Festivals in St. John’s, Newfoundland

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Planning on exploring the city St. John’s during your stay with us? Here’s a short list of some of the more popular festivals scheduled to take place in the capital city this summer.


One of the oldest running Folk Festivals in North America, the Newfoundland Folk Festival is an internationally famous weekend of family oriented music and friends. Cultural and community bonds run deep in Newfoundland with these three days dedicated to showcasing the best East Coast music and live performances. Experience traditional Newfoundland music at it’s best, take part in one of the many free weekend dance, music, and story telling workshops, and take part in a cultural event that’s been running for 42 years straight.

DOWNTOWN ST. JOHN’S BUSKER FESTIVAL (August 3rd, 4th, & 5th 2018)

Looking for a family event in the City Center? Do you like music, magic, and free performances from top international acrobats, jugglers, and comedians? If so then the St. John’s Busker’s Festival is a guaranteed good time. With three main stages in the heart of downtown St. John’s and performances every hour from lunchtime to 10pm every day, you can spend your time wandering between acts and taking in the performances you like best. Take the kids or appeal to your inner child during this three day music and performance festival.


This isn’t just a women’s film festival. It’s the longest ever running women’s film festival on the planet! Going strong since 1989, this film festival brings the best films into a tight five day fiesta of screenings, workshops, and special events. If you’re a film festival aficionado or new to film festivals, this evet is a guaranteed to please people of all ages.

GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL (July 26th – August 1st 2018)

Celebrate with Newfoundland on George Street!Even if you’ve never visited Newfoundland before, odds are you’ve probably heard of George Street, a little street in the heart of Canada’s oldest city St. John’s. Although nature and wildlife are more our thing, if you’re looking for a night out on the town, a visit to George Street is a must do for any nightlife lover visiting the capital city. With over 24 bars and clubs packed into “the biggest little street in North America”, George Street takes nightlife to a whole other level. And that’s just on an average night. Be lucky enough to visit during the annual Geroge Street Festival and you’ll find over 40,000 people partying and enjoying live music in the street for 6 days straight. From Whale House Guest House, a shuttle directly to George Street takes only 25 min. The area also has some great restaurants including the St. John’s Fish Exchange, Blue on Water, and a multi-ethnic cuisines to choose from. If you’re going out on the town, consider leaving your vehicle safely parked at the guest house. Once you’re full of drink and food, take a shuttle or taxi back to the Whale House for a well deserved rest away from the hustle and bustle of the city center.

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