Calgary Stampede 2021 live stream: How to watch, start time, TV schedule

The “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” is back! The 2021 Calgary Stampede will be held on Friday, July 9 – Sunday, July 18 in Calgary Stampede Grandstand, Calgary, Canada. After an extended absence of rodeo in Canada, top-caliber competition will be back in Calgary, with the Stampede hosting the elite athletes of the sport from both Canada and the United States.

2021 Calgary Stampede
Venue Calgary Stampede Grandstand
Starting Date Friday, July 9, 2021
End Date Sunday, July 18, 2021
Broadcast The Cowboy Channel, CowboyChannelPlus

The Calgary Stampede is much more than simply a rodeo, the event includes a parade, rodeo, derby, exhibition, and market. The Calgary Stampede parade kicks off the festivities, and includes marching bands, Mounties, over 150 floats, and will likely be attended by more than 300,000 people again in 2021. Here’s how to watch the Calgary Stampede 2021 anywhere in the world.

Calgary Stampede 2021
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When is the Calgary Stampede 2021?

The Calgary Stampede is among the largest rodeo events in the world. The rodeo is held annually in July and bring fans and athletes from around the world to Calgary. The Calgary Stampede is a 10 day event which is self-billed as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” This year the Calgary Stampede festival will take place Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July 18.

Where is the Calgary Stampede 2021 held?

The Calgary Stampede Rodeo is held in Calgary, Alberta at the Calgary Stampede Park. After the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered last summer’s event for the first time in its history, the Calgary Stampede will return this year from July 9 to 18.

Calgary Stampede Park

Where is the Calgary Stampede Park?

1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1, Canada
Home to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, Stampede Park is comprised of multiple venues that host concerts and events throughout the year, including July’s 10-day Calgary Stampede. Stampede Park is located southeast of downtown Calgary along MacLeod Trail S.E. between 12 Ave. S.E. and 25 Ave. S.E. With a central location, visitors are able to take advantage of both parking and public transit options year round.

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The Cowboy channel

Beginning December 27, 2017, The Cowboy Channel, the first 24-hour television network totally dedicated to western sports and the western lifestyle, will be available on DIRECTV channel 603. In addition, The Cowboy Channel can also be streamed via Sling TV’s Heartland Extra package.

The Cowboy Channel:

  • AT&T (Channel 566)
  • Charter Spectrum
  • Comcast
  • Suddenlink
  • Sling TV’s Heartland Package
  • Verizon FiOS TV
  • The Cowboy Channel Plus App

To find THE COWBOY CHANNEL are available in your area, please click here and enter your zip code also choose your Pay TV provider.

Wrangler Network

The Wrangler Network offers live coverage of rodeos from across the United States along with highlights and statistics from bull-riding competitions and other events. All viewers outside of Canada will find live daily coverage on


This year’s broadcast schedule includes exclusive daily television coverage on CBC TV Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE. Livestream broadcast is available at

Dish Network

Dish Welcome Pack (Approximately $19.99/month). This is the most basic TV pack Dish offers. The monthly fee you see is an everyday rate, so there’s no need to worry about future price hikes, as is common with DirecTV or Xfinity. As for channel variety, the Dish Welcome Pack provides 40+ channels. If you are a subscriber of Dish Network, just tune into The Cowboy Channel 232 (HD).

DirecTV Now

Now that AT&T TV Now is the name for DirecTV Now, you are free to be confused. SeniorDiscounts Members receive up to 55% off DIRECTV Programming packages as well as other specials and offers like discounts on the NFL package. Allows for the viewing of over 65 live channels at $40/month. In order to take advantage of the free possibilities, one would have to sign up and receive the free 7-day trial. If timed properly, one could watch the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo 2020 live action during the free trial period and cancel free of charge prior to the trial’s expiration. Just tune into The Cowboy Channel 603 (HD).


Cox offers a senior citizen discount of 30 percent off basic cable services. Customers who are 60 or older and earn less than $24,000 can apply at their local Council on Aging. The Cowboy Channel is now distributed by all major MSOs including DISH channel 232, AT&T U-Verse channel 566, Suddenlink channel 365, Verizon FIOS channel 246, Charter Spectrum, Cox, Comcast, Mediacom, and many other rural cable systems. Just tune into The Cowboy Channel 260 (HD).


RFD-TV Now delivers both real-time LIVE programming including NFR as well as an expansive on-demand library with access to more than 90 shows such as Hee Haw, Opry Encore, The Best of the Marty Stuart Show, Ag PHD, and FarmHer, as well as daily broadcasts of Market Day Report and Rural Evening News.

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PRCA Rodeo Performances

The calibre of a rodeo comes down to two things: the skill of the competitors and the quality of the horses, bulls and steers. The Stampede Rodeo features the world’s best competitors and animals. Every afternoon at 1:30 p.m., cowboys and cowgirls face off in a furious display of skill and grit, with every win building towards Showdown Sunday, at the World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo.

Stampede Rodeo Events

The Calgary Stampede Rodeo is sanctioned by the PRCA. Performances include both judged and timed events. Cowboys and cowgirls compete against one another for the highest score or the shortest time. Top athletes walk away with cash prizes and commemorative belt buckles. Each of the six Pro Rodeo performances includes:

Barrel Racing

This event requires control, attention to detail, and a close partnership between horse and rider. Competing against the clock, contestants circle three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern and race back across the scoreline. Time is measured with an electronic eye timer, and a hundredth of a second can determine who wins. A rider may touch a barrel, but if she knocks one over a five-second penalty is added to her total time.

Bull Riding

In the world-renowned Calgary Stampede bull riding, cowboys engage in a test of nerves against a bull.

A thick braided bullrope, complete with handhold, is wrapped around the bull and weighed down by a cowbell that allows the rope to fall when the ride is over. The rope is only kept tight by the bull rider’s grip.

He must try to keep his arm from straightening and his hand from breaking loose before the end of the ride. The cowboy isn’t required to move his feet—staying on is hard enough—but if he does spur, he gets higher marks.

Tie-Down Roping

In Tie-Down Roping, the cowboy and his equine partner re-create one of ranching’s oldest tasks: roping and tying an animal.

Speed, skill, and finesse are key in this event. The cowboy waits on horseback behind a rope barrier. When he gives a nod, the calf is released and gets a 10-ft. head start.

The cowboy must quickly rope the calf, dismount on the run to reach it, turn it on its side, and tie three of its legs. Time is called when the cowboy throws his hands in the air, and the calf is immediately released.

Steer Wrestling

It’s cowboy vs the clock in this event, which requires coordination and strength. The steer wrestler waits on horseback behind a rope barrier. When he gives a nod, the steer is released and gets a 12-ft. head start. The cowboy chases the steer, then drops from his horse and grabs its horns to bring it to a halt. The steer must be on its feet before being rolled to the ground. Once on its side with all legs extended, the official time is taken. An extra horse, ridden by a hazer, is required to keep the steer running straight.

Saddle Bronc

Rhythm between a cowboy and his horse is key in Saddle Bronc.

The rider moves his feet from the horse’s neck toward the back of the saddle, in time with the bronc’s bucking action. The cowboy holds on to a braided rein that is connected to the horse’s halter, using it to help balance himself. If his hand placement is too low on the rein, he could be pulled over the front; too high, and he may be bucked off the back before his eight seconds are up.


In the Bareback event, the rider holds on to the leather handhold of a rigging—a pad wrapped around the bucking horse’s girth—as he first extends his feet far forward. He then pulls his feet back up toward the rigging in a spurring motion. The higher the spurs, the higher the score.

The stress on the cowboy’s arm is intense as it absorbs most of the horse’s power, but he needs to hold on for at least 8 seconds.

Calgary Stampede Evening Show

It will be an Evening Show like you’ve never seen before. A combination of grit, glamour, live music and celebration.

A new doubleheader for Stampede 2021 only: Broncs After Dark and the Bell Grandstand Show. Cheer on talented athletes and teams as they compete in some of the greatest high-energy western competitions Stampede has to offer. As the sun sets, feel the beat of the music and take in the adrenaline-filled performances that lead to a spectacular fireworks finale in the night sky.

  • Terri Clark: 5 Nights Only | July 9 – 13, 2021
  • High Valley: 5 Nights Only | July 14 – 18, 2021
  • Broncs After Dark: Ride with us into the night as we debut a brand new experience for Stampede 2021.
  • Bell Grandstand Show: Music, spectacular stunts, and jaw-dropping pyrotechnics.

Fireworks Spectacular

The Calgary Stampede is proud to celebrate the resilience and determination of our great province through a province-wide fireworks display on Friday, July 9.

The Fireworks Spectacular presented by Bell, will take place in Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Calgary and we invite all Albertans to join together in celebration as we fill the night sky with a dazzling display of fireworks, in recognition of our shared goals and bright future for our province.

New Midway Food

Check out all of the jaw-dropping flavours for 2021. From sweet to heat, tease your taste buds with new mouth-watering midway food.

  • Cool Ranch Dorito Corn Dog
  • Pickle Lemonade
  • Potato-Less Cheese Curd Poutine
  • Louisiana Gator Bites
  • French Fry Corn Dog
  • Sushi Tacos
  • Seafood Ramen Poutine
  • Street Corn Coconut
  • Pork Intestine
  • Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Mini Donuts
  • Cotton Candy Soft Serve
  • Rainbow Street Corn
  • Peanut Butter Bacon Burger
  • Rainbow Grilled Cheese
  • Sweet Teriyaki Cauliflower Wings
  • Double Donut Chicken Burger
  • Butter Chicken Bombs
  • Blueberry Mini Donuts on a Stick
  • Golden Kraken
  • Spamalot

About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the West. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme we’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.