What’s Happening at Stampede Park: May 7 – 13

This week features an assortment of entertainment at Stampede Park as Van Halen, The Black Keys and Stars on Ice all make their return to Calgary.  Plus, help ring in Calgary’s year as the Cultural Capital of Canada with Calgary 2012’s Sweet City Opening Celebration!

Details on that and more here:

  • Soaring:  An Indigenous Youth Career Conference:  Formerly known as Blueprint for the Future, this youth career conference is designed to attract First Nation, Métis and Inuit high school students to the wide array of potential careers available in all employment sectors.  Featuring key not and motivational speakers, career workshops and exhibitors from all sectors of industry.  Tuesday, May 8 in the BMO Centre.  Pre-registration is required.
  • Van Halen:  Grammy award-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Van Halen are returning to Calgary this week as part of their 2012 A Different Kind of Truth tour in support of their new album of the same name, along with special guests Kool & The Gang.  Wednesday, May 9 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Tickets for the concert are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Calgary 2012 Sweet City Opening Celebration:  Every momentous movement deserves to be launched in style! Help kick-off a full year of cultural activity with the wildest party of the year. Themes are Looking Back, Calgary Now, Looking Forward – and EVERYONE IS INVITED. Featured guests include The Stampeders performing the Cultural Capital theme song, SWEET CITY WOMAN, dozens of surprise guests, activities and more.  Friday, May 11 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets are sold out, but some may be released closer to the event.  Make sure to add yourself to the waiting list on Eventbrite.
  • Funny Money with James Cunnigham:  Funny Money is North America’s #1 FUN-ancial lecture.  Designed to educate and entertain, this program helps people to learn the basics of personal finances using comedy, multimedia and audience participation.  Featuring comedian James Cunningham.  Thursday, May 10 in the Boyce Theatre.
  • The Black Keys:  American Grammy-award winning rock duo The Black Keys are back on tour to promote their new album El Camino and they’ll be performing in Calgary this week along with special guests Arctic Monkeys.  Friday, May 11 at 8 p.m. in the Saddledome.  Tickets for the concert are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Stars on Ice:  The world’s premier figure skating tour returns with an ensemble cast of Olympic, World and National Champions.  This year’s Love ‘n’ Life tour features four-time figure skating World Champion Kurt Browning as he brings his directing talents to the tour for the first time.  The magic takes place on Sunday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at the Saddledome.  Tickets for the show are available through Ticketmaster.

Only 61 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

And don’t forget to get your entry in to become 2012’s Calgary Stampede Ultimate Intern!  You (and a friend) can win a prize package valued at more than $3,000, which includes 24 hour access and accommodation on Stampede Park during the Calgary Stampede in July, backstage and exclusive access to many unique experiences on Park and more!  It’s an awesome prize and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Deadline’s coming up fast though; All entries must be received by May 13, 2012.

Finally, make sure you check out this week’s Four Corners – presented by BURNCO event happening on Saturday, May 12.  This week, it’s the SE’s turn as we head to the South Fish Creek Recreation Complex at 100 333 Shawville Blvd S.E.  Running from 9 a.m. to noon, there’ll be pancake breakfasts, demonstrations, special activities and more.  With an old-time community fair and interactive games for the kids, it’s like a mini-Stampede festival in your backyard!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: April 30 – May 6

This week features the return of the Calgary International BeerFest and NLL Playoff action as the Calgary Roughnecks take on the Edmonton Rush in the NLL’s West Division Semi-Finals.

Details on that and more here:

  • Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium:  Celebrating 15 years, the Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium is the must-attend event for building owners and operators, architects, engineers, planners, builders, green product suppliers, and planning and building policy makers.  Learn from leaders in sustainable building, gain insight into future trends and celebrate local successes.  Thursday, May 3 at the BMO Centre.  Registration for this event is available online.
  • BeerFest:  The Calgary International BeerFest is a celebration of beer.  Increase your beer knowledge and find a new favourite by sampling some of the more than 200 different types of beer on site.  Take part in beer seminars, vote for the People’s Choice awards, meet new people, sample delicious foods, enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment, and most importantly have a great time!  May 4 and 5 in the BMO Centre, Halls D and E.  Tickets available at online or at the door.
  • NLL Playoffs:  The Battle of Alberta has never been so intense as the Calgary Roughnecks continue on in the NLL Playoffs by taking on the Edmonton Rush in the NLL’s West Division Semi-Finals.  It all goes down on Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Tickets for this game are available through Ticketmaster.
  • NAPA Auto Parts 2012 Trade Show: Featuring a huge selection of automotive tools and equipment, see the latest in product innovations and take part in many contests featuring a chance to win prizes such as Samsung TVs and tickets to the NAPA Auto Parts 200 in Montreal.   May 4 and 5 in the BMO Centre, Hall A.  Pre-registration is required to attend this event.  Tickets are $25 and are available at all Calgary area and Southern Alberta NAPA Auto Parts Stores.

Only 68 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: April 23 – 29

The geeks are on the move as the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, Western Canada’s largest pop culture convention, hits Stampede Park this week.  Plus, this week also features the return of the Spring Festival of Crafts.

  • Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo:  The place where pop culture enthusiasts, sci-fi freaks, anime junkies, cult-classic aficionados, nerds (and nerdettes!) and everyone in-between unite for a celebration that crosses all genres of everything that’s cool, quirky, or just plain fun.  Special guests this year include comic book legend Stan Lee, Adam West, and the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Western Canada’s largest pop culture convention runs April 28 and 29 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets available at the door.
  • Spring Festival of Crafts:  Spring is a time for renewal and what better way to usher in the new season than by shopping for unique products to brighten your home, to delight your senses or simply spoil yourself. For three days only, you will find the wonderful creations of 130 of Alberta’s and Canada’s best artisans, artists and designers at the Spring Festival of Crafts Art & Craft Sale.  April 27-29 in the Big Four Building.

Only 75 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

A Mother’s Survival Guide to Aggie Days

Family Fun Days at Aggie Days presented by Encana’s coming up this weekend (April 21 and 22) and it’s a great way to spend some quality time with the family.

Prominent Calgary blogger Merry Kuchle shared some tips on her blog (reprinted here with permission) on how to make your trip to Aggie Days easier to manage, especially if you’re bringing the kids:

  • Bring a small stroller if you have a very young child.  Aggie Days can get crowded so leave the mondo stroller at home but an umbrella stroller can keep your little one from getting over tired and cranky.
  • There are hand washing stations throughout Aggie Days….USE THEM!  So many children go through and there are animals everywhere so better safe than sorry so wash your hands early and often.
  • Concessions stands are open in the BMO center but the food is nothing to write home about and the lines can be LONG.  I like to bring food to eat and then if I see something we really like (and the lines aren’t too long) we can always buy it.  If not…we eat the food I brought.  It also cuts down on hunger induced kid meltdowns.
  • If you live near a C-Train station, consider taking it to Aggie Days.  It’s actually really convenient and you don’t have to pay for parking.
  • It usually takes about 2 hours to see everything at Aggie Days.  We like to get there right at opening so that we have lots of time but really, my suggestion is to go when your child is the least tired (i.e. not right before nap time).
  • Since Aggie Days are all indoors, it’s a great Spring activity because you don’t have to bundle up for it!

Check out the rest of Merry’s blog post for her tips on what to see at this year’s Aggie Days and remember to drop by Family Fun Days this weekend at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park.  Admission is FREE for everyone!

Different types of agriculture operations in Alberta

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Did you know that Alberta grows more than just wheat?  Some people don’t! As Aggie Days presented by Encana is now upon us, here is a guest post by agriculture blogger Teresa Falk, originally posted here and reprinted with permission, talking about the various agriculture operations in Alberta.

Make sure you check out Aggie Days during Family Fun Days April 21 and 22 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park.  Admission is FREE for everyone!  And make sure you become a fan and follower of the Aggie Days Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the latest news and a chance to win at the many contests happening this week!


Golden fields of wheat blowing in the breeze and cows lazily grazing in the lush green pasture are the first things that come to most people’s minds when they think of Alberta agriculture, but there’s more to the provincial ag industry than grain and cattle. The Wild Rose province is home to many different types of agricultural operations such as beekeeping, sugar beets, pulses, market gardens, elk, bison, pork, chicken, lamb, turkey, dairy, eggs and much more.

Did you know that Alberta is the largest honey-producing province in Canada? That’s right. Alberta produces approximately 40 per cent of Canadian honey. There are about 275,000 beehives throughout the province producing an average of 141 pounds per hive annually. Long daylight hours in the summer; access to vast expanses of clover, alfalfa and canola that provide foraging for bees; and a world wide reputation as suppliers of quality honey are all advantages for Alberta honey producers.

And if that doesn’t make Alberta sweet enough, the province also produces refined sugar. There are approximately 250 sugar beet growers in southern Alberta who provide the only domestic source of sugar in Canada. These producers grow approximately 35,000 acres of the speciality crop. A long growing season; few diseases; excellent soil; warm and sunny summers; cool and sunny autumns; and high quality irrigation water combine to make southern Alberta a perfect location for high yields of quality sugar beets. Every day consumers enjoy sugar products grown in southern Alberta.

Consumers also enjoy healthy dishes such as baked beans, split pea soup, hummus and chili courtesy of Alberta pulse producers. These delicious foods that are high in fibre, gluten free and a source of protein, are made with pulses, which are the edible seeds of legumes. There are about 5,000 pulse producers in Alberta. In 2011, pulse primary production contributed approximately $240 million to the provincial economy. In Alberta, a variety of pulse crops are grown including field peas, dry beans, lentils, chickpeas and faba beans. Pulses are an important part of a producer’s crop rotation as they help break disease cycles, reduce inputs because of their nitrogen fixing abilities; and increase yields on other crops in the year following a pulse crop. In addition to being good for the land and growers’ bottom lines, pulses are also an important part of the growing food product development industry in Alberta.

Speaking of beans and peas, market gardening is also popular in Alberta. Market gardening is producing fresh vegetables and marketing these crops directly to the consumer. Fresh vegetable market gardening is distinct from commercial production in which the vegetables are marketed through packers, wholesalers, retailers and restaurants in order to reach the consumer. Market gardeners are small-scale producers. They develop their own markets and sell all of their produce directly to consumers during the growing season. Market gardens are often operated as complementary enterprises with bedding plants or u-pick berry production. Many producers are also incorporating ag tourism and events to drive retail sales. Vegetables such as beets, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes, pumpkins and much more are grown here in Alberta.

For more information on these ag industries check out the following websites:

 

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: April 16 – 22

The spotlight is on Agriculture this week at Stampede Park as Calgary Stampede Aggie Days presented by Encana takes place in the BMO Centre.  Also check out the Canadian Horseshoeing Championships, Stock Dog Arena Trials and the Calgary Stampede Spring Extreme Cowboy Race all happening this weekend as well.

Details on that and more here:

  • Calgary Stampede Aggie Days presented by Encana:  Everything you need to know about where your food comes from!  Enjoy interactive agriculture activities, watch a miniature horse read a book, see sheep get a haircut, enjoy Indian dancing and more during Family Fun Days April 21 and 22 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. Fun for the whole family and admission is FREE for everyone!
  • Canadian Horseshoeing Championships:  Watch the sparks fly at the 10th Anniversary Canadian Horseshoeing Championships as the best teams of blacksmiths and farriers from all over Canada vie for bragging rights and a free entry to the World Blacksmiths’ Competition in July.  The competition will once again conduct all classes using traditional coke fires, which makes for an interesting experience.  Held in conjunction with Aggie Days, check it out April 19-21 in the Big Top.  Admission to this event is free.
  • Clock, Stock and Barrel – Stock Dog Arena Trials:  Dog lovers and animal lovers unite as they cheer on their favourite stock dogs in the Clock, Stock and Barrel – Stock Dog Arena Trials.  This timed trial challenges handlers and their stock dogs to move three sheep through a defined course and into a pen, in the fastest time.  The trick:  The handler controls the dog, either through whistle or voice commands. The handler must stay in the handler’s circle until all the sheep have come through the chute.  Exciting to watch and fun for the whole family, check it out Saturday, April 21 in the Stampede Corral.  Held in conjunction with Aggie Days, admission to this event is free.
  • Calgary Stampede Spring Extreme Cowboy Race:  The Extreme Cowboy Race founded by famed horseman Craig Cameron is a multi-faceted equestrian sporting event that showcases both horse and rider as they maneuver through a series of obstacles demonstrating both their amazing horsemanship skills and incredible speed.  Past obstacles have included archery shoots, waterfalls, riding through flares and smoke, and even rifle shooting.  Held in conjunction during Aggie Days, check it out on Sunday, April 22 in the Stampede Corral.
  • Youth Employment Summer Hiring Fair:  What will you do this summer?  The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre is hosting its 14th annual Summer Hiring Fair.  Geared to youth aged 15-24, employers will be hiring full time, part time and seasonal employees.  Youth are encouraged to bring their résumés, dress to impress and be ready for interviews.  Tuesday, April 17 from 1:30 to 6 p.m. in the Big Four Building.
  • Coldplay:  Grammy award-winning British alternative band Coldplay will be stopping in Calgary this week on their North American tour promoting their new double platinum album Mylo Xyloto along with special guests Metronomy and The Pierces.  It all starts Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Tickets for the concert are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser Gala:  An inaugural gala evening in support of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta’s Women Build 2012, join emcee Tara Nelson from CTV Calgary for a memorable evening featuring terrific silent and live auction items, tasty culinary treats and a great country music performance.  It all takes place on Thursday, April 19 in the Palomino Room, BMO Centre.  Tickets for the gala are available online.
  • Body, Soul & Spirit Expo:  Canada’s Holistic & Spiritual Lifestyle event, come share and explore all the possibilities in your quest to create a happier, healthier, more conscious and successful life.  With an exciting array of exhibits, workshops, lectures and presentations, discover why the Body, Soul & Spirit Expo is one of Calgary’s favourite and unique events.  April 20-22 in the Big Four Building.  Tickets available at the door or online.
  • Calgary Pet Industry Trade Show:  Tailored to Alberta’s pet market, come see a variety of manufacturers and distributors, attend PIJAC Canada seminars, participate in various show activities, meet with industry leaders and discover new trends in the pet industry all under one roof.  Open to pet industry businesses only, registration to this trade show is free.  Sunday, April 22 in the Big Four Building, Hall A.

Only 82 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: April 9 – 15

This week at Stampede Park features the return of the 50 Plus Living Show and the Spring edition of the Calgary Woman’s Show.

Details on that and more here:

  • CPMA Annual Conference & Trade Show:  Canada’s leading fruit and vegetable industry event, the 87th annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association Convention and Trade Show will take place this year at the BMO Centre from April 11 to 13.  Registration is required.
  • 50 Plus Living Show:  The consumer show designed with baby boomers and seniors in mind, the 50 Plus Living Show gives boomers and seniors the opportunity to get their questions on health and wellness, travel, finance, real estate, anti-aging and more answered, as well as to experience new products and services geared towards providing personal growth and enrichment for those over the age of 50.  April 14 and 15 in the Big Four Building, Hall A.  Tickets available at the door.
  • Calgary Woman’s Show:  Discover all that is fabulous in fashion, food, fitness and fun.  Celebrating their 30th anniversary, this year’s Spring edition of the Calgary Woman’s Show features special guests W. Brett Wilson and The Young and The Restless’ Peter Bergman, as well as a multitude of services, products, demonstrations and seminars on display. April 14 and 15 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets available at the door, online, or at any participating Safeway location.

Only 89 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: April 2 – 8

This week features the return of the Antique Arms & Military Collectors Show, along with its ever-popular indoor laser range.

Details on that and more here:

  • NHL Hockey:  The Calgary Flames play twice this week at the Scotiabank Saddledome as they take on the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, April 5 art 7 p.m. followed by the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m.  Tickets for both games are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Antique Arms & Military Collectors Show:  Featuring a full size display of a T-80 Russian Tank and the return of the indoor laser range, expect to find firearms of all sorts, antique & modern military & related collectibles, western art, custom knife makers, gun smiths & gun makers, hunting wear & supplies, archery, sword & bayonets, collectors cartridges and more at this year’s show.  April 6 and 7 at the BMO Centre.  Tickets available at the door.
  • NLL Lacrosse:  Having clinched a spot in the NLL Playoffs with their victory last week, the Calgary Roughnecks seek to finish the regular season in style as they take on the Rochester Knighthawks at the Saddledome on Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game are available through Ticketmaster.

Only 96 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: March 26 – April 2

This week at Stampede Park features the return of the PGA of Alberta Golf Show, the Mom, Tot & Kids Show, plus the Calgary Flames continue their hunt for a playoff spot while the Calgary Hitmen take on the Brandon Wheat Kings in Game 5 of the WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.

Details on that and more here:

  • NHL Hockey:  Every game matters as the Calgary Flames play thrice this week at the Scotiabank Saddledome as they continue to pursue that elusive eight and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  First, the take on the Dallas Stars on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. followed by the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. and finally the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m.  Tickets for all three games are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Mom, Tot & Kids Show:  Welcome to the Mom, Tot & Kids Show, a fun and interactive tradeshow for Alberta families.  More than 100 exhibitors will be present showcasing the latest in technology, apparel, furniture, products and toys.  Come and play with your kids, be entertained, explore and just have fun!  March 31 and April 1 in the BMO Centre, Hall E.  Tickets available at the door and at your local Calgary Co-op store.
  • NLL Lacrosse:  The Calgary Roughnecks take on the visiting Washington Stealth this week at the Saddledome.  It all stars on Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m.  Tickets for this game are available through Ticketmaster.
  • WHL Playoffs:  The Calgary Hitmen continue through the post-season with Game 5 of the WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals against the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday, April 1 at 4 p.m. at the Saddledome.  Tickets for this game are available through Ticketmaster.
  • PGA of Alberta Golf Show:  The PGA of Alberta Golf Show returns to the BMO Centre this week.  Featuring an indoor driving range, golf lessons and even free junior golf clinics, don’t miss out on exclusive discounts on PGA memberships, green fees, hotel rates, vacation packages, clothing and golf equipment.  Taking place March 31 and April 1 with tickets available at the door.

Did you know that 2012 is the Calgary Stampede’s centennial?  There will be festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, so make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, make sure to visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: 19 – 25

A wide mix of events and activities this week at Stampede Park as the 127th annual Calgary Stampede Dairy Classic Championship Show gets underway, along with performances by Hedley and Pitbull, the return of The Grape Escape and The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, plus the Calgary Hitmen start WHL playoff action this week as well.

Details on that and more here:

  • CS Dairy Classic Championship Show:  The 127th Calgary Stampede Dairy Classic expects to attract farmers from Canada’s four Western provinces, bringing about 150 cattle hailing from the Jersey, Black and White Holstein, and Red and White Holstein breeds.  Taking place Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 in the Agriculture Building and Victoria Pavilion, the Jersey Show will take place on the Friday, while the Holsteins will take place on the Saturday.  A Youth Judging clinic will also take place on Thursday, March 22.  All events and activities are open to the public and admission is free.  For more information, check out Stampede Agriculture.
  • Hedley:  Juno award-winning Vancouver rock band Hedley is on tour promoting their fourth studio album Storms and they’re coming to the Scotiabank Saddledome this week.  Featuring special guests Classified, Anjulie and Kay, it all starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20.  Tickets for the concert are available through Ticketmaster.
  • PlanetPit World Tour 2012 with Flo Rida:  American rapper and singer-songwriter Pitbull will be bringing his PlanetPit World Tour to Calgary this week, along with special guest Flo Rida.  It all takes place on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stampede Corral.  Tickets available through Ticketmaster.
  • The Grape Escape:  Informative and entertaining evenings featuring wine and beer samples from producers from all over the world, the Spring Grape Escape is back this week.  March 23 and 24 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets are available at all Co-op Wines & Spirits locations.
  • WHL Playoffs:  The Calgary Hitmen start playoff action this week at the Saddledome against the Brandon Wheat Kings as the WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals get underway.  Game 1 takes place on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. and Game 2 on Friday, March 23 also at 7 p.m.  Tickets for both quarter-final games are available through Ticketmaster.
  • NLL Lacrosse:  The Calgary Roughnecks take on the Buffalo Bandits this week at the Saddledome.  The action all starts on Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game are available through Ticketmaster.
  • The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show:  Explore Western Canada’s largest adventure and travel show offering pre-season deals on the newest outdoor gear and amazing travel destinations!  See canoe and kayak experts in the Whitewater Demo Pool or ignite your passion for off-loading, biking, hiking, running, water or mountain sports at over 200 exhibits.  March 24 and 25 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets available at the door or online.

Did you know that 2012 is the Calgary Stampede’s centennial?  There will be festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, so make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, make sure to visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: March 12 – 18

This week features a mix of Oldtimers hockey along with autos and trucks and ways to improve your health.

Details on that and more here:

  • Oldtimers Hockey Challenge:  The Oldtimer’s Hockey Challenge is designed to give fans and players alike an opportunity to celebrate a common joy of the game, while at the same time giving much needed funds to worth organizations.  Featuring the Calgary Police Association hockey team as they take on Legendary Hockey Heroes, a portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold will go to supporting under privileged children in Calgary.  Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Tickets available through Ticketmaster.
  • NHL Hockey:  The Calgary Flames play twice this week at the Saddledome.  First, they take on the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m.  Tickets for both games are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Calgary International Auto and Truck Show:  Presented by the Calgary Motor Dealers’ Association, the 32nd annual Calgary International Auto & Truck Show is the premiere event for auto enthusiasts to get up close and personal with the newest daily drivers and the hottest exotics.  Featuring the latest in automotive technology, true car buffs will find some of the fastest, revolutionary and most expensive automobiles in the world.  March 14 – 18 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets available at the door or online.
  • WHL Hockey:  The Calgary Hitmen also play twice this week at the Saddledome.  First, they take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday, March 14, followed by the the Kootenay Ice on Saturday, March 17.  Both games start a 7 p.m. and tickets for both are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Lady Antebellum – Own the Night 2012 World Tour:  Country pop music group Lady Antebellum is on tour promoting their latest album Own the Night and they’re coming to Calgary!  Check them out along with special guests Darius Rucker and Thompson Square on Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Saddledome.  Tickets for the show are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Calgary Health Show:  The Calgary Health Show provides new, reliable and practical diet, supplement, exercise and lifestyle tips that promote healthier living.  Featuring a daily roster of inspiring seminars with Canada’s leading health experts, an abundance of tasty food, cutting-edge health products, services and fitness techniques.  March 17 and 18 in the Big Four Building, Hall A.  Tickets available at the door.

Did you know that 2012 is the Calgary Stampede’s centennial?  There will be festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, so make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, make sure to visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!