Where to Experience the Arts in St. John's

This capital city is rife with culture

St. John's is home to some of Canada's most celebrated artists. Here's where to discover some of the historical, artistic and musical attractions that await throughout this beautiful coastal city. 

The Rooms 

Be sure to visit The Rooms, which houses the province’s archives, museum and gallery. Its newest exhibit in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Gallery opened July 1 and pays homage through artifacts, videos and photography to the heroes of the First World War’s Battle of Beaumont-Hamel—a tragic offensive in which many young Newfoundland soldiers perished. 

Eastern Edge Gallery

Afterward, visit Eastern Edge Gallery to discover contemporary artworks across genres from creators living in Newfoundland and beyond. This artist-run centre also hosts a contemporary arts festival called Hold Fast (running from Aug. 18 to 21 this year). 

Concerts by Candlelight

Listen to some of the province’s most exciting new musicians at the intimate Concerts by Candlelight series, running on select evenings through October. It takes place at The Commissariat, a beautifully preserved Georgian house that’s part of the city’s former British military complex and now a provincial historic site. 

George Street Festival

Looking for something livelier? Head downtown to party with 40,000 fellow revellers at the iconic George Street Festival, July 28 to Aug. 2. Rockers Our Lady Peace are headlining this year, and there will be plenty of other international and homegrown talent taking the stage.

Getting there: WestJet flies to St. John’s 11 times a day from four Canadian, one U.S. and two international cities.