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.  Please check back frequently as event details will be added as they are developed.
 

Spring/Summer Events
Canada Day Celebrations
Seniors Party in the Park
Music at Concert Series

  • Music at Harbourside Park
  • Music at Bannerman
  • Music at Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

St. John's Days Celebrations
Youth Week

Fall Events
National Child Week Activities

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

Canada Day Celebrations
With the participation of the Government of Canada, the City of St. John’s and our event partners this Canada Day Canada 150 celebration will highlight many of the reasons why we call Canada 'Home'. Be the first in the nation to start the celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. 

The day will start with a Sunrise event at 6 a.m. at Signal Hill National Historic Site, followed by a day full of family fun and entertainment. The evening will be sure to entertain with a headline concert followed by Fireworks at 10 p.m. should weather conditions not be ideal, the fireworks with be rescheduled for July 2 at 10 a.m. As more event details are confirmed our City website www.stjohns.ca/canada150 will be updated.

Seniors Party in the Park
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.

Music at Concert Series

St. John's Days Celebrations
St. John's Days, June 23 - 25, 2017, celebrates the incorporation of one of North America’s oldest cities through outdoor concerts, historical characters and other events throughout downtown. 
All St. John's Days events are free, and welcome all ages.

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Happy Birthday St. John's
Join the City of St. John's staff at the Visitors Information Center at 348 Water Street and Quidi Vidi Village Plantation as we celebrate St. John's Birthday with Cupcakes for everyone.
Time: 9:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Visitor Information Centre, 348 Water Street

St. John's Days Official Launch
Watch as we fire the noon day gun to offcially launch St. John's Days
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Signal Hill

Music @ Series
Bring your lunch, your co-worker, or your family and friends to the Attrium of Atlantic Place and enjoy some of the finest musical talent the City has to offer! Opening act by a Youth performer corrdinated by NL Folk Arts Society, and a featured performer Atlantic String Quartet. Details to follow on Youth performer.
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Atlantic Place

Campfire at Signal Hill
Roast S'mores and have a sing- along with Girl Guides Canada. Please remember to bring along your camping chair and dress warmly. This event is weather dependant.
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Signal Hill

Tuckamore Concert
Opening act by a Youth performer coordinated by NL Folk Arts Society, and a featured performer coordinated by the Artisitc Directors of Tuckamore Festival.
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Kirk- 76 Queens Road

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Happy Birthday St. John's
Join the City of St. John's staff at the Visitors Information Center at 348 Water Street and Quidi Vidi Village Plantation as we celebrate St. John's Birthday with Cupcakes for everyone.
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Visitor Information Centre, 348 Water Street

Newman Wine Vaults
Free Admission
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 436 Water Street

Commissariat House
Free Admission
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:  11 King's Bridge Road

Railway Coastal Museum
Free Admission
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 495 Water Street

Free Trolley Rides- Downtown Trolley
In partnership with the City of St. John's, Metrobus Trolley rides are free of charge 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. This applies to the Trolley Line only.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: http://www.metrobus.com/trolley/index.htm

Photography Workshop
Do you have an interest in photography? Come join us on a photography walking tour of beautiful downtown St. John’s. This tour is open to anyone with an interest in photography, no matter your skill level. This is not a technical course, so everyone should feel welcomed to bring their camera and creativity!  An experienced photographer Susan Brewer will guide you on this two hour walk to some of the most picturesque locations in the downtown area. Please note this event is weather dependent.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Stating location will be the Bannerman Park gazebo in the middle of The Loop.

Fun in Bannerman Park
Come celebrate our birthday with an afternoon in beautiful Bannerman Park. Featuring Wonderbolt Circus, interactive activities with Far Out Fitness, Fun Run and Bike Rodeo. Bring along your decorated bike/mobility device for a chance to win 2 brand new Bike's from Coleman's for the Summer! Registration for the Bike Rodeo will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Please Note: Bikes and decorations for parade are the responsibilty of participants. No Bike required for participation.
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bannerman Park

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Happy Birthday St. John's
Join the City of St. John's staff at the Visitors Information Center at 348 Water Street and Quidi Vidi Village Plantation as we celebrate St. John's Birthday with Cupcakes for everyone.
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Visitor Information Centre, 348 Water Street

Newman Wine Vaults
Free Admission
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 436 Water Street

Commissariat House
Free Admission
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:  11 King's Bridge Road

Free Trolley Rides- Downtown Trolley
In partnership with the City of St. John's, Metrobus Trolley rides are free of charge 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. This applies to the Trolley Line only.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: http://www.metrobus.com/trolley/index.htm

Discover the Tastes of Newfoundland
Come observe and sample  the tastes of Newfoundland as Chef/Owner Andrea Mauder of Bacalao showcases her talents of creating several cultural dishes that will leave you wanting more.  Registration is required for this event, pelase see link below. Limited number of seats so please register as soon as possible.
Time: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Foran Greene Room, City Hall
Registration Link: Acitivity # 9560- Pelase follow link below to register for teh Discover the Tastes of Newfoundland- https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/recconnect/Activity_Search/discover-the-tastes-of-newfoundland/4539

East Coast Trail Hike- Sugarloaf Path
Enjoy the Sugarloaf Path while being guided by the  East Coast Trail Association. The hike will start in Logy Bay and finish at Quidi Vidi.  This is a 3-4 hour hike, and it's recommended that you follow the links below to obtain as much information regarding this specific hike. Participants are asked to make arrangements prior to walk to have one car at the end and beginning as this is  a one-way hike. Please note this event is weather  dependent.                                                                                     
Link to the trail description. http://www.eastcoasttrail.com/Modules/Facilities/Detail.aspx?id=9a0df305-dd14-443c-9a0d-19830a52406d                                                      
Link to info on trail etiquette http://www.eastcoasttrail.com/en/hike-the-trail/hiking-etiquette.aspx                                                                                                        
Link regarding how to prepare for a hike http://www.eastcoasttrail.com/en/choose-your-path/preparing-to-hike.aspx
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Logy bay- Turn east off Logy Bay Road onto Marine Drive. Follow signs to Marine Lab Road and Ocean Sciences Centre.

 
 

Youth Week
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 - 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.

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.

The City of St. John’s Division of Recreation is recognizing National Child Day and celebrating the rights of children with activities for children and families throughout the week of November 14 to 20, 2016.

Meet The Mayor Contest
Two lucky students from the City of St. John's schools will be chosen to visit various City departments and attend the City Council meeting on November 14 to proclaim National Child Day.

Date: Monday, November 14, 2016

Family Fun at the Library
Bring the whole family to the library for some fun with Lego, crafts and story time.
 

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: A.C. Hunter Library
Ages: Under 8 must have adult
Cost: Free 
For more information on children’s programs at the library visit www.nlpl.ca or call 709-737-3953   

Sensational Playgroup
Special National Child Day drop in playgroup for children with sensory needs up to age 6 to learn, play and socialize. Refreshments provided!
 

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Southlands Community Centre
Ages: 0 to 6 years
Cost: Free 

Drop in Playgroup
Come and enjoy a weekly drop-in playtime group with other children and caregivers
 

Date: Friday, November 18, 2016

Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Location: A.C. Hunter Library
Ages: 0 to 3 years
Cost: Free 
For more information on children’s programs at the library visit www.nlpl.ca or call 709-737-3953   

MOVE IT Event
Families of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join City staff for an afternoon of physical activity and fun including: an obstacle course, target games, active tots, crafts, bouncy castles, hooping and active displays from a variety of child friendly community organizations.
 

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: NL Sport Power Plex, Crosbie Road
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free      

Strengthening Children's Mental Health Workshop
This one day in-person training, developed in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, will help anyone running children's Programs be more informed and prepared to support their staff in promoting positive mental health in children. Participants will learn key concepts and factors that affect children's mental health including the impart of stress and environment on a child's ability to cope. This training will provide tools and suggested activities to use with staff to help improve their understanding and interactions with children who face challenges in their programs.

 

Date: Saturday, November 20, 2016

Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Kilbride Lion's Community Centre
Ages: 16 years +
Cost: $50 
Pre-registration is required.
For more information or to register please go to RECconnect or call 576-8499 or email recreation@stjohns.ca

Festival of Music and Lights
December 3, 2016
Ring in the holiday season with our annual celebration of festive music, bright lights and free hot chocolate (Provided by St. John's Lion';s Club). Choirs perform while we officially switch on the light display surrounding the duck pond.
Don't forget to bundle up and bring a non perihable food item to donate to the food bank.
Sponsored in part by NTV & OZFM.
This event includes a wheelchair accessible viewing area.

North America's First New Year

New Year's Eve Skating Party at the Loop
December 31
Join us for a FREE family friendly skating party 4 - 6pm at the loop in Bannerman Park. We’ll provide the free hot chocolate, party favors and festive music.

Canada 150 New Year's Eve Celebrations: It All Starts Here
December 31
Starting 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 come and join our party ‘It All Starts Here’, and be among the first in North America to ring in the New Year and the launch of Canada 150 celebrations! Bring the whole family to the steps of City Hall for FREE a live outdoor concert starting at 9 p.m. Revel to the music of Shanneyganock, The Ennis Sisters, Eastern Owl and Stompbox, while enjoying performances by Wonderbolt Circus, an amazing pyrotechnics show, and a countdown to the New Year never seen before.

New Year's Day Fireworks Display
January 1, 2017
The New Year’s Celebrations continue at  8 p.m. on New Year's Day January 1, 2017 with our Annual Fireworks display at Quidi Vidi Lake. Join us for a FREE hot chocolate, we’ll be set up next to the Boat House.

ChillFest

We're planning three days of action-packed FREE winter events from February 17 to 19.

Valentine's Sweetheart Skate
Join us for a  sweetheart skate  at The Loop. We’ll have a great time with giveaways, music and free hot chocolate for everyone. Please note this event is weather and ice dependent.

Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Bannerman Park - The Loop
Cost: Free

Snowplay & Sliding Party
What better way to enjoy our beautiful Bowring Park than a  snowplay and sliding party.  Create a  paper lantern to bring to our Light Parade on Sunday evening while enjoying free hot chocolate with friends and family.Please note this event is weather dependent.

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Location: Bowring Park - Pool House & Sliding Hill
Cost: Free

Kitchen Party at the Johnson Geo Centre
Want a way to showcase your talents in a Kitchen Party setting with hosts Kelly Russell & Family? Bring your instuments along and join us at Johnson Geo Centre, free light refreshments will be provided.

Date:  Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Johnson GEO Centre
Cost: Free

Winter Jam at The Loop
Pump up the Winter Jam at The Loop!! Live DJing by DJ Van Greene who will keep you moving while spinning great tunes; giveaways and free hot chocolate for everyone. Please note this event is weather and ice dependent.

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Bannerman Park - The Loop
Cost: Free

Painting Workshop- Course is full
Unleash your creative potential and learn to paint a snowy scene on canvas with artist Lesley Janes.  Registration is required for this event.

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location:  Quidi Vidi Plantation
Cost: Free

Freezin' Family Fun Run/Walk
Meet us by the Peter Pan statue to start our Freezin' Family fun  run/walk, there will be free hot chocolate, giveaways and  more. Please note this event is weather dependent and  has no set distance.

Date: Sunday, February 19
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Bowring Park
Cost: Free

Free Ski & Snow Shoe Rentals
Grab your friends and family for a Free snow shoe and ski rental at North Bank Lodge. Please note this event is weather dependent.

Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Pippy Park - North Bank Lodge
Cost: Free

Mega Play
Family fun day, bouncers, balloon twisting, reptiles,  quiet chill zone and more. Please note noise cancelling headphones will be available.

Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: St. Teresa's Elementary
Cost: Free

Light Parade
What a way to close out an exciting weekend full of great winter activities! Meet us at the Peter Pan statue where we will kick off our parade. We'll be joined by the St. John's Regional Fire Department,  Elite Dance, and a cast of costumed characters. If you made a  paper lantern at our snowplay, don't forget to bring it along. Please note this event is weather  dependent.

Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bowring Park
Cost: Free