How to spend Labour Day weekend in Calgary

It’s hard to believe that summer in Calgary is already coming to an end. The days are getting shorter and cooler, and the kids are heading back to school; but, it’s not all bad news. Labour Day long weekend is here, and Calgary has plenty of great activities you can do with friends and family. If you’re strapped for ideas, don’t fret. We’ve got you covered, Calgary:

  • On September 1, join in on the Calgary Pride Parade between 11am and 1pm. The route will start at 6 Avenue and 3 Street SE and end at 6 Avenue and 6 Street SW, carrying on to Prince’s Island Park afterwards for Pride in the Park running until 6pm. There will be music, food and activities for the whole family all day long.
  • The annual Shaw Charity Classic is one of Canada’s premier golf tournaments, taking place at the Canyon Meadows Golf Club. With prominent names like Stephen Ames and Vijay Singh in attendance, you know you’re in for a great day of golf. There will be complimentary shuttles from the Anderson LRT station running throughout the weekend, so don’t worry about parking at the course. If you’re not sold yet, there is a Chad Brownlee concert, a celebrity nine-hole shootout and a special appearance from the Grey Cup. Visit their website here for more details and tickets.
  • Every CFL fan has Labour Day weekend circled on their calendar every year. This weekend means that our rival, the Edmonton Eskimos, are in town visiting McMahon Stadium for the Labour Day Classic matchup. With the CFL standings being tighter this year than anyone has seen in a long time, the Calgary Stampeders are looking to defend their Grey Cup championship title. If you go to any Stampeders game at all this year, this is the one you don’t want to miss. Tickets are still available on the Stampeders’ website.
  • The annual BUMP Festival kicks off on August 28 and runs throughout the weekend. “The Beltline Urban Murals Project (BUMP) is an initiative by the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association to showcase art, promote tourism and local businesses, improve the public realm and build community spirit in Calgary’s Beltline neighbourhoods. The project funds the installation of murals throughout the community on buildings in locations that are visible, eye grabbing or otherwise currently unattractive or forgettable.” If you’re looking to check out the artwork or take part in the festivities, head over to the YYC BUMP website to learn more.

As you can see, Labour Day weekend has plenty of events to attend regardless of what you’re interested in. From colourful parades to exhilarating sporting events, Calgary has got you covered. View a longer list of events happening in and around Calgary this weekend on the Tourism Calgary website here. Don’t go into the weekend without a plan – the weather looks promising, so get out and take advantage of summer before it truly fades into fall.