Join us for a unique experience: Bring in your favourite felt hat for a special makeover. Our skilled hatters will be on hand to gently dust, clean, and reshape your hat to perfection. While your hat is being pampered, immerse yourself in the excitement of the National Rodeo Finals, broadcast on our large screens. Indulge in a delightful array of sweet and savoury charcuterie boards, and savour our exclusive holiday cocktails. Enjoy tastings provided by JWebb Wine Merchants, adding an extra touch of festivity to your evening.
Events at Smithbilt
Our event rooms are perfect for your next function! Whether it’s a team-building experience, executive dinner, or a corporate presentation, (to name a few) our semi-private and private Event Rooms can accommodate numerous small to medium-sized event formats.
Treat your guests to the ultimate hat shopping experience, an authentic Smithbilt Hats corporate hat event. Inclusive and collaborative, social and engaging, it’s a unique opportunity to unite your team through the hat-buying process of sizing, selecting, shaping, and socializing. During your event, you’ll learn about the rich history of Smithbilt (we’ve been part of the Calgary community for over 103 years!) and the way we fashion Smithbilt hats using time-honoured processes and tools. Smithbilt still uses all the original hat-building equipment that founded the company in 1919. Guests leave the event wearing their very own custom-styled, one-of-a-kind Smithbilt Hats original design. We look forward to working with you to customize your event with catering and beverage options.
* June 15 thru conclusion of Calgary Stampede: Event rooms are only available for 5pm start times (after store hours)
Smithbilt Hats Shop Tour - $25/person
Tour the hat making facility and learn about the process. Our tour takes guests through the entire hat building process from blocking to shaping to the finished product.
Finger Blocking Experience - $80/person
Finger Blocking is the process that sets the hat size and height of crown, and it’s the very first step in building a hat. Exclusive to Smithbilt Hats, we’re pleased to provide our guests with the opportunity to participate in the process of finger blocking their very own hat! In addition to an extensive tour of our facility, guests also receive hands-on expert instruction to block their one of a kind Smithbilt Hat. *It’s important to understand that guests do not leave with their hats when you host a Finger Blocking experience. Guests finger block their own hat and then return to Smithbilt in 4-5 weeks to complete the Hat Shaping process. Fun Fact: Smithbilt’s Finger Blocking machine is over 160 years old.
*Hats not included. Click here to see pricing.
**Hat Building Experience is not available from May 15 thru the conclusion of Calgary Stampede.
Hat Shaping is included with all Open Style Hats
When you select an Open style hat for your clients (available in 3X $180, 6X $340, 20X $520 or 100X $1130) they have the opportunity to work one on one with a Smithbilt Hatter and have their hat customized to their desired shape during your event. It’s an interactive experience and included in the price of the hat. Best of all, they get to leave with their Smithbilt hat in hand.
Shapes include Cattleman, Cattlebuyer, Bullrider, Gus, Jake, and Hunter.
Smithbilt White Hat Ceremony - $50
An iconic symbol of Calgary’s international reputation for unrivalled hospitality and our passion to be the Ultimate Hosts, Calgary’s identification with the white hat began when local Calgary hat maker Morris Shumiatcher of Smithbilt Hats introduced the first white cowboy hat in 1946. Representatives of Calgary wore the white hats while cheering Calgary’s football team, the Calgary Stampeders, in the 1948 Grey Cup – Canada’s national football championship. Since 1950, Calgary has been proudly presenting the white cowboy hats to visitors, dignitaries, and guests. When you are presented a white hat, it means you came to Calgary as a visitor; however, you are leaving as a friend. The ceremony involves presenting participants (delegates, visiting guest speakers, VIPs) with a white hat, followed by repeating the traditional Calgary white hat oath.
*White Hat not included.
- Straw $95 - $160
- 3X (Wool Felt) $185-$225
Shape: Cattleman or Open
- 6X (Rabbit Felt) $395 or $445
Shape: Cattleman or Open
- 20X (Rabbit & Beaver Felt) $650
- 100X (Beaver Felt) $1,450
- Hat Shaping Options
Cattleman or Open. Guests who select an “Open” style will work with one of our hatters to customize the shape of their hat. Shapes include Cattleman, Cattlebuyer, Bullrider, Gus, Jake, and Hunter
- Custom Hat Liners Starts $20 per liner
Brand you team’s hat liners with your corporate logo.
Event Room Fees
- Deposit $1,000
A deposit in the amount of $1000 is required at the time of booking. This deposit is not refundable within 30 days of the event.
- Room Rental – Main Floor $800 for up to 4 hours
A deposit in the amount of $1000 is required at the time of booking. This deposit is not refundable within 30 days of the event. $200 for each additional hour.
- Facility Fee $200
This fee covers bartender, set up and clean up.
- Catering Options
We’ll work with you to create a beautiful mouthwatering arrangement which includes the finest selection of local and international meats, cheeses, seasonal fruits, Savoury & sweet accompaniments.
- Beverage Options Starting $3 per bottle
We offer an assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The prices are as follows: Beer $7 per bottle; Wine $55 per bottle; Non-alcoholic beverages $3 per bottle. If you’re interested, we’d be happy to serve a signature cocktail.