News Release

Blanket approval for early liquor service during the Calgary Stampede

The Stampede is a major event in our province, bringing thousands of visitors to Calgary to enjoy the unique Stampede experience.

Throughout the festivities, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis is pleased to support liquor-licensed businesses with more flexible liquor service hours.

Bars, restaurants and lounges in the City of Calgary have the option to start liquor service at 8 a.m. during the 2016 Stampede, July 8-17.

This blanket approval applies to all Class A, B and C liquor licensees in the City of Calgary. Licensees do not have to apply for this particular extension, which is for early service only.

Closing hours for liquor service are not changing and all other rules guiding the service remain in effect. Licensees are expected to continue to offer service in a socially responsible way to ensure the safety of their patrons during these special hours.

Businesses on the parade route can contact AGLC to request early liquor service hours of 7 a.m. for the Parade Day, July 8.

Anyone holding a special event with the intention of serving alcohol must apply for a liquor licence. Hours for special events are determined on a case-by-case basis.

AGLC regularly considers early service hours for major international sporting events or for major community events such as the Calgary Stampede.