Sure, summer is not over for a few more weeks, but for many Edmontonians this coming long weekend represents its unofficial last hurrah. With the kids heading back to school and cooler weather on the horizon, you'll want to make sure you get out and enjoy every last ounce of sunlight you can. The good news is that there's plenty to keep you busy from Friday to Monday. Here are five great activities for you and the family (and one that the kids should definitely skip) this Labour Day long weekend:
Symphony Under The Sky – Thursday, August 31st to Sunday, September 3rd
If you're a fan of classical music and love listening under the stars, you won't want to miss the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Under the Sky at the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park. Tickets range from $50 for an adult seat to $25 for a place in the grass.
Over the long weekend, the ESO will perform four different concerts as part of the series: The Nat King Cole Songbook (7 pm, Thursday), Tchaikovsky, Wagner & Bruch (7 pm, Friday), A Night in Hollywood (7 pm, Saturday), and Alberta Rising (2 pm, Sunday). From “Unforgettable” to the “1812 Overture,” there's music that will make just about anybody happy. Purchase tickets here.
Harvest Fair at Fort Edmonton Park – Saturday, September 2nd to Monday, September 4th
Celebrate abundance and kick up your heels before autumn comes. The Harvest Fair at Fort Edmonton includes a bevy of activities to keep your family busy. From boat building at the 1846 Fort to quilting on the 1920s Street, Harvest Fair represents you chance to see how Edmontonians throughout history have prepared for colder weather.
Admission to the fair begins around $26 dollars, though you'll see big discounts for bringing kids, seniors, or your whole family. If you haven't been to Fort Edmonton recently, this is a great chance to experience its astonishing historical recreation. Click here to learn more.
Corn Fest at Prairie Gardens - Saturday, September 2nd to Monday, September 4th
The end of summer means the beginning of corn season. This corny festival features dozens of activities to keep your kernels popping, including corn mazes, folk music, corn eating contests, and a variety of crafty activities. Parents can even pick up something for dinner at the Farmer's Market and U-Pick Gardens.
Tickets are $12.60 for individuals and $10.50 for family members, and most activities are included with admission to this celebration of local foods and agriculture. To purchase tickets for yourself, click here.
Star Party at Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve – Saturday, September 2nd & Sunday, September 3rd
Stargazers are particularly excited that this year is not only the 12th anniversary of the Star Party at Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, it's also the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Star Party offers musical performances, guest speakers, and plenty of opportunities to wish upon the stars at two different locations, Miquelon Lake Provincial Park on Saturday and Elk Island National Park on Sunday.
Annual Edmonton Burlesque Festival – Thursday, August 31st to Saturday, September 2nd
If you're looking for entertainment and excitement of a different sort, you'll definitely want to buy tickets to the 5th Annual Edmonton Burlesque Festival. This celebration of burlesque and vaudeville spotlights brilliant, avant-garde performances that are both inclusive and sex-positive. This year's festival is headlined by globally respected performers like Miss Dirty Martini, 2 To Fly, Else/Ernie Von Schmaltz, Tifa Tittlywinks, Jo'Rie Tigerlily, and Ariel Helvetica.
The Annual Edmonton Burlesque Festival takes place at the Old Royal Alberta Museum. Passes are sold out, but tickets are still available for some events. Read more about it here.
Labour Day Classic – Monday, September 4th
Feel the need to express some Edmonton pride? The CFL's Labour Day Classic is the perfect excuse to cheer for the home team. The Stampeders have won eight of the last ten matches, but our Esks have the historical advantage. The event includes a salute to members of the armed forces and union members and their families benefit from a 20% discount.
You'll have to travel to Calgary's McMahon Stadium to see the game this year, but for true football fans it's an easy trip to justify. Go out there and represent our city—until it's hockey season again, the Battle of Alberta is your best chance to show Calgary what we're worth! Take a look for yourself.