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5 Legit Alternatives to Stampede

We love Stampede — we really do! But when we’ve had our fill, there’s nothing better than changing it up a bit. Whether that means checking out nearby baby kangaroos, learning the fine art of sushi rolling or simply some poolside R&R, something on this list is bound to be your thing.

1. Dance the night away at Electric Summer Nights.

Just 8 days until @Deorro takes over The Palace Theatre. Do you have your tickets yet? Get them today at #stampEDM

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Trade your two-step for dubstep at Calgary’s newest EDM series, Electric Summer Nights! With headliners like Deorro, Zomboy, and MakJ, this is the perfect alternative summer celebration for electronic music lovers, right in the heart of downtown. Kicks off Friday, July 7th with Drezo at The Palace Theatre.

Check out the full lineup and get tickets here.

2. Go on an impromptu microbrewery crawl in Inglewood.

Inglewood is great for many reasons — boutique shopping, good coffee, lots of live music venues — but it also has a burgeoning microbrewery scene. Pop into High Line Brewing and sample one of the many beers on tap, including the delish gluten-free Club Maté cider. When you’ve had your fill, pick up a pie from Inglewood Pizza and beeline down to Cold Garden, where you can bring in outside food. Wash it all down with Cakeface, a Marzen-style lager made with real vanilla beans — a brew as quirky as the atmosphere.;

3. Cool down at the pool at Hotel Arts.

The only other place in town that rivals Stampede for people watching would have to be the pool at Hotel Arts. The music is thumping, drinks are being served and a weirdly high volume of hard-bodied men and women are frolicking in the pool (or posing on deck) when the temperature climbs.

4. Gush over how cute the baby kangaroos are at Cobb’s Adventure Park & Corn Maze.

Spent the afternoon with a bunch of cuties 😍 This is Winnie. We are in love.

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The only thing better than going to a corn maze is getting to see baby kangaroos while you’re there. Six Bennett’s wallabies are new on the scene and guess what — they love to eat corn!

5. Perfect your sushi rolling skills or learn about sake at Goro + Gun.

When Stampede goes right, you go left and use the week to edify your sushi-rolling skills and sake tasting education. Grab a group of friends and book one of the classes offered at Goro + Gun. Sake 101 sees groups of six to 20 people taste ten different sakes while learning about everything you need to know about Japan’s national beverage. The Sushi Rolling Class walks you through everything you’ll need to know to prepare sushi at home. The class lasts one hour and is perfect for groups of six to 20 people and includes complimentary miso soup!

If you can’t round up six or more friends to do either of these classes, there’s plenty of sushi on the menu to order anytime, as well as Japanese whisky and sake flights for whenever the mood stikes!

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