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Labour Day Events In Toronto

Published Jul 31, 2019 | Updated Oct 28, 2019

Looking for things to do for the upcoming Labour Day Long Weekend? Check out this list of fun, family-friendly events in Toronto and pick a few activities to make this long weekend memorable for your family. 

Before we welcome the fall, we have one last long weekend of summer - The Labour Day Long Weekend. To make this awesome, fun weekend memorable for your kids and family, we encourage you to checkout a few of the events we've listed below.


Watch the Labour Day Parade

Keeping with tradition, the annual Labour Day Parade, celebrating the strength and solidarity of workers, is set to take place on Monday, September 2. The parade travels along Queen Street from University Avenue, and parade participants enter the CNE at approximately 11 am.

When: September 2, 11am

Where: Queen Street


Photo Credit: The Star


Canadian National Exhibition

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada’s largest annual community event. The CNE offers a wide variety of entertainment and events including Bandshell concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, an aerial acrobatics and ice skating show, a dog show, a working farm, parades and a three-day Air Show, all of which are FREE with admission to the CNE. Midway rides and games, wacky fair food as well as international food and shopping are also popular highlights of this major Toronto event.

Labour day is the last day that the CNE is open until next summer, so make the most of it while you can!

When: Throughout the Labour Day Long Weekend

Where: CNE Fairgrounds


Photo Credit: The CNE


Watch The Canadian International Air Show

CIAS is Canada's largest and longest-running aviation display and and one of the largest air shows in North America! Over its six-decade-plus history, the CIAS has been proud to feature many air show 'firsts' including appearances by the Concorde, F-22 Raptor, the V-22 Osprey and more! Powered by the incredible efforts of almost 200 volunteers, the CIAS continues to thrill air show fans from around the world with its diverse line-up of aviation awesomeness each Labour Day weekend.

When: August 31 to September 2, 12pm to 3pm

Where: CNE Fairgrounds

Photo Credit: Canadian International Air Show


Attend the Toronto International BuskerFest

The festival features spectacular circus artistry, non-verbal shows that can be understood by all, and one-of-a-kind entertainment that will have you questioning your very eyes. Music, magic and mime; feats of the impossible; and feats of the ridiculous performed by comedians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns, daredevils, beat boxers, break-dancers and much more. Four days of non-stop, action-packed fun! 

When: August 30 to September 2

Where: Woodbine Park


Photo Credit: BuskerFest


Attend the Labour Day Weekend Festival

To close out the summer, Harbourfront Centre is hosting a free musical festival featuring musicians with larger than life sounds. Come chill out on the lawn and get lost in the music. 

When: August 30 - 31 & September 2

Where: Harbourfront Centre


Eat Some Ribs at Canada's Largest Ribfest

Canada's Largest Ribfest takes place on Labour Day Weekend at Spencer Smith Park in Burlington. This event brings together 20 of the best Ribber Teams from North America, as well as entertainment, live music an, kids’ activities over the Labour Day weekend. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the festival and you can experience all fun, music, and, of course, RIBS!

When: August 30 to September 2

Where: Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington, ON L7S 1Y2


Photo Credit: Canada's Largest Ribfest


Attend the Fall Fine Art & Craft Show at the Distillery

This festival features artist stalls and high quality juried art and craft shows on Labour Day long weekend at the Distillery District. There will be live music, and kids are welcome to attend the free Artfest Kids workshops all weekend long. 

When: August 30 to September 2, 11am to 6pm daily

Where: Distillery District


Photo Credit: Artfest Ontario


Enjoy Fireworks at Canada's Wonderland

On labour day weekend, Canada's Wonderland presents its spectacular fireworks display when the Park closes at 10:00pm (weather permitting). Spend your day enjoying over 200 awesome rides and attractions, then round out your day with an action-packed display that attracts viewers from all over Toronto and beyond.

When: September 1 at approximately 10pm

Where: Canada's Wonderland

Photo Credit: Canada's Wonderland


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