Calgary Special Events

Calgary Stampede
Be sure to attend the Calgary Stampede to learn about Alberta's history. The Calgary Stampede is a 10-day rodeo and festival that celebrates Western Canada's ranching and farming heritages. It takes places each summer at Stampede Park on Olympic Way.

The Calgary Stampede's main attractions include one of the world's largest rodeos and the Rangeland Derby chuck wagon races. These attractions celebrate Alberta's ranching heritage. Other attractions include a parade, a midway, live concerts, pancake breakfasts and agricultural competitions. These attractions celebrate Alberta's farming heritage that has become a part of Western Canada's economy.

Be sure to attend some of the rodeo events and agricultural competitions to see why the Calgary Stampede attracts over one million visitors annually.

Calgary Folk Music Festival
Music fans will enjoy attending the Calgary Folk Music Festival. The Calgary Folk Music festival celebrates the talents of musicians who keep traditional folk music alive. It takes place each year at Prince Island's Park. The festival's main attractions include live concerts, folk music workshops, beer gardens, a family area and cooking demonstrations. Other attractions include a family music area and a dance hall. Be sure to attend one of the concerts to hear some of Canada's finest music acts up close.

Calgary's Railway Days
History buffs will enjoy attending Calgary's Railway Days. Calgary's Heritage Days celebrate Alberta's unique railroad history. They take place each year at the Heritage Park Historical Village in Southwest Calgary. Some of the main events that take place during Railway Days include guest lectures and the National Spike Driving Competition. Other attractions include model train displays and railroad memorabilia displays.

Calgary Zoo's Zoogala Festival
Foodies will enjoy attending the Calgary Zoo's Zoogala Festival. The Zoogala Festival is one of the Calgary Zoo's largest fundraisers. It is a festival that features live bands, singing, dancing, food booths, cocktails and costume contests. Some of the most popular events that are featured at the Zoogala Festival include wine tastings and a silent auction. Be sure to get to the festival early to reserve your favorite seat.

Alberta Kennel Club
Finally, dog lovers will enjoy the Alberta Kennel Club's dog shows. The Alberta Kennel Club's annual dog shows showcase some of Canada's finest dog breeders and pedigree dogs. They take place four times a year at the Big Four Building at Stampede Park. It features over 250 of Canada's top pedigree dogs.

Some of the most popular events that take place during the dog shows include dog obedience trials and the Best of Show dog pageant. Be sure to visit the Best of Show competition to see Alberta's top pedigree dogs up close.