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 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.


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 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.


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.


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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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.


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.

Historic Calgary Week
25 Jul


July 25, 2019 To August 5, 2019


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 &...  »

The Edmonton Heritage Festival
03 Aug

Hawrelak Park, 9230 Groat Road Northwest, Edmonton

August 3, 2019 To August 5, 2019


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 ...  »

Canmore Folk Festival 2019
03 Aug

Centennial Park, 5 Avenue, Canmore

August 3, 2019 To August 5, 2019


$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, ...  »

Toronto Food Truck Festival
02 Aug

Woodbine Park, Queen Street East

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019


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 ...  »

Ottawa International Buskerfest
02 Aug

Sparks Street, Ottawa

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019


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 ...  »

Island Soul
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 ...  »

Capital Ribfest Ottawa
02 Aug

110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019


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 ...  »

Glengarry Highland Games - Maxville
02 Aug

34 Fair St, Maxville, ON K0C 1T0 Canada

August 2, 2019 To August 3, 2019


$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 ...  »

Scarborough Rib Fest
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 ...  »

Jambana™ One World Festival
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 ...  »

Cobourg Sandcastle Festival
03 Aug

Cobourg Beach, 138 Division St, Cobourg

August 3, 2019


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 ...  »

42nd Annual Heritage Day Festival
05 Aug

Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary

August 5, 2019

(403) 918-8507


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 ...  »

Strathmore Stampede
02 Aug

Strathmore Stampede Grounds, 33 Wheatland Trail, Strathmore

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019


$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 ...  »

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
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, ...  »

Open Roof Festival
19 Jun

181 Sterling Road, Toronto

June 19, 2019 To August 21, 2019


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) ...  »

Mississauga Latin Festival
02 Aug

Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga

August 2, 2019 To August 4, 2019


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, ...  »

Days of Yore
03 Aug

Rosebud Park Hwy 582, East entrance to Didsbury

August 3, 2019 To August 4, 2019


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 ...  »

OVO Fest 2019
04 Aug

Budweiser Stage, 909 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Toronto

August 4, 2019 To August 5, 2019

$54.5 to $709 + charges


Honda Celebration of Lights
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 ...  »

Big Valley Jamboree
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, ...  »

Brigade Days
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 ...  »

Vancouver Bach Festival
30 Jul

Various Venues., Vancouver

July 30, 2019 To August 9, 2019


$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 ...  »

Powell Street Festival
03 Aug

Alexander Street & Jackson Avenue, Vancouver

August 3, 2019 To August 4, 2019


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 ...  »

Vancouver Street Dance Festival
03 Aug

Robson Square, 800 Robson St, Vancouver

August 3, 2019


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 ...  »

Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival
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 ...  »

Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival
03 Aug

Albion Fairgrounds, 23448 Jim Robson Way, Maple Ridge

August 3, 2019 To August 4, 2019


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 ...  »

White Rock Sea Festival
02 Aug

East Beach, White Rock

August 2, 2019 To August 4, 2019


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

Harmony Arts Festival
02 Aug

West Vancouver Waterfront, West Vancouver

August 2, 2019 To August 11, 2019


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 ...  »

Tsawwassen Sun Festival
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, ...  »

Wanderlust Whistler
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 ...  »

Poundmaker’s Lodge Annual POW WOW
03 Aug

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

August 3, 2019 To August 4, 2019


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 ...  »

Blueridge Chamber Fest
04 Aug

Various Venues, Vancouver

August 4, 2019 To August 25, 2019


$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 ...  »

The Foster Festival
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’...  »

Christie Pits Film Festival
30 Jun

Christie Pits Park, Bloor Street West, Toronto

June 30, 2019 To August 25, 2019


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...  »

Abbotsford Agrifair
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 ...  »

St. Albert Rotary RibFest
02 Aug

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

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019


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

Toronto Kompa Zouk Festival
02 Aug

David Pecaut Square, 215 King St W, Toronto

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019


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 ...  »

CanJam Festival 2019
03 Aug

2268 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga

August 3, 2019

(289) 401-1235


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 ...  »

Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival
02 Aug

Port Colborne, ON

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019


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 ...  »

Strathcona County RIBFEST
02 Aug

Broadmoor Lake Park, Sherwood Park

August 2, 2019 To August 5, 2019


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 ...  »

Taste of India Food Festival 2019
04 Aug

Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto

August 4, 2019



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 ...  »

Korean Festival
03 Aug

Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby

August 3, 2019


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. ...  »