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

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

The health and safety of St. John’s residents is our top priority. Given the current pandemic, our annual in-person St. John’s Days activities have gone virtual as we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. In order to celebrate with our city while practicing physical distancing, we will host our first-ever virtual St. John’s Days celebrations! Please join us as we celebrate the incorporation of one of North America’s oldest cities, together. We've prepared three days of events and activities including virtual concerts, video premiers, story readings, online workshops and family fun. All of our virtual St. John's Days events and activities are free and appropriate for all ages. Additional events may be added as details are confirmed. 

Friday, June 19, 2020
11:30 a.m. Virtual Storytime with City Councilor Maggie Burton
12:30 p.m. Virtual Music @ Harbourside
7:30 p.m. St. John’s Day Concert with Duo Concertante: Tuckamore Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2020
10 a.m. Virtual Container Gardening Workshop
11:30 a.m. Virtual Storytime with City Councilor Hope Jamieson
2 p.m. CO-VIDeo Collective: St. John’s Days Video Premiere
8-10 p.m. Films Where You’re At: watch party, St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
11:30 a.m. Virtual Storytime with Mayor Danny Breen
2 p.m. Wonderbolt Circus Watch Event
6:30 p.m. Virtual Storytime with Councilor Debbie Hanlon

Monday, June 22, 2020
Spirit of NL St. John’s Days Video Release

Mayor’s Contest
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 communications@stjohns.ca. Families are encouraged to challenge their creative skills by using different items you have available within your household. Items to consider include drawing or painting a picture, building with Lego blocks, making a chalk image outside, using recyclables or outdoor items like rocks and sticks to create a collage, singing a song or writing a poem or story.

Canada Day Celebrations
July 1, 2020

The health and safety of St. John’s residents is our top priority. Given the current pandemic, our annual in-person Canada Day activities have gone virtual as we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Join us for virtual Canada Day Celebrations.  We will celebrate Canada Day together with local and national celebrations taking place throughout the day. Wherever you are across the country, you will be able to enjoy National Canada Day afternoon and evening shows on Canadian Heritage’s social media sites, and on CBC and Radio-Canada.

Virtual interactive activities as well as online content especially crafted for Canada Day available at the Government of Canada website. Locally, we will be broadcasting on City of St. John’s social media sites and featuring a special Canada Day Program at 6:30 p.m on NTV.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Canada Day Across the Country
3:30 p.m. Canada Day Drumming Virtual Celebration 
6:30 - 7 p.m. City of St. John’s Celebrates Canada Day
8:30 -10:30 p.m. Canada Day Together 
10 p.m. Virtual Fireworks

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.

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.

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
With COVID-19 restrictions limiting large gatherings, the City has decided to cancel its annual Pumpkin Walk for 2020. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun with this year’s Halloween celebrations!

Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest
October 22 - 28, 2020

Residents are invited to submit photos of their pumpkin-carving activities - and final jack o’lanterns – to be entered to win one of two Zombie Grams, delivered to your home by Neighbourhood Dance Works on Saturday, October 31. Photos must be emailed to communications@stjohns.ca by end of day Wednesday, October 28 to be eligible for the prize draw. Prize winners will be selected by random draw.

To be entered to win, please email a photo of you with your pumpkin (to verify that you are the creator) as well as a photo of your finished pumpkin alone. Please indicate in the email if we may use one or both of your photos on our social media feeds and provide your local address (which will not be shared online and is for the purposes of the contest only.)

Compost Your Creation
Sunday Nov 1, 1 - 5 p.m.

Did you know that removing your pumpkins from your property will help curb Halloween-centered crime? 50% of crimes reported to police on Halloween are crimes against property, many involving the Jack o’lantern. The simplest thing to do with your pumpkin is to compost it. Pumpkins are more than 90 percent water and have an array of nutrients helpful to the soil when they’re composted.

If you don’t want to use the pumpkin for your own composting, we’ll gladly take it for use in our city parks. Place your pumpkin in a paper yard waste bag and put it at the curb on your recycling day or drop it off at the Robin Hood Bay Residential Drop Off.
For more on the benefits of composting, visit curbitstjohns.ca.

A pumpkin compost collection site will also be set up in the large gravel lot on The Boulevard on Sunday, November 1 from noon to 5 p.m. To offer a low-contact drop-off, GFL bins will be set up in the parking lot. Throughout the afternoon, the City will offer random prizes to those who attend.

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

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

Activities to ring in the New Year.

February 13 - 17, 2020