Keep the summer fun going into fall with the festivals and exciting events happening in September around Newfoundland. There is a lot of fun to be had as the weather starts cooling down.
September is the start of the fall in Newfoundland, and the natural beauty pops with the reds, greens, oranges, and yellows. There are many events celebrating the harvest time. It is also the best time to hike the many beautiful trails across the province. Here are some fun activities to check out with your family and friends this September in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Bonavista Biennale: FLOE
BONAVISTA BIENNALE 2019: FLOE provides art-lovers with a Canadian multi-site visual art experience that engages the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the country, and the world. Enjoy works by leading contemporary artists from Newfoundland and Labrador, other parts of Canada, and the northeastern U.S. at a variety of locations around the Peninsula.
Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, September 15, 2019 Daily
Various locations throughout the Bonavista Peninsula, Duntara
Craft and Trade Show
Crafters, artisans, and businesses from across Newfoundland and Labrador are heading to the 33rd Annual Crafts & Trade Show in Springdale. They will be showcasing their work, products, and services. There are over 85 booths at this popular craft and trade show this year.
Grand Avenue, Springdale
September 1, 2019
There no event in Newfoundland quite like Quad-A-Palooza. Awesome trail riders and an ATV parade will entertain the whole family. Hit the trails, enjoy marvellous food, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the live entertainment.
100 Trans Canada Highway, Gander
September 6 to 8, 2019
Feile Seamus Creagh
Celebrate the late fiddle player Seamus Creagh, at the 10 Annual “Feile Seamus Creagh”. The event showcases and celebrates the relationship between Newfoundland and Irish music, song, and dance. Performances and workshops by local and Irish performers are held across the Avalon Region.
99 Queens Road, St. John’s
September 4 – 9, 2019
Annual St. John’s Shorts Festival
26 productions over three weeks make the 4 Annual St. John’s Shorts Festival the largest one yet. Don’t miss the opportunity to see a variety of productions from local creators.
LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria Street, St. John’s
September 5 – 22, 2019
Barbour Living Heritage Village
Experience life at a traditional fishing town at the Barbour Living Heritage Village. The local guides will take you around the community and will tell you stories about the locals. You can enjoy a meal at the Olde Shoppe Restaurant, and spend a relaxing evening listening to live music.
Bay du Nord Wilderness Reserve
Bay du Nord Wilderness is one of the last major unspoiled areas on Newfoundland. The reserve is a great place for outdoor photography, wildlife watching, camping, canoeing and much more. There are hiking trails that will take you around the park. You will need an entry permit before you visit, but they are free from the Natural Areas.
Hiking Crout’s Way – Cupid Cove Plantation
Retrace the steps on Canada’s first English colonists as they crossed the county, trying to contact the Beothuk. Hiking Crout’s Way is an epic multi-day guided wilderness adventure that will take you along the breathtaking Avalon Peninsula.
Cupids Cove Plantation, 322-324 Seaforest Drive, Cupids
September 7, 2019 from 9:30 am to 5 pm
Voices on the Wind – Beothuk Interpretation Centre
Head to the Beothuk Interpretation Centre for a day of singing, dancing, drumming, teaching, feasting, and connecting with the Beothuk culture.
Beothuk Interpretation Centre, Route 340, Boyd’s Cove
September 7, 2019
Fairy Door Tours
Pippy Park is the home of fairies, elves, and gnomes, and you can spot the doors to their homes on the Fairy Door Tour. Children and adults alike will enjoy this enchanted woodland adventure where they get to make wishes, and leave letters for the fairies on this lovely tour.
Pippy Park, St. John’s
September 7, 14, & 21, 2019 at 11 am and 1 pm
Annual Kite Festival
Build a kite, and head to Bowring Park for the Annual Kite Festival. If you don’t have a kite, there will be kites for sale at the registration table Along with flying kites, there will also be bouncy castles, face painting, live musical entertainment and a BBQ on site.
Bowring Park, St. John’s
September 8, 2019 from 1 pm – 4 pm
The Iceberg Alley Performance Tent
For eleven days, the Iceberg Alley Performance tent will be showcasing Newfoundland’s unique culture, traditions and heritage and internationally acclaimed entertainment. All the events are held under the 36,000 square foot ‘big top’ tent.
930 The Boulevard, St. John’s
September 11 – 21, 2019
Lewisporte Craft & Trade Show
There is something for everyone at the Lewisporte Craft & Trade Show. Over 80 exhibitors come from across Newfoundland to display and sell their amazing items and services. Try your luck and see if you can win one of the fantastic door prizes or the Mad Dash for Cash.
20 Bowater Avenue, Lewisporte
September 12 – 14, 2019
St. John’s Concert For Suicide Awareness
The Mysterious Barricades Concert Society is coming to Memorial University to mark World Suicide Awareness Week. The concert has performances by some of Canada’s finest musicians and a variety of music genres. Tickets are free, but it is encourage to reserve your free ticket in advance.
D.F. Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University, 99 Allandale Road, St. John’s
September 13, 2019 from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Unscripted Twillingates – Digital Arts Festival
Join in the fun and gain new skills at the only Digital Arts Festival in Atlantic Canada. Inspiration can be found everywhere in this lovely town. The Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival is four days of digital arts workshops combined with food, music, and fun.
118 Main Street, Twillingate
September 19 – 22,2019
Roots, Rants and Roars
Roots, Rants, and Roars is a one of a kind culinary event. Entertainers, along with local and national chefs come together to create this amazing event. The chefs will prepare amazing dishes and meals for you to enjoy during the show. It is three days full of food and great live music that is fun for everyone to attend.
58 – 62 Main Street, Elliston
September 20 – 21, 2019
The Haunting of Margaret Duley
Margaret Duley was a daughter of Newfoundland who was renowned and loved around the world for her novels. The Haunting of Margaret Duley has audiences meet the author and hear the stories behind her novels.
LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria Street, St. John’s
September 25 – 29, 2019
See The Wiggles live at the Mile One Centre this September. The Party Time Tour will get your kids moving, singing and dancing around to their favorite songs. There will even to some new songs that are a part of the show.
Mile One Centre, 50 New Gower St, St. John’s
September 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Port Blandford Applefest
Celebrate all things apples at Port Blandford during the last weekend of September. There will be family activities at the municipal park, car show, pig roast, outdoor concert, and many apple themed items.
School Road, Port Blandford
September 27 – 29, 2019
Gros Morne Fall Fest
Gros Morne Fall Fest is a festival of Cultural Experiences in the beautiful town of Cow Head. There will be traditional crafts, food, and music all weekend long. There will be warm welcomes for all that visit Cow Head.
143 Main Street, Cow Head
September 26 – 29, 2019
Alexander Murray Hiking Trail– King’s Point
If you are a hiking enthusiast, the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail is a ‘must stop’ for you. It is the signature hiking trail in the Green Bay area and is known as “one of Newfoundland’s best-kept secrets” by the locals. The trail is over 9km long with 2200 man-made stairs, both up AND down, from the Hay Pook Summit. The trail has many rest stops along the trail where you can take pictures or just enjoy the magnificent views and beautiful waterfalls.
St. John’s International Circusfest
National and international circus performers and troupes travel to the St. John’s International Circus Fest to showcase their skills and entertain people of all ages. The festival hosts a multitude of performances, circus shows, along with workshops and professional development sessions.
Wonderbolt Productions, 197 – 199 Water Street, St. John’s
September 26 – 29, 2019
Point Amour Lighthouse at Night
Take your family and friends on a trip to explore and climb the Point Amour Lighthouse at Night on September 28, 2019. After climbing the 132 steps, you can spot ships, icebergs, seabirds, and even seals.
L’Anse Amour Road, L’Anse-Amour
September 28, 2019
The Red Dress Event
The Red Dress Event is going to be a stellar evening to raise money for Heart & Stroke Foundation. The evening is packed with fine cuisine, live entertainment, and the renowned Red Dress Fashion Show. There will be a fine selection of items at the silent auction that attendees can bid on.
100 Signal Hill Road, St. John’s
September 28, 2019 from 7 pm – 10 pm
$65 – $80
St. John’s Etsy Made in Canada Market
This year’s event features over 50 local handmade and vintage sellers from across Newfoundland. The St. John’s Etsy Made in Canada Market is the ‘place’ to be if you are looking for great handmade and vintage items.
Jumping Bean Coffee – Atlantic Place, St. John’s
September 28, 2019 from 10 am to 4pm
Head to the Oktoberfest at the Airials Active Wellness centre for ten beer tastings, delicious Oktoberfest food and live music.
Airials Gymnastic Club, Goodyear’s Building, 66 Elizabeth Drive, Gander
September 28, 2019 from 7 pm – 2 am
Pumpkin Craft Night
Get your home ready for fall and create new home decor at Pumpkin Craft Night. Everything is included for $40.00 per person. You will receive the pumpkin, ribbon, jute, galvanized words and paint, so you can personalize your pumpkin.
Terri-Lynn’s School of Dance, Lewisporte
September 28, 2019 at 6 pm
St. John’s Storytelling Festival
The St. John’s Storytelling Festival brings local and visiting performers together across St. John’s to share stories. Traditional tales, recitations, and ballads meet contemporary poetry, throat singing, and new interpretations to inspire audiences of all ages and walks of life.
Various Venues, St. John’s
September 24 – 29, 2019
Annual RBC Rennie’s River Duck Race
Watch hundreds of rubber ducks ‘race’ down The Fluvarium at the 31 Annual RBC Rennie’s River Duck Race. Be sure to get your ticket, so your duck can be in the running for the three great prizes to be won.
The Fluvarium, 5 Nagle’s Place, St. John’s
September 29, 2019 from 12 pm to 3 pm
St. John’s Haunted Hike
Take the St. Johns’s Haunted Hike at 9:30 pm and be prepared to be thoroughly spooked. Rev. Thomas Wyckham Jarvis, Esquire will guide you on a spine-chilling tour through the dark, eerie streets to the most haunted places in the city.
Until September 19, 2019 at 9:30 pm
The Great Viking Feast Experience
The Great Viking Fest Experience is a unique, not to miss experience. Head to Leifsburdir, where you can join the Viking court. Listen to the Vikings and customers plead their cases, while feasting on the all-you- can-eat buffet of Viking foods. You can even become an honorary Viking.
21 Fishing Point Road, St. Anthony
Daily Until October 29, 2019 from 11:30 am to 9 pm
Rising Tide Theatre – Season in the Bright Theatre Festival
During the summer and fall, the Rising Tide Theatre presents award-winning plays that reflect the rich culture and history of Newfoundland. These plays are usually performed by over 40 local talented artists. The Seasons in the Bright Theatre Festival is a heartwarming experience that will move you.
Rising Tide Theatre, Trinity
Until September 30, 2019
Campbellton Berry Farm
Campbellton Berry Farm has small fields nestled between rocks and bogs overlooking the sea. Pick your own raspberries and plums, or buy berries frozen at the farm market. There is also a petting farm that includes pheasants, peafowl, turkeys, ducks, chickens, goats, and rabbits.
Alpacas of Newfoundland
Take in amazing views of the Bay St. George while meeting the Alpacas. Learn about Alpacas at the interpretation centre after meeting the friendly animals that call Alpacas of Newfoundland home. Grab an ice cream at the store to enjoy after visiting the alpacas.
Port au Port West
Shed Experience at Coastal Cottage
Shed Experiences at Coastal Cottage includes traditional food tasting, live music, and storytelling. You will experience the authentic rural life in Da Shed. Come ready to dance, sing a song, make and play your own Ugly stick or just relax and have a fun evening.
1 Wharfloop Road, Blackhead
Until November 1, 2019
Fish Cakes & Accordions Experience!
Enjoy great traditional fish cakes while listening to the quintessential Newfoundland folk instrument: the button accordion. Learn how this odd instrument came to be so popular in Newfoundland, while listening to many traditional Newfoundland tunes played on a variety of instruments. If you would like, you can even try your hand at playing a tune on the accordion.
Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food, 272 Water Street, St. John’s
September 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Seniors Memory Mug Up at The Market
Heritage NL has partnered up with the St. John’s Farmer’s Market to host the Seniors Memory Mug Up at The Market. Seniors can enjoy a cup of tea, meet new people and share memories of the past. These stories will be collected and edited into a booklet for the final storytelling session in March 2020.
St. John’s Farmer’s Market, 245 Freshwater Road, St. John’s
September 8, 2019 from 2 pm – 3 pm
Bird Watching & Nature Trail Walk
Join a Friend of the Garden volunteer on a guided tour of the Garden’s nature trails. During the walk, see if you can spot the many birds that call the MUN Botanical Garden home.
MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Road, St. John’s
September 8 & 22, 2019 from 8 am – 10 am
Labrador West Arts and Culture Centre
Opened in April 1986, the Labrador West Arts and Culture Centre has a 344 seat theatre where visitors can see both local and international productions. There is also a gallery and exhibition space that visitors are able to check out.
300 Hudson Dr, Labrador City
Barbour Living Heritage Village
Experience life in a traditional fishing town at the Barbour Living Heritage Village. The local guides will take you around the community and will tell you stories about the locals. You can enjoy a meal at the Olde Shoppe Restaurant, and spend a relaxing evening listening to live music.
School Crescent, Newtown
Centre Hill Wilderness Trail
For those people who love to hike, the Centre Hill Wilderness Trail is a great 5km fitness trail to the highest point adjacent to the Avalon Peninsula. There is a picnic area where you are able to take a break at. This trail is a great place where you can see stunningly beautiful views of Trinity, Conception, Placentia, and Bonavista bays.
Centre Hill, Sunnyside
Marble Zip Tours
If you love to experience adrenaline rushes, then you should head to Marble Zip Tours in Steady Brook. There you can ride Eastern Canada’s longest, tallest, most exhilarating zip lines. These amazing lines will allow you to have unparalleled views of both the Marble Mountain Resort and the Humber Valley. It is an adrenaline-filled experience that you will never forget!
Corner Brook Pride Week
Join for the annual Pride week celebrations.
September 16 to 22, 2019
Cache Rapids Stable
Spend a fall afternoon horseback riding at the family-run, Cache Rapids Stables. They have quiet, well-trained horses ensure you will enjoy a pleasant and fun-filled adventure ride with nature. They also have Newfoundland Ponies that are available to ride. The horses are selected to suit your riding ability and size. There are also guided tours and short rides available.
255 Reidville Road, Reidville
Taste of Gros Morne
Spend an evening exploring the top culinary destinations in Gros Morne by taking a food tour, which allows you to experience the unique culinary scene of the Rocky Harbour, Woody Point, and Norris Point communities. The chefs use fresh local seafood, wild game, and fresh produce including wild NL berries to create unique food creations that are paired with carefully selected wine and drinks for your dining pleasure.
Join Sean Sullivan in his hometown of Calvert for a one-of-a-kind music experience. The kitchen is a setting for the two hour session that features stories and songs Sean was raised on. There will be joined by a special guest every session at the Sullivan’s Songhouse.
Through October, 2019
Saturday Summer Music Series
The Saturday Summer Music Series takes place on Saturday nights at the Garrick Theatre’s, and showcases some of Newfoundland’s and Canada’s finest musicians on the main stage. This music series features a wide range of music genres.
Saturdays, Through Thanksgiving Weekend, 2019
Hike East Coast Trail
The East Coast Trail is a network of 26 trails that link together 32 communities and is 300km long. During the fall, the berries along the trails are ripe if you are looking to forage. The trails will take you through multiple landscapes, making it a great option if you want to see all the gorgeous sights fall has to offer.
Labrador Pioneer Footpath
The Labrador Pioneer Footpath follows the traditional walking routes next to the shores of the Labrador Strait between Pinware and L’Anse Au Clair. When hiking the trail during the fall there are magnificent views and lookouts for whales and icebergs, and some migratory birds may also be spotted.
View this post on Instagram
Hiking the Labrador Pioneer Footpath #newfoundlandandlabrador #terreneuve #canada #canadagram #canadatrip #ExploreNL #ExploreCanada #roadtrip #roadtripper #labradorpioneerfootpath #jerseytrail #passionrando #neverstopexploring #nature #naturelovers #rando #randonnee #hiking #hikevibes #hike #hikerslife
Visit Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
Cape Spear Lighthouse is nearly 200 years old, making it the oldest surviving lighthouse. This lighthouse is also the most easterly point in North America. It is a must visit when traveling in Newfoundland.
Beothuk Interpretation Centre Provincial Historic Site
The Beothuk have played an important part in Newfoundland’s history, however, these unique people and their culture has vanished. The Beothuk Interpretation Centre Provincial Historic Site explores this disappeared culture through interesting displays of artifacts and exhibits.
Tableland’s Guided Walk
If you enjoy learning about the geology and biology of the earth, you should take a guided walk of the geological wonder that is the Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park. During the 2-hour guided walk, the Parks Canada guides will help you explore this stunningly beautiful landscape, with its glacial carved valleys and unique vegetation that only grows on the Tablelands.
Parks Canada Gros Morne National Park
Dare Devil Trail
The Dare Devil Trail is located in the Fishing Point Park and only the most venturesome hikers and walkers will climb the over 400 steps to reach the top of Fishing Point Head. From Fishing Point Head, you can spot iceberg and whales in the ocean, and have amazing views of communities. It can take an hour to reach the top but the breathtaking views are definitely worth it.