Newfoundland and Labrador host dozens of festivals each year. Whether you are visiting Newfoundland and Labrador for the seafood, gorgeous Atlantic Ocean views, or the picturesque seaside towns, you’ll want to stay for these festivals! Here are 25 that you simply must attend!
Gros Morne Theatre Festival
Enjoy grand theatre! 2019 features 8 plays in over 150 performances: “17 Men” by Jeff Pitcher, “Newfoundland Vinyl” directed by Allison Crowe, “SS Ethie Dinner Theatre” by Shane Ellis Coates, “Tempting Providence” by Robert Chafe, “Double Axe Murder” By Berni Stapleton, The Only Living Father” by Tom Cahill, “Neddy Norris Night” directed by Stephanie Payne, and “Who’s Darkening Our Door Tonight?”. website.
May through September, 2019
Various Venues, Cowhead
The Iceberg Festival
Visit Newfoundland’s famous Iceberg Alley for the Iceberg Festival, which takes place every June on the northern peninsula. Grab your cameras and zoom lenses and take in the enthralling icebergs as they float by. Enjoy interactive, theatrical dining with Vikings in a replica Viking sod hut restaurant, the only one of its kind in North America at The Great Viking Feast. That aside, there’s plenty of other things to keep you occupied during the festival, and you get to interact with other people witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime event!
The Iceberg Festival traditionally starts on the first Friday of June and runs 10 days to the following Sunday For more information, visit the Iceberg Festival website.
June 7 – 16, 2019
Various locations throughout St. Anthony, NL
Cow Head Lobster Festival
From strawberries to lobsters, we head to Cow Head at Gros Morne National Park for the Cow Head Lobster Festival. If you love lobster, you’ll love this one-day lobster extravaganza in one of Newfoundland’s most beautiful places! There are many dances taking place at various locations throughout the town which make the Lobster Festival all the more enjoyable! If you love lobster, you’ll have to give this one-day festival a shot if you’re in the area of Gros Morne NP. For more information, visit the Cow Head Lobster Festival website.
June 28 – 30, 2019
Cow Head, Gros Morne National Park
Ochre FestivalThis small festival in Ochre Pit Cove is a celebration of music, art, food and writing in Newfoundland. Over two days, the Ochre Festival welcomes musicians from all across the province, mostly those trained in string instruments and singing, it also welcomes participation by the locals who often bring in food — creating a ‘potluck’ sort of atmosphere. If you’re in the area and are looking for a way to spend a day or two, check out the Ochre Festival! For more information, visit the Ochre Festival website.
June 20 – 23, 2019
Ochre Pit Cove
$15.00 – $50.00
Cape Spear Whale Festival
Another festival that requires you to bring your cameras and long lenses, as migrating whales make their way past Cape Spear. When you’re not watching for whales, enjoy afternoon tea in the Cape Spear Lighthouse — one of Canada’s many National Historic Sites — or, hike one of the many beautiful trails around Cape Spear. A one-day festival that could easily turn into a weekend! For more information, visit the Cape Spear Whale Festival website.
June 23, 2019
Cape Spear Lighthouse, Cape Spear
Rising Tide Theatre Festival
Are you a fan of the theatre? Then a visit to the Rising Tide Theatre Festival should definitely be on your Newfoundland calendar this summer. The Rising Tide Theatre company runs shows all summer long from June through September, so you’re bound to catch one. Information about the performances is forthcoming, so keep an eye on the Rising Tide website!For more information, visit the Rising Tide Theatre Festival website.
June – September, 2019
40 West St, Trinity, Trinity Bight, NL
$17 – $44
Burin Peninsula Festival of Folk Song and Dance
Folk music has a place in the heart and soul of almost every Newfoundlander. It’s like the musical echo of the beating heart of the province. Burin Peninsula is yet another festival which celebrates Newfoundland’s folk song heritage through the medium of acapella music telling tales of shipbuilding and shipwrecks, of love and life and loss. Musicians from across the age ranges and the province come to the Burin Festival to sing. There’s also a silent auction and plenty of toutons and tea. For more information, visit the Burin Peninsula Festival of Folk Song and Dance website.
July 5 – 7, 2019
Donald C. Jamieson Academy, Main Street, Burin
$4.00 – $8.00/day
Comedy at Woody Point Festival
If you’re a lover of comedy, you’ll love the Woody Point Comedy festival. Set against a beautiful backdrop of Gros Morne National Park, the Woody Point Comedy Festival is a great way to kick off your travels around Newfoundland during the second week of July. You’ll laugh so hard, you’ll cry! Participating comedians have yet to be announced.
For more information, visit the Comedy at Woody Point Festival website.
July 11 – 13, 2019
Woody Point Heritage Theatre, Woody Point
$24 – $34
50 Centuries Heritage Festival
The 50 Centuries Heritage Festival is geared towards families! If you’ve got young children, then this is the perfect festival for you. This festival takes you and your family back 5,000 years and tells all about the history of Bird Cove, Newfoundland, from the prehistoric occupants of the land, to the early Basque, French and English whalers that fished in the waters. You can hike the land and learn as you go, visiting archaeological excavations along the way. It’s a fantastic three-day festival of learning and exploring for you and your children. For more information, visit the 50 Centuries Heritage Festival website.
July 11 – 14, 2019
Varies depending on activity
Deer Lake Strawberry Festival
The Deer Lake Strawberry Festival is the largest three-day festival in Western Newfoundland and has something for everyone! There’s plenty of music and dancing to be had along with children’s rides, slides and games. For the adults, there’s a beer tent, demonstrations, and other challenges, and the weekend ends with fireworks! There’s plenty of all-you-can-strawberries as well! For more information, visit the Deer Lake Strawberry Festival website.
July 19 – 21, 2019
Deer Lake Power Field, Poplar Road, Deer Lake
Celebrate the culture, history and accomplishments of the town of Bonavista and it’s residents with this three-day festival filled with song and dance, games, food, fun and the best fireworks in Newfoundland to top it all off. If you want to learn more about Bonavista, come to Bonavista Days and find out for yourself!For more information, visit the Bonavista Days website.
July 26 – 28, 2019
Various locations throughout Bonavista
Fish, Fun and Folk Festival
Newfoundland is famous for the three things that make up the name of this festival: Fish, Fun and Folk! So, they named a festival after them. It’s location, the town of Twillingate was built upon cod fishing industry and is home to many kilometres of hiking trails along the coast of Newfoundland, where you might spot an iceberg or two in Iceberg Alley! For more information, visit the Fish, Fun and Folk Festival website.
July 22 – 28, 2019
Town of Twillingate, NL
George Street Festival
Come down to George Street in St. John’s and take in the George Street Festival. The Festival is most famous for it’s Rock The Block band-battle musical extravaganza! This week-long festival culminates on Canada Day with a massive celebratory party and great live music. If you’re looking for a way to spend Canada Day in Newfoundland, then St. John’s George Street Festival is the place to be. For more information, visit the George Street Festival website.
August 1 – 7, 2019
George Street, St. John’s
Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival
One of the biggest festivals of the summer in Newfoundland is the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. This festival welcomes thousands to Bannerman Park in St. John’s for two days of fantastic folk music — many of Scottish or Irish origin, a testament, and homage to Newfoundland’s Scottish and Irish heritage. For more information, visit the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival website.
August 9 -11, 2019
Bannerman Park, St. John’s
Weekend Pass $118.75 – $155.25
Buskers Festival in St. John’s
Another early-August festival is that of the Buskers Festival on Water Street in downtown St. John’s. The Buskers Festival takes place across three stages on Water Street – the Fun Zone on Water Street east at Solomon Lane, Scotia Centre Building at 235 Water Street and Harbourside Park across from the War Memorial. If you enjoy acoustic guitars and supporting local artists, then the Busker Festival is for you. The headline acts are yet to be announced. For more information, visit the Buskers Festival website.
August 8 – 10, 2019
Water Street, St. John’s
Bakeapple Folk Festival
The Bakeapple Folk Festival takes place in Labrador in mid-August and offers fantastic folk music and great food to all visitors. This small and cheap-to-enter festival puts the small town of Forteau on the map in late summer and is a great little festival to stop in and enjoy if you’re traveling in Labrador this summer. For more information, visit the Bakeapple Folk Festival Facebook page.
August 9 – 11, 2019
Royal St. John’s Regatta
The Royal St. John’s Regatta is the oldest sporting event in North America, having begun in 1816 on September 22nd to coincide with the 57th anniversary of King George III’s coronation. The rowing races take place on Quidi Vidi Lake usually on the first Wednesday of August each year and draw around 50,000 spectators including federal and provincial politicians and even members of the Royal Family due to it’s close ties with the monarchy. The festival is centered around rowing and boat races more generally, but there are also a number of shops and confectionery stands open to the public as well as many other things that make the Royal St. John’s Regatta a fantastic festival not to be missed. For more information, visit the St. John’s Royal Regatta website.
August 7, 2019
Clancey Drive, St. John’s
The Southern Shore Shamrock Festival
The Southern shore of Newfoundland celebrates it’s Irish heritage with the Shamrock Festival every year. Headlining the festival this year are the Masterless Men, a six-man instrumental and vocal team singing traditional Irish ballads. The full schedule for the festival has yet to be announced. For more information, visit the Southern Shore Shamrock Festival website.
July 27 – 28, 2019
Route 10, Festival Park, Ferryland
$5 – $15
Writers at Woody Point
If you’re a writer, or have family members that are writers, or simply appreciate the artistry that goes into putting pen to paper, then pay a visit to the Writers at Woody Point Festival in Gros Morne National Park, this four-day festival will feature written poetry, short storytelling, brainstorming sessions as well as great laughter and creative spirit. For more information, visit the Writers at Woody Point website.
August 13 – 18, 2019
Gros Morne National Park
Another one of Newfoundland’s most famous festivals is The Gathering in Burlington. It isn’t so much a festival as a summer ‘experience’ in and of itself. If you’re looking for a festival filled with music, good vibes and lots of great food, then The Gathering in Burlington is the place to be this summer. For more information, visit The Gathering Festival website.
August 23 – 24, 2019
Festival pass: $75 – $85
St. John’s VegFest
This festival in downtown St. John’s is geared to healthy eating, veganism and/or vegetarianism, education and of course, offers up several fantastic veggie-oriented meals! This one-day vegetable extravaganza isn’t to be missed if you’re a veggie lover! For more information, visit the St. John’s Vegfest website.
Sunday, August 4, 2019
St. John’s Community Market, 245 Freshwater Road, St. John’s
Brigus Blueberry Festival
Love blueberries? You’ll love the Brigus Blueberry Festival! Similar to the Deer Lake Strawberry Festival, Brigus, Newfoundland has been the proud producer of succulent blueberries for decades and hosts this annual festival to celebrate the humble blueberry and all that it has given to the small community. Brigus opens itself up with live music and games and blueberries, of course. If you have a love for blueberries and are in the area, please stop in! For more information, visit the Brigus Blueberry Festival website.
August 8 – 11, 2019
Water Street (Route 60), Baccalieu Trail, Brigus
Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series
For those seeking a wonderful music-filled concert series, look no further than the Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series — a wonderful two months and one week of brilliant musicians of all different disciplines and instrumental talents performing for you. The performances from each visiting artist usually takes place once a week on the weekend, though headline acts for this year’s events have yet to be announced. For more information, visit the Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series website.
Saturdays, July 20 – September 7, 2019
Interpretation Centre, Cape St. Mary’s
$6.00 – $18.00
Elliston’s Roots, Rants and Roars Festival
Elliston’s Roots, Rants and Roars festival is a two-day celebration of all that Newfoundland and Labrador have to offer! With a wide array of different things going on, you’re never lacking something to do or see. Traditional ‘Newfie’ foods being sold, fiddles and violins being played, all taking place in the historic town of Elliston. This two-day celebratory extravaganza is not to be missed if traveling to Newfoundland this Fall. For more information, visit the Roots, Rants and Roars Festival website.
September 20 – 21, 2019
Town of Elliston, NL
Weekend Pass $299 – $314
Newfoundland and Labrador has a long, storied history of hospitality. No matter what festival you go to this summer in the province, you’re sure to discover it, too. It has something to offer everyone who comes to the province’s ever-welcoming, ever singing shores.
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