Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so it is time to start thinking about buying all the fixings for the feast. It is also a long weekend because Thanksgiving Monday is a day off for most people. For many people, Thanksgiving is the start of fall. So, gather your family and spend some time relaxing, or get out of the house and experience what St. John’s has to offer this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Weekend Brunch/Dinner
The Merchant Tavern: Weekend Brunch from 10:30 AM
Exile Restaurant and lounge: Weekend Brunch: Sat & Sun from 11am – 5pm; Lunch: Week Days from 11am – 5pm; Dinner: Every Day from 5pm – 10pm
Festival of New Dance – St. John’s until October 12, 2019
The Festival of New Dance is a showcase of the contemporary dance talent in Newfoundland. During the festival, local and international dancers perform, along with offering professional development workshops and artistic collaborations.
Happy Thanksgiving – Let’s Make Pie – St. John’s on October 12, 2019
The Thyme Catering and Cooking School is having a ‘hands on’ class for kids aged 9 – 12, so they can learn to make apple pie and cranberry sauce. The best part of this class is that the children get to take their creations home to share at their family’s Thanksgiving Dinner.
Kizzchata Saturdays – St. John’s on October 12, 2019
If you are overstuffed from your delicious Thanksgiving dinner, head down to a drop-in Kizzchata class at the Yoga Kulu Co-Op. You will learn some simple moves and work off some
calories at this social dancing class.
Jack O’Lantern Festival –St. John’s on October 12, 2019
Spend some time with the family outdoors at Lester’s Farm. You can pick your pumpkins at the pumpkin U-pick. They also have a variety of gourds, corn stalks and hay bales for all your fall decorating needs. The petting barn is also open, so you can meet the friendly farm animals.
Or visit on October 12 and join for Jack O’Lantern Festival! Have Spooky Treats, Scarecrow Building Contest, Hay rides, Face Painting, Bouncy Castles and more!
Scavenger Hunt – St. John’s
October is the perfect time to explore the city through a Zombie Scavenger Hunt. Zombie Scavenger Hunt leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game.
Visiting St. John’s for the weekend? Discover the city through a Tourist Scavenger Hunt. Discover tourist attractions but also the peculiarities of what locals call their home. You will have challenges to solve at each stage of your journey. During this time, you will also be exposed to the neighborhood’s history.
Fantastical Threads: Costumes at The Rooms – St. John’s
Get some inspiration for this year’s Halloween costume with a visit to the temporary display Fantastical Threads: Costumes at The Rooms. See costumes made by talented local designers ranging from aliens to witches. October 1 – November 3, 2019.
Glow Slime and Canvas Class – Mount Pearl on October 12, 2019
This Thanksgiving, the Clay Cafe Avalon is holding a fun 2.5-hour workshop where kids get to paint a sugar skull glow in the dark canvas and they also get to glow slime. The kids should be sure to wear white because it shows up really cool in the cafes black lights.
Fall Craft Fair – Mount Pearl on October 14, 2019
Spend the day at Mount Pearl’s annual Thanksgiving craft fair at the Reid Community Centre – Fitness Centre where the vendors showcase their crafts, jewellery, fall-inspired décor, and delicious homemade treats. Everything is 100% hand-crafted by people in the Mount Pearl community.
Fall-Ing Into Christmas Fair – St. John’s on October 14, 2019
It may be Thanksgiving Weekend, but it is start of the Christmas Craft Show season. The Fall-ing into Christmas Show has over 70 vendors under one roof at the Holiday Inn St. John’s. This fair is great time to start thinking about and buying gifts for the whole family.
Octoberfest Craft Fair – Mount Pearl on October 14, 2019
You can find fantastic gifts and unique home décor that is handcrafted at the Octoberfest Craft Fair. There is also a kiddie corner that will keep the kids entertained while you are shopping and checking out the vendor’s tables.
Thanksgiving Family Fossil Hike – Manuels River on October 14, 2019
Join palaeontologist Dr. Rod Taylor for a fun and informative hike along the trails to the protected fossil site of Manuels River. The hike is approximately 1.5 hours and is included with the price of admission.
St. John’s Haunted Hike
If you are looking for some scares, join Rev. Thomas Wyckham Jarvis and visit Newfoundland’s most popular paranormal location and explore the haunted street of St. John’s. Make sure to wear comfortable street clothes and shoes when you go on the St. John’s Haunted Hike.
Buy ingredients at the St. John’s Farmer’s Market
Open every Saturday, year- round, the St. John’s Farmer’s Market is the best place where you can buy fresh, local produce, baked goods, and meat products. You can pick up prepared meals at the market if you are not great in the kitchen.
Check out the GEO Vista Park
Hiking the Geo Vista Park gives you breathtaking views of old St. John’s and the Harbour. There are 8 inter-looping walks that total 1.6km long, so you can pick where you would like to stop and start. It is a great place to enjoy the vibrant fall colors.
Tour the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Limited
Quidi Vidi Brewing Company is the largest craft brewery in Newfoundland and is settled in the lovely fishing village of Quidi Vidi. So, gather together your family and friends and can take the tour to see how the different types of beer are made and sample some the finest craft beer in St. John’s.
Try the best Fish n Chips on Newfoundland at Ches’s Fish and Chips
Ches’s Fish and Chips has been serving fish n’ chips the Newfoundland way since 1951 and is one of the most popular options for both locals and travelers. The fish is fresh off the boat and they handcut their own fries. You may love it so much that you want it in place of turkey this Thanksgiving.
Warm Up with a Cup of Coffee at Hungry Heart Café
Enjoy a cup of coffee and a fresh baked good to warm after spending quality time with the family outdoors seeing all the gorgeous colors that fall is bringing. The Hungry Heart Café is a socially responsible employer that provides training opportunities to those who face barriers to be successfully included in the community.
The East Coast Trail
The East Coast Trail is a 300-kilometre long trail that will take you along cliffs, headlands, sea stacks, and deep fjords. It was on the list of World’s Best Adventure Destinations by National Geographic in 2012. The trail starts in St. John’s and is the part of the world’s longest recreational trail system, the Great Trail.
Walk the Grand Concourse Trail
The Grand Concourse Trail connects St. John’s to Mount Pearl, Torbay, Paradise, and Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s. It is 160km in length and takes you past a number of lakes, ponds, and rivers, and there are many places where you can stop and relax at. It is a walker’s paradise in the fall because of the stunningly beautiful foliage.
Signal Hill’s North Head Trail
Signal Hill’s North Head Trail is a very challenging hike but it is a very popular one with locals and visitors alike. The trail connects Cabot Tower and takes you around cliffs. It has amazing views of the ocean and sometimes you can even spot icebergs passing by.
Feed the Ducks at Bowring Park
Even though it is fall, some of the ducks are still at Bowring Park. The Bowring Park Foundation sells duck food for just a dollar. It is a great way of spending some quality family time at the park, plus the ducks love the food.
Check Out the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation
The Quidi Vidi Village Plantation is the place to go if you love local art. Local artists display and sell their work at this unique gallery. You can always see something interesting and new at the gallery.
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