Like peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese, you just can’t have the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth without country music. This July, celebrate every ‘twang’ that makes the genre so quintessentially Calgary at the National Music Centre – the home of Canada’s Country Hall of Fame.

Featuring 1,270 artifacts, including instruments and memorabilia representing over 150 different artists, the CCHF at Studio Bell is a memorable destination with plenty to see and do – especially during Stampede week!

In addition to these incredible pieces, visitors will be encouraged to step inside an immersive “barn dance” experience, which is said to feature a full-sized barn and video performances from local musicians The Polyjesters and Terra Hazelton.

They’ll also be able to enjoy performances from a number of artists in every genre – but that’s not even the best part.

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Between July 7th and the 17th, they will be open offering extended hours and pay-what-you-can admission.

“National Music Centre is proud to celebrate the legacies of Canada’s country music icons, who have made a big impact at home and abroad, from Shania Twain to k.d. lang, and the list goes on,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO, NMC in a press release.

“If you’re in town for the Stampede or need a break from the midway, come and explore the collection. We’re excited to welcome music fans from all over the world this summer and when Country Music Week returns to Calgary, from September 8-11.”

For more information check out their website here and enjoy! It’s going to be a busy month!


When: Thursday, July 7th – 17th
Where: 300-851 4 Street SE
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Cost: Pay-what-you-can