Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so it is time to start thinking about buying all the fixings for the feast. 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.
1. Thanksgiving Weekend Brunch/Dinner
Denny’s: Thanksgiving Dinner Heat & Eat on October 8 – 11, 2021
The Merchant Tavern: Weekend Brunch from 10:30 AM
Exile Restaurant and lounge: Weekend Brunch: Sat & Sun from 11am – 2pm; Lunch: Week Days from 11am – 5pm; Dinner: Every Day from 5pm – 9pm/10pm
2. Lester’s Petting Farm
Lester’s Farm Chalet is a 120 acre farm land that features a petting barn, You can also enjoy free wagon rides from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays & Sundays. Call (709) 368-2458 to make your reservation.
Barnyard Hours: Weekdays 12 PM – 7 PM; Weekends 10 AM – 7 PM
Lester’s Farm Chalet, 92 Pearltown Rd, St. John’s
$5 each; Under 3 years are Free
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3. The Screech Room
Whether you want to be Screeched In, learn the story of Newfoundland Screech, purchase bottled Screech, sample the official rum cake of Newfoundland and Labrador, or browse our selection of Newfoundland Products, The Screech Room is the place to go! Details
6 Cathedral Street, St. John’s
4. Young Scientist: Birds
Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, 7 Conception Bay Hwy, Conception Bay South
5. Pumpkinfest at Lester’s Farm Market
Visit Lester’s Farm for the 20th annual Pumpkinfest. Admission covers our corn maze, wagon rides, other mazes and games, bee observatory, giant slide, fall props, and displays and more!
All October (October 9 to 10, 2021)
Lester’s Farm Market, 173 Brookfield Road, St. John’s
$8 per person or $35 for a family of 5
6. NSO Sinfonia 1: Reed Between the Lines
The NSO kicks off the 2021-22 Sinfonia series with “Reed Between the Lines” featuring NSO principal bassoon, Grant Etchegary.
The concert includes Ichmouratov’s The 9th Wave; Vivaldi’s Concerto for Basson in D minor and Concerto for Basson in Bflat Major “La Notte”; and Strauss Metamorphosen. Details
Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 8:00 PM
D.F. Cook Recital Hall, MUN School of Music, St. John’s
7. Nashville Nights
Follow your host, Keith Power, on a trip through the south! We’ll be visiting all the hot spots of Nashville, Tennessee and discovering some of the beautiful music and memories that have been made there throughout the years. From the Opry to the Ryman and everything in between. The night will feature songs and comedy by the stunning Karla-Jane Pilgrim and Kim Conway. The night will also include a fabulous Southern meal by Michelle Doyle from her successful Doyle’s Daily Dish online show.
October 9, 2021 | Doors 6:30 PM; Dinner 7:00 PM; Show 8:00 PM
The Station, 7 Hutchings Street, St. John’s
8. Guided Hike on Mickeleens Path
Mickeleens Path is a 14.4 km return wilderness trail. These hikes are free and conducted by the East Coast Trail Association. Pre-registration is required for this guided hike. The registration form will be released prior to the hike. Details
Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 9:30 AM
6 Cathedral Street, St. John’s
9. Celebrating Culture Days: Quiet Music in Open Spaces
“Quiet Music in Open Spaces” – is a concept that James Hurley has been experimenting with. Using fragments of music from the popular, classical and Newfoundland Folk idioms, James improvises a tapestry of musical lines on the piano in a regenerative style. People are welcome to come, sit in silence and stay as long as they wish. There is no beginning or end to the music, and no applause at any time! Come at any point, take a seat and immerse yourself in this special sound world.
Sunday, October 10, 2021 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Rooms – Level 3 Atrium, 9 Bonaventure Avenue, St. John’s
10. Claire Porter & Maude Blanchet Live at The Battery Cafe
Claire Porter is a singer/songwriter hailing from Newfoundland. She’s inspired by everything from hard blues to soft folk and mixes all of that inspiration into new songs that sound like you’ve heard them before. She’s been described as a mix between Judy Garland and Tom Waits. Her strong voice sends shivers down your spine and her melodies take you far and wide, with her Stouts or solo.
Maude Blanchet is a French Canadian who landed in St. John’s a couple years ago. Performing most of the time at the piano, she sings folk songs that remind her of the places she have called home and encounters that made her horizon wider. Details
Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Battery Cafe, 1 Duckworth Street, St. John’s
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.