Things to Do during August Long Weekend

Caribana Weekend

Caribana in Toronto

Looking for an idea for what to do this August long weekend? Each province has their own way of celebrating. August long is known to be one of the busiest days in the year for driving on the highway due to families heading for camping and cottage trips.

The Civic holiday falls on the first Monday of August every year. Although it isn’t a statutory holiday across Canada, it is a public holiday across most of them. That is why it is known as a “civic” holiday – each province and city have their own authority to declare it what they want.

British Columbia

August long is known as British Columbia Day in BC.   Since it is a statutory holiday, you have three days to do what you want.
Many events and celebrations that run all weekend on BC Day. There is the Harmony Arts Festival, Pride Parade, the Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival, and lots of fireworks.  Whether you plan to stay in Vancouver and hit up as many festivals as you can or retreat to one of the many provincial parks for a quiet weekend, there is plenty to do on BC Day.

Alberta

In Alberta, the first Monday of August is known as Heritage Day. Though is not considered a statutory holiday, but many businesses and people across the province will still take the day off. It was declared Heritage Day in 1974 as a day for the province to celebrate the different cultural heritage of Albertans.
The Crowsnest Pass Doors Open and Heritage Festival starts the Thursday before and continues into the weekend. There is the Calgary International Blues Festival, Servus Heritage Festival in Edmonton, and the Rock’N Red Deer Super Run as well. In Camrose, there is the Big Valley Jamboree for all the country fans out there.

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Day is what August long is known to the province of Saskatchewan. It is considered a statutory holiday in which the majority of the province has the day off. Many people go away for the weekend or stay to be entertained by some of the events and festivals that occur.
The biggest summer fair hits the capital city of Regina over the long weekend. The Queen City Ex is a massive fair that sees thousands of people each day. In Saskatoon, PotashCorp Fringe Theatre and Street Festival takes over the Broadway Street and the annual Ribfest at Diefenbaker Park is a family friendly event filled with entertainment, activities, and of course, ribs.

Manitoba

In Manitoba, August long weekend is known as Terry Fox Day. It is not a statutory holiday. The name comes from the Manitoba born Terry Fox, known across the country as a hero for his efforts to raise money for cancer in 1980.

Folkarama, the largest multicultural event around, begins on that weekend (August 5). In Lac Du Bonnet there is the Fire and Water Music Festival, or the Rockin’ the Fields in Minnedosa.

Ontario

August long weekend is unique in Ontario. The major cities across the province each have a different name that is to honour important people in the province’s history. For example, Toronto calls the holiday Simcoe Day after John Graves Simcoe. Ottawa refers to the day as Colonel By Day in honour of John By. It is called Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, Alexander Mackenzie Day in Sarnia, McLaughlin Day in Oshawa, Benjamin Vaughan Day in Vaughan, George Hamilton Day in Hamilton, Founders’ Day in Brantford, James Cockburn Day in Cobourg, Peter Robinson Day in Peterborough, and and John Galt Day in Guelph.

50+ Festivals happening across the province from ribfests to grand parades and fireworks during August Long Weekend in Ontario. 
August Long Weekend in

 Toronto

— Niagara Falls Region

— London

— KW  Region

— Hamilton

— Ottawa

Quebec

There is no Civic Day in Quebec. But if you are heading to Quebec this August weekend, here is a list of things to do: 50 Things to Do this August in Quebec. 
Festivals happening during the weekend include Osheaga Festival.

Newfoundland and Labrador

As with Quebec, there is no Civic holiday in August for Newfoundland and Labrador. However, they do have their own celebrations in St. John’s to celebrate Regatta Day (first Wednesday of August). It is also known as “The Largest Garden Party in the World.” Up to 50,000 people gather to watch the Royal St. John’s Regatta, a rowing race that is the oldest organized sporting event in North America. This event has been going on for roughly 200 years.

New Brunswick

Instead of being called a Civic holiday, August long is referred to as New Brunswick day in this province. It is a statutory holiday here for residents to celebrate the history, culture, and landscape of their province.
Awards are presented to businesses and residents who work hard to improve the life of where they live. Lots of communities hold birthday parties for New Brunswick. A notable event to check out is the Area 506 Festival which is full of music and food.

Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, the August long weekend is known as Natal Day. It is a day to celebrate Nova Scotia’s “birthday,” and many residents host birthday parties across the province.
In the communities of Halifax and Dartmouth, you usually will find large Natal Day celebrations that have fireworks, live entertainment, and even a large birthday cake.

Prince Edward Island

First Monday in August is also a known as Civic Day in Prince Edward Island and  is observed as a statutory holiday.
Enjoy  PEI Truck and Tractor Pull Championship , Atlantic Fiddlers Jamboree, Rock the Boat Music Festival, Jacques Cartier Sandcastle Building Competition  and more during this long weekend.

Territories

Nunavut celebrates August long as a Civic holiday and is a provincial statutory holiday.
As with Nunavut, the Northwest Territories has a Civic holiday which is a provincial statutory holiday. There are two well-known events over the weekend. The Old Town Ramble and Ride brings together Old Town merchants, artists and musicians to show off the uniqueness of the area. There is also the Slave River Paddlefest for guided river trips.
Yukon does not have a civic holiday on the first Monday of August. Instead, they celebrate Klondike Gold Discovery Day on the third Monday of August. The day is there to celebrate the history of the gold discovered at Bonanza Creek in 1896.
Celebrations are held in Dawson City which is the heart of the Klondike gold rush. The Discovery Days Festival holds many exhibitions, art and craft fair, a parade, and much more.

25 Jul

Calgary

July 25, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free

Historic Calgary Week takes place at many different historical sites around the city and has a variety of activities including: Walking tours Cycling tours Family fun events &...  »

03 Aug

Hawrelak Park, 9230 Groat Road Northwest, Edmonton

August 3, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free

 Enjoy the tastes, smells, sights and sounds from 100 countries and cultures at 73 outdoor pavilions. Explore the Festival and enjoy free entertainment on more than 25 stages throughout Hawrelak ...  »

03 Aug

Centennial Park, 5 Avenue, Canmore

August 3, 2019 To August 5, 2019

403-678-2524

$30 & up

The Canmore Folk Music Festival is the longest running folk music festival in Alberta and one of its finest. Adhering to a philosophy and legacy of folk, ...  »

02 Aug

Woodbine Park, Queen Street East

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free

Come Join Us at Woodbine Park For Great Food! Cold Beer! Live Music! & Eating Challenges! Bring your Friends! Bring your Family! Come and enjoy some delicious ...  »

02 Aug

Sparks Street, Ottawa

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free

The 28th Ottawa International Buskerfest will play host to the biggest lineup of international street performers! World class performers from all over the world will grace and ...  »

02 Aug

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free & Ticketed events

Soak up some island flavour on the waterfront and experience the rich legacy of Caribbean music heard throughout Canada and around the world. Harbourfront Centre brings the ...  »

02 Aug

110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free

2019 Capital Ribfest at Festival Plaza in beautiful downtown Ottawa! The 2019 Capital Ribfest will be all about Big BBQ and a “meat up” featuring Baconfest, Smoked Meat, a ...  »

02 Aug

34 Fair St, Maxville, ON K0C 1T0 Canada 

August 2, 2019 To August 3, 2019

613-527-2876

$20 to $25

Since the first Games were held in 1948, the people of Glengarry have extended close to a million welcomes to visitors who come to see what is estimated ...  »

03 Aug

Inglewood, Calgary

August 3, 2019

403.453.74224

Free

A feisty summer festival in the heart of Inglewood. We’re here to celebrate, engage, entertain, and delight. Seize the Sunfest! At Sunfest, there is an activity ...  »

02 Aug

Thomson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley Rd, Scarborough

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free Admission

Enjoy delicious ribs, hot dogs, french fries, corn on the cob and more… Midway rides, and skill testing games, Karaoke competition everyday, Creative designs by crafters and ...  »

04 Aug

Garden Square, Brampton & Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto

August 4, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free on Sunday, Ticketed Monday

Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the Caribbean at JAMBANA One World Festival 2019! The festival ignites passion and inspires creativity as the festival represents Canada’s ...  »

03 Aug

Cobourg Beach, 138 Division St, Cobourg

August 3, 2019

1-888-262-6874

Free Admission

Dig up your shovels and pails and get down and dirty in Cobourg this summer for the Annual Sandcastle Festival! Also come and enjoy a free movie ...  »

05 Aug

Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary

August 5, 2019

(403) 918-8507

Free

Come join us for the 41st annual Heritage Day Festival at Olympic Plaza! Come for 6 hours of multicultural performances, ethnic foods, and unique handicrafts. Explore the Indian ...  »

03 Aug

Max Bell Centre Grounds, 1001 Barlow Trail SE, Calgary,

August 3, 2019 To August 4, 2019

$149.95 & up

The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, W&W, and Slushii, Above & Beyond, Alesso, KSHMR, and Matoma, Infected, Mushroom, K?D, Slynk, CID, Kris Kaiden, and Khanvict, Vanic, Jonas Blue, ...  »

02 Aug

Strathmore Stampede Grounds, 33 Wheatland Trail, Strathmore

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019

4039345811

$15 - $35

The Strathmore Stampede is an outdoor event that includes Rodeo, Chuckwagon, and our signature Running with the Bulls event. The Strathmore & District Agricultural Society, is proud ...  »

05 Jun

Vanier Park, Whyte Avenue, Vancouver

June 5, 2019 To September 21, 2019

$26 & up

Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Established in 1990, Bard is an annual summer festival with a mission to perform, ...  »

03 Aug

Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd, Toronto

August 3, 2019 To August 4, 2019

$159.50 & up

The seventh annual Veld Music Festival is presented by INK Entertainment, Canada’s leading lifestyle and entertainment company.  Spanning across two days with over 30 internationally acclaimed Dance ...  »

19 Jun

181 Sterling Road, Toronto

June 19, 2019 To August 21, 2019

$15

Toronto’s Open Roof Festival (ORF) celebrates a decade of outdoor screenings with a knockout line-up of films including Canadian Jasmin Mozaffari’s hotly anticipated debut Firecrackers (2018) ...  »

02 Aug

Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga

August 2, 2019 To August 4, 2019

Free

Mississauga Latin Festival is back and is celebrating its’ 10th Anniversary! The event features large musical and folkloric performances, a children’s play area, food vendors, exhibitors, ...  »

03 Aug

Rosebud Park Hwy 582, East entrance to Didsbury

August 3, 2019 To August 4, 2019

403-335-9445

Free to $6.00

Two days, dozens of historical reenactors, sword fights, big cannons, and live combat! STEP BACK IN TIME and visit with costumed (and sometimes armed) performers representing 9th ...  »

04 Aug

Budweiser Stage, 909 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Toronto

August 4, 2019 To August 5, 2019

$54.5 to $709 + charges

B2K, MARIO, PRETTY RICKY, LLOYD, YING YANG TWINS, CHINGY, BOBBY V, DRAKE  »

27 Jul

Various Venues around English Bay, Vancouver

July 27, 2019 To August 3, 2019

Free and ticketed areas

Spend your days soaking in the food, music, and sunshine then find your spot to gaze at the fireworks. The Honda Celebration of Light is British Columbia's ...  »

02 Aug

Various Venues, Calgary

August 2, 2019 To August 10, 2019

(403) 451-9726

$10 to $15

Enjoy uncensored, unexpected, unforgettable theatre. Bringing 30+ bold theatre artists to Calgary. Fringes are uncensored, non-juried theatre festivals that are focused on creativity, performance, expression, and pushing boundaries. ...  »

29 Jul

Shaw Millennium Park, 1220 9 Ave SW, Calgary

July 29, 2019 To August 4, 2019

$25 & up

The 15th Annual Calgary International Blues Festival, brings you the best in Blues! A week filled with workshops, special events and concerts culminates in 4 days & nights ...  »

02 Aug

Heritage Park, 4204 50 Street, Stony Plain

August 2, 2019 To August 4, 2019

$40 & up

Lineup: Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, The Cleverlys , Front Country, High Fidelity,The Barefoot Movement,The Tim O’Brien Band,John Reischman & The Jaybirds,Bill and the ...  »

01 Aug

Camrose Regional Exhibition, Exhibition Drive, Camrose

August 1, 2019 To August 4, 2019

$110 and up

Brooks & Dunn, Old Dominion, Toby Keith, Kane Brown, Brett Kissel, Brothers Osborne, High Valley, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ronnie Milap, Pam Tillis, Charlie Major, Aaron Goodvin, Lindsay Ell, ...  »

03 Aug

Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Langley

August 3, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Regular Admission

Explore the encampment of Hudson’s Bay Company workers, Indigenous traders, Royal Engineers, Metis trappers and more as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional ...  »

30 Jul

Various Venues., Vancouver

July 30, 2019 To August 9, 2019

604.822.2697

$12.50 and up

Early Music Vancouver (EMV) proudly presents the return of the Vancouver Bach Festival at the Christ Church Cathedral in the heart of downtown , and at the Chan ...  »

03 Aug

Alexander Street & Jackson Avenue, Vancouver

August 3, 2019 To August 4, 2019

Free

Canada's largest celebration of Japanese Canadian arts & culture held in Vancouver's historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. The craft market will be selling a wide variety of original handmade ...  »

03 Aug

Robson Square, 800 Robson St, Vancouver

August 3, 2019

Free

Vancouver Street Dance Festival is an annual event that celebrates and shares the city’s diverse street dance culture, providing an opportunity for the community to engage ...  »

01 Aug

Various Venues, Squamish

August 1, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free & Ticketed Events

Squamish Days is a weekend full of excitement, fun and action aimed to make every member of the family smile. There are children's activities, a parade, wacky ...  »

03 Aug

Albion Fairgrounds, 23448 Jim Robson Way, Maple Ridge

August 3, 2019 To August 4, 2019

Free

The 18th Annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival will heighten all your senses with many Caribbean flavours. In all the festival will feature 2 large stages with continuous music ...  »

02 Aug

East Beach, White Rock

August 2, 2019 To August 4, 2019

Free

Join us for the annual White Rock Sea Festival at East Beach and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the weekend.  »

02 Aug

West Vancouver Waterfront, West Vancouver

August 2, 2019 To August 11, 2019

Free

Join us for world-class musical performances, inspiring art exhibitions and demonstrations, mouth-watering culinary events and enjoy the natural beauty of the setting. With over 150 free events set ...  »

02 Aug

Winskill Park, 56th St, Delta

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free & Ticketed Events

Join for the largest community festival in South Delta, in its 47th year. There's fun for the whole family including a parade on Monday, music, children's midway, ...  »

01 Aug

Whistler Blackcomb, Blackcomb Way, Whistler

August 1, 2019 To August 4, 2019

$101.08 & up

Wanderlust Festival is an all-out, ecstatic celebration bringing together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts, renowned speakers, exquisite chefs, and thrilling performers. Book your ...  »

03 Aug

Poundmaker's Lodge Treatment Centres, 25108 Poundmaker Road, Sturgeon County

August 3, 2019 To August 4, 2019

Free

The annual Pow Wow is our signature community engagement event which brings together almost 10,000 spectators each year. This gives us an opportunity to bring awareness to the ...  »

04 Aug

Various Venues, Vancouver

August 4, 2019 To August 25, 2019

604-779-6737

$15 to $75

The Blueridge Chamber Music Festival offers innovative programming, dazzling artists, and unforgettable performances in an idyllic summer setting. Now entering its ninth season, Blueridge presents a characteristic ...  »

19 Jun

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Saint Paul Street, St. Catharines

June 19, 2019 To August 17, 2019

$35 & up

The Foster Festival is the very first theatre festival in Canada celebrating the work of a living Canadian playwright. 2019 Season:  The Writer: Full of compassion and Foster’...  »

30 Jun

Christie Pits Park, Bloor Street West, Toronto

June 30, 2019 To August 25, 2019

Free/PWYC

This summer, join your friends and neighbours at Christie Pits Park for a cinematic journey from city to city around the world! On Sunday evenings from June 30...  »

04 Aug

Various venues throughout Winnipeg

August 4, 2019 To August 17, 2019

(204) 982-6210

$6.00; Children 12 and under: free

Experience this memorable multicultural festival by visiting the 44 volunteer-run pavilions that feature lively entertainment, cultural displays, warm hospitality and authentic ethnic cuisine. Who is it for? all-ages ...  »

02 Aug

Selo Ukraina Festival Site, Dauphin

August 2, 2019 To August 4, 2019

204 – 622- 4600 / 877-474-2683

Free - $100

Held during august long weekend, the Ukrainian Festival is a celebration of everything Ukrainian including dance, folk music, Borscht, Kubassa and Paska competitions, races, kids entertainment and ...  »

01 Aug

Broadway District, Saskatoon

August 1, 2019 To August 10, 2019

Free and ticketed events

Celebrate the arts at a 10 day community festival in the heart of the Broadway District of Saskatoon. 6 Venues. 10 Days. 33 Plays. 231 Performances. There’s only one place to ...  »

02 Aug

AGRIFAIR Exhibition Park, 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford

August 2, 2019 To August 4, 2019

$10 to $12

2019 new events include a Pirate Ship Show, a Tank car-crush event, a Tractor/Truck Pull Show, Yule Kids and so much more! Our 4-H programming has been ...  »

01 Aug

Tulips of the Valley, 41310 Yale Rd, Chilliwack

August 1, 2019 To September 15, 2019

$5 to $39.99

Beginning August 1, stroll and frolic through 20 acres of more than a dozen varieties of peak-season sunflowers — from two-foot Dwarf Sunspots to 12-foot Mammoth Grey Stripes, in varying ...  »

02 Aug

Lions Park, 21 Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St. Albert

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free

Join for Rotary Ribfest in support of raising funds for the causes supported by the St.Albert Rotary Club and other affiliated organizations.  »

31 Jul

Evraz Place, Regina

July 31, 2019 To August 4, 2019

$0 - $17

The biggest summer fair in the province, featuring activities for all ages – free stages, food, midway, exhibits, home decor and much more. Join more than 200,000 attendees for ...  »

02 Aug

David Pecaut Square, 215 King St W, Toronto

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free

Enjoy Franco-Caribbean culture through music, dance, cuisine, crafts and many different aspects at Toronto Kompa Zouk Festival (FKZO). On Sunday have a  family day filled with activities ...  »

02 Aug

Lake Minnedosa, Minnedosa

August 2, 2019 To August 4, 2019

888-330-8333

Weekend Pass - $175

Three nights of Rock & Roll in the beautiful Lake Minnedosa at the August long weekend. Adding to the music, RFM provides great onsite vendors, camping opportunities ...  »

03 Aug

2268 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga

August 3, 2019

(289) 401-1235

free

CanJam Festival is a Free, First-Class, All-Day, Family and Community Event. Come immerse yourself in Mississauaga’s diverse & vibrant culture, featuring Jamaican-Canadian Music, Arts, Cuisine and ...  »

02 Aug

202 Scotch Mountain Road, Meaford

August 2, 2019 To August 4, 2019

$50 to $80

Electric Eclectics is a festival of experimental music and sound art every Civic Holiday Weekend. Enjoy three days of camping, music, art installations, DJs, and film. 2019 Lineup: ...  »

02 Aug

Port Colborne, ON

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019

Free

2019 celebrates the 41st Annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival, presented by Vale, offering activities and attractions that will enliven the senses. Vessels gather in Port Colborne each ...  »

05 Aug

Bowness Rd NW, Calgary

August 5, 2019

FREE

Enjoy local musicians playing toe tapping tunes on our Tim Hortons (TimWest Group) stage and bring the little ones for the 88.9 Shine FM Kids Zone. Over 80 independent ...  »

02 Aug

Broadmoor Lake Park, Sherwood Park

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019

FREE

Join 10,000 +  finger licking Fans for the Great Canadian BBQ and what has become known as “The Big Sticky”. Our 4-day Family Friendly event will be serving up ...  »

04 Aug

Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto

August 4, 2019

+14167359954

Free

You have 10,000 Taste buds, Fire-Up all of them at Taste Of India Food Festival Toronto @ Nathan Phillips Square on Sunday August 4, 2019 from 12:00 Noon till 10:00 pm. Come for ...  »

03 Aug

Richmond Country Farms, 12900 Steveston Hwy, Richmond

August 3, 2019 To September 15, 2019

$8 to $15

Richmond Sunflower Festival brought to you by the family that brings you the Lower Mainlands favourite Pumpkin Patch. ​Richmond Country Farms Ltd. has been family-owned and operated ...  »

03 Aug

Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby

August 3, 2019

Free

The Korean Cultural Heritage Festival is an enjoyable cultural event. Open to the public and FREE! The festival offers a variety of things to see and do. ...  »


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