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Special Events

Special Events

St. John's Celebrates Winter
Snow Play
Mega Play
City of St. John's Youth Week
Canada Day Celebrations
Party in the Park
Victoria Park Lantern Festival
Royal St. John's Regatta
Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival
National Child Day
Festival of Music and Lights

St. John's Celebrates Winter
There is no doubt St. John's is a winter city. We've planned a number of fun winter activities and events to celebrate the winter season. There is something for everyone! Check the City's Facebook page and website frequently, as information on activities are being added.


Snow Play - Bowring Park
Coming February 2017. Check back for details.

Mega Play
Come in out of the cold and join us for an action packed afternoon of mega fun and mega play. We'll have interactive games, bouncers and lots of free play for the entire family.

Date: Sunday, Feb. 14
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Macdonald Drive Junior High, 110 Macdonald Drive (enter off Toronto Street)
Cost: FREE

City of St. John's Youth Week
May 1 - 7

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. The Recreation Division has offered a variety of events designed to appeal to youth. Past events and activities have included: Youth Art Exhibit, free swims, carnivals and Youth of the Year award presentation.

Canada Day Celebrations
July 1

Each July 1, when the sun rises over Signal Hill, the people of St. John's become the first in Canada to celebrate this country's birthday. Events throughout the city entertain residents and tourists alike. Outdoor fireworks at Quidi Vidi Lake cap off the day of birthday celebrations. Happy Birthday Canada!

Party in the Park
July 4, 2018

The City of St. John's Seniors Program Party in the Park is an annual event and an opportunity for older adults to gather in Bowring Park for an afternoon of free entertainment, light refreshments (while supplies last) and socialization.

Registration is not required for this event and open to all ages. Accessible parking is next to the bungalow with limited spaces available. Cars and buses are permitted to enter through the duck pond entrance to drop patrons off at the bungalow but must leave the site immiedately after. For more information please call 576-8411 or 576-8490.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
1 to 3:30pm
Grounds of the Bowring Park Bungalow
Backup Date: Thursday, July 5 (rain or shine) Outdoor location is Bowring Park, indoor location is St. Teresa's Parish Hall

Victoria Park Lantern Festival

The Victoria Park Lantern Festival is an all-ages celebration of community in St. John’s historic west end. A participatory and volunteer-driven event, the annual festival takes place on the Saturday of the last full weekend in July following a couple of months of public lantern-building workshops.
Contact: http://www.lanternfest.ca/

Royal St. John’s Regatta
First Wednesday in August (weather permitting)

The annual Royal St. John’s Regatta is North America’s oldest organized sporting event. The Regatta began officially in 1825 and has run the first Wednesday in August ever since. Regatta Day is probably the only municipal holiday in Canada that is dependent on weather. If it is raining or too windy, the holiday is simply put off until the next suitable day.
Contact: http://www.stjohnsregatta.org/

Newfoundland And Labrador Folk Festival
Early August

The good times in St. John’s keep rolling in August with the annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival held in Bannerman Park featuring musicians, dancers and storytellers from around the province. It is a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the traditional Newfoundland and Labrador lifestyle with music, dancing, storytelling and traditional good times. Please note that in 2013 only the festival will be held in Bowring Park.
Contact: www.nlfolk.com

Pumpkinfest (View Poster)
There are games to play, contests to crush, prizes to win, tractor rides to enjoy, and animals to pet not to mention the pumpkins - So. Many. Pumpkins! For event schedule and information visit the Lester's Farm Market website.

Take the FREE Metrobus Park & Ride to Pumpkinfest due to temporary 'No Parking - Tow Away' zones in place on Brookfield Road around Lester's Farm Market. Hop on the free Park & Ride at the NL Housing building parking lot at 2 Canada Drive. Park & Ride will operate on a continuous, load and go basis from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - the first bus leaves NL Housing at 10 a.m. and the last bus leaves the farm at 4 p.m.

Pumpkinfest is in support of the R.E.A.L. Program. Learn about the R.E.A.L. Program on the City's website.

National Child Day
November 20

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 recognizes the on of the rights with FREE activities designed for children and families during November.

National Child Day activities included Meet the Mayor contest, Active Swim and Play Group, Sensational Play Group, Together Time and Move It Family Fun event.

Move It Family Event
Saturday, November 25, 2017
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
NL Power Plex, 90 Crosbie Road

Click here to view more Family activities the City offers!


Meet the Mayor Contest
As part of the National Child Week celebration, the City of St. John's coordinates
a 'Meet the Mayor' contest with elementary schools in the City where two
children are selected to visit different City Departments, Meet the Mayor and
attend the council meeting to proclaim National Child Day.

Photo's taken from Meet the Mayor Contest November 2016 below.

For more information on National Child Day, email recreation@stjohns.ca or call 709-576-8388 or 709-576-6196.


Festival of Music and Lights 
Festival of Music and Lights at the Bowring Park Duck Pond
St. John’s comes together to ring in the holiday season with bright
lights and beautiful song. The City of St. John’s celebrates the lighting of
Bowring Park at the Duck Pond.There was be holiday singing from local choirs
and free hot chocolate.