Adjacent to the Calgary Cowboy Casino at the entrance to Stampede Park lies the Cowboy Stampede Tent and dance hall, which hosts a variety of events throughout the year from rap performers to Top 40 artists to rodeos. You never know what you'll find going on at the Cowboy Stampede Tent.
While it's busiest during the 10-day Calgary Stampede Festival, which is held at the nearby BMO Centre and Stampede Park each July, the Cowboy Stampede Tent offers entertainment year round.
The adjacent casino complex features a large gaming area, two restaurants and two bars.
The current Cowboy Stampede Tent and Dance Hall has its roots in a previous Cowboy Dance Hall, which wowed concert-goers during in the 1990s and early 2000s. After it was torn down to make room for two new skyscrapers in 2007, the owner moved across downtown as a part of the new Cowboy Casino complex, which lies in the shadow of Stampede Park. The present Cowboy Stampede Tent and Dance Hall opened in 2012.
The venue has won many awards in its short history at its current location, including Top Night Club and Country Bar of the Year from the Calgary Downtown Development Association and the Best Bar in the NHL by "Sports Illustrated" magazine.
The Cowboy Stampede Tent and Dance Hall hosts a variety of concerts and special events throughout the year. Of course, the venue is party-central during the Stampede Festival in July.
Recent performers at the Cowboy Stampede Tent have included Ice Cube, Shania Twain, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg.
All "seating" at the Cowboy Stampede Tent is standing room only and can accommodate around 2,000 people.
Since it is part of a casino complex, you must be at least 18 years old (and have a government-issued ID) to attend an event at the Cowboy Stampede Tent.
The Cowboy Stampede Tent has limited covered parking available for an additional fee. The venue is also within a five-minute walk of Victoria Park light rail station. There are usually taxis in front of the Stampede Casino.
Calgary, located in the southern part of the province, is Canada's third-largest city with more than 1.2 million residents. The city offers plenty to see and do. In addition to professional hockey games at the nearby Scotiabank Saddledome, the downtown area is home to the Glenbow Art Museum, the Calgary Zoo and the fascinating Eau Claire Street market.