Welcome to the 2019 Calgary Stampede! We appreciate your coverage and are happy to assist you in any way possible.



 Community Engagement & Communications

  • Jennifer Booth, manager, public relations
  • Office: 403.261.0327     Mobile: 403.463.6834     Email: jbooth@calgarystampede.com
  • Kristina Barnes, manager, western events & agriculture communications
  • Office: 403.261.0382     Mobile: 403.585.4706     Email: kbarnes@calgarystampede.com
  • Brooke Martine, media relations coordinator
  • Office: 403.261.0339     Mobile:403.336.3979      Email: bmartine@calgarystampede.com
  • Lahia Girbik, media relations coordinator
  • Office: 403.261.9114     Mobile:403.681.1992      Email: lgirbik@calgarystampede.com
  • Hanna Eirich, communications coordinator
  • Office: 403.261.0452                                             Email: heirich@calgarystampede.com


We’re available to arrange interviews with our executives, contestants, performers and others. Please contact the Community Engagement & Communications department for assistance.



 Follow @CS__Media for ongoing media updates.


Broadcast Division

  • Cindy Gillies, broadcast manager
  • Office: 403.261.0298 Mobile: 403.585.4110

 The Broadcast Division is responsible for the production and distribution of the host broadcast feed, liaising with television and radio rights holders, production of all superboard and superscreen content, management of archival footage and still photography, and sales and distribution of all Rodeo and Chuckwagon footage.


Tourism Sales

  • Lindsay Jardine, tourism sales manager
  • Office: 403.261.0366 Mobile: 403.830.2484
  • Bree Donaldson, tourism sales coordinator
  • Office: 403.261.0396 Mobile: 403.466.9291

The Tourism Sales team collaborates with tourism partners, the Canadian Tourism Commission, Travel Alberta and Tourism Calgary. The team coordinates vetted familiarization tours and press trips in an effort to convey the Alberta experience.


Guest Services

 Text “Stampede” to 313131 and a Guest Services representative will respond (standard text messaging rates apply). Guest Services can also be reached at 403.261.0398



The Calgary Stampede maintains an extensive library of Stampede photos. We are pleased to provide photos to you in support of your stories. All photos must be credited “Calgary Stampede.” Commercial use of Calgary Stampede photos is not allowed. Please find all photos on the Calgary Stampede flickr photostream.



Media accreditation is reserved for reporters, writers, videographers, producers, and photographers who are working for a bona fide media outlet.

Freelancers, bloggers and digital journalists applying for accreditation must provide a letter of assignment from an official publisher or editor with clear assignment details, or provide a detailed explanation of planned coverage. While all applications will be reviewed and considered, we reserve the right to approve or deny any media accreditation application.


Media Accreditation Policy

Please be aware and follow our media accreditation policy:

  • Accreditation will only be given to working media on assignment.
  • Accreditation cannot be shared, sold or extended to co-workers, family or friends.
  • Filming access of the Rodeo, Chuckwagon Races and Grandstand show will be limited – CBC is the exclusive rights holder for filming these events, and therefore, filming or recording of these events is not permitted. Footage can be purchased through our broadcasting department.
  • Non-editorial or commercial use of any pictures or film is prohibited without prior consent of the Calgary Stampede.
  • Media accreditation passes must be worn at all times while on Stampede Park.
  • Accredited media are expected to cooperate with the procedures at the gates and security checkpoints of Stampede Park, and must treat the individuals working in these areas with courtesy and respect.
  • Lost or stolen media accreditation must be immediately reported to a media relations coordinator; these passes will be cancelled and a new pass may be re-issued.
  • Extensive consideration has been put into assigning accreditation zones; please respect the zones you have been accredited for. If you require specific access to an area during a specific date/time, and have not been accredited for this zone, please contact a media relations coordinator. Your additional request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


Park Hours

Thursday, July 4

5 p.m. – 1 a.m. (Sneak-a-Peek)

Friday, July 5

11 a.m. – midnight

Saturday, July 6

11 a.m. – midnight

Sunday, July 7 

7:30 a.m. – midnight (Cenovus Family Day)

Monday, July 8

11 a.m. – midnight

Tuesday, July 9

10 a.m. – midnight (McDonald’s Community Day)

Wednesday, July 10

7 a.m. – midnight (BMO Kids’ Day)

Thursday, July 11

11 a.m. – midnight

Friday July 12

11 a.m. – midnight

Saturday July 13

11 a.m. – midnight

Sunday, July 14

11 a.m. – midnight



General (13 – 64)


Child (7 – 12)


Seniors (65+)


Children under 6



Media Lounge

 Nutrien Western Event Centre – Journey 2050 Classroom

Open: 11 a.m. – 7:30p.m.

 The Media Lounge is open to all accredited media. Light refreshments and food will be available on a first come first serve basis. We ask that no interviews are conducted in the lounge.


 International Room – Agriculture Building, second floor

Open: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 Each year the International Room hosts more than 1,800 visitors from countries around the world. We provide a venue for agriculture product and service exhibits, sharing information on industry and sampling Alberta-grown food products. We invite international visitors involved in the agriculture industry to mingle with producers, industry specialists, government representatives and exporters.


Media Drop Locations

  Available media drop locations are as follows. If you are interested in using one of the locations, please contact one of the media team representatives.

  • Triple B
  • Outside Nutrien Western Event Centre
  • Nutrien Western Event Centre (Inside)
  • Midway area
  • Western Showcase (BMO Centre – inside)
  • Bannock Booth in Elbow River Camp



 Parking passes are available in limited numbers by request only. Parking passes are valid for the Remington lot on the corner of 11th Avenue SE and Olympic Way SE. Parking passes for special deliveries on park are also available by request. Please contact Hanna Eirich for more information (see page one for contact information.)



 Information on our sponsors can be found at http://www.calgarystampede.com/sponsorship.


About the Calgary Stampede

 The Calgary Stampede is a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that strives to preserve and celebrate our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. The Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through its world-renowned 10-day Stampede, the year round facilities, and youth and agricultural programs. All revenue is reinvested into the programs and facilities of the Calgary Stampede.

 Quick Facts

  • The Calgary Stampede was first held in 1912.
  • The Stampede offers the largest purse in outdoor rodeo – more than $2 million.
  • The GMC Rangeland Derby chuckwagon purse is more than $1.15 million.
  • More than one million people attend The Calgary Stampede each July.
  • More than 30,000 Stampede posters are distributed around the world annually.
  • More than two million mini doughnuts are sold each year.
  • More than 200,000 pancakes are served at community breakfasts each year.
  • Stampede Park is comprised of 208 acres.
  • Approximately 3.6 million people visit Stampede Park year-round.
  • Each year 26 tipis are set up in Indian Village.
  • More than 30,000 flowers are planted on Stampede Park each year.
  • The Calgary Stampede is a not-for-profit organization
  • Calgary Stampede Foundation is a registered charitable organization.
  • Agriculture is at the root of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede since its formation in 1886 as the Calgary Agricultural Society.
  • The Stampede has more than 3,000 year-round volunteers and more than 1,200 year-round employees.
  • Each July the Stampede hires more than 3,000 seasonal employees.


Stampede Brand

In accordance with the corporate logo and trademark policy, emblems, symbols, logos and the name ‘Calgary Stampede’ are registered trademarks belonging to Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Ltd. These registered trademarks are protected by intellectual and industrial property laws in Canada and internationally and are for exclusive use of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Ltd. Unauthorized use of these protected, registered trademarks is prohibited without the written consent of the Stampede.


Attendance Information

Year Official Attendance



















*2012: All-time attendance record


Animal Care

The Calgary Stampede is proud of our connection with animals. Animals are at the heart of what we do and they are the primary reason more than a million people from our community and around the world visit the Stampede every year. Just as their owners are dedicated to providing care and nourishment while at Stampede Park, we are committed to providing the best and safest conditions possible.


New in 2019

2019 Stampede Parade Marshal

Celebrating women in western culture, the Calgary Stampede is excited to announce, actress and local ‘cowgirl’; Amber Marshall will lead the 2019 Calgary Stampede as Parade Marshal.

Best known for starring role as Amy Fleming, the horse-whispering miracle girl of the television drama Heartland, is a strong, independent and talented local actress. In addition, she has a genuine love for horses and lives an authentic western lifestyle.

For more information please visit CalgaryStampede.com/parade

Bulls After Dark

When the sun goes down, experience the ultimate adrenaline-fueled party at Stampede 2019 – Bulls After Dark!

With hot music, cold drinks and adrenaline-fueled entertainment all under one roof, Bulls After Darktransforms the Nutrien Western Event Centre into the city’s premier nightspot on the final weekend of Stampede 2019.

Immerse yourself in a night of electrifying excitement that combines bull riding and the extreme sport of bull freestyling with live music from Alberta band The Prairie States and Joanna Magik. See cowboys with nerves of steel pull off the wildest rides and outrageous stunts in this exclusive, high-energy experience.

For more information please visit CalgaryStampede.com/bulls-after-dark

Coca-Cola IgNITES the Night

Electrify the way you Stampede at Coca-Cola IgNITES the Night

This one-night-only event is back again to light up the Midway on Monday, July 8 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Join us for an evening of exciting music, bright lights, and shareable moments that you won't be able to experience anywhere else.

For more information please visit CalgaryStampede.com/ignite

Nik Wallenda: King of the High Wire

World-record holder Nik Wallenda and his family are bringing their high-wire act to the Midway. Try not to hold your breath while you watch their daring performance high above the crowd.

For more information please visit CalgaryStampede.com/nik-wallenda

World Association of Marching Showbands

From pitch perfect music, spectacular choreography, and unbreakable team spirit, see firsthand what it takes to be a World Champion marching band during Stampede 2019. 

Travelling from as far away as Nigeria, Mexico, Taiwan and Germany, more than twenty of the best showbands in the business – all comprised of gifted youth musicians – will be gathering at Stampede Park to showcase their coordination, unique style and talent during the World Association of Marching Showband's 2019 World Championship.

Over the course of the weekend of July 6-8, events will be happening all day, including rehearsals, drumline battles, parade competitions, all leading up to the World Championship final on Monday, July 8.

For more information please visit CalgaryStampede.com /wamsb


Parade Day

With the Parade going straight to the Park, guests will be able to take advantage of free admission until 1:30 p.m. Continuing with the reversed route, guests will be able to get to Stampede Park much easier once the Parade has passed!

For more information please visit CalgaryStampede.com/parade


Cenovus Family Day

The Calgary Stampede is pleased to invite families to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for some exciting family fun at Cenovus Family Day, Sunday July 7, 2019!

The special day features free admission into Stampede Park from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and a complimentary Stampede breakfast for the first 25,000 people. 

For more information please visit CalgaryStampede.com/Cenovus-Family-Day.


McDonald’s Community Day

Come celebrate Community Spirit and all that makes our city great!

FREE gate admission for Seniors (Ages 65+) all day long, and $2 admission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Seniors are also eligible for free standing room tickets to the Rodeo or the Evening Show – tickets available at the Grandstand Ticket Office starting at 11 a.m. Free coffee and doughnuts in the morning while supplies last starting at 10 a.m.

For more information please visit CalgaryStampede.com/community-day.


BMO Kids Day

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019 enjoy FREE entry for kids 12 & under, as well as for accompanying adults from 7 to 9 a.m. $2 entry all day for kids 12 & under

Stampede with your little ones with free breakfast in the Grandstand Courtyard from 8 - 9:30 a.m. (while quantities last) and a free variety show on the Grandstand stage from 8 - 10 a.m.


BMO Kids’ Day schedule:

7 a.m. – 9 a.m.                         Free admission to Stampede Park for children 12 and under, with accompanying adults

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                     Free pancake breakfast, while supplies last at the Grandstand Courtyard

8 a.m. – 10 a.m.                        Free kid-themed variety show on the Grandstand stage

9 a.m. – midnight                     $2 admission for children 7 to 12 years old, with accompanying adults (Children 6 and under free)

For more information please visit CalgaryStampede.com/bmo-kids-day.


Relay Races

The Relay Races are a high-energy showcase of teamwork, precision and horsemanship. Dressed in traditional regalia, five Indigenous racing teams will demonstrate their peoples’ connection to the horse and the fast-growing sport of Relay Racing as they circle the track in this exciting event. Representing Alberta and the Treaty 7 territories are team Lone Wolf of the Piikani Nation, Old Sun of the Siksika Nation and Thunder Beings of the Kainai and Piikani nations. From Montana, and representing the Blackfoot Confederacy, are Young Money and the Carlson Team. Stay in your seats immediately following the Chuckwagon races July 7-11, to see the best Relay Racing teams in North American in action!

How Relay Races work:

  • Each team has four members and three high-powered thoroughbred race horses.
  • Team members all have a role. There is one rider, two horse holders and one ‘mugger’ who catches the horse during an exchange. All teams and their horses make their way onto the track at the same time, and remain on the track for the entire race.
  • Teams stand off to the side while the four riders prepare for a standing start.
  • When the horn sounds, riders leap onto their horses bareback (without a saddle) and race a lap of the track.
  • Once the first lap is completed, it’s time for the relay exchange. The rider jumps off his horse and passes it to the mugger. He then leaps onto a new horse and takes off for another lap.
  • This cycle continues for three laps, where the fastest team wins!


Sidesaddle Races

 Celebrating the accomplished horsewomen of western history, Sidesaddle Racing is a high-adrenaline showing of skill and athleticism. Five local riders will take to the Calgary Stampede track along with three international horsewomen for a race filled with grit and gumption. Dressed in historically inspired wardrobe, these racers take you back in time to where women gained independence on horseback and began to participate in western sport. While graceful, the Sidesaddle Racers are extremely skilled and fiercely competitive, adding extra fuel to the excitement of your Evening Show experience! Sidesaddle Racing takes place July 5 & 6, immediately following the GMC Rangeland Derby. 

How Sidesaddle Races work:

  • There will be eight talented horsewomen and equine partners competing this year.
  • All eight contestants will compete in the same race.
  • The race will be run half of the track and finish in front of the Grandstand. The fastest lady wins!
  • Contestants will have historically correct tack and wardrobe.


Dates to Remember

Coca-Cola Stage Headliners


Reuben and the Dark

Thursday, July 4


Friday, July 5

Bishop Briggs

Saturday, July 6

Dashboard Confessional

Sunday, July 7


Monday, July 8

King Princess

Tuesday, July 9


Wednesday, July 10

Mother Mother

Thursday, July 11

The Glorious Sons

Friday, July 12

Chromeo (DJ set)
Keys N Krates

Saturday, July 13

Death Cab for Cutie

Sunday, July 14



Nashville North Headliners


Emerson Drive

Thursday, July 4

The Reklaws

Friday, July 5


Saturday, July 6

Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr.

Sunday, July 7

Kiefer Sutherland

Monday, July 8

Chad Brownlee

Tuesday, July 9

Aaron Goodvin

Wednesday, July 10

Jess Moskaluke

Thursday, July 11

Andrew Hyatt

Friday, July 12

Jade Eagleson

Saturday, July 13

David James

Sunday, July 14



Big Four Roadhouse Headliners


Dwayne Gretzky

Thursday, July 4

Sam Roberts Band

Friday, July 5

Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion

Saturday, July 6

Corb Lund, The Sheepdogs, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, The Sadies, and Whitney Rose

Sunday, July 7


Monday, July 8


Tuesday, July 9

The Trews

Wednesday, July 10

Barney Bentall

Thursday, July 11

A Tribe Called Red

Friday, July 12

Clayton Bellamy & The Congregation

Saturday, July 13

Dueling Piano Kings

Sunday, July 14



Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert Series


Friday, July 12

Zac Brown Band (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, July 13

Sugarland (7:30 p.m.)

Sunday, July 14

Tim McGraw (7:30 p.m.)



Food & Beer


From heat to sweet, the Calgary Stampede is thrilled to tease your taste buds with our new, mouthwatering Midway food, found only on Stampede Park, July 4 – 14.

With more than 50 new and innovative foods on the Midway menu, foodies everywhere will want to loosen their belt buckles before clearing their plates at The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Among this year’s imaginative offerings are Cheesy Ramen Dogs, Dill Pickle Cotton Candy, Flamin’ Frog Legs and Butter Beer Ice Cream. To take a look at all the new food being offered at this year’s Stampede, please visit CalgaryStampede.com/food.


World Class Entertainment and Agriculture

Grandstand Show

When the last chuckwagon thunders over the finish line, The 2019 Bell Grandstand Show: “Trailblazer” will dazzle audiences with elaborate song and dance numbers, acrobatics, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks finale! This year’s show takes inspiration from the travelling shows of the early 20th century, recreating the excitement and wild spectacle of the era and hurtling it into the 21st century on the most technologically advanced outdoor stage in the world. Trailblazer will take audiences on a one of a kind adventure led by our show master Onalea, featuring The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede


Prime Time Agriculture Shows

The new home to all agriculture and western event competitions, the Nutrien Western Event Centre, will shine a spotlight on the must-see events that will bring guests to the edge of their seat. This state-of-the-art venue will host nightly shows from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., showcasing some of the greatest events the Calgary Stampede has to offer.

 Including wine and beer service, these nightly competitions provide the perfect pairing for a world-class experience. From the majestic Heavy Horse Show to the excitement of the extreme Cowboy Up competition, all of the fan-favourites have a special spot throughout the 10 days of Stampede. With an amplified environment for the best events to showcase their incredible talents, this will be ten nights of authentic western experiences that guests won’t want to miss!

 For information on agricultural events please visit ag.calgarystampede.com/events/