STAMPEDE IS FINALLY HERE. Are you excited? We're excited. In order for you to have the best time possible this year, we've compiled a master list of things you HAVE to check out. We're feeling extra generous, so we're going to throw in some helpful tips to help you save $$$, and make the most of your time as well.

Nobody wants to pay $18 for admission, so lucky for you, admission is FREE on Friday, July 7th until 1:30 pm, and Sunday, July 9th until noon. If you can't make it either of those days, head over on Tuesday, July 11th for Canada 150 Day, which includes $1.50 entry until 1:50pm.

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Hopefully with the funds you save from admission costs, you'll be able to spend some cash on some other events the Stampede has to offer. Both paid and free, there's plenty of concerts and entertainment to be enjoyed. Check out the list below, and see how many you can cross off:

Food & Drinks 🍔

Concerts 🎵

Rides 🎢

Events 🎉

Food & Drinks 🍔

1. The Cookie Dough-ne

Raw cookie dough in a waffle cone, wrapped in cotton candy. Does your sweet tooth hurt yet?

2. Chili Chill-Chill

Lemonade infused with three different chilli peppers and a hint of lime.

3. Crispy Chicken Feet on a Stick 

Feeling brave?

4. Unicorn White Hot Chocolate 

The perfect drink to show off on your Instagram.

5. Dill Pickle Pizza

Are you drooling yet?

6. Mini Donut-Chata

Ice cold cinnamon Dulce rice milk, topped with all the sweet goods you can dream of.

7. Funnel Cake Poutine

Classic carnival food, with a Canadian twist.

Concerts 🎵

8. Alessia Cara - July 13th @ Coca-Cola Stage

Price: FREE!!!

9. Diplo - July 12th @ Cowboy's Tent

Price: Tickets start @ $62.99

10. July Talk - July 16th @ Coca-Cola Stage

Price: FREE!!!

11. Usher & The Roots - July 15th @ Scotiabank Saddledome

Price: Tickets starting at $129.99

12. Nelly Furtado - July 10th @ Coca-Cola Stage

Price: FREE!!!

13. Big Sean & Fetty Wap - July 16th @ Cowboy's Tent

Price: Tickets starting at $89.99

14. The Strumbellas - July 12th @ Coca-Cola Stage

Price: FREE!!!

Rides 🎢

15. Giant Wheel

The perfect view, especially at sunset.

16. Mach 3

Get your adrenaline pumping as you plummet into a 360 degree surge from 37-metres.

17. Outlaw

Get your rollercoaster fix here.

18. Spin Out

Make sure you don't eat before going on this one.

19. Wave Swinger

This might seem cliche, but you'll regret not riding it.

20. Skyscraper

If normal rides aren't enough for you, check out one of the extreme rides like the Skyscraper.

21. Slingshot

Another of the Stampede's extreme rides, for the more adventurous folk.

Events 🎉

22. Canine Stars @ The Dog Bowl

When: Various times on various days

Who doesn't love dogs?

23. Kitchen Theatre

When: Different restaurants featured on the hour every day

Watching cooking demonstrations from some of YYC's best.

24. Stampede Talent Search @ Boyce Theatre

When: Doors at 6pm every night

Watch some of Calgary's best talent compete for $16,000 in cash prizes.

25. Acrodunk @ BMO Kid's Zone

When: 2:30 & 6:30 p.m every day

Check out this high flying slam dunk show.

26. The Big Four Station @ Big Four Building 

When: Wednesday, July 12th from 12:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m

The Official Beer Market of the Calgary Stampede.