Calgary Stampede, since 1912 

“The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” is an annual 10-day event that attracts more than 1.1 million people to the Stampede grounds each July for the rodeo, exhibition and festival. The world’s richest tournament-style rodeo, with more than $2 million in prize money, features the world’s toughest competitors. Organized by approximately 2,000 volunteers, the Calgary Stampede has grown into one of Canada's largest festivals and a significant tourist attraction. Rodeo and chuckwagon racing events are televised across Canada.

Spruce Meadows Show Jumping Tournaments, since 1976

One of the top equestrian facilities in the world, Spruce Meadows is committed to being the leading venue in the world for international horse sports with a focus on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur, and professional athletes. 2015 was the 40th Anniversary Season at Spruce Meadows and included annual attendance of over 500,000 fans, the awarding of more than $8 million of sponsor funded prize money, worldwide media attention and a roster of athletes representing 25 nations from 6 continents.

Mac’s Midget AAA World Invitational Hockey Tournament, since 1978

This annual event is the top AAA Midget Hockey tournament and draws as many as 100,000 spectators over seven days. Many participants in the Mac's tournaments have gone on to play in the National Hockey League including Sidney Crosby and Jarome Iginla.

Canada Day Box Lacrosse Tournament, since 1977 

The longest running and largest box lacrosse tournament in Canada, the Canada Day Tournament began in 1977 and annually hosts around 100 teams Midget level and younger, making it the largest indoor lacrosse tournament in North America.

ESSO Golden Ring Ringette Tournament, since 1987 

This is the world's largest ringette tournament, hosting an average of 2,362 players on 175 teams, with a total of 338 games and 450 hours of ice time. The 2016 tournament held in January was the 30th  Anniversary and hosted a record 195 teams. 

Macquarie Stampede Sevens Rugby Tournament, since 1971

Held during the Calgary Stampede, the tournament has become one of the most prestigious 7's tournaments in Canada. The 2016 tournament will showcased 11 divisions and expanded to include Junior Divisions to help promote the sport among the younger generation of rugby players. 

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, since 1963

Canada’s longest running marathon with approximately 12,000 people participating in six events, the event is also a Boston Marathon qualifier. On August 10, 1963 nineteen men lined up to run the first Calgary Marathon in what was also the first marathon ever to be run in Western Canada.

Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival, since 2013

Started by one of the top female hockey players of all time, six-time Olympian, Hayley Wickenheiser, the Wickenheiser tournament features 60 female teams totaling over 1,500 players from across the country battling for women’s hockey supremacy for females of all ages.

IRONMAN 70.3 Calgary, since 2009

Ironman 70.3 Calgary is the second-largest triathlon in the country and Western Canada's only official 70.3 (Half Ironman) triathlon. Calgary's event feature athletes from approximately 20 countries. The course is one of the most challenging in the IRONMAN 70.3 series and has been voted one of the top-ten most scenic triathlons in the world by Triathlete Magazine.

Shaw Charity Classic – PGA Champions Tour, since 2013

With a purse of $2.35 million, this event has attracted some of the best players on the PGA Champions Tour. The event continues to win accolades from the PGA Tour including the President’s Award two consecutive years. In 2016, the event generated a record breaking $5.2 million for 124 youth-based Alberta charities.

Post-Secondary Sports Programs 

Through the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) program, more than 10,000 student-athletes across Canada participate in 12 sport disciplines with a schedule of close to 3,000 events each year starting in September and concluding in March. In addition, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) is the coordinating body for college sport in Canada, involving 9,000 intercollegiate athletes. The CCAA is the largest intercollegiate sport organization in Canada with 95 member institutions.

The University of Calgary Dinos, Mount Royal University Cougars and SAIT Polytechnic Trojans provide athletics programs for post-secondary students in Calgary. Calgary has hosted at least one CIS Championship event each year since 2006.