By Carrie Mah
I love going to events, but my wallet doesn’t always agree with me. This year, the exciting outdoor show starts on July 4th and ends on July 13th. Instead of throwing money around, here are some suggestions on saving money!
Stampede opens from 11 AM – midnight. Regular admission is $16 for general (13-64), $8 for seniors (65 and over) and children (7 to 12). Children under 6 years old enter for free.
What: $8 admission before the official show starts
When: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Time: 5 PM – midnight
Suncor Family Day
What: Free admission and breakfast for the first 20 000 guests. You receive tickets for the breakfast when entering the park.
Free morning show in the Grandstand from 7:30-10 AM
When: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Time: Free admission only between 6-9 AM. Breakfast at 7-9:30 AM in the Grandstand Courtyard
Western Heritage Day
What: Free admission for seniors (65 years and over)
Free snacks (8-10 AM)
Free morning show in the Agrium Western Events Centre at 10 AM
Free WestJet Skyride
What: Free Standing Room tickets to Rodeo and Evening Show . You must pick up tickets at the Ticket Office (opens at 11 AM)
When: Thursday, July 8, 2014
Time: Free admission all day. Snacks at 9-10 AM in the Agrium Western Events Centre
BMO Kids’ Day
What: Free admission for children (12 and under) and accompanying adults
Free breakfast (BMO thunder sticks are distributed during this time)
Free variety show in the Grandstand from 8-10 AM
When: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Time: Free admission only between 7-9 AM. Breakfast at 8-9:30 AM in the Grandstand Courtyard
Stampede Bucks at Costco
For $40 (regular price $50), you can spend Stampede bucks on admission, rides, games, parking, shopping, shows, rodeo tickets, and food.
For $60 (regular price $99), you get four Stampede admissions plus four rodeo/evening show standing room tickets. You also receive a 20% discount for platinum, gold or silver reserved seats tickets, and a 15% discount coupon at the Stampede store.
Stampede Midway Cards at Safeway
For $37.85 (save over $20), you can redeem for a ride-all-day wristband for the midway, or 60 ride (or games) coupons.
Visit the Kids’ Midway in the Great FUNtier from opening to 2 PM daily. Each ride is discounted by 1 ticket!
With this, you can purchase a Midway Express Access Pass for $20 to save time from waiting in long lineups. There are a limited amount sold every day, and it does not include admission to rides.
Coca-Cola 2 for $25
For $25 (save over $11), you receive two Stampede admissions in addition to two Coca-Cola 591 mL beverages.
Family Pack at Pizza 73
This one’s not advertised on Stampede’s site, but for $25 ($23 when purchased between 11 AM-2 PM, you receive two child Stampede admissions, pizza, and four cans of coke.
Free Kids Admission
Save $8 on children (7-12 years) admission when you purchase a 12-pack (355 mL cans) of Coca-Cola.
Free Admission with Ticket Purchases
If you purchase a rodeo or evening show ticket online, you’ll save price on admission!
During Stampede, everyone gets in a maple syrup stupor: free breakfasts are everywhere!
FlapJack Finder is your ultimate directory, albeit a little overwhelming.
Free Stampede Pancakes is another directory that even shows you if there’s any breakfasts happening that day.
Look out for more in the newspaper, on the radio, or even at local businesses and organizations (especially the rich ones!). I guarantee you can have a filling breakfast every day for an entire month…if you can find them.
Bonus: One Day Breakfasts
First Thursday of Stampede (Sneak-a-Peek): CBC Calgary has been holding a Stampede breakfast for over 25 years. See local celebrities, take in free entertainment.
First Friday (Parade Day): Nobody–everyone’s supposed to be at the parade!
First Saturday: Chinook Centre
First Sunday: Stampede Grounds (free breakfast ticket given with first 20,000 free admissions between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., for Family Fun Day)
First Monday: CrossIron Mills
First Wednesday: Stampede Grounds (free with admission), from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for Kids’ Day
West of the Coke stage and North of the Big Four building, Weadickville has the best food deals and bottled water prices. Opens daily 11 AM- 1 PM (July 6 and 9 opens at 9 AM).
Bring your own
Nothing beats event prices like bringing your own things (especially water). If you have a lot to carry, there are lockers to rent out (but there aren’t a lot available so go early to snag one).
This year’s parade includes guest star William Shatner as parade marshal! Although not free, you can spend your afternoon with Shatner himself.
Rodeo and Evening Shows
Reserve tickets online for $40-$140 (rodeo) or $56-$113 (evening show). Standing room tickets are also sold on the day of the show at the Grandstand ticket office or BMO Centre ticket office before 11 AM.
For the rodeo, tickets cost $14 for adults (ages 13+), $7 for youth (7-12 years), and free for children under 6 years. For the evening show (including the chuckwagon races) are $17 for adults, $8 for youth, and free for children 6 years and under.