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
Downtown Holiday Shop & Stroll
Festival of Music and Lights
New Year's Eve Celebrations


Upcoming Events
Festival of Music and Lights 
Self-Guided Festival of Music and Lights
Come visit our 20th annual music and lights celebration at Bowring Park Duck Pond. The City of St. John’s is extending this festival until February 14, 2022 to keep spirits bright.

Throughout the month of January, visit Bowring Park Duck Pond to view the beautiful light display that will lift your spirits and bring you joy. The lights serve as a symbol of hope that brighter days are on the horizon during this challenging time.

Due to COVID-19 precautions the festival will be a little different this year, with no public event to switch on the lights. To enhance your experience, a holiday audio show featuring festive songs from local musicians will be available for you to enjoy while viewing the lights. Signage in the park will provide instructions for accessing the audio show using a smartphone camera and QR code, a URL address through a web browser or an FM station on an FM radio.

Please respect COVID-19 public health guidelines while enjoying the music and lights. Vaccine passports are not required to attend this outdoor festival.

Accessibility Information:

  • Accessible parking is located in the parking lot near the duck pond. Additional spaces are near the Bowring Park Lodge on Waterford Bridge Road.
  • Instructions to access the audio show will be displayed on clear print signage around the Duck Pond and near the accessible parking.
  • The duck pond trail is approximately 500 meters of concrete sidewalk and packed gravel with uneven terrain in places.
  • Lighting may be dim in places; patrons are welcome to bring a flashlight.

This festival is presented in partnership with NTV and OZFM.

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

Celebrate winter with a variety of Free activities for all ages and abilities, taking place February 11 to 14, 2022
Free Ski & Snowshoe Rentals
Friday, February 11, noon – 10:00 p.m.
Please note: Due to weather, as there is no snow, the free snow shoe rental is cancelled. Please check out the other events ChillFest has to offer!
Free General Skating at Mary Browns Centre
Friday, February 11, 2 – 2:50 p.m.
Mary Browns Centre

Free Everyone Welcome Swim
Friday, February 11, 6 – 6:50 p.m.
H.G.R. Mews Centre

Hero's Theme @ The Loop
Saturday, February 12, 12 – 4 p.m.
The loop in Bannerman Park
Free Lane & Leisure Swim
Saturday, February 12, 5:30 – 6:20 p.m.
H.G.R. Mews Centre
Freez'n Fun Run
Sunday, February 13, 9 – 11a.m.
Bowring Park

Sunday, February 13, 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Bowring Park
Free Everyone Welcome Swim
Sunday, February 13, 3 – 3:50 p.m.
H.G.R. Mews Centre
Free General Skating at Mary Browns Centre
Monday, February 14, 2 – 2:50 p.m.
Mary Browns Centre
Sweetheart Night @ The Loop
Monday, February 14, 6 - 9 p.m.
The Loop in Bannerman Park
ChillFest Scavenger Hunt
February 11 - 14
Bowring Park, Bannerman Park & Victoria Park

Virtual Kitchen Party
Saturday, February 12, 3:30 p.m.

In conjunction with Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society, we’re bringing you a virtual version of our annual Kitchen Party. Tap yer toes, sing along, get up and dance, grab an instrument or just tune-in and be entertained by a good ol’ fashioned Newfoundland 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. This year, they will be joined around the table by some of our finest young traditional musicians as special guests.

 All participants must respect Covid-19 public health guidelines and facility requirements while enjoying ChillFest activities.These guidelines and facility requirements may vary between the different activities. Before participating, please check the facility website for the public health guidelines and facility requirements that you will need to follow.

As per Public Heath Guidelines anyone aged 19 and over will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and identification upon entry in any City of St. John’s Recreation Facility. The public are reminded that masks are required when visiting City facilities and social distancing measures are still in place.


Past Events

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
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
  • 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.

Downtown Holiday Shop & Stroll
Celebrate the merriest time of the year at the first Downtown Holiday Shop & Stroll happening 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday starting November 27 to December 11, 2021.
Come to Downtown St. John’s to start your holiday shopping or enjoy a meal at one of downtown’s excellent eateries, all in a festive atmosphere. You can have a fun Saturday afternoon enjoying free performances by musical entertainers and carolers throughout the downtown that are guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.
Have a letter for Santa? This year, elves have put a Santa’s Mailbox at 348 Water Street, which is in front of the Welcome Centre. You can drop your letter in Santa’s Mailbox.

Public Health Guidelines
COVID-19 public health guidelines are everyone’s responsibility – patrons, business owners, event staff and employees. Please respect public health guidelines that are in place from the Chief Medical Officer of HealthVaccine passports are not required to attend this outdoor event.
Parking Options
As winter is almost here, there will be no streets closed to traffic during the Downtown Holiday Shop & Stroll event to allow everyone easy access to the shops and parking area.
On-street parking spaces are located throughout the downtown and are serviced by Pay Stations and PayByPhone; motorists must look for signage when parking. Paid parking on city streets is not required on weekends or after 6 p.m. weekdays.

Free parking for 140 vehicles is available at the City Hall Parking Garage (10 New Gower Street) all-day during weekends on levels one, three and four.

Free parking is available after 5 p.m. weekdays and all-day during weekends at three parking lots near Duckworth Street:

  • Corner of Holloway and Duckworth (across from Haymarket Square) – 21 spaces
  • Corner of Prescott and Duckworth (Across from TD Building) – 31 spaces
  • 18 Prescott Street (behind Blue Drop building) – 60 spaces

Private parking garages are open 24/7 at 351 Water Street and 330 Duckworth Street. Other private parking garages include ALT Hotel (125 Water Street), A.P. Parking Garage (1 Clift’s Baird’s Cove), and the Bowring Centre (entrance on Harbour Drive).
Metrobus routes 3, 10 and 11 can bring you to the downtown area. To plan your trip in advance visit the Metrobus website - Take the Bus

This event is hosted in partnership between City of St. John’s and Downtown St. John’s. It aligns with The City’s strategic direction of a Connected City as it provides an opportunity to connect with each other within our community.

New Year's Eve Celebrations
December 31
The City of St. John’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display will occur at 8 p.m. Friday, December 31 over Quidi Vidi Lake. It also will be airing on NTV at 12 a.m. on Saturday, January 1. Accessible parking for the fireworks is available at Dominion Memorial Market. In case of unsuitable weather for fireworks, they will be postponed to 8 p.m. Saturday, January 1. A Public Advisory will be issued on the city's website on December 31, if they are postponed.

Keeping COVID-19 public health guidelines in mind, the City recommends attendees remain in their vehicles to watch the fireworks. If exiting vehicles or walking to the site, wearing a face mask is strongly encouraged and keeping two metres of physical distance from others that are not close contacts.

All other City-hosted New Year’s Eve events that were advertised in the City Guide Winter 2022 are cancelled including the skating party at The Loop, Bannerman Park and the Countdown Celebration to the fireworks at Quidi Vidi Lake.