Celebrate the skills of cowboys and cowgirls at an Alberta rodeo.

The Indigenous relay race at the Calgary Stampede is all controlled chaos and uncontrolled excitement.

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth

It’s not an overstatement. For more than 100 years, the Calgary Stampede has been packing residents and visitors alike into its Grandstand and Midway. People come from all over the world to hoot and holler and generally whoop it up.

Take in the ground-pounding rodeo action and chuckwagon races. There’s also plenty of white-knuckle excitement on the Midway with its roller coasters and Tilt-A-Whirl. There are also plenty of agricultural exhibits and competitions if you’re looking for something a little calmer.

Explore the Calgary Stampede

Learn about Indigenous culture and traditions at the Elbow River Camp.
Get close to the action at the daily rodeo.
Square dancing on Stephen Avenue in Calgary.
Stampede events pop up all over the city. Dosey doe your partner in downtown Calgary.
Each day of the Stampede ends with the Grandstand Show and fireworks display.

Sit back and watch the dust fly

Alberta’s rodeos celebrate the skills cowboys and cowgirls needed on the ranch. That means roping, riding and hanging on for dear life.

Rodeos happen all summer long in big cities and small towns across the province. 

The daily rodeo features bull riding, saddle broncs, barrel racing, steer wrestling and more. There’s plenty of bucking on display and big bucks are up for grabs for competitors. It all adds up to plenty of excitement for spectators.

Rouge Restaurant boasts an extensive garden and a beautiful location alongside the Bow River in Calgary.

Tour local farms and do a little field research

Our roots are showing on farms and market gardens across the province. Tour one of the many farms open to visitors to learn about Alberta agriculture and sample what seeds and sunshine can do.

Grab a meal straight from the source

The fruits and vegetables of Alberta agriculture are on display — and on sale — at farmers’ markets throughout the province. Talk to the producers while putting together a picnic or check out one of the Food & Drink establishments where local ingredients meet local knowledge in delicious ways.

Alberta approved farmers’ markets

Looking to get a taste of life on the range? Saddle up.

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