Celebrate with St. John's

Celebrate with St. John's

The City of St. John's hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year. Event details are added as they are confirmed.
 
Spring/Summer Events
St. John's Days Celebrations
Canada Day Celebrations
Music @ Concert Series
Party in the Park
Youth Week

Fall Events
BikeFest
National Child Week Activities
Pumpkin Walk

Winter Events
Festival of Music and Lights
North America's First New Year
ChillFest

St. John's Days Celebrations
June 21-24, 2019

Join us for a celebration of the incorporation of one of North America’s oldest cities through outdoor concerts, tours, historical characters, family fun days and other events throughout downtown. 
All St. John's Days events are free and welcome all ages. 

Canada Day Celebrations
July 1, 2019

Annually the City of St. John's celebrates Canada Day on July 1.

From sunrise to sunset, on Canada Day there's something for everyone! With support from the Government of Canada, the City of St. John's and event partners will highlight many of the reasons we are proud to call Canada home.

Music @ Concert Series

Music @ is an an exciting mix of sights and sounds in St. John’s.

Many different musical styles are featured in the Music @ concert series including jazz, blues, folk, pop and more. Each concert opens with a youth performer coordinated through a partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society. These opening acts and our headliners showcase the incredible and diverse musical talent the city has to offer.

Kick back with family, friends or co-workers to enjoy your lunch break or weekend activity. It’s like running through a sprinkler on a hot day – refreshing, fun and sure to make you smile!

Music @ Harbourside has become a staple of the St. John’s summer. Every Friday at 12:30 p.m. some of the province’s best performers are joined by rising young stars to present a concert in the sun.

We also have concerts in the works for other wonderful City parks and locations! Check back for updates as more details become available.

Please visit the Arts & Culture pages for a schedule of upcoming concerts.

 

Party in the Park
July 2019

The City of St. John's Seniors Program hosts Party in the Park.  This is an annual event, held in mid July, and an opportunity for older adults to gather in Bowring Park for an afternoon of free entertainment, light refreshments and socialization. Visit the Recreation pages for further information on Seniors Programs.

Youth Week
May 2019

The City of St. John's Recreation Division celebrates Youth Week May 1 to 7 annually by offering a variety of events and activities for local youth, 12 to 18 years of age. 
Past events and activities have included:

  • Youth Art Exhibit
  • Free swims
  • Carnivals
  • Youth of the Year award presentation

Please visit the Recreation pages for further information on Youth Week.


BikeFest

Sunday, September 16, 2018
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us for a fun celebration of cycling! This event will take place on Water Street between Bishop’s Cove and Beck’s Cove. The event will include guided bike rides, free bicycle equipment safety equipment checks, bicycling decorating, a bicycle/ tricycle parade for kids, cycling education (for kids and adults), local vendors and plenty of cycle-related entertainment. Presented by the City of St. John’s & Happy City St. John’s.

Pumpkin Walk
November 1, 2019
6 to 8 p.m.

After Halloween bring your carved pumpkin to Bannerman Park and help us to light up The Loop with a huge Jack O'Lantern display. A light source will be provided for pumpkins and costumes are encouraged.
This is an Earth friendly event. Pumpkins will be collected and composed. Let's cut waste - bring a reusuable mug for your FREE hot chocolate
Inclement weather date: November 2

National Child Week Activities
The Government of Canada designated November 20 as National Child Day to commemorate the adoption and convention of the rights of the child.
The key objective is to increase awareness and understanding of the rights of the child that contribute to healthy child development, particularly in the early years of life and to take effective action to help children reach their full potential.

Festival of Music and Lights
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Ring in the holiday season with our annual celebration of bright lights, festive music and free hot chocolate! Enjoy performances by choirs and musicians as we officially switch on the beautiful light display. Don't forget to bundle up and bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food bank.

This event includes a wheelchair accessible viewing area. A limited number of noise reducing headphones are available to sign out at the Bowring Park Lodge. A photo ID including name and address is required.

North America's First New Year
December 31
The City of St. John's annually rings in the New Year with an evening skating party at The Loop, and a dance party and fireworks near Quidi Vidi Lake leading up to midnight.

ChillFest
Febrary 14 - 18, 2019
 
St. John’s ChillFest is an annual community-wide celebration of winter, with a variety of events and activities taking place Feb. 14-18. ChillFest includes both indoor and outdoor events; there's something for everyone - plus everything is free of charge to attend. Additional events will be added as details are confirmed.

Thursday, Feb.14

Free Ski & Snow Show Rentals
Enjoy a romantic Valentines night, outside under the stars with friends & family or with your special someone. Free snow shoe and ski rentals and free hot chocolate at the North Bank Lodge in Pippy Park. This event is weather dependent.
6 to 9 p.m.
Winter Activity Centre, North Bank Lodge, Pippy Park
 

Friday, Feb. 15
 
Valentine's Sweetheart Skate
Romance is in the air at the Bannerman Park Loop. We have your Valentine’s date night covered. Treat your sweetheart to a romantic evening under the lights with sappy love songs and free hot chocolate for everyone. This event is weather and ice dependent.            
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Loop, Bannerman Park
 
Everyone Welcome Swim
Enjoy a fun-filled swim at the HGR Mews Community Centre. Open to all ages. Children under 8 must be supervised by a 16+ year old, who must remain in the water at arms-length. Maximum 3 children to 1 supervisor.
7 to 7:50 p.m.
H.G.R. Mews Community Centre, 40 Mundy Pond Road
 
Saturday, Feb. 16

Snow Play & Sliding
Grab the kids and come on out for an afternoon of fun in Bowring Park. Build, color and create in the snow, take a ride on the sliding hill and enjoy a free hot chocolate with friends and family. This event is weather and snow dependent. Slides will not be provided
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Pool House, Bowring Park
 
Kitchen Party
Tap yer toes, sing along, get up and dance, play an instrument or just come and be entertained at our good ol’ fashioned Kitchen Party hosted by Fergus O'Byrne & Fergus Brown-O'Byrne. This father and son pair are acclaimed for their musical legacy, proudly celebrating Newfoundland's traditional musical heritage. Participation is encouraged but not required, ​please feel free to bring your instruments. Traditional Newfoundland treats will be provided free of charge. 
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Johnson GEO Centre, 175 Signal Hill Road
 
Everyone Welcome Swim
Enjoy a fun-filled swim including toys, diving board, splash pad and slides at the new Paul Reynolds Community Centre. Open to all ages. Children under 8 must be supervised by a 16+ year old, who must remain in the water at arms-length. Maximum 3 children to 1 supervisor
5:15 to 6:45 p.m.
Paul Reynolds Community Centre, 35 Carrick Drive
 
 
Sunday, Feb. 17
 
Mega Play
Come in out of the cold and join us for an action-packed afternoon of mega fun at Mega Play. There'll be lots of free family fun with interactive games, bouncers, balloon twisting, reptiles a tot spot and a quiet chill out zone. Noise cancelling headphones will be available.
1 to 4 p.m.
St. Teresa’s Elementary School, 110 Mundy Pond Road
 
Snowshoe Rentals
Get your friends and family together and head outside for an afternoon of Free snow shoe rentals in beautiful Bowring Park. This event is weather and snow dependent.
2 to 4:30 p.m.
Pool House, Bowring Park 

Monday, Feb. 18

Big Screen Gaming: LEGO Dimensions
Big Screening Gaming, more than just fun and games; eSports has become big and continues to gain momentum worldwide.  It’s the ideal activity for all ages, with no prior experience required. 

  • 12 Gaming Consoles
  • The game is projected onto the big screen
  • Immersive Sound

Players will compete using 12 PS4’s, in 4-person competitions, where the highest scores will advance until we can declare one the ultimate LEGO Dimensions winner.   Players will be able to compete on the big screen and watch as others try to beat their scores.  Timing is limited, and rules will be reviewed during the tournament.  Check in and gaming registration will take place onsite in order for guests to compete. Maximum capacity 80 people. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance on Eventbrite.
9 a.m. to noon
Scotiabank Theatre, Avalon Mall

Free Movie: Peter Rabbit
Join us for a free screening of Peter Rabbit; a modern adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale. PG
Children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by a supervisor 16 years of age or older.
This is a free event but pre-registration is required. Tickets will not be available at the door. For your free ticket, please visit Eventbrite
10 a.m.
Scotiabank Theatre, Avalon Mall, 48 Kenmount Road

Characters on Ice (Skating Party)
Join us for a skating party with some of your favorite storybook characters at The Loop in Bannerman Park. Along with the characters there will also be kids music playing and free hot chocolate for everyone.
1 to 3 p.m.
The Loop, Bannerman Park