10 things to see and do at Stampede 2016

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

Spin Out

Spin Out


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.

Canine Stars

Canine Stars


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.

Indian Village has moved to beautiful ENMAX Park!

Indian Village has moved to beautiful ENMAX Park!

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6th Annual Coca-Cola Covert Concert

There are just 42 days left until 2015 Stampede time!

We could hardly contain our excitement to announce the July Coca-Cola Stage line up. Tonight we celebrated our 2015 line up announcement with more than 1,200 music enthusiasts at Flames Central. In true rock-star fashion, we partied to live performances by July Talk and Brett Kissel, chatted up local celebrities and feasted like kings.

A great time was had by all.

Pictured: Brett Kissel performing for fans at the Covert Concert

Pictured: Brett Kissel performing for fans at the Covert Concert

Lucky members of the public (you had to win to get in) were the first to know who will be headlining the Coca-Cola Stage this July– the suspense is now over.

(Drum roll, please….) The complete 2015 Coca-Cola Stage line up includes:

Thursday, July 2 (Sneak-A-Peak): Beat Drop Fest

Friday, July 3: Kiesza

Saturday, July 4: Brett Kissel

Sunday, July 5: Vance Joy

Monday, July 6: Lights

Tuesday, July 7: Ok Go

Wednesday, July 8 (8 p.m.): Scott Helman

Wednesday, July 8 (9:30 p.m.): Francesco Yates

Thursday, July 9: Moist

Friday, July 10: July Talk

Saturday, July 11: Arkells

Sunday, July 12: Magic!

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The Sheepdogs Are Ready to Rock Stampede 2012

There are few things in life these days that are free, let alone free AND awesome, but the Calgary Stampede has hit the nail on the head with their 2012 Coca-Cola Stage. This year’s lineup includes a little bit of everything from rock to rap and the best part is that all of the concerts on this stage are included in your Stampede gate admission!

Last night at the Coca-Cola Covert Concert for the official launch of the Coca-Cola Stage lineup some serious talent rocked the stage at Flames Central.

New Cities got the crowd warmed up and then we were treated to a surprise performance by Saskatoon rock band The Sheepdogs.

The Sheepdogs became the first unsigned band ever to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in August of 2011 and if you’ve ever heard their music you know why.  They are unbelievable live performers!

The rest of the lineup is very impressive, as well as diverse.  We can look forward to Big Sugar, Our Lady Peace, Dragonette, George Canyon, Mother Mother, The Trews (last year’s headliner), Simple Plan, AWOLNATION, New Cities, Seether, Makeshift Innocence, Carly Rae Jepsen, Raghav, K’naan, Danny Fernandes, Victoria Duffield and Karl Wolf.  So get ready to rock Calgary!

More info available here.



Your 2011 Coca-Cola Stage Line-up!

If you missed out in attending the Coca-Cola Covert Concert last night, check out the video that announced all of the acts performing at this year’s Coca-Cola Stage!

Access to the various concerts on the Coca-Cola Stage is free with Park admission for the day, and nothing caps off a great day at Stampede Park like great music.

This year’s Calgary Stampede runs from July 8 to 17.

Finally, the Mystery is Revealed!

Who will play the Coca-Cola Stage at this year's Calgary Stampede?

After weeks of anticipation and speculation, the 2011 Coca-Cola Stage line up was finally announced last night at the Coca-Cola Covert Concert at Flames Central.

The only way the public could attend the event was to win their way in with contests and give-aways running throughout a variety of channels such as our official Facebook fan page and Twitter account @calgarystampede over the last few weeks.

The crowd in attendance waits for the show to start

As Stampede fans and followers in attendance and those paying attention online waited for the night to unfold and for all the secrets to be revealed, contests were run throughout the night for those who were at the venue and following the conversation through Twitter.

Earlier in the night, a draw was made for a lucky few to have a meet-and-greet session with the bands after the show. Throughout the night, attendees had to hunt through the venue to find hidden “covert agents” in possession of five pairs of tickets to the New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys concert happening at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday, July 13, and at the end of the night, the grand prize of an autographed guitar and a $250 gift certificate to Lammles Western Wear and Tack was given away as well.

Mystery Band #1: Hollerado

One of the biggest questions of the night (other than who would be performing at the Coca-Cola Stage at this year’s Calgary Stampede) was who would be performing up on stage as one of two Mystery Bands as part of the Coca-Cola Covert Concert. Both of the bands performing at the Covert Concert would also be featured as part of the 2011 Coca-Cola Stage concert series.

The first Mystery Band to be revealed on stage was Canadian indie rock band and Juno-award nominated Hollerado from Manotick, Ontario. Hollerado will perform on the Coca-Cola Stage on Sunday, July 10.

A brief intermission followed where the entire 2011 Coca-Cola Stage line up was unveiled, with oohs and ahhs emanating from the audience throughout the entire announcement.

Mystery Band #2: The Trews

The night was capped off by Mystery Band number two, Juno award-winning Canadian rock band The Trews from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. They’ll headline the Coca-Cola Stage on Friday, July 15.

The entire concert announcement can be seen here, but for those who were curious, here is what the 2011 Coca-Cola Stage line up looks like:

This year’s Calgary Stampede takes place between July 8 – 17.

Your Coca-Cola Stage lineup for Stampede 2010!

Mystery Band #2: Default

Last night was the first-ever Coca-Cola Covert Concert where the 2010 lineup for the Coca-Cola Stage was announced.

Held at Flames Central, two mystery bands that would appear in this year’s lineup were scheduled to perform, while various prizes were given away to fans in attendance via Twitter and through random drawings on stage. Prizes included things such as gift certificates to Lammles Western Wear & Tack, guitars signed by the bands performing that night, and tickets to the upcoming Kid Rock concert at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Friday, July 16.

The two bands that ended up performing were Doc Walker and Default, much to the delight of many of the people in attendance.

So, without further ado, here is your 2010 Coca-Cola Stage lineup:

For more information on all of the acts that will be hitting the Coca-Cola Stage at this year’s Calgary Stampede, check out our website.

Last chance for tickets to the Coca-Cola Covert Concert!

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The Coca-Cola Covert Concert is where this year’s Coca-Cola Stage lineup will be announced, along with performances from two mystery bands. This exclusive concert will be held at Flames Central on Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m. These tickets cannot be bought anywhere; they must be won, and tickets have been given away through various means during the last couple of weeks.

So, did you miss out on the 250 that were given away through the Stampede Insider newsletter?

Did you miss out on the tickets that were given away through the various scavenger hunts run in various parts of the city on the official Calgary Stampede Twitter account?

Did you miss out in entering the sweepstakes that was run on the official Stampede Facebook account?

If so, there’s one last chance to score a pair of tickets to this concert, and this time, it’s very easy to win.

Simply find the post on the official Stampede Facebook fan page asking you to leave a comment, even something as simple as “Yahoo!” and then go down to the Calgary Stampede Ticket Office located in front of the Grandstand Building at Stampede Park during business hours on Wednesday, May 19 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and claim your ticket! Maximum two tickets per person while supplies last.

There’s about 400 tickets left to be given away through this method, so what are you waiting for? Go leave a comment on our fan page, then come down as soon as you can and pick up the hottest ticket in town!

And while you’re at it, make sure you’ve joined our Stampede Insider newsletter and that you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, and right here on the Stampede Blog so that you’ll always be kept up-to-date on any exclusive announcements, contests, and other opportunities in the future.

Second chances

Missed out on this morning’s opportunity to win tickets to the exclusive Coca-Cola Covert Concert at Flames Central on Thursday, May 20 through our Stampede Insider newsletter? I wouldn’t be surprised; they were all gone within 11 minutes!

But don’t worry, there are other opportunities to win.

Just follow us on Facebook and Twitter throughout the next two weeks for more chances to win a pair of tickets to this exclusive concert. More details here. Find out who the two mystery bands playing that night will be, but more importantly, be one of the the first to know who will be playing at this year’s Coca-Cola Stage!

Finally, if you haven’t already, make sure you sign up for our Stampede Insider newsletter so that you don’t miss out on any other contests that may be run in the future. Besides, it’s a great source to get the latest Stampede news, advanced ticket opportunities, and more!