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The Calgary Public Library is the city’s public library network, with seventeen branches loaning books, e-books, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, audio books, and more.

Calgary is the site of the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium performing arts, culture and community facility, which is the resident home of the Alberta Ballet Company, the Calgary Opera and a number of other cultural ceremonies. The city is also home to a number of theatre companies.

Calgary hosts a number of annual festivals and events, such as the Calgary International Film Festival, the Calgary Folk Music Festival, the Greek Festival, Wordfest: Banff Calgary International Writers FestivalExpo LatinoCalgary Pride, and many other cultural and ethnic festivals. The city has a number of multicultural areas where you can find a variety of ethnic restaurants and stores.

The city is best-known for the Calgary Stampede, which is an annual event occurring each July since 1912. It is one of Canada’s largest festivals, with over 1 million people visiting it every year.

In large part due to its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, the city has traditionally been a popular destination for winter sports. And after hosting the 1988 Winter Olympics, Calgary has also welcomed a number of major winter sporting facilities such as Canada Olympic Park and the Olympic Oval

The city also has a large number of urban parks including Fish Creek Provincial Park, Bowness ParkEdworthy Park, the Inglewood Bird SanctuaryConfederation Park, and Prince’s Island Park, and Nose Hill Park, which is the largest municipal park in Canada.