tampede 2022 is finally here, and there are many new and exciting things you can engage in for Stampede this year, including new events, rides, food, and more.
In this blog, we’ll go over the top five things to do at Stampede this year that you won’t want to miss!
The Stampede Powwow is a brand new event for the Calgary Stampede. The one-of-a-kind event will feature competitive dancing, singing, drumming, and other performances. It’s one of Canada’s largest powwows and will take place from July 12th to July 14th.
Competitors will engage in different types of Indigenous dance styles such as Men’s Chicken, Men’s Grass, Men and Women’s Fancy, Men’s and Women’s Traditional, Cowboy Special, and Women’s Jingle, and will also showcase talent from drummers and singers who will produce music for the dancing competition.
It will take place at the Saddledome for the three days and will display Indigenous talent not only from Canada, but from across the United States as well. Those who win the competition will receive up to $175,000 in prize money. The powwow is free to view for anyone who has already bought a ticket or has entry to the Stampede.
One of the key new features at this year’s Stampede is the Super Wheel. It’s North America’s largest travelling Ferris wheel, being 150 feet tall. The 36 climate-controlled gondolas can fit up to six people each, and you can get an amazing view of the Stampede Grounds and even the city and the mountains from up top.
Making its debut at the Calgary Stampede and only staying for the duration of it, you should catch this ride for the limited time that it’s here. According to North American Midway Entertainment that owns the Super Wheel, the giant fairground ride has to travel on 20 tractor-trailer loads to each location!
Getting a glimpse of the Freestyle Motocross is one of the most interesting experiences you can have at the Calgary Stampede. This high-adrenaline show will have you on edge as you watch motorcycle athletes from all over the world showcase their skills and perform risky stunts. It can get crowded so make sure you find a good viewing spot before it starts!
You can find it at the Monster Energy Compound which is right across from the Saddledome. The shows run every day at the following times: 1:40, 4:00, 7:30, and 10:40 p.m, with extra slots running on Sunday, July 10th, and Wednesday, July 13th at noon.
This is one of the key highlights of the Calgary Stampede. Every year, the Grandstand Show has something new and exciting to offer, from pyrotechnics to acrobatics, music, dance, and an amazing fireworks display at the very end. The evening show is a combination of chuckwagon races and a dazzling spectacle.
This year’s theme for the Grandstand Show is called AMPLIFIED and “will celebrate the rich, deep, and vivid journey of building Calgary through performance, taking audiences through a musical journey,” according to the Stampede website.
Tickets for the Grandstand Show are separate from the entry tickets into the Stampede. However, if you purchase tickets to the Grandstand Show, you will also get entry into the Stampede along with it. The show and fireworks happen every night for the duration of the Calgary Stampede at the GMC Stadium.
Stampede is the only time of the year where you can get pancake breakfasts, many of them free, from various places and events all over the city. Join ABM College for our very own Stampede Breakfast this upcoming Wednesday, July 13th at our Calgary campus from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Not only can you get a free delicious breakfast of eggs, pancakes, and turkey bacon, but if you enroll in any of our programs you can also receive a $500 completion award toward your studies! We look forward to seeing you there. You can also follow us on social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more events, open houses, and scholarship information.
ABM College is also accepting clothing donations for the Alpha House at this event. The Alpha House is always in need of practical, adult-sized clothing for both men and women. Bring along any gently used jeans, hoodies, shoes, jackets, shirts, or new socks and undergarments that you no longer wear. Your kindness will be deeply appreciated!
We hope this blog helped you find exciting things to do at this year’s Stampede. Happy Stampeding!
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