Labour Day was created to celebrate the achievements of workers by giving them the day off work to reconnect with rest, leisure, and passion. If you’re in Alberta this Labour Day weekend, there is plenty to do to get you out of your regular routine and into leisure. Whether you are rejuvenated by festivals, by the quiet of the landscape, or by learning something new, there’s something on this list for you.
Wood Buffalo National Park
Travel to northern Alberta and spend time in the largest National Park in Canada. Wood Buffalo National Park was established to protect the world’s largest herd of free-roaming wood bison, but it has also become the province’s most popular spot for seeing the Northern Lights. Designated a “dark sky reserve” in 2013, this is the perfect place to escape the brightness of the cities. Details
Fort McMurray’s Annual Duck Race
Fort Mac is excited to bring back their annual Duck Race! This is the 21st year for the Big Brothers and Sisters event, which features a free Labour Day BBQ as well as the rubber duck race. Running from 11am to 2pm on September 6th, you won’t want to miss your chance to buy a ticket and support the great cause. Details
Say goodbye to the last long weekend of summer by going on a scenic drive. Driving through the province invites you to discover and enjoy some spectacular scenery, such as the magnificent Rocky Mountains, the beautiful rolling foothills, and the wide-open expanses of grain-planted fields and prairies.
Wood Buffalo Ribfest
Have a jam-packed weekend filled with delicious fall-off-the-bone ribs, beer gardens, daily entertainment, kids zone and more! September 3 to 6 at Snye Point Park Fort McMurray.
Walk Through Geologic Time Trail – Lesser Slave Lake PP
This 300m loop just off the beginning of the Lily Lake Trail lets you experience 4.5 billion years of Earth’s history using time mathematically converted into distance. When did life first appear on Earth? When did the dinosaurs show up? How long has our own species been on the planet? Walk on to find out…
George Lake Music Festival – Clear Hills County
Bring the whole family to George Lake Campground, Highway 64 and enjoy George Lake Music Festival. There are activities for the kids and bird watching for the nature lover and vendors. September 4th to 5th, 2021 @ George Lake Campground, Clear Hills County Details
Saskatoon Island Provincial Park
Located just 25 km west of Grande Prairie, Saskatoon Island Provincial Park is Alberta’s second oldest Provincial Park. Hike the trails or plan a camping trip.
Wilmore Wilderness Park
This 4,600 square kilometre wilderness area lies adjacent to Jasper National Park in Grande Cache but is lesser-known and, therefore, less visited. This means that you are truly travelling into the wilderness, to a place where there are no roads, no services, and no development – one of the last true wilderness areas in the country. Home to grizzlies, wolves, caribou and other wildlife, travel into the zone means careful planning and knowledge of backcountry hiking and camping. You can enjoy the area on horseback, hiking or mountain biking on your own or with a local outfitter.
Zipline at Kinosoo Beach – Cold Lake
Enjoy the last days of summer at three-block-stretch of fine sand – Kinosoo Beach – in Cold Lake. You can zipline, play beach volleyball, fly board, zipline and more at this gem of a beach.
Explore Lac Ste. Anne County
Explore one of Alberta’s summer destinations – Lac Ste. Anne County – before summer ends. Lac Ste. Whether you like gardens, want to laze around a beach, sky-jump, fish, or see some unique large things, you are sure to find some great places to explore in this county.
St. Paul Rodeo
Bruderheim Family Fall Festival
Take the whole family to Bruderheim. From September 4th to 6th, the village is celebrating Bruderheim Family Fall Festival complete with fireworks, Alberta Model T Races, Show & Shine and more!
Fort Saskatchewan’s Sheep
Labour day weekend is the time when one of the most heartwarming and endearing celebrations in the province, Fort Saskatchewan’s Sheep Leaving Parade takes place. Visit Legacy Park and bid adieu to the warm and fuzzy flock until next Spring!
Together Again Concert Series – Edmonton
Salt-N-Pepa, Kardinal Official, K-OS, Maestro Fresh Wes, USS, grandson, Current Swell are taking over Edmonton Exhibition Lands on September 4 and 5 as part of Together Again Concert Series. Have an incredible time enjoying live music in a safe environment.
Le Burger Week – Various Places
Restaurants, diners, and burger joints everywhere need to bring their A-game to this week-long festival, after working all year to develop new dishes, or perfecting fan-favourites and old classics. Try new creations.
Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival
One of Alberta’s biggest summer music festivals that usually is held during Father’s Day weekend, has been moved to labour day weekend this year due to COVID-19. This 2 day event will feature all those festival staples that you have been missing … beer gardens, food trucks, vendor village and of course… LIVE MUSIC! September 3 & 4 @ Four Seasons Park – 41 Ave, Beaumont.
Symphony Under the Sky Festival – Edmonton
Join Edmonton Symphony Orchestra under the stars for irresistible nights of music ranging from classical gems to Hollywood hits. And Symphony Under the Sky couldn’t possibly conclude with anything other than Tchaikovsky’s majestic 1812 Overture.
U-Pick Flowers – Across Alberta
Within Alberta are four farms and gardens dedicated to growing rows upon rows of fresh florals ready for u-pick. The u-pick flower farm experience in Alberta offers colourful florals, often those native to Alberta. You’ll encounter u-pick sunflowers, lilies, tulips, wildflowers, and more. These farms have staff onsite to help educate you on proper care or to provide styling tips for your bouquets. U-Pick Farms/Sunflower Farms
Family Farm Picnic – Gibbons
Join for Prairie Gardens’ Family Farm Picnic – relax in the countryside and enjoy wide-open spaces! Explore sunflower fields, corn maze and pick your own vegetables.
Wetaskiwin’s Harvest Festival
August and September are ripe for the harvest, and Wetaskiwin’s Harvest Festival celebrates the bounty of the season! Come and spend September 4th and 5th watching the wheat crop being harvested, playing carnival games, shopping at the farmer’s market, or even learning how to bake bread at the museum that hosts the event. This is a true celebration of the farm life that makes Alberta so special.
Ellis Bird Farm in Lacombe
For a central Alberta adventure, come out to the Ellis Bird Farm in Lacombe, which is not only a non-for-profit organization, it is also a working farm with an extensive bluebird trail and cafe. September 6th is their final day of the season so come out for the Golden Music Makers event between 1pm and 3pm, and enjoy the season-end raffle draw! Details
Lakedell’s Annual County Fair
For an authentic county fair experience, spend some time with the people of Lakedell as they celebrate the harvest season. For 44 years this festival has been a hit, and this year, the three event features fabulous entertainment, a trade show, a spike pounding competition, … and so much more!
Meet the Street Arts and Culture Festival – Red Deer
Downtown Red Deer will come alive with art, music, performances and community from September 3-5, 2021. Meet the Street is an inclusive arts and culture experience that celebrates music, visual and performance art and creates meaningful community partnerships.
Sylvan Lake Summer Send-Off
Sylvan Lake is all about the summer – sandy toes, hot beach days, and sippin’ drinks on the patio! Say goodbye to the best summer yet at the Summer Send-Off on September long weekend. Enjoy live music, Indigenous performances and more.
Red Deer County’s Pumpkin Season Kick Off
Red Deer’s annual Pumpkin Season Kick-Off is happening on September 1. Visit the farm on September 5th to enjoy an eight acre corn maze, a playground, wagon rides, and barnyard activities of all sorts.
Wild West Chuckwagon Championships – Ponoka
Experience the “Wild West Chuckwagon Championship” at Ponoka Stampede Grounds Sept 2-5th, 2021 with a variety of other activities, including a tradeshow, a Pony Express style race with a $5000 prize purse, a stock-dog show, an exhibition of the Junior Jockeys of Flying Cross Ranch and an evening of bullriding action.
Athabasca River Scenic Float Trip – Jasper
Join the fun on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park. Up to 2.5-hour round trip passes through many small sets of rapids and calm stretches, which allows your National Park licensed guide to point out the natural and human history of Jasper. This float trip is safe for the whole family, from toddlers and grandparents to swimmers and non-swimmers alike.
Caroline Bighorn Stampede
Banff Upper Hot Springs
What better way to spend a Labour Day weekend than by soaking away your stress? If you think you’re going to be missing that summer heat, you’ll want to spend some times in the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Open between 10:00am and 6:00pm and with a cafe on site, the views and the heat will give you the energy you need to move into the fall.
Take a boat cruise – Across Alberta
Celebrate the last long weekend of summer by going on a cruise. Options include cruises on the North Saskatchewan River to experiencing the aquamarine waters of Alberta on a boat cruise that takes one on a trip along the majestic views of the Canadian Rockies.
Waynestock – Wayne
Enjoy 3 days of music at this year’s festival. Enjoy musical styles such as roots, rock, country, hillbilly, blues, bluegrass, and more! Camp right on site at the Last Chance Saloon.
Badlands Boogie 7 Music Festival – East Coulee
Celebrate the good things in life this September Long Weekend. Great music, beautiful views, old friendships and meeting new friends as we celebrate life. Proceeds are going to the fund to save and restore the East Coulee Truss Bridge. The bridge is the last remaining wooden Howe Tress train, vehicle and pedestrian bridge in Western Canada.
Olds Botanic Gardens
The Olds College Botanic Gardens and Constructed Wetlands is a special place to visit. Free of charge and open to the public, this garden walk comes with its own online experience. Download the HisTREE app and scan the tags to learn what kinds of trees are being protected in this delightful Olds experience.
Join Calgary Pride, B!G ART, and friends as they bring the classic Pride in the Park experience with a Drive-in twist, featuring treasured local acts and exciting headliners.
Fiesta Filipino Calgary
Head to Calgary for the biggest and most colourful street party that showcases the vibrant Filipino and Asian Communities in Alberta. Experience the sights, sounds, and taste of Filipino culture and heritage.
Labour Day Classic – Calgary
It’s a longstanding tradition that the football rivalry between the Edmonton Elks and the Calgary Stampeders be re-invigorated on Labour Day. Come out for “the most anticipated game of the season” at McMahon Stadium in Calgary and enjoy the spirit of the game.
Canmore’s Highland Games
At the entrance to the Rocky Mountains is Canmore and their annual Highland Games. Running from September 4th to 5th, these games feature all your celtic favourites, including a highland dance competition, heavy games, food trucks, sheep, and of course the rising sound of the bagpipes. Enjoy the spirit of Canmore at the Highland Games for your Labour Day weekend getaway.
Rafting on the Bow River
Rafting on the Bow River is a popular activity for Calgarians and tourists alike. The slow pace of this grand river — which comes from Rocky Mountain runoff — runs through the city and has all kinds of riverbank sights to see. Rent a raft at Lazy Day Raft Rentals and don’t forget your lifejacket, sunscreen, and rafting snacks!
Labour Day Parade – Cochrane
Head to Cochrane for the annual Labour Day Parade. Grab your lawn chairs, claim your spot and enjoy pre-parade entertainment starting at 9am. The parade follows at 10am with eye-catching floats down Centre Ave, Railway Street & 1st Street.
Running 53 years strong, kick back and enjoy all the action of a Tournament Style Rodeo, featuring many of the world’s toughest competitors. With more than 17 events unfolding daily including: ladies barrel racing, bareback, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc and bull riding to name just a few. But stick around for some of other the crowd favourites such as Wild Cow Racing, Mutton Busting and the Wild Pony Races.
Canmore Caving Explorer Tour
Discover the amazing, underground world of caves on this half-day, small-group guided cave explorer tour with all equipment included. Follow your guide through the twists and turns of this subterranean world, crawling past prehistoric bones and observing centuries-old rock formations. Choose to explore lesser-travelled places in the cave and wriggle through manhole-cover sized passages (optional) to test yourself in this rugged environment.
Aspen Crossing Train Excursions – Mossleigh
The Golden Age of Grain.” The Mossleigh grain elevators are believed to be the rare few, original elevator rows in Canada. At the Industry peak in 1935, there were well over 5,700 grain elevators dominating the prairie landscape. Today, there are less than 350 remaining across the prairie provinces. Celebrate our railway ties aboard this historical and educational excursion. With musical entertainment, train robbery and a stop at the iconic prairie sentinels. Food and Beverages available for purchase onboard the train.
T-Rex Corn Maze Drumheller
Get lost in a T-Rex shaped corn maze. The T-Rex-shaped corn maze is located adjacent to The Sunny Spot restaurant, a seasonal outdoor eatery in the beautiful Canadian Badlands.
Alberta Star Party – Starland County
Get together with astronomers at a camping event where you can enjoy speakers during the day and get impressed by the glorious sky during the night. The Annual Alberta Star Party is hosted by the Calgary Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
Fort Whoop-Up/Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Catered Picnic – Lethbridge
Enjoy a catered picnic at Fort Whoop-Up or Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden grounds. The menu has been carefully designed by the Fort’s chef and is prepared by the staff at Mocha Cabana. Also included are tickets for entry to Fort Whoop-Up and the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.
Lethbridge Whoop-Up Days
Whoop-Up Days bring fun and merriment to Lethbridge with a festival, exhibition, and lots of rodeo action. This year’s COVID-19 restricted festival will see daily concerts, tradeshow, midway, farmers market and food fair. Admission and Parking (onsite) to Whoop-Up Days will be free this year.
This waterfall of the Crowsnest River is the perfect relaxing weekend getaway. Pack up a picnic and a book, or get yourself ready for an overnight camping trip — however long you plan to spend watching this water cascade will invigorate you as you bid farewell to the summer. Walk around the falls and catch one of the incredible views of this southwestern Alberta treat.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump at Fort Macleod
Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump is the museum of Blackfoot culture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that every Albertan should visit. Learn about the history of Alberta before colonialism and the hunting practices for which the site is named. With an interpretive centre and educational events happening daily, Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo-Jump is as entertaining as it is educational. Details
Bellevue Underground Mine Tours – Crowsnest Pass
Gain a better understanding of a previously dominant industry in the Crowsnest Pass area by touring the Bellevue Underground Mine. Each tour is guided by a trained and knowledgeable Heritage Interpreter. Hear the stories of workers, learn all about the revolution of the mining occupation, explore the beginnings of a mine, and more!
Take the Sunshine Trolley – Medicine Hat
Centrosaurus Bonebed Hike – Iddesleigh
This adventure is your opportunity to experience the exceptional concentration of fossils that make Dinosaur Provincial Park world-famous. With a knowledgeable guide, you will trek over sandy terrain, over hoo-doo passes, and through grassy valleys to a former dig site (known as a bonebed) that contains the remains of hundreds of horned dinosaurs!
The Patricia Hotel and Water Hole – Patricia
Every long weekend in Alberta deserves some prime Alberta beef! Come to the Patricia Hotel and Water Hole in Patricia and enjoy their famous steak pit: an eternal flame where you can cook your steak yourself, just the way you like it. The Water Hole features a dance floor, a pool table, and unique drink options. Keep in mind that Sundays are celebrated as Family Day at the Patricia Hotel.