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

  • Harbourside Park
  • Bannerman Park
  • Bowring Park
  • Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

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.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Birthday St. John's
Join the City of St. John's staff at the Visitors Information Centres, 348 Water Street from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, 10 Maple View Place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as we celebrate St. John's birthday with sweets and treats for everyone.

St. John's Days Official Launch
Watch as we fire the noon day gun to offcially launch St. John's Days
noon
Signal Hill

Music @ Series
Bring your lunch, your co-worker, or your family and friends to the Attrium of Atlantic Place and enjoy some of the finest musical talent the City has to offer! Opening act by a Youth performer Violet Backie corrdinated by NL Folk Arts Society, and a featured performer Atlantic String Quartet. Details to follow on Youth performer.
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Atlantic Place

Campfire at Signal Hill
Roast S'mores and have a sing- along with Girl Guides Canada. Please remember to bring along your camping chair and dress warmly. This event is weather dependant.
7 to 8 p.m.
Signal Hill, next to the Interpretation Centre

Tuckamore Concert
Opening Youth act Serena & Isaac Piercey, and Duo Concertante will be the main act coordinated by the Artisitc Directors of Tuckamore Festival. This event is free for all ages
8 p.m.
The Kirk. 76 Queens Road

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Happy Birthday St. John's
Join the City of St. John's staff at the Visitors Information Centres, 348 Water Street from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, 10 Maple View Place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as we celebrate St. John's birthday with sweets and treats for everyone.

Newman Wine Vaults
Free Admission
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
436 Water Street

Commissariat House
Free Admission
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
11 King's Bridge Road

Railway Coastal Museum
Free Admission
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
495 Water Street

Free Trolley Rides - Downtown Trolley
In partnership with the City of St. John's, Metrobus Trolley rides are free of charge 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. This applies to the Trolley Line only.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See schedule and stops on http://www.metrobus.com/trolley/
 

Free Swim
Everyone Welcome Swim
10:30 to 11:50 a.m.
Paul Reynolds Community Centre, 35 Carrick Drive
 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Happy Birthday St. John's
Join the City of St. John's staff at the Visitors Information Centres, 348 Water Street from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, 10 Maple View Place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. as we celebrate St. John's birthday with sweets and treats for everyone.

Newman Wine Vaults
Free Admission
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
436 Water Street

Commissariat House
Free Admission
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
11 King's Bridge Road

Free Trolley Rides - Downtown Trolley
In partnership with the City of St. John's, Metrobus Trolley rides are free of charge 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. This applies to the Trolley Line only.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See schedule and stops on the Trolley website

Free Swim
Everyone Welcome Swim
4:30 to 5:50 p.m.
H.G.R. Mews Community Centre, 40 Mundy Pond Road

Photography Workshop
Originally scheduled for Saturday, June 24
Do you have an interest in photography? Come join us on a photography walking tour of beautiful downtown St. John’s. This tour is open to anyone with an interest in photography, no matter your skill level. This is not a technical course, so everyone should feel welcomed to bring their camera and creativity!  An experienced photographer Susan Brewer will guide you on this two hour walk to some of the most picturesque locations in the downtown area. Please note this event is weather dependent.
9 - 11 a.m.
Stating location will be the Bannerman Park gazebo in the middle of The Loop.

Fun in Bannerman Park
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this event. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Come celebrate our birthday with an afternoon in beautiful Bannerman Park. Featuring Wonderbolt Circus, interactive activities with Far Out Fitness, fun run and ike Rodeo. Bring along your decorated bike/mobility device for a chance to win 2 brand new bike's from Coleman's for the Summer! Registration for the Bike Rodeo will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Please Note: Bikes and decorations for parade are the responsibilty of participants. No bike required for participation.
2 to 4 p.m.
Bannerman Park

Discover the Tastes of Newfoundland
Come observe and sample  the tastes of Newfoundland as Chef/Owner Andrea Mauder of Bacalao showcases her talents of creating several cultural dishes that will leave you wanting more.  Registration is required for this event, pelase see link below. Limited number of seats so please register as soon as possible.
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Foran/Greene Room, City Hall
Registration Link: Acitivity # 9560- Pelase follow link below to register for th Discover the Tastes of Newfoundland at: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/recconnect/Activity_Search/discover-the-tastes-of-newfoundland/4539

East Coast Trail Hike- Sugarloaf Path
Enjoy the Sugarloaf Path while being guided by the  East Coast Trail Association. The hike will start in Logy Bay and finish at Quidi Vidi.  This is a 3-4 hour hike, and it's recommended that you follow the links below to obtain as much information regarding this specific hike. Participants are asked to make arrangements prior to walk to have one car at the end and beginning as this is  a one-way hike. Please note this event is weather  dependent.                                                                                     
Trail description. http://www.eastcoasttrail.com/Modules/Facilities/Detail.aspx?id=9a0df305-dd14-443c-9a0d-19830a52406d                                                      
Info on trail etiquette http://www.eastcoasttrail.com/en/hike-the-trail/hiking-etiquette.aspx                                                                                                        
How to prepare for a hike http://www.eastcoasttrail.com/en/choose-your-path/preparing-to-hike.aspx
9:30 a.m.
Logy Bay: Turn east off Logy Bay Road onto Marine Drive. Follow signs to Marine Lab Road and Ocean Sciences Centre.

 

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.

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.

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.
 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
A.C. Hunter Library
Under 8 must have adult
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!
 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

10 to 11:30 a.m.
Southlands Community Centre
up to 6 years-old
Free 

Drop in Playgroup
Come and enjoy a weekly drop-in playtime group with other children and caregivers
 

Friday, November 18, 2016

10 a.m. to noon
A.C. Hunter Library
up to 3 years-old
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.
 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
NL Sport Power Plex, Crosbie Road
All Ages
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.

 

Saturday, November 20, 2016

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kilbride Lion's Community Centre
16 years +
$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 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