Country Thunder 101

Country Music in Calgary
Country Music in Calgary
Country Music in Calgary

Country Thunder 101

Join the hottest stars of country music for an unforgettable weekend in Calgary.
Thousands of fans sing along at Country Thunder.

Thousands of fans sing along at Country Thunder.

What is Country Thunder?

Since 2016, Country Thunder has been putting on a big country party right in the middle of the city, lighting up the stage at Prairie Winds Park with the sounds of hit songs and thousands of fans singing along. From Saskatchewan to Florida, Country Thunder has hosted festivals across North America with artists such as Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, and Brad Paisley, just to name a few!

Country Thunder is a festival escape in the heart of Calgary.

Country Thunder is a festival escape in the heart of Calgary.

What’s unique about Country Thunder?

Summer and country music go together like plaid and cowboy boots, and Country Thunder lets you hear your favourite country songs live alongside thousands of new friends. This festival blends the best of the city and the country, with the convenience of being in the heart of Calgary and the excitement of a festival escape under the big Alberta sky.

Country Thunder takes place at Prairie Winds Park in Calgary.

Country Thunder takes place at Prairie Winds Park in Calgary.

Where is the festival held?

Country music fans will love Country Thunder.

Country music fans will love Country Thunder.

Who should go?

Country Thunder is a party for country music fans, and there’s something for everyone. Nashville’s biggest names draw fans to Country Thunder each year, but the festival also hosts rising stars and timeless legends to round out the lineup and provide a wide variety of country music. You can even bring the whole family! Kids 12 and under can attend the festival for free.

What’s the best way to get there?

Be festival ready for Country Thunder.

Be festival ready for Country Thunder.

What should I bring?

The atmosphere at Country Thunder is electrifying.

The atmosphere at Country Thunder is electrifying.

What can I expect at the event?

The atmosphere at a country music festival is electrifying as fans gather to watch superstars such as past headliners Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, and Tim McGraw. There’s plenty of room to get up and dance all night long, or you can relax and enjoy the show by reserving a seat or bringing your own lawn chair or blanket. Plus, there’s more than music. At Country Thunder you’ll find games and activities, dance lessons, plenty of food and beverage vendors, country music merchandise, and more!

Don’t miss a moment of the show at Country Thunder.

Don’t miss a moment of the show at Country Thunder.

How do I plan my day?

The best way to make the most of your Country Thunder weekend is to know when your favourite artists are playing and get there early so you don’t miss a moment of the show. Did you know that Country Thunder has an app to help you plan your weekend? When you download the Country Thunder app on your mobile phone, you’ll have easy access to all the festival information, and you can even customize your own schedule with the artists and events you’re interested in.

Get your ticket to the biggest country music festival of the summer.

Get your ticket to the biggest country music festival of the summer.

What does it cost to attend?

You have the option to choose a single day ticket or a weekend pass, as well as general admission or reserved seating. There’s also the option for a Platinum Experience ticket if you prefer to party in the comfort of an exclusive lounge! Check out the Country Thunder website for full ticket details.

Get ready for Country Thunder in Calgary.

Get ready for Country Thunder in Calgary.

What are the best tips and tricks?

Arrive early to catch local up-and-coming artists on the Country 105 stage. You never know who’s going to be the next Terri Clark or Paul Brandt! Keep an eye out for chances to win meet-and-greets through Country Thunder’s social media channels! Buy your tickets early. Tickets are the most affordable when they first go on sale and rise in price as the festival weekend gets closer.

By
Emily Holloway