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Calgary Stampede Returns!

Lots of Events of Interest to the Community in 2022

Community Event by Jason Clevett (From July 2022 Online)
Calgary Stampede Returns!: Lots of Events of Interest to the Community in 2022
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And so it begins. For the first time since 2019 the Calgary Stampede returns in all it’s glory with no restrictions, and with it several events both on and off grounds that the LGBTQ community will enjoy. Let’s take a look at the few of the highlights.

Pride Day July 9th.

What started as a group of community members hitting up Nashville North in 2013 has now grown to a Stampede event where thousands will fill up the trademark Saloon from 2 – 6pm. Mix and mingle, grab your pride sticker and check out some performances.

Drag Brunches, ya’ll

After a fantastic event in 2019, the Cowboys Music Festival brings back the Drag Brunch on July 16th, once again hosted by Michelle Visage and Carson Kressley. Several icons from Drag Race All Stars S7 will perform including Yvie Oddley, Jinkx Monsoon, Monet X Change, and Jaida Essence Hall. Season 14’s Lady Camden joins the show as well as local queens. A portion of proceeds go to local charities like The Sharp Foundation, Calgary Pride and Safelink Alberta.

Make a weekend of drag brunches and head to Nashville North on July 16th. Drag Race Season 12’s Nicky Doll headlines the show that features performers from across Canada such as Lady Boom Boom, Cyril Cinder, Valerie Hunt, and local icon Argentina Hailey-Lawrence.

Concerts, Concerts, Concerts

If you’ve been missing live shows, there are lots to check out this year. The Calgary Stampede has several big shows that are included with admission.

Once upon a time the Saddledome would be filled with huge concerts. This year just one artist takes the Saddledome stage, Country Superstar Blake Shelton comes to town July 16th.

Aqua brings Dr. Jones and Barbie Girls to the Big 4 Roadhouse Monday July 11th. Lennon Stella headlines July 9 and T-Pain hits the stage July 12th.

The legendary Coke Stage has a new location, but some familiar names like Alexisonfire (July 11), July Talk (July 12) and The New Pornographers (July 15) return to the stage. You’ll definitely want to call in to the Carly Rae Jepson show July 14th or wrap up your Stampede with the amazing Shapeshifter Alessia Cara (July 17th.)

Nashville North can be hard to get into, but country fans may find the effort worthwhile to check out performances from the likes of Tebey (July 9), Tim Hicks (July 11), and Calgary’s Lindsay Ell (July 14.)

There’s plenty to see off the grounds as well. The Cowboy’s Music Festival features concerts from Marshmello, Zac Brown Band, Blue Rodeo and Flo Rida. The Badlands Music festival brings in Benny Benassi & Illenium July 10, The Road Hammers July 12, The Chainsmokers July 13 and Lights July 14th.

The Midway

The lights. The sounds. The smells of fair food. There is nothing quite like the experience of wandering fairgrounds with a corn dog and a root beer. This year North America’s largest touring Ferris Wheel will give spectacular views of the city and if timed right, the nightly fireworks. Food this year ranges from delicious (Oreo mini donuts, deep fried strawberries, Korean BBQ fries) to the disgusting (bad breath lemonade, KD soft serve.) Games, rides, and eye candy round out the midway.

These are just a few highlights from the 10 days of Stampede. From the return of the Chuckwagons to corporate parties, independent events, or just walking around seeing corporate folks dress like cowboys, one thing is for sure. The Calgary Stampede and all of its benefits to the city (tourism, pride, and positive energy) is back.

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Contributor Jason Clevett |

Locale Calgary |

Topic Calgary Stampede | Travel |


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