What’s New at the 2023 Calgary Stampede

This year, get ready for new midway foods, an out-of-this-world parade marshal, new events and more.

Photo courtesy of Bill Marsh/Calgary Stampede.

The rodeo will feature a newly expanded format

When: July 7 to 16

Where: GMC Stadium

One of the biggest draws of the Calgary Stampede is the rodeo. This year, all rodeo events, like bull riding, barrel racing and bareback riding, will feature more competitors than ever before. With 30 athletes in every event, competitors will compete in three pools, with the top four in each heat moving on and culminating in an action-packed final heat. Rodeo events start at 1:30 p.m. daily and tickets must be purchased separately (but include Stampede admission).

 

Jeremy Hansen is this year’s parade marshal

When: July 7

Where: Downtown Calgary, along the parade route

The Stampede parade marshal is always a big deal, but this year, they’re out of this world. Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen plans to be the first Canadian on the moon as part of the Artemis II mission and will be part of the first team to leave Earth’s orbit since 1972. He’ll bring a wild west, into-the-unknown spirit to this year’s parade kickoff.

 

There are tons of new foods on the Stampede midway

When: July 7 to 16

Where: Stampede Midway

Ranging from sweet, deep-fried treats to savoury creations, the new midway foods at the Stampede always draw crowds in, and this year is no different. This year, there are 57 new items hitting the midway, like the “spider bao” (filled with a deep-fried soft shell crab) from The Dumpling Hero, Flamin’ Hot Dill Cookies, a Kool-Aid chicken burger and more.

 

There’s a new event at the Calgary Stampede Rocky Mountain Cup

When: July 12

Where: Nutrien Western Event Centre

Following the first Rocky Mountain Cup, a collection of calf roping events at Stampede 2022, a new category has been added for the 2023 competition. Catch the ladies breakaway roping event, where 30 competitors race to catch and rope a calf as quickly as possible for $150,000 in prize money, on July 12 at the Nutrien Western Event Centre. This event is separate from the rodeo and is free with admission to Stampede.

 

Visit All Elite Wrestling’s new show, Collision

When: July 15

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

All Elite Wrestling is a league offering a fresh alternative to the mainstream professional wrestling leagues, and it will be joining the lineup of events at Stampede this year. On July 15, AEW: Collision promises to be a show of epic proportions, following in the footsteps of Calgary’s massive existing wrestling pedigree.

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