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 will be added as they are developed.
 

Spring/Summer Events
Canada Day Celebrations
Seniors Party in the Park
Music @ Concert Series
St. John's Days Celebrations
Youth Week

Fall Events
National Child Week Activities
Pumpkin Walk

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.

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.

Pumpkin Walk

Bring your carved pumpkin to Bannerman Park and help us to light up The Loop with a huge Jack O'Lantern display. Light source will be provided for pumpkins and costumes are welcomed.
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Inclement weather date: Thursday, Nov. 2
The Loop, Bannerman Park
6 to 8 p.m.
Earth friendly event. Pumpkins will be collected and composed. Let's cut waste - bring a reusuable mug for your free hot chocolate

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
December 2, 2017, 5 to 6 p.m.

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. Inclement weather date is Saturday, Dec. 9.

Feature performers include:
 
Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir
École Goulds Elementary Grade 4 Choir
Rum Ragged
 

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

New Year's Eve Skating Party at The Loop
December 31
Join us for a FREE family friendly skating party 4 - 6 p.m. at The Loop in Bannerman Park. We’ll provide the party favors and festive music - you bring the skates. Free hot chocolate provide compliments of BeaverTails.

New Year's Eve Concert and Fireworks Display
December 31

We’re ringing in the New Year with a FREE 2 hour outdoor concert featuring the Navigators!
The celebration includes a countdown to the New Year with our annual fireworks display beginning at the stroke of midnight.  NTV and OZFM will be right there to capture all the excitement.
We’ll provide the party favours and fireworks, you just have to show up! Be sure to bundle up in case of cold weather.
 
10p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Quidi Vidi Lake next to the Boathouse

Inclement weather date Monday, Jan. 1 at 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fireworks to begin immediately following the concert.

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.

Friday, February 17, 2017
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Bannerman Park, The Loop
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.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Bowring Park, Pool House & Sliding Hill
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.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Johnson GEO Centre
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.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Bannerman Park - The Loop
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.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Quidi Vidi Plantation
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.

Sunday, February 19
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Bowring Park
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.

Sunday, February 19, 2017
2 to 4 p.m.
Pippy Park - North Bank Lodge
Free

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017
1 to 4 p.m.
St. Teresa's Elementary
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.

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