Where to celebrate Labour Day 2023 in Alberta

Several cities around the province are holding events to celebrate workers.

This year, labour councils across Alberta will host free events that are open to the public to commemorate Labour Day.

The statutory holiday has been celebrated on the first Monday of September since 1894, and is in line with Labor Day in the United States. However, the two countries are kind of outliers.

Over 80 other countries honour the labour of workers on 1 May, also known as May Day or International Workers’ Day, which itself originated as a day to remember the Haymarket affair, an 1886 protest in Chicago, Illinois.

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If you’re interested in celebrating Labour Day this year, check out these events.


Labour Day food drive
CDLC Office: 321-3132 26 St NE
Organized by the Calgary and District Labour Council


BBQ, entertainment, and activities
Clarke Stadium, 11000 Stadium Rd
Organized by the Edmonton and District Labour Council
Facebook event


BBQ, face painting, and entertainment
Galt Gardens
Organized by the Lethbridge and District Labour Council
Facebook event

Medicine Hat

Labour Day food drive
The Real Canadian Superstore, 1792 Trans Canada Way SE
Organized by the Medicine Hat and District Labour Council

Red Deer

Parking lot at the Elements by Rivers Edge building, 5002 55 St
Organized by the Red Deer and District Labour Council

Wood Buffalo

Worker Appreciation BBQ
Fort McMurray Tarsands Lions Club, 3 Tolen Dr, Fort McMurray
Organized by the Wood Buffalo and District Labour Council

If you know of other Labour Day events in Alberta, please email the details to

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

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