Rankin Inlet has cultural activities that run throughout the year. Hockey is a large part of the community as it is with many across Nunavut, but Rankin Inlet is special in that it is home to the NHL Hockey Player Jordan Tootoo of the Detroit Red Wings. On top of this, there are large hockey tournaments held in the community each year.
There are various hockey tournaments scheduled through the winter, Curling Tournaments in March, and a Mens and Womens Volleyball Tournament in April. Also in April the annual festival Pakallak Tyme happens which features outdoor games and contests, dog team races, skidoo races, and lots more. The biggest event in May is the Annual Fishing Derby even bringing in people from other communities. On July 9th is Nunavut Day proudly celebrated across the territory. During the summer months, the Rankin Inlet Co-Ed Softball League is run, where people are playing on Nunavut’s only “real turf”. When the summer ends, evening events such as Badminton, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, and Wrestling are happening. In the fall, the community usually hosts the annual Kivalliq Tradeshow inviting Businesses from all 7 communities across the Region. During the holidays, there are organized events including Snow Sculptures, Games, Talent Shows, Concerts, Craft Sales, School Pageants, and Dog Sled and Snowmobile Races.
Traditional Sports like the One foot high kick, Two foot high kick, Arm Pull, Knuckle hop, Head pull, Airplane, and more are still practiced in the community and are featured at numerous events during the year.