Stampede Nightlife

Stampede Nightlife
Stampede Nightlife
Plan an epic night

Stampede Nightlife

Avoid major FOMO year with these simple Stampede nightlife tips and tricks
By
Jenna Matthews

Can I get a YAHOO? From Nashville North, to the infamous Cowboys tent, planning an epic Stampede night can feel overwhelming. Picking out where to go and making a plan for what to do takes insider knowledge, but with a few of these simple tips, you can be sure your Stampede night is one you and your friends won’t forget.

You can find a good party ANYWHERE in Calgary during the 10 days of the Calgary Stampede. From parties on the grounds, to downtown, to 17th Avenue SW, to the suburbs, there is something for everyone!

Check out today’s top acts at the Coca-Cola Stage

Check out today’s top acts at the Coca-Cola Stage

Nashville North is the Stampede’s most iconic all-day party

Nashville North is the Stampede’s most iconic all-day party

The low-down on the grounds

On the grounds, you’ll find iconic venues like Nashville North, the Coca-Cola Stage, and plenty of beer gardens.

Nashville North is one of the most popular spots on the Stampede grounds, and if you’re looking to avoid what can potentially be a long line, show up early for the party. Coming in the early afternoon on the weekend or around happy hour on weekdays is when you can bet on getting in quickly. You can also breeze past the line with a Buck The Line Pass that also includes admission to the grounds.

As you roam the grounds, be sure to check out Triple B for beer and barbecue, the Big Four Roadhouse for concerts and all day indoor parties, and the Mott’s Clamato Caesar House for an outdoor oasis next to the Coke Stage. 

You’ve likely heard about Cowboys during Stampede, and for good reason (photo by @tianastravels on Instagram)

You’ve likely heard about Cowboys during Stampede, and for good reason (photo by @tianastravels on Instagram)

Let’s talk about Cowboys

One hasn’t lived, until they have partied at Cowboys.

If you’re going to Cowboys, plan ahead, folks. This is a mainstay of partying during the Stampede and is very, very popular, meaning that sometimes the lineup at the Cowboys Tent is unforgiving and can be hours. I’d highly suggest you buy the fast pass once you get there. At approximately $100, it gets you in with zero line. Spend the extra cash and live your best life at Cowboys for the rest of the night, because this is not a party you’ll be leaving early from.

I’m not sure if I have words to describe Cowboys during the Stampede, you just have to experience it for yourself (it cannot be missed)!

Try your skills on the mechanical bulls at Ranchman’s

Try your skills on the mechanical bulls at Ranchman’s

 

Parties away from the grounds

Ranchman’s is a year-round country bar, located outside of downtown. If you’re looking for a two-stepping good time, this is your place! It’s also a spot to challenge your friends (new and old) on the mechanical bulls they have inside and on their sunny patio.

Wildhorse Saloon is not to be missed. It’s a stand-up tent located in the centre of downtown full of great music and a good time.

Being comfortable is key when partying during the Stampede (photo: @mbrownlee on Instagram)

Being comfortable is key when partying during the Stampede (photo: @mbrownlee on Instagram)

Put on a plaid shirt and cowboy hat to be party ready

Put on a plaid shirt and cowboy hat to be party ready

What to wear

Cowboy boots are a must in Calgary during Stampede. Since venues like Cowboys and Nashville North are often packed with people, wearing sandals or cute shoes is not a good idea. Strap on some cowboy boots and they will help you last into the wee hours of the morning without your feet killing you.

Ladies – cowboy boots, jeans (or perhaps a jean skirt) and a cute plaid shirt is the perfect combo. A cowboy hat is not a must, but it’s a great addition to any outfit. At the end of the day, wear something comfortable, because partying at the Stampede is more like a marathon than a sprint.

Gentlemen, strap on some cowboy boots, Levi’s, a statement belt buckle, a plaid shirt, and last (but certainly not least), don’t forget your cowboy hat (and your two-stepping skills).