Welcome to the 2018 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

  • Danielle Savoni, publicity manager

    Office: 403.261.0401     Mobile: 403.461.6647     Email: dsavoni@calgarystampede.com

  • Christine Thompson, media relations coordinator

    Office: 403.261.0338     Mobile: 403.650.7834     Email: cthompson@calgarystampede.com

  • Brooke Martine, media relations coordinator

    Office: 403.261.0339     Mobile:403.336.3979      Email: bmartine@calgarystampede.com

  • Zachary Robertson, communications coordinator intern

    Office: 403.261.9315                                             Email: zrobertson@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 5

5 p.m. – 1 a.m. (Sneak-a-Peek)

Friday, July 6

11 a.m. – midnight

Saturday, July 7

11 a.m. – midnight

Sunday, July 8 

8 a.m.midnight (Cenovus Family Day)

Monday, July 9

11 a.m. – midnight

Tuesday, July 10

10 a.m. – midnight (Community Day)

Wednesday, July 11

7 a.m. – midnight (BMO Kids’ Day)

Thursday, July 12

11 a.m. – midnight

Friday July 13

11 a.m. – midnight

Saturday July 14

11 a.m. – midnight

Sunday, July 15

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


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)

  • Indian Bannock Booth in Indian Village





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 Zachary Roberston 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.

We will share information about the health of an animal if it sustains a significant injury or fatality while in a Stampede competition. (Competition is defined as the afternoon rodeo, evening chuckwagon races and scheduled western events open to the public.)

We may not be able to comment if an animal sustains a significant injury not directly related to competition activities and is in the care of their owner.  At that time, the animal’s health and welfare is the primary responsibility of the owner.

As always, the Calgary Stampede will continue to respond to media enquires with transparency. For more information on Animal Care at the Calgary Stampede please visit calgarystampede.com/animal-care


New in 2018

Get ready to be a part of the 106th Calgary Stampede. This year’s community celebration promises to be the biggest and best yet! See below for all the exciting new programs and budget friendly experiences awaiting you on Park.

Revamped programs and experiences including budget-friendly admission:

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!



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 8, 2018!

The special day features free admission into Stampede Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and a complementary Stampede breakfast for the first 25,000 people. Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. and finishes at 11 a.m. Vouchers will be distributed at Park entrances and are required to receive your complimentary breakfast.

For more information please visit CalgaryStampede.com/CenovusFamilyDay.

McDonald’s Community Day

Celebrating the strength, diversity and resiliency of our great city, this special day will encompass community spirit. The day will feature roaming entertainment from GlobalFest, a commemorative pin for the first 20,000 guests and $2 admission from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

BMO Kids Day

The Calgary Stampede is pleased to invite families to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for some exciting and affordable family fun, with BMO Kids’ Day, Wednesday, July 11. Families are invited to chow down on a free pancake breakfast and enjoy live entertainment while you eat! Stampede with your little ones with free breakfast in the Grandstand Courtyard (while quantities last) and a free variety show on the Grandstand Kids 12 and under and accompanying adults will get free admission to Stampede Park from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. with $2 entry after 9 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)







2018 Parade Marshal

The Calgary Stampede is thrilled to announce two-time Canadian Olympic bronze medalist and 15-time X Games medalist, snowboarder Mark McMorris as this year’s Parade Marshal.

A true example of the strength and resiliency of Canadians, McMorris has become one of the most decorated and successful athletes in competitive snowboarding history, despite incredible challenges and devastating injuries.

The Calgary Stampede Parade is a special part of Calgary’s cultural identity and is the event which signals the start of the 10-day celebration. The parade route will be the same as last year – and, admission to Stampede Park is free from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 6We invite you to get your boots, pick your spot and join the Parade that kicks off The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth! For more information, please visit calgarystampede.com

Relay Races

Tradition and teamwork, precision and pride will be on full display during this showcase event at Calgary Stampede 2018. The Relay Races will feature five of the very best Indigenous racing teams in North America, demonstrating their horsemanship skills and relationship with their horses in a high adrenalin competition. As a showcase event, relay racing will run for four nights, July 9-12, immediately following the GMC Rangeland Derby.

This year’s Relay Races will feature two teams from Treaty 7 territories, Lone Wolf of the Piikani Nation and Team Old Sun of the Siksika Nation. Joining them are Young Money, the Carlson Team and Star School of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Montana

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:

How about those cowgirls! This event will showcase the fearless women of western sport as they exhibit the partnership, athleticism and skill that makeup sidesaddle racing. Dating back to 1382, riding sidesaddle began as a way for women to ride more independently and for sport. Equipped with historically correct tack and wardrobe, the ladies of the sidesaddle races will be putting on a thrilling show. Guests will get to see the historical event immediately following the GMC Rangeland Derby July 7-8. 

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


Thursday, July 5

Alexisonfire (8 p.m.)

Friday, July 6

Elle King (9 p.m.)

Saturday, July 7

Broken Social Scene (9:30 p.m.)

Sunday, July 8

Daniel Caesar (9 p.m.)

Monday, July 9

The Rural Alberta Advantage (8 p.m.),

Phantogram (9:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 10

Our Lady Peace (9 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 11

Sheryl Crow (9 p.m.)

Thursday, July 12

Walk Off The Earth (9 p.m.)

Friday, July 13

Lights (9 p.m.)

Saturday, July 14

Too Many Zooz (8 p.m.),

The Funk Hunters (9:30 p.m.)

Sunday, Jul 15

Billy Talent (9 p.m.)













Nashville North Headliners


Thursday, July 5

Gord Bamford (8 p.m.)

Friday, July 6

Petric (10 p.m.)

Saturday, July 7

Meghan Patrick (10 p.m.)

Sunday, July 8

Randy Houser (10:30 p.m.)

Monday, July 9

Locash (10 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 10

Road Hammers (10:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 11

James Barker Band (10 p.m.)

Thursday, July 12

Washboard Union (10 p.m.)

Friday, July 13

The Dungarees (10 p.m.)

Saturday, July 14

River Town Saints (10 p.m.)

Sunday, Jul 15

Leaving Thomas (9:30 p.m.)






Big Four Roadhouse Headliners


Thursday, July 5

Northern Touch

Friday, July 6

Mocking Shadows

Saturday, July 7

Dead Flowers

Sunday, July 8

Blue Rodeo

Monday, July 9


Tuesday, July 10

Steven Paige

Wednesday, July 11

Platinum Blonde

Thursday, July 12


Friday, July 13

The Boom Booms

Saturday, July 14

Choir Choir Choir

Sunday, Jul 15

Dueling Pianos





Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert Series


Friday, July 13

Brad Paisley (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, July 14

Luke Bryan (7:30 p.m.)









Food and 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 6 – 15.

With over 60 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 Pop Rock Mini Doughnuts, Bacon Onion Bombs, Cricket Grilled Cheese and Smoking Charcoal in a Cup. To take a look at all the new food being offered at this year’s Stampede, please visit CalgaryStampede.com/food.


The Big Four Roadhouse will have the largest selection of local, domestic and international craft beer on Stampede Park! For 2018, 32 Alberta small brewers will be featured at The Big Four Roadhouse. Sixteen brewers will be featured from July 5 to 10, and July 11 to 15 will feature 16 different local brewers. As a continued key partner, Labatt will also feature craft beer including Mill Street Saddle Up Session Ale, a specialty beer brewed a few blocks away at Mill Street Brew Pub, exclusively for The Big Four Roadhouse. Sit back, relax with a cold brew and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and entertainment that the space has to offer.

World Class Entertainment and Agriculture

Grandstand Show

The Calgary Stampede is thrilled to present ‘The Grandstand Show: 50’, celebrating 50 years of Calgary’s iconic show. For the past 50 years, the Stampede’s Grandstand Show has amazed more than 5 million spectators from around the world and this year is the pinnacle of 50 years of hard work, dedication and creative performances.

Audiences will experience a made-in-Calgary; world-class show that highlights some of Calgary’s most iconic moments. The show will take audiences on an awe-inspiring journey through spectacular and heartwarming pieces that will leave guests feeling an incredible warmth and pride for our community - Calgary.

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. New for 2018, 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/