Hello Summer! Let’s spice it up with some salsa at the Sun and Salsa Festival

As the deadly winter had finally gone by, I’m glad the summer has arrived!

Unlike the lifeless winter season, Calgary’s summer explodes with festivals and celebrations. Did you know that Calgary has more than 40 festivals this summer? One of the biggest ones is, of course, the Calgary Stampede. Today, I’m going introduce to you the most unique one we went to this year.

The Sun and Salsa Festival is an annual street fair and salsa-tasting contest held in the Kensington neighborhood. Visitors sample through different salsa recipes served by the local businesses and vote for the best.

This is the first time Kev and I attend this festival. We arrived near noon and found the whole streets were already crowded with people.

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Kensington’s Sun and Salsa Festival

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Cowgirl in Cowtown- ending Calgary Stampede with Rangeland Derby and Grandstand Show

There’s so much to do and see at the Stampede Park. It is just impossible to watch all the entertainments and tour around the whole park in one day. Luckily, the festival runs for 10 days. That leaves enough time for visitors to explore and enjoy the variety of events.

Most of the entertainments requires an extra cost (e.g., concerts, rides, games, rodeo), but you could still have fun at the activities and entertainments that are free of cost.

For example, each year, Calgary Stampede presents an adrenaline pumping entertainment, featuring extreme sport athletes performing stunts. Last year, Kev and I watched the extreme water show, with jet skiers showcasing their tricks and stunts. We even saw the athletes riding on a flyboard! Just like the iron man 😛

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Extreme water show

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Cowgirl in Cowtown – my first rodeo experience at Calgary Stampede

After a quick downtown tour, we headed towards the Stampede Park for the most exciting big show! The Stampede Park is conveniently located outside the Victoria/Stampede Park station. It’s hard to miss the stop as the CTrain station has a huge Calgary Stampede sign over the pedestrian bridge. Also, this was where most people got off. Just follow the crowd~

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Victoria Park / Stampede station

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Cowgirl in Cowtown – all the fun you could have at Calgary Stampede (downtown attractions)

Arriving Calgary this time last year, my first impression of this city was- “Wow, there are so many cowboys at this place!”

Every July, the city hosts Calgary Stampede, an annual 10-day rodeo festival. It is known as the “greatest outdoor show on Earth”, which attracts tons of visitors from all over Canada to celebrate together. During this time, the whole city transforms into a cowboy town- you can see billboard posters all around town promoting the festival; citizens dressing up as cowboy/cowgirl; or stores and restaurants with cartoony window paintings about the festival.

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