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Labour Day Long Weekend Events & Activities in Edmonton

Friday, September 4 – Monday, September 7, 2015

A digest of What’s On in & around Edmonton this weekend, including free fun family activities, weekend events & activities for kids, live music, performing arts & theatre and sports.

Check road conditions, before you go- Here Weather Warnings – Here

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I. Family Events & Activities

1. Symphony in the City

A multimedia adventure with Disney in Concert alongside monumental classical works.This Labour Day long weekend, ATB Financial and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra are excited to bring back the incredibly successful Symphony in the City! This event will be a chance for families to gather in a shared community experience in Churchill Square to celebrate our city’s summer festival season with an explosive finale.  Details


September 4 & 5, 2015 | 07:00 PM


Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton




2. Harvest Fair

It’s Harvest Time! See how the pioneers prepared for the cold winter months and celebrated the end of summer with music, dancing and feasting. Learn how to preserve Harvest foods for the winter, enjoy games and storytelling and more. Details


 September 5 to 7, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM



Regular admission applies.
Take Route 595 or 596 to the Park and get 30% off admission!


3. Corn Festival

This corn festival is a family event with a cornucopia of corny activities including corn eating contests, corn mazes, face painting, corny jokes, veggie art and more. The festival features the Kids Maze and Mindbender Kids Corn Mazes, folk music, and hands-on corn doll craft activities for children.Details


September 5 – 7, 2015  | 9:00 AM – 06:00 PM


Prairie Gardens & Adventure farm, 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord


$14.30 per person


4. Star Party

The Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve’s 10th annual Star Party will be bigger and better than ever before. Taking place over two days at two different locations the Beaver Hills Star Party will feature volunteer astronomers to help show you the stars with both solar and night sky viewing. Guest speakers, presenters, displays and activities will keep the whole family entertained at this 2 day celebration. Details


Saturday Sept. 5, 2015 | 2:00 PM – 11:00 PM @ Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
Sunday Sept. 6, 2015 | 2:00 PM – 11:00 PM @ Elk Island National Park


Regular Admission.


5. Community Festival – Tour of Alberta

The Community Festival will feature local culture, entertainment, food and fun for the entire family including retail and food vendors, a beer garden, tourist attractions, big screen coverage of the race, hands on activities for both adults and children, a bike trials stunt show, live entertainment, a pump track loop, award ceremony with jersey presentations and more!  Details


Sunday, September 6, 2015  | 11:00 AM – 05:00 PM


Central Park, 450 King St., Spruce Grove




6. Sheep Leaving Parade

One sure sign that summer is coming to an end is the departure of our sheep that call Fort Saskatchewan home each summer.  Everyone is invited to join in the annual sheep leaving parade. In addition to the Parade, there will be the Picnic in the Park with the sheep. Starting at 10:00 am, families, visitors and residents are invited to come down a blanket to Legacy Park to enjoy the last days of summer. Everyone can play with the sheep, talk to the Shepherds, and do some fun crafts. Details


Monday, September 7, 2015 | Parade – 11:00 AM
Picnic in the Park – 10:00 AM


Legacy Park, Fort Saskatchewan
Traditional walk from Legacy Park through downtown and ending up at the Fort Saskatchewan Museum & Historic Site.




7. Other Family Activities

Kaleido Family Arts Festival1. John Janzen Nature Centre

Kids’ Nature Nook:  @ 10:30 AM, Daily

Animal Encounters & Feedings:  @ 01:00 PM Daily

Wild Things: @ 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM Daily

2. Visit Edmonton Zoo this Week. – Edmonton Valley Zoo 

3. Government House: Free Tour of Government House on Sundays.

4. John Walter Museum: Free to visit – Saturdays & Sundays | 01:00 PM – 04:00 PM

5. City Hall – This week at City Hall.

6. Summer in the Square (Free) Details

7. Muttart Conservatory – Feature Pyramid

ZimSculpt Exhibit : August 22 – October 25 – Details

8. U of A Astronomical Observatory | Thursdays

Go for Solar observing at U of A Astronomical Observatory on Thursdays | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

10. Telus World of Science

Dinosaurs Unearthed: Traveling Exhibition & Special weekend activities- Details

11. RASC Observatory –  Coronation Park, Edmonton 

View the sun, moon, stars and planets through high quality telescopes. – Details

12. Royal Alberta Museum Activities

There are countless public programs aimed at children, so if you’re looking for something to do with your children during weekdays & weekends , the Museum is the perfect destination! From Story Time Club, to Animal Buddies, the Museum has great activities for kids.Programs


8. Family Movies

Have fun with the whole family and watch a movie for $2.99 on Saturday mornings at 11am. See link for shows and participating Cineplex theatres.  Details

MVP: Most Valuable Primate on September 5

Annie on September 12

Zookeeper on September 19

Hook on September 26

Reel Family Cinema at Metro Cinema:  Details

Free for kids under 12.

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet on  Sept 5 & 7 | 2:00 PM, Sept 6 | 4:00 PM, Sept 10 & 12 | 9:30 PM & Sept 13 | 1:00 PM

The Thief of Baghdad on Sept 20 | 02:00 PM

Telus World of Science

Imax theatre : Shows


9. Free activities: local library

Edmonton Public library offers plenty of free drop in activities to choose from for all ages including toddler story times. Plan ahead to attend some of the free activities in the following weekends : Details and link for registration.

Strathcona County Library – Here;

Spruce Grove Public Library – Here

St. Albert Public Library – Here 


9.  Drop – in Programs

Edmonton Recreation : There is always something you can do as family with the advantage of not having to plan early or register. Check these links below.

a. Public Skating  – When & Where

b. Spray Parks – Details

c. Drop – in Swim – When & Where

d. Drop-in Fitness Programs : When & Where

St Albert – Servus Place – Drop in Schedule  

Woodlands Water Play Park; and Grosvenor Outdoor Pool

Strathcona CountyDrop in Programs & Spray Parks

Activities by Edmonton Recreation

There are many affordable, high-quality inclusive programs, camps and activities throughout the year for all ages and abilities including Toddler time, puppet show, story time and more! Spend time exploring the river valley, trying a new sport, discovering your creative side and experiencing the outdoors. – See the link for details and register.

II. Adult/ Youth Events

1. Janet Jackson


Friday September 4, 2015 | 08:00 PM


Rexall Place, Northlands – 7424 118 Ave NW, Edmonton


 $29.00 – $125.00 + charges

2. The Dungarees Live

Celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of Harvest with The Dungarees Live at the Capitol Theatre. Kick off Harvest Fair weekend at the Park with his five man brotherhood full of traditional, high energy country music! Watch the Capitol Theatre turn into a honky-tonk and bring your sugar down for a night to remember. Details


Friday, September 4, 2015 | 08:00 PM


Capitol Theatre, Fort Edmonton Park, 7000 143 Street, Edmonton



Edmonton Comedy Festival tickets are on sale.

3. Sonic Boom

Alternative Music Festival –

Line up: Saturday – Ellie Goulding, Hozier, Brandon Flowers, TV On The Radio, KONGOS, St. Lucia, Robert DeLong, K-OS, Gay Nineties, Young Empires.

Line up: Sunday – Alexisonfire, Tenacious D, Mother Mother, Flaming Lips, Tokyo Police Club, Rural Alberta Advantage, Big Data, Eagles of Death Metal, The Elwins, The Zolas Details


September 5 & 6, 2015 | 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM


Borden Park, 112 Avenue & 73 Street, Edmonton


Single Day – $109.99 + charges
Weekend Tickets – $199 + charges


4. Gurdas Maan Live in Concert

Punjabi Singer. Details


Sunday, September 6, 2015 | 07:00 PM


Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton


$24.95 – $95.00 + charges

III. Sports & Related Events

1. ITU’s World Triathlon Series Tour

The ITU’s World Triathlon Series Tour returns to Edmonton as the penultimate stop before the 2015 Grand Final in Chicago.Details


September 5 – 6, 2015


Hawrelak Park, Edmonton




2. Edmonton Oil Kings

Preseason games.  Details


vs Red Deer Rebels on Saturday, September 5, 2015 | 7:00 PM
vs Calgary Hitmen on Saturday, September 12, 2015 | 7:00 PM


Servus Credit Union Place – 400 Campbell Road St. Albert


$10.00 at the door.


3. Edmonton Rhythmic Gymnastics Performance

Edmonton Rhythmic Gymnastics, Edmonton’s premier rhythmic gymnastics club, is hosting a demonstration at West Edmonton Mall! The event will feature some of the province’s top gymnasts.  Details


Saturday, September 5, 2015 | 01:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Centre Stage (Level One, Phase I), WEM




4. FC Edmonton 

Regular Season Home Game #11. Vs Minnesota United FC


Sunday, September 6, 2015 | 2:00 PM


Clarke Stadium Edmonton



5. Casa Family Ride

2014ATB_CASAFamilyRide.Final-page-001(2)1408392717Join us in downtown Edmonton for a family bike ride to celebrate the Tour of Alberta in support of CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health!   Details


September 7, 2015 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Sir Winston Churchill Square, Downtown Edmonton


Adults: $25.00


6. Tour of Alberta @Edmonton

Final Stage of Tour of Alberta. Details


Monday, September 7, 2015 | Race time: 12:50 PM – 3:45 PM


Start and finish at Edmonton’s iconic Sir Winston Churchill Square.
Road Closures & restrictions, see link above.
For  City of Spruce Grove on Sunday, Sept 6 – See Here




7. Thoroughbred Racing



Fridays, September 2015 | 06:30 PM
Saturdays, September, 2015 | 01:00 PM
Monday, September 7, 2015 | 01:00 PM


Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino, 7410 Borden Park Road NW, Edmonton.




8. Runs & Walks

Run Party in the Park

Presented by ITU World Triathlon Series Edmonton – Friday September 4, 2015 | 6:00 P.M. @ Hawrelak Park – Details


IV. Exhibitions & Other Events

1. 12 Acres Barn Bash to Conquer Cancer

12 Acres Farm and Restaurant, is putting on a farm experience like no other, at the 12 Acres Barn Bash to Conquer Cancer.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and come and enjoy live music performed on an outdoor stage in a farm pasture at 12 Acres Farm; featuring the talents of Cara Matthew, Alecia Aichelle, and The Township Band. Details


 Saturday, September 5, 2015 | 03:00 PM – Midnight


12 Acre Farm, 58530 RR272, Pickardville. Bus service from St Albert restaurant available.




2. Sport & Lifestyle Expo

Connect with the latest gear, technology and trends the industry has to offer in a format where you can see, try and buy. Details


Friday, September 4, 2015 | 05:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Saturday, September 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Sunday, September 6, 2015 | 09:00 AM – 05:30 PM


Hawrelak Park, Edmonton




3. 4th Annual Grosvenor Dog Swim

Come Get Your Paws Wet at the 4th Annual Grosvenor Dog Swim! Bring your dogs to cool off for a great cause – support SCARS (Second Chance Animal Rescue Society).   Details


Monday, September 7, 2015 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Grosvenor Outdoor Pool; 1 Grenfell Ave, St Albert.


By Donation.


4. Glimpses of the Grasslands

Wildlife artist Colin Starkevich

Wildlife artist Colin Starkevich, a native Edmontonian, shares his passion for the Grasslands region of Alberta in his world première exhibition of “Glimpses of the Grasslands: The artistic vision of Colin Starkevich”. Through this exhibition, Colin depicts the uniqueness of the Grassland landscape of southern Alberta and its wild inhabitants. Details


Until Spetember 27, 2015 | 09:00 – 05:00 PM


Royal Alberta Museum


Regular Admission.

U of A Sustainability Walking Tours  – Free – Details

5. FAB Gallery, U of A Exhibitions

Five Graduate Designers 2015 – Make Good: Design for a Better Now

Featuring visual communication design and industrial design work by Master of Design candidates Anson Wong, Juan Fajardo, Jia Wang, Cheng Siong Tee and Justin Pritchard. Details

From Time to Time: 50th Anniversary Print Portfolio

Featuring 27 of the University of Alberta Department of Art & Design’s most accomplished printmaking artists from 1975-2008. Details


August 25 – September 19, 2015



6. AGA Exhibitions


GiordanoMassacreChildren-WEBWil Murray: On Invasive Species and Infidelity | June 27, 2015–October 4, 2015

Illuminations: Italian Baroque Masterworks in Canadian Collections | June 27, 2015–October 4, 2015

Jack Bush | May 30, 2015–August 23, 2015

Tyler Los-Jones: A Panorama Protects its View | January 23–January 31, 2016

V. Dinner Theatre/Music Events

1. Fort Edmonton Park Events

Sunday Brunch – Gather your clan for Sunday Brunch at Johnson’s Cafe at the historic Hotel Selkirk in Fort Edmonton Park. Enjoy a scrumptious meal then take a stroll around the park.

Pioneer High Tea – Every Wednesday | 03:00 PM & 03:30 PM @ Johnson’s Cafe

Experience a selection of open faced English sandwiches, pastries, scones, mini dessert, cookies accompanied by Devonshire cream and strawberry butter. A natural selection of black or green teas to enjoy and fine coffee available for non-tea drinkers.

2. The Hat – Events

3. River Cree Resort & Casino – Events

4. Jubilations Dinner Theatre – Events

5. The Red Piano Events

6. Blues on Whyte – Events

7. The Comic Strip – Events

8. Mayfield Dinner Theatre – Events 

9. The Comedy Factory – Events

10. Young Guns Competition –(part of Edmonton Comedy Festival) Sundays, September 6 – October 4, 2015 | 08:00 PM @ Druid Irish Pub Stage

11. Range Road Gourmet Dinner – Field to Fork experiences 

 September 9, 13, & 20, and November 8, 2015 @ Prairie Gardens, Gibbons – Book


Street Car Concerts Sign up for tickets for upcoming street car concerts – enjoy music and wonderful views of the grand North Saskatchewan and the river valley. – Details

VI. Shopping Promotions & Related events 

1. Old Strathacona Events

2. West Edmonton Mall Events & Promotions

3. Edmonton City Centre – Sales and Events

4. Kings way mall – Events

5. South Gate Centre – Events

6. Sherwood Park Mall – Events

7. Millwoods Town Centre – Events

8. Northgate Centre – Events

9. Londonderry Mall – Events


2. French Quarter Farmers Market

A boutique Farmers Market. Come discover quality local vendors, with gourmet/artisan foods available for you and your family’s pleasure & health! Fun for the entire family. Details


Every Sunday from 12 :00 PM to 4 :00 PM (ongoing throughout the year – Rain or Shine)


La Cité Francophone, 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury [91 street], Edmonton



3. City Market Downtown

City Market Downtown


Saturdays | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


104th Street, Edmonton


4. Callingwood MarketPlace



Sundays | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM and Wednesdays | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM,  from May 3 to October 11, 2015.


Corner of 69 Avenue and 178 Street, Edmonton

Bookmark this page and check back next week for more activities. We do try to make the listings as accurate as possible, but mistakes may happen. Please verify all details from concerned event websites/officials. Please leave a comment if any link to the event page is broken (leads to 404 page).

Things to do this long weekend in Edmonton 4.62/5 (92.34%) 47 votes


  1. Abeer Altaei
    Abeer Altaei

    good website plz write more information

    April 20, 2014 at 2:04 AM Reply
    1. mike

      I think they cant really put more info as everything is mention here … you need to google it if you need more I guess

      August 22, 2015 at 5:39 PM Reply
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    Groupon deals for Edmonton Queen, Ed’s Rec Room, Leduc Energy Discovery Centre.

    May 26, 2014 at 8:29 AM Reply
  3. Randy Gargus
    Randy Gargus

    First time on site, very impressed with the amount of information

    October 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM Reply
  4. Melissa

    I find myself reading this site nearly weekly. It is very informative and always updated well in advance of the weekend!

    October 6, 2014 at 5:09 PM Reply
  5. New to Town
    New to Town

    I’m new to town and so happy I found this site! Please keep it up!

    November 5, 2014 at 7:55 AM Reply
  6. Love this website! I have added it to my favorites :)

    November 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM Reply
  7. Tracy

    So basically nothing happens in Edmonton. So disappointed with this “city”.

    November 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM Reply
    1. Tara Simon
      Tara Simon

      Your comment made me do a bit of research.
      1. I compared tourist attractions in Calgary listed in this site – http://www.todocanada.ca/things-to-do-incalgary/ to that in ours – http://www.todocanada.ca/Things+to+do+Attractions+in+Edmonton/. If you see objectively, there is nothing more in Calgary, that is not there in Edmonton.

      2. I did the same with weekend activities – compared Toronto activities with Edmonton. I believe there are enough cultural events & other activities [with respect to the population that Edmonton/capital region has ] to keep the event and activity seekers happy. You should keep in mind that Toronto/GTA has ~7 times the population of our capital region.

      IMHO each place is unique in its own way and grass is always greener on the other side.
      Enjoy your weekend in Edmonton!

      November 21, 2014 at 9:01 AM Reply
      1. Trot escaper
        Trot escaper

        I agree. But the grass only “looks” greener on the other side is what u mean. Nevertheless. Agreed!

        February 19, 2015 at 12:05 AM Reply
      2. Dustin

        Well said.

        May 15, 2015 at 1:26 PM Reply
    2. Edmonton Resident
      Edmonton Resident

      There are several planes buses always leaving. There are also many places to rent a car if you do not have one to leave.

      January 20, 2015 at 8:05 AM Reply
    3. Nick


      May 3, 2015 at 4:13 PM Reply
  8. Javier

    Great site, I constantly check it, there is some information here that I cannot find anywhere else. I wish you could include more activities from the U of A, they are always doing something interesting. keep up the good work.

    January 9, 2015 at 11:54 AM Reply
  9. Andy Kuiper
    Andy Kuiper

    I lvisit this site most every weekend – thanks – keep up the good work here :-)

    February 1, 2015 at 10:01 AM Reply
  10. Stephen

    This website is getting more and more thorough every time I visit it. The only things that seem to be missing are some of the more events for the more local scenes. And while it would be pretty hard to cover all of them, having a page or linking to the venues would be a great addition. Things such as open mic nights(ex. Arcadia), live local music(wunderbar), poetry nights(Ex. Tuesdays at Rouge Lounge), Story Slams (3rd wednesday of every month at The Mercury Room) or local comedy nights(Ex. Sunday at Empress) that are going on around the city in the various venues/bars. There is a lot going on and having a compilation of all of them would be very useful. Not that there isn’t already enough stuff on here to fill up every night of the week.

    February 3, 2015 at 3:03 PM Reply
    1. todocanada

      Thank you for taking time to comment. As you rightly said, one of the reasons for not adding local scene is that there are so many events. We are compiling an article on ‘an evening in Edmonton’ which will include links to local event scene in addition to activities from a tourism perspective.
      All suggestions are welcome.

      February 3, 2015 at 7:09 PM Reply
  11. Bev

    Great website. Definitely will be advising my teens to visit here.

    February 26, 2015 at 12:05 PM Reply
  12. Alberto Garcia
    Alberto Garcia

    Great site and very informative!

    February 28, 2015 at 4:43 AM Reply
  13. Heather

    I love this list very much. Missing an Art show I found at the Enjoy Centre

    March 2, 2015 at 9:51 AM Reply
  14. Martin

    awesome webpage! Lots of events. Only boring people can say there is nothing to do in Edmonton. There is always something going on here 😀

    March 2, 2015 at 11:02 PM Reply
    1. Gerald

      Only people from small towns would say Edmonton has a lot to do. Restaurants are expensive while chained restaurants and fast food dominate the market. Grocery is expensive. Anybody from big cities are used to the many free and big events (not those that only a hundred ppl show up), whereas here every even small event costs a fortune. Shopping is limited to the big box stores at South Commons and WEM which is really the same old stores you can find across Canada. Whyte Av is a joke when compared to Robson or even Main in Vancouver or Yonge or Queen in Toronto. Yes I’m gonna be told to go back if I don’t like it here (I wish), but to suggest there is a lot going on that you can just walk into like you can in a real big city is just absurd.

      March 24, 2015 at 11:54 PM Reply
      1. David

        Well… Try to make some lemonade out of lemons. Complaining about the city and never getting out and doing something about it will never bring about the change you may desire. Maybe try getting involved with an event / initiative / festival / etc. and you may find out that you can have a lot of fun in Edmonton. Life is too short not to take a stride down the “path not taken”.

        August 12, 2015 at 3:29 PM Reply
  15. VL

    Just found this website. I think it’s awesome. I have lived here 15 years and now I have found even more things to explore.

    March 8, 2015 at 9:10 AM Reply
  16. Lisa

    This site is great! Covers every type of activity you could want to do in Edmonton! Thanks so much:) Me and my family do a much broader variety of activities since finding your website.

    March 20, 2015 at 3:51 PM Reply
  17. laurie

    Ok on the main page it says FREE ON EASTER WEEKEND but when you go to each tjing it shows a price so what is it??

    March 30, 2015 at 9:30 AM Reply
  18. Blade

    Ughh please dont make edmonton sound like it has alot to do….majority of this shit here is boring family crap…for hillbillies and farmers….where is anything cool and hip to bring out single young people? ?

    August 15, 2015 at 12:49 PM Reply
    1. Tyler

      Try a meet up group. There is something for all interests. Edmonton has a ton of things to do. Cool and hip young people are not looking on todoCanada for fun. They are usually connected through friends and word of mouth. Unless you have no friends, then sorry, cannot help you there..I have a family.

      August 22, 2015 at 1:31 PM Reply
  19. Guest

    Wow! Your site is very informative! It has more events and details in an easy to find format then any other site I have used. I have lived in Edmonton for quite awhile and didn’t even know about some of the attractions!
    Just wondering if you can add more for things to do during the week? We are always trying to find new and interesting things to do with the kids!!

    August 31, 2015 at 11:43 AM Reply