Festivals Worth Travelling For!
While planning your trip to St. John’s consider the following festivals and events. You are spoiled for choice and it will be hard to choose but we recommend them all. You might as well make a visit to St. John’s an annual event.
OPERA ON THE AVALON (June)
Opera on the Avalon is an exciting performance program for young, gifted classical singers and pianists.
CANADA’S BIG BIRTHDAY BASH (June 30 & July 1)
Newfoundlanders are the first citizens of Canada to celebrate our national birthday, and nobody does it better.
THE ROYAL ST. JOHN’S REGATTA (August)
This historic regatta is the oldest continuing sporting event in North America. The event continues to draw in excess of 50,000 spectators each year and is a major focal point of summer activities in the St. John’s area.
GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL (June & August)
The annual George Street Festival has grown to become an iconic event in the St. John’s calendar – a must attend attraction for tourists and residents alike. Over 40,000 people party on the “biggest little street in North America” for 6 straight days.
DOWNTOWN ST. JOHN’S BUSKER FESTIVAL (August)
The Buskers Festival is all about bringing performance to the streets! Over three days, international, national and local entertainers create a spectacle on three stages throughout downtown St. John’s. This event appeals to the kid in everyone – get caught up in the wonder!
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR FOLK FESTIVAL (August)
Organized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival is one of the best Folk Festivals in the world and 2nd oldest in Canada!
MUSIC AT HARBOURSIDE PARK (July & August)
These free concerts provide residents and visitors with a unique opportunity to hear local musicians against the backdrop of our historic harbour, its famous Narrows and the Southside Hills.
ST. JOHN’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (October)
The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF) is one of the longest running women’s film festivals in the world. Established in 1989 to support and promote women filmmakers, SJIWFF produces several screenings, workshops and other events throughout the year, culminating in a five day film festival held in October.
FESTIVAL OF NEW DANCE (October)
The Festival of New Dance has been presented annually since 1990 by Neighbourhood Dance Works. Since its inception, the Festival has grown into one of the premier festivals of contemporary dance in the country, and the largest east of Quebec.
MARDI GRAS (October)
Evoking the same fun spirit as the infamous New Orleans Mardi Gras, George Street’s event happens yearly around Halloween, transforming the entire street into the largest costume party in the country.