George Street Festival
July 31 – Aug 5
George Street will swell to epic drunken proportions! This year’s line up is still to be announced, but there are always a few good surprises. Keep checking georgestreetfestival.com
Gander’s 50th Anniversary
Great Big Sea, Hey Rosetta!, The Novaks, Ron Hynes, Rex Goudie, The Navigators, and Aislin House are all on the bill. gandercanada.com/greatbig.htm
North Atlantic Fiddle Convention
August 3 – 8
Fiddlers, folklorists and friends get together for some Celtic fusion, Texas Swing, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and trad-rock, along with traditional fiddle music from England, Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Denmark, Norway, the Appalachians, the Southern United States, the Métis, Cape Breton Scots, Prince Edward Island, francophone, and Newfoundland. Check out line up and info on forums here mun.ca/nafco2008/about/.
St. John’s Regatta
Be part of the 50,000 crowd cheering their favourite teams of rowers from the shores on Quidi Vidi Lake in North America’s longest running sports event. The big question is what will the weather be like?
Winterset in Summer Literary Festival
August 8 – 10
Sex! This year’s festival sexes it up with Sexy Voices: Exploring the Role and History of Sex in the NL novel with Helen Porter, Libby Creelman, Michael Crummey and Joel Thomas Hynes and host Petrina Bromley. For full schedule visit wintersetinsummer.ca.
Downtown Busker Festival
August 8 – 10
International, national and local performers put on shows of juggling, acrobatics, magic and comedy from three open air downtown stages from 1pm to 10pm daily. Always a bit hard to predict, but often some worthwhile surprises.
NL Folk Festival
August 8 – 10
The big one. Four performance areas, with strong line ups each night. Ron Hynes hits the stage on Friday, The Idlers are set to heat things up on Saturday night while the much anticipated Figgy Duff reunion hits on Sunday. To find out what else is going on visit nlfolk.com.
24 Hour Art Marathon Festival
This year the Eastern Edge folks are extending the much anticipated 24HAM into a week long event featuring performance art throughout the city, free workshops, the 24 hour art-making marathon featuring artists, performers, musicians, storytellers, children’s workshops, and a silent auction at the end of it all.
Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival
August 11 – 24
This annual festival features free daytime concerts, night time concerts, and concerts designed for kids. You can get behind the scenes and watch the musicians rehearsing. Featuring high calibre professional musicians and talented and aspiring Young Artists. Find out more at tuckamorefestival.ca.
Our Future in Music
Ten exciting days of workshops, forums, concerts, and fairs focussing on issue affecting musicians in the digital age, organized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians’ Association. All the workshops and forums are free and open to the public. Headlining the night time concert series are Joel Plaskett and Damhnait Doyle. For more info see ourfutureinmusic.org