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
Each July 1, the people of St. John's become the first in Canada to celebrate this country's birthday.

  • Sunrise Event- The day begins with the Sunrise Ceremony at 6 a.m. at Signal Hill National Historic Site. Metrobus will be providing a free shuttle service from the Signal Hill National Historic Site Interpretation Centre.
  • Canada Day on Confederation Hill: Kids Carnival, Cultural Showcase & Concert - An Afternooon of family entertainment on Confederation Hill with bouncy castles, kids carnival, face painting, a cultural showcase and a concert on the Memorial Stage. See our giant Canada Day cake made from over 3500 Sobeys cupcakes, while quantities last. Donations are accepted for the Bridges to Hope Food Bank.
  • Fireworks and Concert - An evening concert at Quidi Vidi Lake will be followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. Should weather conditions not be ideal, the fireworks will be rescheduled for July 2 at 10 p.m. Residents are encouraged to check the Public Advisory section of our website for more information regarding parking & traffic disruptions as well as changes in access to the Quidi Vidi walking trails and Dog Park related to this event. Pet owners are also kindly reminded to keep their pets inside during the fireworks display.

If we have to canceI any portion of the event due to fog, wind or other inclement weather, updates will be available at Access St. John’s, by calling 311 or 709-754-CITY (2489).
This project has been made possible (in part) by the Government of Canada.

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.

Please visit the City of St. John's Recreation Division for further information on Seniors Programs.

Music at Concert Series

St. John's Days Celebrations
St. John's Days, celebrates the incorporation of North America’s oldest city through outdoor concerts, historical characters and other events throughout downtown. 
Free birthday cupcakes each day at the St. John’s Visitor Information Centre, 348 Water Street.
June 23 - 26, 2017
St. John's Days activities for 2017 will be added as they become available.
 
 

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 City of St. John's Recreation Division 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