3rd day in to the Calgary Stampede and already feeling overwhelmed? Like there’s just TOO many events happening at the same time? Don’t worry, we (IG: stmpdr) have once again compiled our Stmpdr Daily Top 6 Picks so you don’t have to. Read on and prepare to end weekend 1 of Stampede 2018 with a blast!
1. Cenovus Family Day Free Entry
Did someone say free? Unarguably one of the best things in the world, free admission really just kicks off the day to a great start. Head down to the Stampede grounds between 8 – 11 AM to get in without charge! If you come early enough (and I do mean EARLY), there is a free pancake breakfast for the first 25,000 guests. Served on the Grandstand tarmac, sit back and enjoy live music and performances while digging in to your steaming, maple syrup-slathered yumminess.
2. Daniel Caesar – Coca-Cola Stage @ 9 PM
Canadian, R&B artist Daniel Caesar will be hitting the Coca-Cola Stage at 9 PM and will no doubt bring the house down with his soul-searching music. A rising star, Caesar’s debut album Freudian has been immensely successful and we are beyond stoked to hear him perform live and experience his widespread talent. No purchase necessary however DO show up early to claim a good spot.
3. Randy Houser – Nashville North @ 10 PM
We know you’re psyched. We’re all psyched. Headlining the most legendary Stampede country party in the city is none other than the man Randy Houser himself. Give your ears a break from the Midway and instead bless them with Houser’s unique and wholesome voice. Dressed in your best Western attire, two-step your way down to the Nashville North tent for a guaranteed killer night!
4. Cowboys Pop-Up Store & Stage @ The CORE
From 12-3 PM, visit the Cowboys booth located on the second level of The CORE next to Purdy’s to have the opportunity to win some unreal prizes. Whether you’re taking a break from Stampede-ing or just trying to avoid heat stroke, you can still join in the Stampede spirit! Featuring live music, concert ticket giveaways (Kygo please?), festival chute passes, Cowboys merch, and SO much more – don’t miss it.
5. Steel Panther (with special guests!) – Wildhorse Saloon @ 6 PM
Returning after a completely sold-out show in 2015, Steel Panther will be lighting up the Wildhorse Saloon (500 6 Avenue SW) once again with their unrivalled stage presence and ability to have a solid time. Partying into the wee hours of the morning, get a taste of Steel Panther’s “glam metal” lifestyle while rocking out to their tunes.
6. Free Stampede Breakfast
Of course, the classic Stampede breakfast. If you’re not willing to get up at the crack of dawn for the ridiculously popular Cenovus Family Day Free Breakfast, no worries. Instead, check out one of the the many other events hosting their own free Stampede breakfast & BBQ lunches throughout Calgary. Maybe even try a hand at Agahan Filipino style breakfast if you’re looking for something fun! Let’s be real, the Calgary Stampede Breakfast Calendar is all we need to get through these 10 days.