Celebrate St. John's

Celebrate 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
Canada Day
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

 


Canada Day
July 1, 2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the City is not recognizing Canada Day in the usual way this year. There are no fireworks, or in-person events being held.

City Council are asking residents to take this time to reflect, and to acknowledge the importance of working together to build a stronger Canada. Residents can educate themselves by learning about the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Calls for Justice of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Canadian Heritage Virtual Events
Wherever you are across the country, you will be able to view National Canada Day programming on Canadian Heritage’s social media sites, and on CBC and Radio-Canada. Virtual interactive activities as well as online content is available.

Canada Day events are funded in part by Canadian Heritage. Visit  their website for a selection of at home resources.

Canada Day Drumming 2021
2:30 p.m.        
Join in with people from across the country as we simultaneously drum for 6 minutes. The annual Canada Day Drumming strives to deepen intercultural understanding, promote patriotism and enhance civic engagement through one of the world’s most ancient and widely-adopted art forms – percussive arts.  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/canadadaydrumming/
YouTube: @canadadaydrumming

Memorial Day Ceremony
On July 1, the City of St. John’s is sponsoring a NTV broadcast of the Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. with a re-broadcast of the ceremony, and performance of the National Anthem from 6:30 to 7 p.m. The anthem will be performed by Shelley Neville and Peter Halley. Funded in part by Canadian Heritage.

Bench-Mark Project
July 1-5
Local organizations with diverse backgrounds will ‘leave their mark’ on Canada Day through an installment of hand painted benches. Each bench is a unique work of art, designed to welcome newcomers and visitors to St. John’s. The benches will be displayed in the green space at the corner of Prescott and Duckworth Street from July 1 - 5, and later distributed throughout downtown. Funded in part by Canadian Heritage.

Picnic Recipes
We’ve stocked a picnic basket full of simple recipes that travel well and are perfect to take along for a picnic, hike for a backyard barbecue. The recipes are from local chefs and foodies who specialize in many different types of cuisine. 

The recipes are available here. Funded in part by Canadian Heritage.

Music @ Concert Series

Music @ is an an exciting mix of sights and sounds in St. John’s. Music @ Harbourside concerts will resume in person this summer! We’re hosting three concerts per day – at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m., on the following Saturdays: 

  • July 10 
  • July 24 
  • Aug 14 
  • Aug 28 

Admission is free, and in keeping with public health guidelines, concerts will have a limited capacity.

To secure a spot at the concert, get your free ticket by visiting https://harbourside2021.eventbrite.ca.
Tickets will be released on Eventbrite approximately one week before each event.
Learn more...

Party in the Park
July 

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 1 to 7, annually

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
Monday, Nov. 1
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Quiet Viewing 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (no loud music or surprise performances)
Rain date is Tuesday, Nov. 2
 
You’re invited to display your Jack O’ Lantern (pumpkin) at Bannerman Park and participate in our annual Pumpkin Walk - a magnificent Halloween themed event that includes music with a live DJ and pop-up performances. A light source will be provided for your pumpkin.

This is a free, inclusive event.  Everyone is welcome to come and admire the pumpkin display. It is not necessary to bring a pumpkin.

All COVID-19 guidelines will be in place, including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations. Face masks are required unless actively eating or drinking. Vaccine passports are not required to attend this outdoor event.

The Snack Shack will be open, with food and beverage available for purchase during the event.
 
Accessibility features of this event:

  • Twenty accessible parking spaces will be available in the main parking lot off Bannerman Road during the event.
  • Gender Neutral and accessible (portable) toilets will be available on site.
  • Quiet Viewing is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - during this time there will be no loud music and no surprise performances. 
  • After 6:30 p.m. the event will feature Halloween themed music, a live DJ and pop-up performances possibly including Zombies. 
  • All-terrain wheelchairs are available on a first come, first serve basis and must be reserved in advance. To book an all-terrain wheelchair, please contact 576-6872 no later than October 25th, 2021.
  • GoBus drop-off and pick-up location is the sidewalk in front of the Bannerman Park Pool House on Bannerman Road. The Go Bus must be booked in advance.    
  • The Park lights will remain on throughout this event however lighting may be dim in the evening. Patrons are welcome to bring a flashlight.
  • Pumpkins will be placed on the ground along the perimeter of the loop and lining the major pressed gravel paths throughout the park.

Pumpkin Drop-Off
From 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on November 1 you can drop off your pumpkin at Bannerman Park in advance. Following the event, all Pumpkins will be composted at Robin Hood Bay Regional Waste Management facility to be used in future landscaping projects.

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 
With COVID-19 restrictions limiting large gatherings, the City has decided to cancel its annual Festival of Music & Lights for 2020. However, in its place, we are coordinating a city-wide celebration: Holiday Lights St. John’s.

Holiday Lights St. John’s

Join us in December (Date TBA) as we celebrate the holiday season in a spirit of community togetherness.

The countdown and lighting will include City parks, buildings and City Hall as well as numerous locations throughout the city, such as:

  • Confederation Building and the Prince Philip Parkway
  • Government House
  • Cabot Tower, Signal Hill National Historic Site
  • MUN Botanical Garden
  • Downtown St. John’s and George Street

New Year's Eve Celebrations
December 31

Activities to ring in the New Year, to be announced.

ChillFest
 
St. John’s ChillFest is an annual community-wide celebration of winter, with a variety of events and activities taking place February.