The first weekend of the Stampede is almost at a close. It’s been an action packed few days so far: between the breakfasts, parties, the rodeo, the chucks, the midway and all of the great music, there’s no shortage of things to do. However the one thing that’s been inescapable and on everyone’s minds this year has been the heat! Love it or hate it, it’s getting people outside in droves. Here’s 6 things to do on Stampede Sunday, July 9th that will bring the heat.
Cenovus Family Day 8am – 12 pm
The gates to the Stampede grounds are being thrown open for free on Sunday morning, thanks to Cenovus. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring your family down and see everything the Stampede has to offer, free of charge.
The World Stock Dog Championship 9 am – 1:30 pm
If you’re an animal lover, you won’t want to miss the World Stock Dog Championship in the Agrium Western Event Centre. Working dogs are incredible animals, and this is a perfect opportunity to learn about the roles dogs can play in livestock operations, as well as see them compete on a world stage.
GhostBoy at the King Eddy
Looking for a bit of music to wind down your weekend? Check out former PEAR frontman Denis Dufresne in his new acoustic/country/roots outfit GhostBoy. The King Eddy has plenty of great music on tap all week long, so don’t ever pass up a chance to take in something new in a fantastic venue.
Splash and Swim at a City Swimming Pool
Need to cool off and get away from Stampede excitement? The City of Calgary offers $2 adult and $1 kids admission to select pools on Sundays. Beat the heat, get some exercise and rest easy tonight!
The Calgary Stampede Western Showcase
Here’s a little Stampede hack courtesy of your friends at STMPDR: The Western Showcase located in Halls A,D and E of the BMO Centre is highly air-conditioned and a perfect place to escape, relax and most importantly, cool off at the Stampede Grounds. While you’re there, take in it’s incredible showcase of Western Art, cooking showcases and authentic western cowboy music. It’s a hidden little gem that is always a favourite place to unwind, and you can also get a nice glass of wine if you need a change of pace from Stampede Suds.
The Stampede Fireworks from Scotsman’s Hill
Taking in the Stampede fireworks from the top of Scotsman’s Hill is practically a right of passage. It’s the best view for fireworks watching, and can be done free of charge. The City highly regulates parking in the area, so be prepared to do some walking from your car to the top of the hill. It’s a perfect way to cool off in the night air and take in a little pyrotechnics before work starts on Monday.