Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Virtual St. John's Days Celebrations

St. John's Days

Although we may need to celebrate in a different way this year, St. John’s Days offers something for everyone this year with our first ever virtual celebration.

From daily story times for the little ones to workshops and concerts for our all residents, join with your fellow residents in recognizing the incorporation of one of North America’s oldest cities from Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21.All of our virtual St. John's Days events and activities are free and appropriate for all ages. Featured events include:

Join the St. John's Food Policy Council and special guest Tim Walsh, Nursery Manager and Horticulturalist at MUN Botanical Gardens, for a virtual gardening workshop!Tune in as Tim creates an edibailce container planter, then sign up for the SJFPC email list to win it.We will discuss the elements to make your garden shine - soil, seeds & plants, watering, harvesting, and the wide range of containers you can use. Preregister for this event on Eventbrite.

Watch Parties
Since we need to stay in, St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival are bringing their annual Films On The Go screening tour to you! This year, the focus is on highlighting and sharing local talent. All films were written and/or directed by women from across Newfoundland and Labrador. During the St. John’s Days Watch Party on Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m. you’ll have a two hour window to watch Films Where You’re At on their website All you have to do is enter the password provided on the day of the film screening and voila! Just like Cinderella, you’ll get two hours to have a ball.

And on Sunday at 2 p.m., our friends at Wonderbolt Circus have created a special virtual St. John’s Days show for the entire family.  Don’t miss out on the excitement including tricks, aerials, juggling and they’ve even included some circuis skill tips for budding performers. The show has been prerecorded so that it may be enjoyed throughout the day. Tune in on Wonderbolt's Facebook page  or YouTube channel
It’s Story Time!
At 11:30 a.m. daily with a bonus bedtime story on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., tune in to the city’s YouTube channel for story time as our councillors read their favourite books set in St. John’s:

Music and Concerts

  • On Friday, June 19, visit the city’s YouTube channel for a special St. John’s Days edition of Music @ Harbourside, broadcast at 12:30 p.m. This prerecorded outdoor concert opens with youth performer Luke Mercer on accordion and features Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne. We are bringing you some of the finest musical talent St. John's has to offer, in the comfort of your own home.  
  • On Friday night at 7:30 p.m. the annual St. John’s Day concert with Duo Concertante is the official launch of Tuckamore Festival’s 2020 season! This year, they're bringing the music to you with a special Facebook Live performance, direct from Nancy and Tim's very own living room in St. John's, Newfoundland. With a nod to their 20-year history and the piece for which they were named, they'll be performing the gorgeous "Kreutzer Sonata", Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 in A major. There might be a special surprise (or two) as well! 
  • On Saturday, we’ve invited internet sensations the CO-VIDeo Collective to premiere a special edition just for us at 2 p.m. It started off with friends Ritchie Perez & Brian Downton wanting to continue to make music over the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ve now collaborated with over 30 people online to revive some timeless 80's & 90's music to help sooth self confinement and self isolation.This week, in honour of St. John’s Day’s CO-VIDeo Collective bring us their version of 142 Thru by the St. John’s band, Thomas Trio & the Red Albino, 1992.
  • A special treat is planned for the June 22 holiday! The folks at Spirit of Newfoundland have created a video for us, set to Ron Hynes’ St. John’s Waltz and features people celebrating in their bubbles. Everyone is singing and dancing; on their porches, in kitchens, in the streets, and at our favorite St. John’s places including the city’s many iconic and historic landmarks. Stay tuned to the City's YouTube channel for the official launch of the video.

Don’t forget to participate in the Mayor’s Contest for Kids!
Children of St. John’s are encouraged to think creatively about their city and to respond by posting pictures or videos on the City’s Facebook or Twitter pages or by emailing All submissions received between June 10 and 21 will also be eligible to win a gift prize full of fun family activities and adventures for the summer. Entries are accepted daily during this period. Only residents of St. John’s are eligible to win the prize.