES the Night with high wire pro, Nik Wallenda
You may know him as the daredevil who walked across Niagara Falls on a high wire in 2012, and this year, Nik Wallenda is bringing his high wire spectacle to the Stampede Midway!
During Coca-Cola IgNITES the Night, on Monday, July 8, 2019, Wallenda will attempt to set a new personal record for the longest high wire walk. His act sees him walk over the Midway from the front of Rotary House to the edge of the Kids’ Midway, for a total distance of more than 581 metres (1,700 ft.).
New for 2019, Coca-Cola IgNITES the Night is taking place on a Monday night. Rides on the Midway are open for an extra hour and Ride All Day passes will be on sale for only $29 +GST. Guests can also expect to be thrilled by extra music programming, which will be broadcast across Stampede Park.
Wallenda and his wife, Erendira, are also exciting audiences on the Midway the other nine days of Stampede, with daily aerial-acrobatic performances, 23 metres (75 ft.) above the Midway on Sway Poles and a high wire walk, 300 ft. across the Midway. On-lookers can catch the duo doing handstands and other acrobatics at the top of the sway poles and walking across a high wire three-storeys above the Thrill Zone.
Bulls After Dark
Get ready for the ultimate party, where Rock ‘n’ Roll meets rodeo! On Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, the Nutrien Western Event Centre will transform into Stampede’s newest party destination.
Think strobe lights, indoor fireworks, a live band, a live DJ and two action-packed rodeo events! Party-goers are sure to be cheering as rodeo athletes take to the arena for competitive bull riding and bull freestyling.
This ticketed event starts rockin’ at 9:30 p.m. both nights, so make sure to grab your friends, because you won’t want to miss Bulls After Dark! This event is 18+.
Formerly Stampede Market, The Market has been re-imagined this year. Located in BMO Centre, The Market has been transformed into a dynamic retail and entertainment space. Trust us, you’ll want to hang out here!
Make sure to visit PLAY, a space that includes modern arcade games, a social circle swing and adult beverages, so adults can play too.
All throughout BMO Centre, you will find relaxation pods, selfie-stations, more seating to rest your feet and of course, great shopping from unique international and local vendors.
World Association of Marching Show Bands 2019 World Championships
If you love marching bands, this one’s for you!
In 2019, the World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB) is teaming up with the Calgary Stampede’s Visiting Showbands committee to host the 2019 World Championships, Saturday, July 6 – Monday, July 8 in the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The competition is returning to Stampede Park for the first time since 2012. More than 20 marching bands from around the world—including bands from North America, Europe, Asia and South America—are competing for the grand title. The preliminary competition is being held on July 6 and 7, with the finals taking place on the evening of July 8.
The five-time world-champion Calgary Stampede Showband is competing in the competition, as well as a number of other local marching bands from the greater Calgary area. Come cheer them on and get ready to let the music move you!