Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the harvest and spend time thinking about what you are thankful for in your life. It is also a long weekend for most people, since many businesses are closed on Thanksgiving Monday. There still a lot of fun activities to do with your family and friends on the Thanksgiving weekend. Here are 16 things to do during Thanksgiving around Saint John.
1. Thanksgiving Brunch/Dinner
Shadow Lake Inn Robertson restaurant, Rothesay: Enjoy Thanksgiving Brunch or dinner at the in Rothesay. (If you are visiting Saint John, Rothesay is about 15 minutes from downtown Saint John).
Other Options for the Weekend :
York Bistro & Pub – Hilton: Weekend Buffet
Reversing Falls Restaurant: Open 11AM – 9PM.
Saint John Ale House: 11:00 AM onwards
Billy’s Seafood Company: 11:00 AM onwards
Italian by Night: 4:00 PM onwards
Port City Royal: 4:00 PM onwards
2. International Culture Fest 2019
Celebrate the amazing cultures that call Saint John at the second annual International Culture Fest. This festival is designed to build bridges between art, entertainment, food, and education across all cultures that are represented in Saint John.
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 10 AM – 6 PM
Harbour Station, 99 Station Street, Saint John
3. Saint John Ghost Walk
Meet Mysterious Mistress Grant and learn about the dark past of Saint John and maybe even see the paranormal activity along the way. Tales of uptown Ghosts at the Imperial, Court House, Burial Ground, City Market, Loyalist House, etc, will be shared on this approximate two hour walk.
Friday, October 11 | 10 AM – 6 PM
King’s Square Bandstand, Saint John
4. Afternoon Tea
Have classic afternoon tea featuring an array of different teas, freshly made finger sandwiches, some of New Brunswick’s finest jams, scones, tarts, and an array of sweets all made in house at the Cosy Cottage Inn for $45.00 per person.
The Cosy Cottage Inn, 213 Lancaster St Saint John
5. Mary’s Wedding
Have a night of live theatre! Mary’s Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope and survival. A love story set against the backdrop of World War I. Set in Western Canada during the First World War, Mary’s Wedding is the story of a recent English immigrant to Canada and a young farmer’s romance that unfolds through a series of dreamlike memories, punctuated by the innocence of new love, the courage of youth and the cruelty of fate.
October 9 to , 2019 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
The BMO Studio Theatre, 112 Princess Street, Saint John
6. Hotel California
Enjoy a night of Eagles! The experience of a Hotel California show isn’t just about the band – it’s about celebrating the music and the memories, and the band gets the audiences involved and on their feet! Close your eyes and you’re right back there…You’ll hear all the hits, remarkably replicated, in this spectacular show!
Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Imperial Theatre, 12 King Square South, Saint John
7. A Thanksgiving Murder Mystery
A fowl murder has been discovered at the Library! Join for for a fun clue based game, in which teams will solve a mysterious murder with clues hidden around the library.
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 3 PM – 4:30 PM
Saint John Free Public Library, 1 Market Square, Saint John
8. Dodgeball Turkey Tournament
Play dodgeball for a good cause! YMCA of Greater Saint John is organising first annual Dodgeball Turkey Tournament in support of Strong Communities.
Monday – October 14th, 2019 | 10:30 AM
YMCA of Greater Saint John, 191 Churchill Blvd., Saint John
9. Uncork Saint John Food & Drink Tour
The original Uncork Saint John Food & Drink Tour is full of fun and will let you explore the unique flavors of the city. There are five stops on the tour, where you can enjoy each businesses’ samples of their most popular food and drinks.
10. Fundy Seafood City Tour
Take a closer look at the amazing local seafood when you go on a Fundy Seafood City Tour. During the tour, you can sample a variety of fresh fish and shellfish from the Maritimes finest producers.
11. Saint John Brewery Tour
The Saint John Brewery Tour will take you to four popular brew-pubs and tasting rooms around Saint John. During the tour, you will learn the history of the Maritimes, while enjoying generous beer and food samples at each of the four stops.
12. Poley Mountain’s Fall Festival
You can ride to the top of Poley Mountain for the fall festival. The chairlift has great views of the forest and the gorgeous sunset-colored leaves. The scavenger hunt will take you on a scenic trip down the mountain. There will also be wagon rides, games, a BBQ and much more for the whole family to enjoy.
October 12, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
69 Poley Mountain Rd, Waterford (1 hour from Saint John)
13. Wobble Gobble at McGill’s
Gobble a beer and wobble your way on to the dance floor at McGill’s. Dr. Dub, FREEWILL and Joe Forestell mix your favorite hits for you to wobble to.
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11 PM – 2 AM
McGill’s, 1 Market Square, Saint John
14. UNB Oktoberfest 2019
Celebrate UNB this fall in Oktoberfest style this Thanksgiving weekend. It is going to be a fun after-work social and full of the many flavours of Oktoberfest. Taste a variety of local beer and ciders. Frank James will be play live all evening.
Friday, October 11, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Market Square, 1 Market Square, Saint John
15. Saint John City Market
The Saint John City Market is the oldest market in North America because it has been going on since 1874. When you visit this popular market you will find cafes, farmers, butchers, fish stalls, and artisans that you can buy food and hand-made items from.
Friday | 7:30 AM. – 6:00 PM
Saturday | 7:30 AM. – 5:00 PM
Open on Thanksgiving – Monday October 14 – Open 12 PM – 5 PM
47 Charlotte Street , Saint John
16. Queen Square Farmers Market
Thanksgiving weekend is the last week of the Queen Square Farmers Market. Farmers, artists, crafters, and food vendors gather to showcase their work. The vendors change weekly and some tailor their offerings depending on the time of year.
Sunday | 9 AM to 2 PM
Queen Square S, Saint John