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 are added as they are confirmed.
 
Spring/Summer Events
St. John's Days Celebrations
Canada Day Celebrations
Music @ Concert Series
Party in the Park
Youth Week

Fall Events
National Child Week Activities
Pumpkin Walk

Winter Events
Festival of Music and Lights
New Year's Eve Celebrations
ChillFest

St. John's Days Celebrations
June 19-21, 2020

Join us for a celebration of the incorporation of one of North America’s oldest cities through outdoor concerts, tours, historical characters, family fun days and other events throughout downtown. All St. John's Days events are free and welcome all ages. 

Event information will be added as details are confirmed.

Canada Day Celebrations
July 1, 2020
Annually the City of St. John's celebrates Canada Day on July 1. All Canada Day events are accessible, and all activities are free of charge.

From sunrise to sunset, on Canada Day there's something for everyone! With support from the Government of Canada, the City of St. John's and event partners will highlight many of the reasons we are proud to call Canada Home. Event information will be added as details are confirmed.

Music @ Concert Series

Music @ is an an exciting mix of sights and sounds in St. John’s.

Many different musical styles are featured in the Music @ concert series including jazz, blues, folk, pop and more. Each concert opens with a youth performer coordinated through a partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society. These opening acts and our headliners showcase the incredible and diverse musical talent the city has to offer.

Kick back with family, friends or co-workers to enjoy your lunch break or weekend activity. It’s like running through a sprinkler on a hot day – refreshing, fun and sure to make you smile!

Music @ Harbourside has become a staple of the St. John’s summer. Every Friday at 12:30 p.m. some of the province’s best performers are joined by rising young stars to present a concert in the sun.

We also have concerts in the works for other wonderful City parks and locations! Check back for updates as more details become available.

Please visit the Arts & Culture pages for a schedule of upcoming concerts.

 

Party in the Park
July 2020

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.

Youth Week
May 2020

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 to 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
November 1, 2020
6 to 8 p.m.

After Halloween bring your carved pumpkin to Bannerman Park and help us light up The Loop with a huge Jack O'Lantern display. Bring a flameless light source if you'd like your pumpkin to shine! Costumes are welcomed.
This is an Earth friendly event. Pumpkins will be collected and composted. Let's cut waste - bring a reusuable mug for your FREE hot chocolate
Inclement weather date: November 2

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
Saturday, December 5, 2020

Ring in the holiday season with our annual celebration of bright lights, festive music and free hot chocolate! Enjoy musical performances 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.

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.

New Year's Eve Celebrations
December 31

Join us for a full day of FREE activities to ring in the New Year.

ChillFest
February 13 - 17, 2020


 
St. John’s ChillFest is an annual community-wide celebration of winter, with a variety of events and activities taking place Feb. 13-17, 2020. ChillFest includes both indoor and outdoor events; there's something for everyone - plus everything is free of charge to attend. 

Thursday, Feb.13

Free Ski & Snowshoe Rentals
Enjoy a night outside under the stars with friends & family or with your special someone. Free snowshoe and ski rentals and free hot chocolate at the North Bank Lodge in Pippy Park. This event is weather dependent. Let's cut waste - bring a reusuable mug for your FREE hot chocolate
6 to 9 p.m.
Winter Activity Centre, North Bank Lodge, Pippy Park
 

Friday, Feb. 14
 
Valentine's Sweetheart Skate – featuring DJ Slim Macho  
Romance is in the air at the Bannerman Park Loop. We have your Valentine’s date night covered. Treat your sweetheart to a romantic evening under the lights.  Skate to your favorite Valentine’s music by our live DJ, Slim Macho. Free hot chocolate for everyone. This event is weather and ice dependent. Let's cut waste - bring a reusuable mug for your FREE hot chocolate      
7 to 9 p.m.
The Loop, Bannerman Park

Valentine’s Day Everyone Welcome Swim
Grab your favorite valentines or your special someone and head to our fun-filled, valentine themed swim at the HGR Mews Community Centre. Open to all ages. Children under 8 must be supervised by a 16+ year old, who must remain in the water at arms-length. Maximum 3 children to 1 supervisor.
7 to 7:50 p.m.
H.G.R. Mews Community Centre, 40 Mundy Pond Road

Saturday, Feb. 15

Snow Play & Sliding
Grab the kids and come on out for an afternoon of fun in Bowring Park. Build, colour and create in the snow, take a ride on the sliding hill and enjoy a free hot chocolate with friends and family. This event is weather and snow dependent. Slides will not be provided. Let's cut waste - bring a reusuable mug for your FREE hot chocolate
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Pool House, Bowring Park
 
Kitchen Party  
Tap yer toes, sing along, get up and dance, play an instrument or just come and be entertained at our good ol’ fashioned Kitchen Party hosted by Fergus O'Byrne & Fergus Brown-O'Byrne. This father and son pair are acclaimed for their musical legacy, proudly celebrating Newfoundland's traditional musical heritage. Participation is encouraged but not required, ​please feel free to bring your instruments. Traditional Newfoundland treats will be provided free of charge. 
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Johnson GEO Centre, 175 Signal Hill Road
 

Sunday, Feb. 16
 
Freez’n Fun Run (& Snowshoe Demos)
2 km adult course, 500 m kids (12 & under) & family course

Outdoor fun for the entire family. Not ready for longer distances or just want to measure your current speed and fitness level? Bundle up and join us for a Freez’n Fun Run on the paved roads in beautiful Bowring Park. All runners will receive a medal and an official time. This event is free, however pre-registration is required on Eventbrite. Bib pick up on site.

Look for the Start and Finish area located at the west gate. Adult 2 km race starts at 9:15 a.m.; kids & family 500 m race starts at 10 a.m. Bib pick-up onsite 15 minutes prior to race time.
Immediately following the races, participants will have the opportunity try snowshoeing on our 200m Snowshoe Demo Course. City of St. John's outdoor program staff will be on hand to help runners get fitted for snowshoes. Limited quantities available. Please RSVP for snowshoeing during Eventbrite registration.

9 to 11 a.m.
Bowring Park

 
Mega Play
Come in out of the cold and join us for an action-packed afternoon of mega fun at Mega Play. There'll be lots of free family fun with interactive games, bouncers, balloon twisting, reptiles a tot spot and a quiet chill out zone. Noise cancelling headphones will be available. We recommend that participants bring a reusable bag for their boots as outdoor footwear is not permitted in the gym.
1 to 4 p.m.
Paul Reynolds Community Centre, 35 Carrick Drive
 
Snowshoe Rentals
Get your friends and family together and head outside for an afternoon of Free snowshoe rentals in beautiful Bowring Park.This event is weather and snow dependent.
2 to 4:30 p.m.
Pool House, Bowring Park

Everyone Welcome Swim
Enjoy a fun-filled swim including toys, diving board, splash pad and slides at the Paul Reynolds Community Centre.
Open to all ages. Children under 8 must be supervised by a 16+ year old, who must remain in the water at arms-length. Maximum 3 children to 1 supervisor.  
2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m
Paul Reynolds Community Centre, 35 Carrick Drive

 
 
Monday, Feb. 17

Free Movie: The Secret Life of Pets
Join us for a free screening of The Secret Life of Pets (rated PG)
Children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by a supervisor 16 years of age or older.
This is a free event, however pre-registration is required on Eventbrite. Tickets will not be available at the door. 
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, Avalon Mall, 48 Kenmount Road

Characters on Ice 
Join us for a skating party with some of your favorite storybook characters at The Loop in Bannerman Park. Along with the characters there will also be children’s music playing and free hot chocolate for everyone. Let's cut waste - bring a reusuable mug for your FREE hot chocolate
1 to 3 p.m.
The Loop, Bannerman Park