Calgary is nicknamed “Cowtown,” and the most famous event in the riding is the Calgary Stampede. The Stampede is one of the world's largest rodeos and attracts over one million people each year. Other festivities include a parade, concerts, agricultural competitions, and Indigenous exhibitions.
The Scotiabank Saddledome is a major entertainment centre and home to the NHL’s Calgary Flames.
Although W.O. Mitchell, author of the quintessential prairie memoir Who has Seen the Wind, was born in Saskatchewan and headed the Banff Centre’s writing program for many years, he lived out the rest of his life in Calgary and died here.