What's New at Calgary Stampede for 2018

A new (indoor) live music venue, evening competitions in the Agriculture Zone and a quarter pipe in the Monster Energy Compound are all new in 2018.

Photograph by Bill March courtesy of Calgary Stampede


A quarter pipe in the Monster Energy Compound

This year, the new Monster Energy Compound is outdoors on the Midway and features the first quarter pipe to hit Stampede Park. Witness intense flips and tricks everyday with three Freestyle Motocross (FMX) shows and three Quarter Pipe shows, or catch the encore performance combining FMX and the Quarter Pipe during the nightly fireworks.

Get the daily schedule for the Monster Energy Compound at calgarystampede.com


Sidesaddle racing makes its debut

This new showcase event debuts this year for two nights only. Celebrate the horsewomen of Alberta during the Evening Show on July 7 and 8 and watch as they compete for first place at full speed around the track to the finish line directly in front of the Grandstand. These ladies will be wearing historically correct wardrobe and using sidesaddles that, in some cases, date back multiple generations.

See Sidesaddle Racing on July 7 and 8 as part of the Evening Show performance. For tickets, go to calgarystampede.com


Beer, curling and live music at The Big Four Roadhouse

Free with admission, there's no shortage of things to do at The Big Four Roadhouse. Eat your way through The Big Four Cookhouse presented by Food Network Canada to see what personal touches Nicole Gomes (Food Network Canada's Top Chef Canada: All Stars champion and chef/owner of Calgary's Cluck N' Cleaver) has put on the menu. For drinks the biggest dilemma will be choosing what to have. Thirty-two Alberta small brewers will be featured from July 5 to 15 and Labatt's specialty beer Mill Street Saddle Up Session Ale was brewed exclusively for The Big Four Roadhouse. With some hops in your two-step, you'll be ready to play and dance the night away at The Big Four Roadhouse Stage. In honour of The Big Four's history as Canada's largest indoor curling rink, guests can compete with each other at plexiglass curling. There's also 8-bit arcade game and life-sized games like Jenga and crokinole.

There is live music nightly with Steven Page, Sloan and the Northern Touch Allstars all headlining. Those shows are free. Blue Rodeo plays July 8 with tickets for that show are $79 from Ticketmaster.

The Big Four Roadhouse is all ages daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It's 18+ after 6 p.m. 


Evening competitions in the Agriculture Zone

There's a new twist to the Calgary Stampede's Agriculture Zone, every evening from 7 to 9 p.m. catch new prime-time performances in the Nutrien Western Event Centre. Grab a drink (wine and beer is available for purchase) and watch the Six Horse Hitch, Vintage Tractor Pull or Cowboy Up Challenge Finals. The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Don't forget that there's lots to see and do here during the day, too. Tour the now larger Northern Lights Arena to see the showcased mini horses and meet the community's agri-producers to learn where your food comes from. 

The Agriculture Zone is free with admission. ag.calgarystampede.com


Inexpensive admission on McDonald's Community Day

The Calgary Stampede will be celebrating the city's people, strength, diversity and resiliency through McDonald's Community Day on July 10. Cash in on big savings with $2 admission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first 20,000 guests will receive a commemorative pin. And, seniors get free admission all day. Enjoy roaming entertainment on the grounds from GlobalFest and keep an eye out for the McDonald's Random Act's of Spirit team who will be delivering memorable experiences and prizes to some lucky guests.

$2 admission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday July 10, 2018


Hot ice cream doughnut sandwiches and other new Midway food

No "what's new at Stampede" list would be complete without mentioning new foods to hit the Midway. This year the list is nothing short of outrageous. You can feast on everything from giant squid on a stick to kangaroo pizza to ice cream cookie dough sandwiches (maybe not in that order). In total, there are 63 new foods. See our list of 50 to try and vote on your favourites. 


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