Things to Do During August Long Weekend

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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 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.
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Quebec

1st Monday in August is not a holiday in Quebec. But if you are heading to Quebec in August, here is a list of things to do: 50 Things to Do This August in Quebec.

Newfoundland and Labrador

As with Quebec, August long weekend 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 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.

31 Jul

Hawrelak Park, 9230 Groat Road Northwest, Edmonton

July 31, 2021 To August 2, 2021

Free

The Edmonton Heritage Festival is a three-day event to sample delicious food, see creative performances, and experience Canada's multiculturalism. Enjoy the tastes, smells, sights and sounds from 100 ...  »

22 Jul

Various Venues, Ottawa

July 22, 2021 To August 4, 2021

Varies

The Chamberfest 2021 lineup is packed with music and culture from around the world, including artists like Lara St. John, Simon Trpčeski, John Kofi Dapaah, Carson Becke, ...  »

30 Jul

Strathmore Stampede Grounds, 33 Wheatland Trail, Strathmore

July 30, 2021 To August 2, 2021

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Free to $35

The Strathmore Stampede includes Rodeo, Chuckwagon races, and our signature Running with the Bulls event.  »

21 Jul

Online

July 21, 2021 To July 31, 2021

Free & Ticketed Events

One of the most important theatre festivals in the country, the TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL celebrates 33 years this summer. Inspired by the worldwide fringe movement, Toronto Fringe was ...  »

11 Jun

Former Army & Navy building on Whyte Ave , 10411 82 Ave NW, Edmonton

June 11, 2021 To August 1, 2021

Free entry with a donation to the Edmonton Food Bank

The Art Walk is a non-juried event that attracts professional artists, amateurs, and students.  »

22 Jul

Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton

July 22, 2021 To August 1, 2021

Free Admission

Back home at Churchill Square filling downtown with the smell of home cooking, the sites of local restaurants sharing their culture and the excitement of exploring through ...  »

30 Jul

Festival Hall, 10 Avenue Southeast, Calgary

July 30, 2021 To August 7, 2021

(403) 451-9726

$15 to $20

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. ...  »

27 Jul

Various Venues., Vancouver

July 27, 2021 To August 6, 2021

$17.25 - $33.25

EMV’s 2021 Vancouver Bach Festival is one of the largest festivals of its type in North America and will run from July 27 – August 6, 2021. Embracing a hybrid model, ...  »

01 Jul

Online and In-person, Vancouver

July 1, 2021 To September 1, 2021

In-person events require (free) advance registration

Canada's largest celebration of Japanese Canadian arts & culture held in Vancouver's historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood.   »

30 Jul

West Vancouver Waterfront, West Vancouver

July 30, 2021 To August 8, 2021

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 ...  »

29 Jul

Various Venues, Delta

July 29, 2021 To August 2, 2021

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, ...  »

31 Jul

AGRIFAIR Exhibition Park, 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford

July 31, 2021 To August 1, 2021

Free

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 ...  »

26 Jul

Tulips of the Valley, 41310 Yale Rd, Chilliwack

July 26, 2021 To September 6, 2021

$8.60 to $22.25

Take a stroll along our numerous one-way, and extra wide pathways on 15-acres of our 60-acre farm, brimming with floral beauty. This year we have planted 25 gorgeous ...  »

02 Aug

Beltine, Calgary

August 2, 2021 To August 29, 2021

FREE

BUMP self-guided mural tours are a perfect way to explore the murals and experience new works of art as they are being created right before your eyes. ...  »

30 Jul

Hilah Ayers Wilderness RV Park, 473008 Range Road 10, Mulhurst Bay

July 30, 2021 To August 1, 2021

780-389-4071

$50 - $112.50

The Pigeon Lake Music Festival is a celebration unlike any other that takes place each summer on the August long weekend in Mulhurst Bay. The event features ...  »

29 Jul

Richmond Country Farms, 12900 Steveston Hwy, Richmond

July 29, 2021 To September 2, 2021

$8.40 to $15.75

Wander the sunflower and dahlia fields and discover all the hidden photo-op moments. Enjoy a cool drink from the lemonade stand, the perfect ice cream cone and ...  »

31 Jul

Heritage Park Stony Plain, 5100 41 Ave, Stony Plain

July 31, 2021 To August 1, 2021

$25

The Covid restrictions are lifting, but not in time for us to organize the star studded Blueberry Bluegrass Festival that you’ve all come to know and ...  »

03 Jul

Online and at Various locations throughout Vancouver

July 3, 2021 To August 3, 2021

Free

Pride is more than a parade or a festival -it is a feeling, not a physical space- which is why Pride can not be cancelled, only re-imagined.  »

24 Jul

SUM gallery, Vancouver & Online

July 24, 2021 To August 13, 2021

Festival pass $99

For the first time, Queer Art Festival’s (QAF) suite of visual art, performance, music, literary and workshop events will be presented in a dispersed and hybrid ...  »

30 Jul

Maan Farms & Estate Winery, 790 McKenzie Rd, Abbotsford

July 30, 2021 To August 28, 2021

+1 778-242-3939

$15 - $17 per person

It feels like Summer at the Abbotsford Sunflower Festival! Capture a picture perfect moment in our sea of sunflowers with beautiful photo-ops including our iconic 40ft Rainbow. ...  »

01 Aug

Various Restaurants, Edmonton

August 1, 2021 To August 31, 2021

Free (Cost of Food)

Edmonton Meals on Wheels is hosting the first annual YEG Hot Dog Fest - a month-long friendly food competition between local businesses to raise awareness, support and ...  »

30 Jul

McMahon Stadium, 1817 Crowchild Trail Northwest, Calgary

July 30, 2021 To August 2, 2021

Free Admission, Cost of Food

A modern day meat brigade! The best ribbers in town are coming together to serve your favourite meats this summer. Drive-thru to dine the best barbecue Calgary ...  »

29 Jul

Shaw Millennium Park, 1220 9 Ave SW, Calgary

July 29, 2021 To August 1, 2021

403-668-7144

$35-$75

A celebration of blues culminating in 4 days of non-stop music on Mainstage, followed by the nightly Twilight Blues Dance Parties. All ages (children 12 & under free) at ...  »

10 Jul

Queen Street, Stratford

July 10, 2021 To October 9, 2021

Varies

Stratford The Stratford Festival is transforming, for this summer, into an outdoor festival offering a season of six plays and five cabarets reflecting on the theme of ...  »

24 Jul

Bloordale Village, 974 Bloor Street West, Toronto

July 24, 2021 To August 2, 2021

Free, no need for ticket

BIG on Bloor Festival opens its 14th year on July 24th, 2021, running until August 2nd, 2021, with the launch of several art installations scattered throughout the Bloordale neighborhood; ...  »

23 Jul

Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Ave NW, Edmonton

July 23, 2021 To August 1, 2021

$5 to $38

The Summer Fun Midway is a new outdoor only event for Edmonton. Rides, games, food and entertainment will be in high supply for families and friends to ...  »

23 Jul

Various Venues, Calgary and Area

July 23, 2021 To August 2, 2021

Free

Join us as we learn about and celebrate the history, culture, and community of Calgary and area with this year’s theme – Zooming Back: Unmasking Our History. ...  »

15 Jul

Online

July 15, 2021 To August 8, 2021

Free & Ticketed

Connected through vast and intricate bio/socio/techno-logical networks, the shared responsibility for collective care blurs boundaries between the singular and the plural. And yet, periods of ...  »

31 Jul

Kinosoo Beach, 1 Avenue, Cold Lake

July 31, 2021 To August 1, 2021

Free

Spend your days in the sun during Aqua Days this August long weekend! Features: 4 Wing CF-18 Hornets West Coast Lumberjacks Live Music – Headliner Default. Cold Lake band ...  »

29 Jul

Heritage Amphitheatre, 9230 Groat Road Northwest, Edmonton

July 29, 2021 To July 31, 2021

$34.48 - $84.62

Join for the inaugural World Music Week at the Heritage Amphitheatre! Different cultural acts such as drumming, dance, and singing will be performing each night. Headliner: Souljah ...  »

30 Jul

1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

July 30, 2021 To August 2, 2021

$125 - $175

A boutique music festival held UNDER THE STARS. Located just a 3.5-hour drive from Vancouver, British Columbia, on a beautiful secluded private property. Camping with your vehicle ...  »

17 Jul

4215 Wilson Road, Yarrow, Chilliwack

July 17, 2021 To September 6, 2021

$10

Nestled in the heart of the Fraser Valley, between Abbotsford and Chilliwack, is the hidden gem of Yarrow, BC. Thousands of people pass through our tight-knit community ...  »

30 Jul

Dorva MX Motocross Track, Drumheller

July 30, 2021 To August 1, 2021

$80

LAH always works their hardest to deliver the best lineup in the West ready to melt your face off. Featuring bands from across Western Canada and beyond, ...  »

30 Jul

Alberta Beach, AB

July 30, 2021 To August 2, 2021

Free

Polynesian Days (Poly Days) is an annual family event that, for four decades, has continually drawn over 6,000 people every August long weekend to the community of Alberta ...  »

16 Jul

Various Restaurants, Calgary

July 16, 2021 To August 8, 2021

Cost of Bubble Tea

Crescent Heights Village is thrilled to be working with International Avenue BRZ and Chinatown BIA to present the first-ever YYC Bubble Tea and Frozen Treat Festival in ...  »