Ten Alberta Rodeos to Hit Up If You Want Stampede Season All Summer Long


By Britanny Burr on July 8, 2024.

There are Pro Rodeos in several towns throughout the province and other amateur events that are well worth checking out. Shine up those boots and discover Alberta’s true Western Spirit this summer. Saddle up!

Alberta is a province bustling with Western spirit, and you know we love a good rodeo. There’s something about sportsmanship, a little health competition, the greasy food, and endless entertainment that we can’t get enough of. Also, who doesn’t love an opportunity to wear cowboy boots? If you’re ready to boot-scoot the summer away, we’ve got just the thing.

While the Calgary Stampede often steals the spotlight, plenty of other rodeos across the province offer just as much excitement. Maybe more! Here’s a roundup of some of the best rodeos to check out this summer.

The Calgary Stampede

We’d be silly not to include it. Let’s start with the Granddaddy of them all: The Calgary Stampede. Known as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” this 10-day extravaganza, held July 5th-14th, is a whirlwind of rodeo action, Stampede evening shows, live music, carnival rides, and pancake breakfasts galore. It’s an event like no other, drawing in crowds worldwide to enjoy its iconic parade, thrilling chuck wagon races, and world-class rodeo events. The Calgary Stampede is the most well-known rodeo in Canada and is crowded, rowdy, and full-on country. Even the city slickers are two-stepping it up in their freshly polished boots. If you can brave the crowds, the Calgary Stampede is an experience worth enjoying at least once in your lifetime.

But hey, maybe the Stampede’s big city appeal and large crowds just aren’t your thing. Or perhaps you’ve been there, done that, and you’re looking for something different. You’re in luck! Alberta is bursting with fantastic rodeo events throughout the summer, each with its charm and flavour. Let’s saddle up and explore some of the best ones around.

Teepee Creek Stampede

First up, we’re heading to Teepee Creek Stampede July 11th-14th, northeast of Grande Prairie, on the Teepee Creek Rodeo Grounds. This wild gem of a rodeo has been around for over a century, is rooted deep in history, and offers an authentic and close-knit community feel. It’s the perfect spot to experience real cowboy culture and get down and dirty in cowboy spirit. The Pro Rodeo events are top-notch, featuring everything from bull riding to barrel racing, with plenty of family-friendly activities in the mix. The vibe is fun and welcoming, making it a great choice for both rodeo veterans and rookies alike.

Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede

Next on our list is the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede from July 24th-27th. Established in 1887, this rodeo is known for its warm, hospitable energy. It’s a true crowd-pleaser. You’ll find all the classic Pro Rodeo events here, but what sets this rodeo apart are the extra touches: nightly concerts, a parade, and a fantastic midway with rides and games. Plus, there’s a great food scene with plenty of local vendors serving up delicious eats.

Camrose Big Valley Jamboree: Bulls for Breakfast

It's not your typical rodeo, but it's well worth mentioning. Big Valley Jamboree is a 30-year and counting, proud Alberta tradition. This country music festival, held August 1-4th, runs alongside the famous “Bulls for Breakfast” event. Kick the morning off with a thrilling bull riding competition, followed by four days of live music performances by some of North America’s top country music artists. It’s the perfect blend of adrenaline and entertainment, all set in the pretty countryside of Camrose.

Strathmore Stampede

From August 2-5th, the Strathmore Stampede takes center stage. This event is famous for its action-packed schedule featuring rodeo events and its famous “Running With The Bulls” event, where cowboys show off their bravery. It’s one of the few places in North America where you can experience this Spanish tradition. Strathmore Stampede offers a blend of excitement and community spirit, complete with a Cowboy Cabaret, making it a must-visit on your rodeo circuit.

Valleyview Crocus Hill Stampede

We’re heading back up north for the Valleyview Crocus Hill Stampede held August 9th-11th. A smaller rodeo, yet no less thrilling, Crocus Hill Stampede offers a full slate of rodeo competitions and a focus on local talent. It’s a fantastic way to check out some of the rising stars in the rodeo world and enjoy a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.

Calgary Police Rodeo

For a one-day event that packs a punch, don’t miss out on the Calgary Police Rodeo on August 10th. This unique rodeo is organized by local law enforcement and features police officers competing in traditional rodeo events. It’s a fun twist on the usual rodeo, complete with a wrap-up old-school barn dance, with all proceeds going to charity. The friendly rivalry between police officers adds an extra layer of excitement and fun.

Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo

Nestled in the scenic foothills of southern Alberta, the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo held August 15-18th is a great opportunity to check out the thrill of the rodeo. The surrounding area's natural beauty provides a stunning backdrop of rolling hills and wide-open Alberta skies. Along with rodeo events, the community's enthusiasm is contagious. Pincher Creek offers a mix of traditional rodeo and local festivities, making it enjoyable for the whole family.

Okotoks Pro Rodeo

The Okotoks Pro Rodeo on August 23rd-24th is another fantastic option, best known for its family-friendly environment and top-notch rodeo action. Located just south of Calgary, at the Millarville Race Track, is easily accessible and offers a great mix of Pro Rodeo events and local entertainment. The atmosphere is lively and there is plenty of action to keep everyone entertained.

Cochrane Lions Club Rodeo

Held over the September long weekend, the Cochrane Lions Club Rodeo from August 30 to September 2nd is a wonderful way to wrap up the last long weekend of summer. This event is renowned for its world-class rodeo and small-town feel. The scenic town of Cochrane provides a beautiful backdrop, and the true spirit of the rodeo comes alive. It’s packed with fun and excitement that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Whether you’re a seasoned rodeo goer or a newbie on the scene, Alberta’s rodeo action has something for everyone. From the Grandstand Evening Show at the Calgary Stampede to the intimate charm of smaller circuit rodeos, there’s no shortage of excitement. So grab your cowboy hat, pull on your boots, and get ready for a summer full of Alberta’s favourite type of event.

Britanny Burr is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the Great West Media & Southern Alberta Newspapers Hot Summer Guide advertising feature. The Hot Summer Guide is a special feature about summer activities, bucket list adventures, staycation options, road trips, attractions, events, and road trip-worthy food & beverage destinations across Alberta. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.

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