Lip-smackin’ Stampede breakfasts in Calgary for 2016

A beloved Calgary Stampede tradition, the city fairly sizzles with outdoor pancake breakfasts for the duration of this Wild West fest. This list featuring some of the very best free Stampede morning meals is but a small sample of such flap-jackin’ events. Calgary Stampede runs July 8 to 17, 2016.

CF Chinook Centre

6455 MacLeod Trail South, Calgary, AB T2H 0K8

In its 56th year, the Chinook Centre Stampede Breakfast is a doozy. From 7 am to 11 am on July 9, its 60,000 annual attendees consume 1,906 kilograms of pancake mix, 998 kilograms of maple sausages and 7,000 litres of coffee. This Wild West parking lot party also features live country music performances by Beverley Mahood, Trevor Panczak, Domino and Lindsay Butler.

Wood's Homes

805 37 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N8

July 10 from 8 am to 10:30 am, the Wood’s Homes Stampede Breakfast is a fun and food-filled event dubbed a “friend raiser” for the charitable children’s mental health organization. The well-attended breakfast is held in Bowness, just a stone’s throw from the Bow River at the Wood’s Bowness Campus.

Kerby Centre

1133 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B2

The Kerby Centre’s 24th annual Stampede breakfast is held in the auditorium of this west-end downtown seniors’ centre on July 15 from 8 am to 11 am. Free pancakes and all the trimmings are served with the musical accompaniment of the Gordie West Band.

Marda Loop Communities Association

3130 16 St SW, Calgary, AB T2T 4G7

The Marda Loop neighbourhood throws its annual Stampede breakfast at its very own community hall on July 16 from 9 am to noon. Free pancakes and sausages are accompanied by two musical acts: the Calgary Round-Up Band and local country crooners Big Daddy and the Cool Cats. Also visit the association’s farmers’ market held the same day.

Calgary Telus Convention Centre

120 9 Ave Se, Calgary, AB T2G 0P3

Kicking off 10 days of pancake-breakfast mania, First Flip Stampede Breakfast 2016 is held on Stephen Avenue Walk right outside Calgary Telus Convention Centre, which is the event’s co-host with Tourism Calgary, Calgary Downtown Association and Calgary Parking Authority. This big-deal morning-meal kicks off July 7 at 7:30 and wraps at 10:30 am.

Calgary Scandinavian Centre

739 20 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2M 1E2

Your week of breakfast binging takes a Nordic do-si-do at the Scandinavian Centre in Mount Pleasant. On July 9 from 8 am to 11 am, the cultural centre serves pancakes with sausages, coffee and orange juice. Entertainment is provided by the Hi-Land Swingers Square Dance Club.

Pacific Hut Restaurant & Bake Shop

3223 17 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2A 0R1

Stampede spirit is magnificently multicultural, and proof of this is deliciously delivered at the Pacific Hut Restaurant parking lot on July 10. The Agahan All Filipino Breakfast is held at the west end of International Avenue and features Pinoy dishes and live music from 7 am to 10 am.

McDougall Centre Information

455 6 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4A2

One of the city’s highest profile such events, the Premier’s Stampede Breakfast sees MLAs taking a break from office duties to perform some face-to-face public service flipping flap jacks, scrambling eggs and sizzling sausages. The event is held downtown on the grounds of the McDougal Centre on July 11 from 7 am to 9 am.

Talisman Centre

2225 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5B6

The Talisman Centre Healthy Stampede Breakfast takes place July 14 from 8 am to 11 am. Located in Lindsay Park, this fitness facility serves pancakes at its north-entrance patio. Family-friendly entertainment includes a live DJ, face painting and balloon art as well as Chinook Country Line Dancers.

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