THE MOST FABULOUS STAMPEDE GUIDE

Calgary based lifestyle blogger Andrea Ewanishan shares the hottest calgary stampede style. Featuring her favourite wardrobe essentials.

ONE SLEEP YOU GUYS

Slash… no more sleeps for some. Cowboys Stampede tent opens TONIGHT. July 6th.

From parties to sugar-free, dairy-free & gluten-free pancake breakfasts, this is the most fabulous Stampede guide yet

Polish up your cowboy boots and lay out your Stampede outfits NOW. It’s here. The next 10 days Calgarys norm will be plaid, cowboy boots and Caesers at 8am. Also, like everything shuts down, except the bars of course.

Get ready to drink SO go read my hangover cure post. UGH our livers. The thing is, there are ACTUALLY other things to do during Stampede that don’t involve drinking…. DID YOU KNOW THAT?!

I know, craziness. I’m sharing my personal Stampede guide. I’ve been attending the Calgary Stampede since BEFORE I moved here.. so like legit 7 years. Get ready.

x THE PRE DRINK

SO many options. Stroll down Stephens Ave and bar hop your way down to Cowboys tent. Earls Tin Palace is usually a fun spot to hangout but I suspect Cactus Club Cafe on Stephens Ave will be awesome this year. 

x YOU NEED TO HIT UP A PANCAKE BREAKFAST

FIRST OF ALL. Breakfast. More specifically, a traditional Stampede pancake breakfast. You NEED to hit up one. My personal pick? The Amber Approved Stampede Breakfast!! Not your average pancake breakky. It’s Calgary’s only gluten, dairy, soy, corn and refined sugar-free breakfast. The event is held at Hotel Arts Wednesday July 12th from 7-10 a.m. Not to mention, the Amber Approved breakky is raising money for Meals on Wheels. 

The menu includes eggs benny, breakfast poutine with avocado cream, smoothie bar, mini donut bar, pork belly, kombucha, bullet-proof coffee and much more!
UPDATE: They are now SOLD OUT. Ahhhh add this to next years itinerary!!
 

x GO CHECK OUT THE PARADE!! 

TOMORROW AM, I’LL BE THERE. The Stampede Parade is legendary. It’s the kick off to the 10 days of awesomeness. People from all over have floats and performances in the parade. You can go get a spot at 7AM but the parade kicks off right at 8:55AM so do not be late. The street parking won’t be available downtown so grab an uber and your coffee with Baileys. You can buy bleacher seating HERE

x COWBOYS TENT

The Holy Grail. The Mother Ship. This is where everyone heads to. If you’ve never been to Cowboys Tent than add it to your weekend plans. I have never had a bad time at Cowboys Tent. Some of my best memories have been Stampede Cowboys TENT. Plus there is NOTHING like their First Friday {AKA TOMORROW} so be there. Make sure you go early.. like 5PM. 

x BUY A CHUTE PASS/TICKETS ON KIJIJI

I just saw you eye roll at the 5PM thing sooooo, if you don’t get to Cowboys early, {or know you proooobably won’t} consider a FAST PASS or split a CHUTE PASS with your friends. People are always selling chute passes on Calgary Kijiji. Fast pass is $100 at the door and you get in hassle free. The CHUTE PASS is for you and 3 people BEFORE a certain time and then another 3 people after 10PM. Here is Cowboys full Stampede break down. This is the way to go. I’ve been so many times that now I must have either the Fast Pass or Chute Pass for Stampede. The buzz kill in that god damn line is REAL. 

x WILDHORSE TENT

TENT LIFE. Stampede tents are the way to go. Wildhorse is one of my FAV tents to party at. This year Wildhorse is hosting Elliott Brood which is going to be one of the best parties this Stampede on Tuesday, July 11th at 6pm. Check out their site here, they just added a bunch of concerts!!

x REWIND STAMPEDE

The most insane blast from the past during Stampede at Knoxvilles on Sunday July 9th. Think hip hop, reggae & r and b tracks from the 90s and 2000s… Who doesn’t LOVE that?!

x GET COSTCO STAMPEDE MONEY AND EAT A CRAZY FOOD

This actually involves GOING into the Stampede grounds but guys TOMORROW after the Stampede it’s FREE ADMISSION 11AM until 1:30PM!!! Also for Canada’s 150th, Calgary Stampede has deemed July 11th the day for $1.50 admission until 1:50pm!! Finally, make a trip to COSTCO and pick up Stampede money. It’s $39.99 for $50 and can  be used “anywhere on Park, including regular-priced admissions, rides and games, food and beverage, parking, retail shopping, even Rodeo and Evening Show reserved tickets.” 

AMAZING. Go check out the ground and get some crazy food. This is a HUGE thing for Calgary Stampede. They have a panel of people who determine what the crazy Stampede foods will be each year. I don’t know about you but My eye is on the cookie dough waffle cone with cotton candy halo and the Mini Donut horchata.

Don’t miss my Stampede style guide AND my tried & true Stampede beauty routine.

Lastly, WEAR SPF. I got this amazing SPF 45 POWDER. It’s makeup setting powder that you can reapply throughout the day. AKA you don’t mess up your makeup with goopy SPF cream. 

PS Did you guys watch our Stampede spray tan party last night with Leah?! SO FUN. Who knew champagne bongs were a thing and that I need one at all my future parties. Go watch.

xxoo Drea Marie

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