The Calgary Stampede is so iconic that it nearly defies description. In the world of all things cowboy, the 104 year old event, held in and around Stampede Park, is a force to be reckoned with. So take your pick: bull riding, barrel racing and more in the world’s richest, most competitive tournament-style rodeo; the world’s premier chuckwagon derby, featuring 36 teams of horses and drivers; or one of Canada’s largest music festivals, with five stages and 300 performers, including a slate of international country music headliners, including Brooks & Dunn and Alabama. Stampede runs July 7-16. Visit calgarystampede.com.