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St John's Newfoundland's Festivals Information, listings and links



St John's people love festivals, be it spring, summer, fall or winter. Throughout the year, over 15 different festivals and annual events are put on by various local groups. There's no better way to enjoy yourself than to take in a festival.

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Festival

Date

Description

Cape St. Mary's Performance Series

end May - September

A series of music, dance, drama, storytelling, slide presentations, film and visual art, held at the Interpretation Centre of Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve. Sponsored by the Friends of Cape St. Mary's. (709) 753-2102 fax: 753-2445

Soirees & Times - A Cruise To Die For

June - September

A dinner theatre production. Welcome aboard the M.S. Beothuk Princess. Let eccentric cruiseship magnate Dame Kitty Biddiscombe and her crew of misfits take you on a voyage where music and mirth are on deck and murder is on the menu. Doors open at 6:30PM. (709) 753-7100, tollfree: 1-866-753-7100 fax: 738-4199

St. John's Fringe Festival

mid-June (in odd-numbered years)

Presenting innovative and experimental drama for five days in at various venues downtown. 907-722-5581.

St. John's Discovery Days Celebrations

late June

long-weekend's hoopla marking the city's birthday with formal receptions, performing arts, and streets filled with vendors.

Teddy Bears' Picnic

late June

An event that the children will enjoy on the Arts and Culture Centre lawn

Soirees & Times - Steele N' Steps

July to end September

Experience "a unique & most enjoyable evening" where we literally roll out the red carpet in the elegant setting. Savour the flavour of a traditional meal prepared by one of St. John's most accomplished chefs. Enjoy our sampling of moe than 500 years of entertainment preserved and presented through traditional Newfoundland music, song and dance. Hosted by Darrin "Steppin" Steel. (709) 739-7837, tollfree: 1-866-819-8687 fax: 739-8687

Summer Craft Fair

early July

The Newfoundland, And Labrador Craft Development Association puts on crafts shows four times a year. The three-day summer event is the most popular, showcasing province-wide crafts

Sound Symposium

Early July (even numbered years)

Highlights include the noontime medley of harbor ship horns; citywide theater, workshops, and dance; and Newfoundland, folk, electronic, jazz, New Age, and African concerts.

H.G.R. Mews Memorial Road Race,

early July

Thousands of runners participate in an eight-km sprint to the Quidi Vidi Boat House

Evening Telegram Road Race

mid-July

10-mile run in that starts in Bannerman Park

Signal Hill Tattoo i

early July to mid-August

Tribute to the landmark Battle of Signal Hill that ended the war between the English and French in North America. The military event is staged dramatically with foot soldiers, artillery detachments, fife and drum bands, and more. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11 am and 3 p.m. (709) 772-5367.

St. John's Jazz Festival

mid-July

The SJJF offers 5 days of an incredible diversity of jazz and world music concerts & educational workshops, by local, national and international performers. Entertainment for the entire family. The SJJF is presented in a variety of venues including, Harbourside Park (outside) MUN School of Music, the Majestic Theatre, the Republic and other nightclubs. Phone (709)739-7734 fax 739-7706 .

Dance Up

end July

Held at the Masonic Hall, Cathedral Street, St. John's. Learn the basic moves for participation in Newfoundland Set Dancing. With the preliminaries out of the way, the live music begins featuring Kelly Russell & Friends playing lively & authentic Newfoundland Music. Participants & spectators alike will have the time of their lives, taking part in a time honoured local tradition. (709) 754-7324, tollfree: 1-888-754-7377 fax: (709) 722-8557

Shakespeare By The Sea Festival

mid July - end August

All the world's a stage with the Shakespeare By The Sea Festival! See the troupe transform unique outdoor Newfoundland sites into settings for classics from the Bard and other favourites. Exciting, lively performances take place at Cape Spear National Historic Site and in Bowring Park. Call for times and details. (709) 576-0980 fax: 576-8073

George Street Festival

end July

Six nights of live entertainment featuring Newfoundland, And Canadian acts on the city's most famous Street. (Tickets available at the gate call (709) 754-4771.)

George Street Festival

late July/early August

Prince Edward Plaza on George Street is the outdoor setting for the five-night festival which offers a variety of performances by top entertainers.

Royal St. John's Regatta

start August

North America's oldest continuing sporting event. It began in 1826 with fishermen at the helm; nowadays, the regatta combines experienced crews in a day-long series of fixed-seat rowing races and a huge garden party and 50,000 cheering spectators. It's held at Quidi Vidi Lake near downtown St. John's on the first Wednesday in August. (709) 576-8921 fax: 576-3315

Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival

early August

Bannerman Park, St. Johnís. Canadaís second-oldest folk festival is spread out over 3 exciting days and is attended by thousands of loyal supporters and visitors. Whether you are looking to sing, dance, hear a Newfoundland traditional story or just sit back and enjoy the music, this event is not to be missed. One of the largest festivals in the province. Held since 1978. 709-576-8508 fax: 576-2323

St. John's Triathlon

mid-August

ranks as the ultimate athletic feat, combining a 1km swim, 46km cycling with a 10 km run.

Bay Roberts Klondyke Days

early August

An annual celebration of food and music. Fun for all ages! Activities include concerts, plays, boat tours, historical walks and much more. Bay Roberts, 709) 786-2126 fax: (709) 786-2128

Summerdance

early August

The province's annual festival of dance on the front lawn of the Fluvarium. (709) 722-6907 fax: 722-3099

Parks & Recreation Family Playhouse Theatre

start August

Families are invited to St. David's Park (Mount Pearl) to enjoy great family entertainment. (709) 748-1008 fax: 364-9429
kbowering@mtpearl.nf.ca www.mtpearl.nf.ca

Pippy Park Family Days & Summerdance

start August

A 2-day festival featuring family entertainment, singers, dancers, musicians and theatre, incorporating the different aspects of Pippy Park. (709) 729-3904 fax: 729-5952

Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival

early August

The festival promotes & preserves the cultural tradition of the province through music, dance and crafts. One of the largest festivals in the province. (709) 576-8508 fax: 576-2323
bridget@sjfac.nf.net
www.moonmusic.nfld.com/sjfac/

Tuckamore Festival: Chamber Music In Newfoundland

early-mid August

Faculty and students present chamber music in selected venues in St. John's. Admission: $10-15 Adult; $7-10 Student 245 Southside Road (709) 753-4603 fax: (709) 737-2666

Brigus Blueberry Festival

mid-August

A fun-filled weekend for all ages. Folk festival, cash bar, parade, pie eating contest, Missed Pageant, craft tables, baked goods, traditional food, moose burgers, horse & buggy rides, games of chance, pre-teen, teen and adult dances. 3-foot blueberry pie on display. Fireworks Sunday night. Brigus Conception Bay, (709) 528-3201 fax: (709) 528-3201

Annual Farm Field Day

mid-August

At the Atlantic Cool Climate Crop Research Centre. Featuring research displays, agriculture industry information, animal petting farm, pony & tractor rides. Free admission & parking. Food samples, industry giveaways and draws. 10:00am - 5:00pm (709) 772-0461 fax: 772-6064
noftalll@em.agr.ca www.res2.agr.ca/st.johns/events.htm

Lower Island Cove Regatta & Folk Festival

mid-August

Friday night: Fireworks, supper, boat rides & chips, drinks etc. Saturday: Regatta Day, booths, boat rides, variety of food (great fish & brews), kids activities, boat races & dance to follow. Sunday: Folk Festival Lower Island Cove, (709) 584-3250

Festival Of Friends Celebrations

mid-August

Folk Festival held at Kelly Park, Outer Cove - 15 minutes from St. John's on Route 30. Featuring the top Newfoundland performers of traditonal & Irish music. (709) 737-3577 fax: 737-4547

Newfoundland Equestrian Association Show

end August

Show includes Junior and Senior, English Hunter/Jumper, Western and Dressage. Held at Clovelly Riding Stables, Logy Bay Road. (709) 754-2349 fax: 754-2411
www.webpage.ca/nea

New 'fun' Land Square Dance Festival

end August

Annual square dance festival featuring visiting callers. Come enjoy two days of "Friendship set to Music." Observers welcome! At the Mews Community Centre, Mundy Pond Road. (709) 745-5830

Atlantic Bowls 2001

ealy Sept

The Peter Pan Lawn Bowling Club will be hosting this Atlantic Championship at the Midstream Greens in the west end of Bowring Park. Men & Ladies pairs & triples from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island will complete against Newfoundland. All day event. All are welcome. " Club & general public bowling supended for this event." 5 Ayre Place, St. John's, (709) 726-2364

Trinity-conception Fall Fair

late Sept

Annual fair since 1958, Miss Newfoundland & Labrador Pageant, talent search contest, farm days, arts & crafts contest, agriculture contest, livestock contest, amusement rides, giant parade, nightly entertainment. Harbour Grace, (709) 596-6201 fax: (709) 596-1991

Annual Great Rennies River Rubber Duck Race

early Sept

Family fun event, six thousand bright yellow rubber ducks race from the Herder bridge. (709) 722-3825 fax: 754-5947
fluvarium@thezone.net www.fluvarium.nf.net

Fun House

late October/TD>

Kittiwake's Annual Halloween haunted house moves to the Anna Templeton Centre...four floors of fright! (709) 722-6907 fax: 722-3099

St. John's International Women's Film & Video Festival

late October

Join us in celebration of women and filmmaking, in the city by the sea, St. John's. Come be entertained and enjoy learning about the TV & movie industry in our workshop series. (709) 754-3141 fax: 754-3143

Halloween Mardi Gras

Late Otober

The four-day Halloween Mardi Gras brings partying to George Street

Newfoundland (all Breed) Kennel Club Championship Dog Shows & Obedience Trials

mid November


More than 50 breeds of dogs will be judged by an international panel. Call for exact location. 3 Conformation Shows & 2 Obedience Trials. (709) 437-1785 fax: 437-1785

Annual Downtown Christmas Parade

late November

Join over 50,000 spectators as historic downtown St. John's is transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland. See magnificent floats, marching bands, cheerleaders and a cast of crazy clowns and characters delight both the young and old. (709) 726-8244 fax: 579-1636

The Nutcracker And The King Of Mice

mid December

Kittiwake's annual production of the family classic ballet The Nutcracker and The King of Mice, with guest performers from the mainland (709) 722-6907 fax: 722-3099

North America's First New Year's Festival

end December

T here's no place better to celebrate New Year's Eve than at the North America's First New Year's Festival, held along Harbour Dr. on the waterfront. Fireworks usher in the New Year here at North America's easternmost edge.



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