Labour Day Weekend events and festivals in and around Edmonton including free fun family activities, weekend events & activities for kids, live music, performing arts & theatre and sports events.
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I. Family Events & Activities
Galaxyland After Dark
End your Summer Vacation with a big-bang at Galaxyland After Dark!Galaxyland is North America’s largest indoor amusement park with more than 27 spectacular rides, attractions and play areas for all ages.
Friday August 30, 2019 | 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Galaxyland, 170 Street Northwest, Edmonton
50% Off Admission ($19.50 to $24.50)
Harry Potter Movie Marathon
DID YOU KNOW THE FIRST HARRY POTTER MOVIE PREMIERED IN 2001, MORE THAN 18 YEARS AGO?Whether this is your first time watching these beloved films, or your 100th time, you do not want to miss your chance to see all 8 films on the giant screen.
Thursday August 22, 2019 to Sunday September 1, 2019
TELUS World of Science, 11211 142 Street Northwest, Edmonton
Sweet Corn Fest
Head out to the farm for our Sweet, Sweet Corn Fest! There are bushels of corny fun – from corn eating contests, to corn mazes, corn cannons, to corn husk dolls. Family farm fun includes puppet shows, train rides, folk music, corn eating contests, Fireroasted Corn, Farm cooking, home baking, farmers market, and more!
August 31 to September 2, 2019 | 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm – 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord
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Milky Way Day
As night falls, take in the beauty of the park after dark! Skies above Elk Island National Park are naturally dark and provide the perfect backdrop to take in twinkling stars, a glowing moon, or dancing Northern Lights. Take in a stunning sunset over Astotin Lake, pick up a special night geocaching guide for a high tech scavenger hunt and peak through volunteer-provided telescopes to view the stars with stunning clarity. Details
Sunday, September 1, 2019 | 02:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Elk Island National Park, 1-54401 Range Road 203, Fort Saskatchewan
FREE, Park Admission Applies
Sheep Leaving Parade
Join in the Sheep leaving Parade! Our warm and fuzzy flock will lead a parade of sheep fans and followers from Legacy Park through downtown and back to the Fort Heritage Precinct. It’s how we say “farewell until next year” to our four-legged lawn mowers.
Monday, September 02, 2019 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Legace Park, 100 Avenue and 101 Street, Fort Saskatchewan
RCMP Musical Ride
Take in a spectacular show! The Musical Ride of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police showcases the equestrian skills of the cavalry. Open viewing in the stables and emergency services displays and demonstrations will also be on-site from 12 – 6 p.m. Souvenirs and collectibles will be available for purchase. Stables will be in Heritage Pavilion and open to the public.
Sunday September 1, 2019 | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Heritage Park 5100 41 Ave Stony Plain
$5 to $10
Reynolds-Alberta Museum Wetaskiwin Harvest Festival
Families will enjoy steam threshing, tractor rides, bread baking demonstrations, a children’s carnival, petting zoo, and more. Watch us take in the harvest!
August 30 to September 1, 2019 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Reynolds-Alberta Museum. 6426 40 Avenue, Wetaskiwin
Sherbrooke Nerf Party
Do you love Nerf? . Please come join us for an afternoon of fun in the sun. There will be about 2 hrs of Nerf play with about a 30 minute break in the middle. Includes hotdogs, chips and pop. At the end of the day you will be leaving with a goodie bag.
Monday, September 2, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Sherbrooke Community League, 13008 122 Avenue Northwest
$8 to $16
Other Family Activities
1. Reel Family Cinema at Metro Cinema: Details — on most Saturday afternoons. Free for kids under 12. Come early and enjoy themed lobby activities before the films.
The Secret Life of Pets 2: August 31, 2019 | 1:00 pm
Family Favourites Cineplex: Visit participating Cineplex theatres near you and watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. | Saturdays at 11:00 AM.
Landmark Theatres — Every Sunday, kids can get out of the house, a movie ticket and Snack Pack (popcorn, drink, choice of candy treat) @ Edmonton City Centre/St Albert/Spruce Grove location.
3. Telus World of Science
Imax theatre : Shows
Legends of the Northern Sky: Legends of the Northern Sky is a stunning full-dome show honouring the legends and wisdom passed down through the generations by the Indigenous peoples of the western plains of Canada.
MYTHBUSTERS: The Explosive Exhibition: Explore The Blueprint Room and over 60 artifacts salvaged from more than 700 experiments conducted on the series, hand-picked by the MythBusters themselves. Then engage in real hands-on, interactive experiences that are suited for guests of all ages by combining popular scientific facts with innovation, family-friendly displays, and never-before-seen myths saved specifically for this exhibition!
Vikings: Beyond the Legend
Vikings: Beyond the Legend explores the cultural influence, achievements and inventions of the legendary Viking Age. More than 650 artifacts from the 9th to 10th centuries will be on display. Among the artifacts is a reconstruction of the 37-metre Roskilde 6, the longest Viking warship ever found, featuring 1,000-year-old wooden planks and metal supports showing the ship’s original lines.
April 18 to Oct. 20, 2019 @ Royal Alberta Museum, 9810 103a Avenue NW
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II. Live Music & Concerts
Weekday Concerts, EDM & Concert Tours
- Scott Cook & The Second Chances / Colleen Rae on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 7:30 PM @ Festival Place
- Reignwolf on Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 7:30 PM @ The Starlite Room
- Fridays at the Legislature – Jenesia on Friday, August 30, 3019 | noon to 1 PM@ Capital Plaza
- Iron Maiden – Legacy Of The Beast Tour 2019 on Friday, August 30, 2019 | 7:30 PM @ Rogers Place
- DJ Isaac on Friday, August 30, 2019 | 9:00 PM @ Union Hall
- Styx on Friday, August 30, 2019 | 9:00 PM @ River Cree Resort & Casino
- CODES on Saturday, August 31 | 9:00 PM @ The Chvrch of John
- The Common 10 year ft. Mat the Alien & Smalltown djs on Sunday, September 1, 2019 | 6:00 PM@ Edmonton Riverboat
Symphony Under the Sky Festival
Join Edmonton Symphony Orchestra under the stars for four irresistible nights of music ranging from classical gems to Hollywood hits, led by conductor Bob Bernhardt. And Symphony Under the Sky couldn’t possibly conclude with anything other than Tchaikovsky’s majestic 1812 Overture.
Celtic Spectacular Featuring Eileen Ivers: August 29, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Brahms & Dvořák: Friday, August 30, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Hollywood Hits: Saturday, August 31, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Toe-tappers: Sunday, September 1, 2019 | 2:00 PM
Hollywood Hits: Monday, September 2, 2019 | 2:00 PM (encore show)
Heritage Amphitheatre, Hawrelak Park, Edmonton
$25 to $180
The Melisizwe Brothers
Three multi-talented brothers who have received international recognition for their incredible musical talent. The brothers have been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Steve Harvey Show and America’s Got Talent. Don’t miss this exciting and intimate show!
Friday, August 30, 2019 | Boardings are available at 5:30 PM, 6 PM, and 9 PM, Boarding and buffet service begin at 5:30 PM and ends at 7 PM. The boat returns to shore around 8:30 PM..
Edmonton Riverboat, 9734 98 Ave NW,Edmonton
$19.95 – $49.95
Beats! International Drum Festival
Come to the 4th Annual Beats! International Drum Festival, featuring percussion and dance groups representing the globe. There will be Food Trucks and a Children’s Tent will be available for children to create their own drums from recyclable materials. Bring your lawn chairs and settle in for an afternoon of stellar percussion music and dance. St John’s Cultural Centre is the rainout location.
Sunday, September 1, 2019 | 12 PM – 4 PM
Central Mcdougall Park,Edmonton
Laser Foo Fighters: With their multiple Grammy awards and musical accolades, the Foo Fighters are worldwide success. We’re proud to bring Laser Foo Fighters to our world-class Zeidler Dome, for the ultimate laser light and music experience.
Laser Schism: TOOL: Enigmatic and style-transcending; TOOL is known to record some of the most powerful and complicated heavy metal rock ever created. Laser Schism: TOOL is no exception. Hold on to your seats as this pivotal laser rock show brings down the house.
Laser Outkast: Sit back and enjoy a laser light spectacle to some of Outkast’s greatest hits, such as “Ms. Jackson,” “Rosa Parks” and “Hey Ya”
August 2- 31, 2019
TELUS World of Science – Edmonton , 11211 142 Street
$9.50 to $13.95
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Live Music & Concerts in Edmonton
III. Theatre & Performing Arts
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- Live Theatre in Edmonton
- Spotlight Saturdays: A rotating variety of performers including burlesque dancers, comedians, magicians, and amazing live music @ Spotlight Cabaret, 8217 104 St NW, Edmonton
A Momentary Lapse
Not seen since 2005, this first collaboration between Ahlf and Lemoine (whose other collaborations include The Hoof and Mouth Advantage and Angels on Horseback) is the chronicle of two hapless citizens on a hilarious and inexorable shared journey toward a shared breach of the criminal code. Details
August 16-31, 2019
The Varscona Theatre, 10329 – 83 Avenue, Edmonton
$13 to $25
Best of Friends – The Long Lost Episode
Jubilations Dinner Theater presents Best of Friends: The Long Lost Episode. Featuring uproarious laughter, and the greatest hits of the “Friends” era, performed by some of Canada’s best singers. Details
August 17 to October 27, 2019
Jubilations Dinner Theatre, 170 Street Northwest, Edmonton
$38.95 to $75.95
III. Sports & Related Events
vs Saskatoon Hilltops — Canadian Junior Football League. Details
Sunday, September 1, 2019 | 1:00 PM
Clarke Stadium, Edmonton
At the door: $15.00 per person
12 & under free.
IV. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events
More To Do
Alberta Vacation Ideas & Itineraries
- Thirsty Thursdays on Thursdays, June 6 to September 26, 2019 | 06:00 PM to 9:00 PM @ Snow Valley Aerial Park
- Date Nights — Thursdays | June 13 to August 29 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm @ University of Alberta Botanic Garden
- Alberta Legislature Evening Grounds Tours on July 4 to August 29 | Thursdays at 6 PM
- Edmonton River Boat Season 2019 – Date Nights on Thursdays (7 PM), River Cruises/Live Music on Weekends, Cruise and Brunch Buffet on Sundays.
- Farmers’ Market Ride Along: Every Saturday from June 1st to September 28th The City of Edmonton Bike Street Team will be hosting free ride alongs to show new and veteran cyclists how to safely navigate the new protected bike routes.
- Sunset Voyageur Canoe Tours: May 17th to October 2nd, 2019 @ Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park
City Hall Summer Tours
Want to learn about municipal government, Edmonton’s history, and the art and architecture of City Hall? The City of Edmonton is offering free guided tours.
Friday August 30 | 12:30 PM ~ 1:30 PM
Edmonton City Hall 1 Sir Winston Churchill Sq NW
The Food Trucks are Coming
More than a dozen of the region’s best food trucks return to St. Albert with a beer garden! Chillax at the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park and enjoy great food, live music, a beer garden, and lots of family-friendly activities. Perfect way to end the summer!
Friday, August 30, 2019 | 4:00 PM-8:00 PM
St. Albert Grain Elevator Park, 4 Meadowview Lane, St. Albert
Water Lantern Festival
Discover the magical festival of water lanterns with food trucks, music and an incredible night of floating lanterns.
Saturday, August 31 | 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Rundle Park, 113 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
$15.99 to $50
Le Burger Week Edmonton
Le Burger Week is a weeklong burger festival that takes place, each year, from September 1st until September 7th where participating restaurants from various Canadian cities compete to create a unique burger; reflective of their overall concept and cuisine.
September 1 to 7, 2019
Various Restaurants, Edmonton
Burger cost — Varies with restaurants.
Haunted Pub Walk
Join us for a Haunted Pub Walk in historic Old Strathcona, as we weave our way through the dark streets and back alleys of Old Strathcona visiting 2 haunted pubs on this 1.5 hour walking adventure visiting the areas most unique and “best hidden” pubs. You will hear about the history of the pub, the building and the true ghostly and non-ghostly tales of hauntings, murder, mystery, love & more.
August 30 & 31 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Infront of Walterdale Playhouse, 10322-83rd Avenue, Edmonton
Annual Grosvenor Dog Swim
Bring Fido for a dip in the pool in support of Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS). Admission to this event is a monetary donation to help support SCARS and new or gently used pet-related items will also be accepted.
Monday, September 2, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Grosvenor Outdoor Pool, St Albert
Art EXHIBITIONS & Other Events
Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools
A powerful travelling exhibition by the Legacy of Hope Foundation that explores the history and consequences of the Residential School System in Canada with the goal of contributing to the healing and understanding required for reconciliation.
May 16 to September 2, 2019 @ Borealis Gallery, Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre
I Am From Here
I Am From Here, a new exhibition in RAM’s Human History Hall, shares the remarkable stories of the descendants of Alberta’s early Black pioneers.
March 23 to September 7, 2019 @ Royal Alberta Museum, 9810 103a Ave NW
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