Rodeo Fun in Alberta
Top 10 Rodeos in Alberta
Saddle up! Canada’s western, prairie-covered province is home to some of the Great White North’s most thrilling and fun-filled rodeos and expo festivals.
So be sure to pack some stirrups and a 10-gallon hat, and plan your Alberta adventure accordingly – here are the top 10 rodeos in Alberta:
1. Rodeo Week in Edmonton
Held in the capital city each November, Rodeo Week in Edmonton, also known as the the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR), features non-stop action, including everything from live roping and rodeo events, to the Miss Rodeo Canada pageant and Farmfair International agriculture expo.
Festivities are hosted across several venues in the Northlands Plaza, including the Rexall Place, Edmonton EXPO centre, and the Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino.
2. Airdrie Pro Rodeo
Over 50 years old, the Airdrie Pro Rodeo is one of Airdrie’s most beloved displays, held at the Airdrie Rodeo Ranch Association just west of town.
The event boasts an intimate atmosphere unmatched by some of the province’s bigger rodeos. Be sure to lasso the whole family into this one – the rodeo features kids’ activities, as well as beer garden, cabaret, and tons of food.
3. Calgary Exhibition & Stampede
Known as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede brings together world-class rodeo and livestock events, family-friendly entertainment and Midway fun, and one of the province’s largest exhibitions every July.
4. Handhills Lake Stampede
Founded in 1917, the Handhills Lake Stampede began as an event of humble proportions, meant to raise funds for the American Red Cross.
Since then, it’s transformed into an annual weekend of PRCA- and CPRA-sanctioned Pro Rodeos and All Pro Canadian Chuckwagon and Chariot Races, held at the Handhills Lake Club Grounds just a short drive east of Three Hills.
5. Innisfail Professional Rodeo
It’s not all wranglin’ and buckin’ broncos, though. The festival features three days of premier entertainment, including regional musical acts, novice rodeo events, beer gardens, and four pro rodeo performances.
6. Ponoka Stampede
Another local gem, the Ponoka Stampede is hosted in late June/early July at the Ponoka Stampede Grounds in the friendly community of Ponoka.
This festival features roughly eight days of music, chuckwagon races, Midway rides, great BBQ, and a handful of pro rodeo events, all at the Ponoka Culture and Rec Complex, just north of Red Deer.
7. Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede
The southern city of Medicine Hat hosts a citywide rodeo celebration of their own, as the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede has been drawing huge crowds and cheers since 1887.
The stampede is held in late July at the Medicine Stampede and Exhibition centre near the old Crestwood and Norwood neigbourhoods. Pancake breakfasts, live shows, music, and so much more.
8. Wainwright Stampede
The community fun continues in Wainwright in late June, as the Wainwright Stampede sets up shop for about four days downtown.
Alberta is known for its great chuckwagon races, and at the Wainwright Stampede, that’s no different. Check out the races, rodeos, midways, awesome food, and much more.
9. Whoop-Up Days
Over in Lethbridge, Albertan Rodeo enthusiasts get their fix during the annual Whoop-Up Days, held in late August at Exhibition Park.
The fun isn’t limited to rodeo activities, though! Don’t miss the parade, Midway rides, live entertainment and music, and more. Many of the community activities are featured in downtown Lethbridge.
10. Jasper Heritage Rodeo
Although exact events are subject to change – what do you expect after almost 100 years? – rodeo goers can certainly expect plenty of community oriented excitement in the form of nightly performances, the Stick Pony Parade, professional events, and plenty of good eats.