What is the best cultural experience in Calgary?

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Robin Schroffel

Calgary is world famous for its cowboy culture, and the best way to get a taste of the city’s Wild West flavor is by attending the Calgary Stampede, a massive rodeo and carnival rolled into one. Every July, Calgarians embrace their Western heritage, donning tight jeans, pearl-buttoned shirts, boots and cowboy hats to celebrate the 10-day event. Along with parades, pancake breakfasts and agricultural shows, the Stampede features real-life rodeo stars competing in events like bronco riding, steer wrestling, calf roping and chuckwagon racing. Stampede concerts and entertainment, including an elaborate  grandstand show, regularly include some of the biggest names in country music. Over on the midway, win prizes at the classic carnival games, ride the Ferris wheel or chow down on funnel cakes and other deep-fried treats.

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