Celebrate the last long weekend of summer! Send off summer and get ready to welcome Fall with gusto by enjoying one of the 50 events, and activities taking place during labour day weekend from across Ontario.
Currents: Niagara’s Power Transformed
A remarkable new experience is debuting at Niagara Falls this Labour day weekend. Featuring immersive, interactive storytelling, this one-of-a-kind event offers an incredible sensory experience amongst the turbines of the first major power plant on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Starts September 3, 2021 @ Niagara Parks Power Station, 6650 Niagara Parkway
Take-in a Few Fall Fairs
Ontario’s agricultural fairs are making a comeback this September including the Paris Fair. There will be Demolition Derby, Midway, food and more this weekend.
- Paris Fair at Paris Fairgrounds, 139 Silver St, Paris from September 2 to 6, 2021
- Stormont County Fair at 25 Fairground Dr. (corner of Fairground Dr. & Cedar St.), Newington from September 3 to 6, 2021
- Desboro Fall Fair at Desboro Arena and Fairgrounds, 136205 Grey County Rd 40, Chatsworth on September 4, 2021 (Fireworks on Saturday)
Kingsville Fire Fest Celebration
Celebrate the Kingsville Fire Department and see the equipment used in the past and today to keep us all safe. Come to the fundraiser pancake breakfast in the morning, then watch a slow roll of antique fire trucks make their way to Main Street. Afterwards, stay Downtown to view these vehicles up close until the late afternoon. September 4 @ Kingsville
Windsor International Film Festival
Watch movies under the stars during WIFF. A ‘drive-in style’ community event will run until Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Festival Plaza in downtown Windsor.
Spirits of Sandwich Walking Ghost Tour – Windsor
Monkeys with a Typewriter Theatre Company presents Spirits of Sandwich Walking Ghost Tour Summer Edition – a tour through Old Sandwich Towne! Take a walk through Old Sandwich Towne with a sinister host who will point out various locations that are said to be haunted and share with you some of the tales that have been told about them. Saturday, September 4th, 2021 @ Sandwich Street, Windsor
Visit Nature Attractions & Parks in the Windsor Essex Region
The Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region has some of Ontario’s most beautiful hidden gems. Many nature spots in the area are authentic, untouched, and preserve a lot of the province’s greatest examples of natural beauty. Several conservation areas offer opportunities to observe nature, go hiking, spend time on the water, and enjoy amenities at the park.
Heritage Farm Show – Wallacetown
Join for the annual Heritage Farm Show at the Backus-Page House Museum. Explore your rural roots and experience the museum, barn and grounds first hand! Enjoy demonstrations include threshing, historic agricultural displays, antique tractors & equipment, food, and music. Saturday, September 4 to Sunday, September 5, 2021 @ Backus Page House, 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown
Sunflowers at Howell – Pelham
Over 100,000 blooms can be seen throughout the sunflower field providing the perfect photo op. After exploring the sunflowers come and visit our Beer & Wine Garden for a drink and food. @ Howell Family Pumpkin Farm, 2878 Holland Rd, Pelham
Whistling Gardens – Wilsonville
Visit the National Award Winning, Internationally acclaimed and one of Canada’s only privately run Botanical Gardens and see why Whistling Gardens was recently voted as one of Canada’s Best Botanical Gardens. Explore nearly 20 acres where you can view over 4,500 different plants. Whistling Gardens Ltd., 698 Concession 3, Wilsonville
Outdoors @ The Shaw
Experience fabulous live performances at Niagara on the Lake. Billed, part carnival, part theatre celebration, the lineup includes concerts and unique theatrical experiences in front of Shaw Festival Theatres – the BMO Stage, Humeniuk Foundation Stage, Royal George Theatre’s Gallery Patio, Nona Macdonald Stage in addition to the Festival Theatre grounds.
Enjoy Hiking at Niagara Falls Region Conservation Areas
The nature around the Niagara Falls region is inspirational. Heavily trafficked throughout the year, people flock to the area for its beautiful and unique nature experiences in the summer, fall, winter, and spring months. Here, you’ll find parks, gardens, trails, conservation areas, to marvel at nature in and explore the nooks and crannies of Mother Nature. There is so much more to the Niagara Falls region than the Falls!
Guided Walking Tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake Historic District
Join an experienced local guide for a 2-hour, fun and informative walking tour of Canada’s prettiest town – Niagara-on-the-Lake. Explore the sites that echo with stories of the past, heroes and villains, revolution and war, slavery and freedom, arts architecture and culture. Discover the secrets of how this little town has adapted to changing times and changing fortunes.
Visit Stratford before the season winds down. The Stratford Festival is offering an outdoor festival with six plays and five cabarets reflecting on the theme of Metamorphosis, with performances held under beautiful canopies that will hark back to the Festival’s founding under a tent. Until September 26, 2021.
Sun & Fun at Kustermans – London
Adventure Farm, Sunflower Field and Maze. Enjoy acres of family fun and farm-fresh food at the Kusterman’s Adventure Farm.
FALL on the FARM – Thames Centre
Enjoy fun days at the Farm. Pick your own apples, enjoy train rides and more. @ Apple Land Station, 329 Richmond Street, Thames Centre
Visit Twin Valley Zoo – Brantford
Brant-Brantford Twin Valley Zoo is a 25 acre, family-run, wildlife park home to over 80 species of animals including; Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Birds, Bears, Deer, Alpaca, Primates, and so much more! Daily | 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM @ Brant-Brantford Twin Valley Zoo, 84 Langford Church Rd, Brantford
Petrolia Barn Dance Weekend (Fireworks) – Lambton County
The Annual Barn Dance is back at the Petrolia Farmers’ Market Pavilion! Put on your favourite Canadian clothes, grab a chair and enjoy the ‘Postponed Canada Day’ fireworks show, starting at 9:00 P.M. Then Saturday September 4th, put on your dancing boots and head to the Petrolia Farmers Market Pavillion and enjoy Scott Manery and the Barnburners and special guests. September 4 & 5 @ Petrolia Farmers Market @ 396 Fletcher St, Petrolia
Emerald Lake Water Park – Puslinch
Experience a day of water fun at the five-acre pollution-free, spring-fed quarry lake. The water slide, all playgrounds, splash pad, kiddies pool, and sprinkler mushroom, 5 acre spring fed quarry with hi and low diving boards (from cliff area) are open. Daily, until Labour day @ Emerald Lake Water Park, 7248 Gore Rd. Puslinch
Crabapple Orchard Tour – Wellesley
Appleflats is the only crabapple-focused orchard in North America. Join hosts Glen and Alex and explore a modern experimental orchard. Appleflats Orchard, 3527 Carmel-Koch Road, Wellesley
Enjoy a CFL Match
Hamilton Tiger-Cats takes on Champions Toronto Argonauts for the labour day classic. Monday, September 6 @ Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton
Tune In Fest 2021 – Milton
Remember that electric feeling in the air you could only get from music festivals? Finish off your summer at Tune In Fest, taking place on Sunday September 5th, and feel that magic in the air once again! After a long live music drought, we couldn’t be more excited to present a day full of live Canadian music, featuring some of the area’s coolest artists. Sunday, September 5, 2021 | 2 PM @ Country Heritage Park Grounds, 8560 Tremaine Rd, Milton
Labour Day Rotary Drive-Thru Ribfest – Burlington
You may not be able to enjoy “Canada’s Largest Ribfest,” but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any! Join on Labour Day at Burlington Centre (777 Guelph Line) for a meal from some of your favourite rib vendors!
Visit the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum – Mount Hope
With over 40 military planes from the past and present, the sky’s the limit at Canada’s largest flying museum. Many of these rare and famous aircraft, including North America’s only operational Avro Lancaster bomber, are flown regularly.
Canadian International Air Show – Toronto
The Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) celebrates its 72nd anniversary this year with a spectacular new show. Performers: Canadian Forces Snowbirds F-35A Demo Mike Wiskus Quicksilver – P51 Mustang CF-18 Hornet Demo. Saturday, September 4 & Sunday, September 5 @ Canadian National Exhibition, Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto
Chow down at Le Burger Week – Various
If you’re a burger-lover, this one’s for you! Eat at some of the participating restaurants at Le Burger Week and make a vote for your favourite ones in order to crown them the best burger of their city.
Honey Harvest – Uxbridge
Sample the summer honey harvest tasting the sweet treat from the bees. Enjoy a variety of activities focusing on bees and honey using all your senses along with all our usual weekend activities. Check out beehives at Forsythe Family Farms 2009 Inc, 1025 Cragg Rd, Uxbridge
Woodbridge Drive-Thru Ribfest
3 Days of Ribs, Food Trucks and Musicw ith DJ Andrew…come over and bring your family with you! September 4 to 6, 2021 at 7/400 Power Centre, 101 Northview Blvd, Vaughan
CTMP Labour Day Weekend Sprints – Bowmanville
The CTMP Labour Day Weekend Sprints is an all-Canadian lineup of top racing championships, featuring a doubleheader for the country’s national stock car championship, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Four other road racing series round out the three-day weekend schedule: the Nissan Sentra Cup, Sports Car Championship Canada presented by Michelin, Emzone Radical Cup Canada presented by Michelin and the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship. September 3 – 5, 2021 @ Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville
Agora: Path of Light – The Blue Mountains
AGORA is an unusual and magical space inspired by storytellers and cycles of life in nature. As participants walk this circular path, they will encounter a series of interactive lighting installations based on the five elements of air, space, earth, water and fire. Until October 31st at Blue Mountain Village, 150 Jozo Weider Boulevard, The Blue Mountains
Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular
Salmon Run season is about to start and the 33rd annual Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular is the place to be if you want to fish and brag for catching the heaviest salmon or trout. Until September 5 @ Georgian Bay
Endless Summer Series: Presented by Boots and Hearts – Oro Station
Boots and Hearts Country Music presents the outdoor concert and camping event. Dallas Smith, Meghan Patrick, Jojo Mason, Andrew Hyatt, Shawn Austin, Kelly Prescott, Tim Hicks, Mackenzie Porter, Robyn Ottolini & Owen Barney, James Barker Band, Tyler Joe Miller, Josh Ross. September 3 to 5, 2021 at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, 8 Line South, Oro Station
Head to the Rounds Ranch for Sunflower Festival – Elmvale
Don’t miss out on the summer fun at the agricultural fun at the Round’s Ranch @ Elmvale. W Take a wagon ride out to the Sunflower Field, Pictures with the Sunflowers, and other Ranch activities. Rounds Ranch, 1922 County Road 92, Elmvale
Shake The Lake – Bala
Join for Shake The Lake – Charity Benefit which is poised to be an exciting and memorable community entertainment event. The 5 day outdoor charity benefit will feature Canada’s finest Juno award winning Rock & Roll, Funk, Tribute and Folk artists including Monster Truck, My Son The Hurricane, CBC’s DJ Odario Williams, Zed (Canada’s Led Zeppelin Experience), Terra Lightfoot and many more. September 1 to 5 @ Bush’s Watersports Park, 3385 Muskoka Road 169, Bala
South Simcoe Railway Scenic Train Tour – Tottenham
Take in a scenic journey through the Beeton Creek Valley, in classic 1920s passenger coaches pulled by one of our historic locomotives. September 5, 6, 12, 19, 26 at South Simcoe Railway, Mill Street west in downtown Tottenham.
Get lost at world-famous corn mazes or at the one nearest to you for a memorable experience with the family or your bestie. Most of these farms also have a whole bunch of other great activities so you can enjoy the entire day picking pumpkins, milking goats, cuddling bunnies and so much more!
Celebrate the last weekend of summer with a trip to a blue flag beach.
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures – The Blue Mountains
If you are in search of one place in Ontario for the whole family – from grandparents to teenagers and toddlers – then you should consider visiting Scenic Caves in Blue Mountains. From caves for your teens to explore, mini-train tours for grandparents and grandchild to fun walks across Southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures offers year-round seasonal outdoor adventures for all ages.
Visit Lang Pioneer Village – Keene
At Lang Pioneer Village Museum, Peterborough County’s history is brought to life as costumed interpreters welcome you into over 30 homes and businesses located in the picturesque village. Representing a full century in time, the Village will not only take you back in time, but also through time.
Ride Across the Iconic Lift Lock – Peterborough
Explore the beautiful Trent Severn Waterway aboard Liftlock sightseeing Cruise. You will be entertained by the Captain’s colourful commentary on the history of Peterborough and the Trent Severn Waterway. The tour takes us across Little Lake, past the Peterborough Centennial Fountain and into the City of Peterborough portion of the 116-year-old lock system.
Go on a self-guided walking tour in Port Hope
Stop by the Visitor’s Centre at the Capitol Theatre building, pick up a walking tour map or access the Google Map on your phone, and head to some of Port Hope’s most significant destinations such as the Hamlet of Osaca, the Farini Bridge and Gardens, and local restaurants like the Sugar Dust Bakery, and the Social Bar and Table.
Dinosaur Drive-Thru – Indian River
Indian River Reptile & Dinosaur Park Drive-Thru Dinosaur Park is the perfect trip for you and the kids to go back to a place in time when these creatures roamed the earth, without having to leave your car!
Go on the Rednersville Road Art Tour – Prince Edward County
Enjoy spectacular views and gardens, and the homes and studios that are open on Labour Day Weekend that invite you in to view some incredible artwork. September 5, 6, 7, 2020 @ Prince Edward County.
Make friends with the Donkeys at Primrose Donkey Sanctuary – Roseneath
If you’re seeking an activity that is out of the norm, the Primrose Donkey Sanctuary can provide just that. The sanctuary is highly dedicated to the protection, rescue, and rehabilitation of neglected donkeys, hinnies, and mules, and seeks to educate the public about the intelligence and kindness of the animals.
Kingston Labour Day
Explore Kingston and join for the special Labour Day Celebrations! Hear from workers about workplace experiences, concerns and victories that have marked these challenging times. There will be a barbeque, activities for children, and live music by unionized artists. Monday, September 6, 2021 at Victoria Park
Visit Canada’s First Railway Tunnel – Brockville
Have you been to Canada’s first railway tunnel? This half a kilometre tunnel in Brockville was constructed between 1854 and 1860 as part of the Brockville and Ottawa (B&O) Railway that tied the St. Lawrence River to the Ottawa River to take part in the lucrative timber trade. The tunnel is brought to life with a 90 minutes show including colourful lights, sounds and great music.
Heart of the 1000 Islands Cruise – Gananoque
On the hour-long Original Heart of the 1000 Islands Cruise, expect up-close views of the lush shoreline lined with historic cottages and summer homes as you sail through the narrow channels of the Admiralty and Navy group of islands.
Adventure Rafting with OWL Rafting – Foresters Falls
Experience the great Canadian river trip – this is a travel-path forged by First Nations, traversed by fur traders since the 1600’s and fostered by foresters at the turn of the last century. An introduction to whitewater is a full day natural roller coaster where you’ll paddle as a team – your experienced guide steers from the stern – all you have to do is listen for directions, join in and have fun.
Rock Dunder – Lyndhurst
Rock Dunder is a treasure that lies within the UNESCO Thousand Islands Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. Rising 275 feet above Morton Bay, Rock Dunder provides breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes and woodlands. Trails lead to one of the highest points of land in the area, and offer stunning vistas that are enjoyed seasonally by local residents and visitors to the area.
Crooks Rapids Country Fest – Hastings
Get out in nature with your bubble and safely enjoy EIGHT amazing Canadian artists live on stage in beautiful Hastings. Saturday September 4th @ 29 Pickens Rd, Hastings
Hike The Tay River Trail – Perth
The Tay River Trail is a historic pathway and portage site that dates back to the military settlement of Perth-upon-Tay in 1816. Using the Tay Basin as the hub or home port of the trail, you can either travel upstream toward the river’s source at Bobs Lake or downstream to the Tay delta where the river spills into the Lower Rideau Lake. The Rideau Trail runs through downtown Perth, and makes for a great walk along the Tow Path.
OUTERBRIDGE – Clockwork Mysteries – Smiths Falls
See this professionally orchestrated theatrical production with over 20 custom-designed illusions and world-class lighting and set design, “OUTERBRIDGE – Clockwork Mysteries” is a high-energy magical adventure for both adult and family audiences. Until September 19th at Station Theatre, 53 Victoria Ave. Smiths Falls
AfroFest Ottawa is a free, yearly Music and Arts festival that showcases the best of African culture and entertainment in the nation’s Capital. This festival highlights local artists who struggle to find opportunities to showcase themselves in the Ottawa music scene, and provides artisans of African fashion, goods and crafts with a chance to display their wares. September 4 & 5, 2021 @ Mooney’s Bay Park and Beach, 2960 Riverside Drive, Ottawa
Escapade Music Festival
Escapade Music Festival, Ottawa’s epic EDM music festival, is back with Chainsmokers, Illenium, Steve Aoki and many more! September 4th – 5th, 2021 @ Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park – Ottawa Baseball Stadium
Go on a cycling tour – Manitoulin Island
With 108 picturesque inland lakes, Manitoulin Island is a hot destination for cycling. On this cycling adventure, learn about the marine history of the island, view some indigenous art, visit art galleries, local shops, and snack on local eats.
End of Summer Fireworks – Assiginack
Visit the Town of Assiginack for a fireworks party to end the summer. Taking place on Sunday September 5, 2021 at approximately 8:30 pm at the Assiginack fairgrounds at 59 Vankoughnet St.
Visit Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre – Capreol
Go on a tour at the Railroad Museum. Each tour will be approximately 90 minutes and will include the museum house, Prescott Park and the Heritage Centre.
Sudbury is rich in history and culture, and you can spend days touring the different museums, galleries, and historic sites. The city boasts great shopping, awesome antique and thrift stores, and unique places to eat. There are a ton of sights around the city or just outside, but if you venture thirty minutes to an hour beyond, into the Greater Sudbury area, you can really get into some beautiful, rugged wilderness.
Explore Lake of the Woods
The Lake of the Woods region is made up of Kenora, Minaki, Morson, Nestor Falls, and Sioux Narrows. The region is part of Sunset Country and is known right across the country for its breathtaking natural beauty. Lake of the Woods is a popular destination all year round for outdoor enthusiasts and for anglers, but there are many other bodies of water in the area that make for great fishing, and other adventures. If you’ve never been to the Lake of the Woods Region, it’s one of those once in a lifetime experiences, even if you come back year after year, which you just might!