Well the Calgary Stampede starts today. Most people I would guess have heard of the Calgary Stampede but as a person that has lived in Calgary for 12 years I can tell you that the Stampede is the social and summer highlight in Calgary and most people in this city would agree that it is the event that makes Calgary most famous.
The Calgary Stampede is on this year from July 9th to the 18th and is an all day and evening event from start to finish. There are rides for the kids, there is a special indoor playground and crafts area free for kids and of course all the horses, cows, goats, and pigs that the kids can usually pet and have pictures taken with.
Calgary stampede History
The Calgary Stampede is a celebration of the farming and ranching culture of Alberta and because of this the city turns into Urban cowboys with cowboy boots and cowboy hats for two weeks. For adults there are lots of bands, both rock and country, at the Calgary Stampede itself as well as at all of the bars around town. So not only is there events at the stampede for kids but for adults as well.
The highlight of the Calgary Stampede has to be the rodeo. There is an afternoon session of the rodeo as well as a night session. The night session has the famous Chuck wagon races as well as lots of entertainment and is a highlight although it may be a bit long and late for the little kids. The afternoon rodeo is great for kids and they get to see bucking broncos, horses, and lassoing cows.
If it is too late for you to attend the Calgary Stamped this year then you should definitely make plans for next year to attend. The Calgary Stampede is billed as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth and it really is.