Entertainment in Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Entertainment in Twillingate Island & New World Island

    Twillingate/NWI Dinner Theatre

    The friendly crew here whip up a multicourse meat-(or fish) and-potatoes kind of meal before launching into a three-hour variety show with lots of Newfoundland music and sketch comedy. The show attracts an older crowd, and the performances, heartfelt and unironic, feel targeted at that demographic.

  • Entertainment in St John's

    Ship Pub

    Attitudes and ages are checked at the door of this little pub, tucked down Solomon's Lane. You'll hear everything from jazz to indie, and even the odd poetry reading. The pub closes when things slow down, but tends to stay open until 3am on weekends.

  • Entertainment in Trinity

    Trinity Pageant

    One of the mainstays of the Rising Tide theater company is this outdoor dramedy, a heartfelt (and at times hilarious) theatrical exploration of Trinity's identity and history, held at the Rising Tide Theatre.

  • Entertainment in Ferryland

    Southern Shore Folk Arts Council Dinner Theatre

    Get a taste of local cuisine and Irish–Newfoundland sketch humor and folk songs at this well-regarded dinner-theater production. Expect the entire show to wrap up around 10pm. A lunch production also runs on select days while the theater operates; the cold-plate meal kicks off at noon and runs $40. Note 'The Pool' is the name for an actual road.

  • Entertainment in Twillingate Island & New World Island

    Grand Ol' Shed Party Show

    There are lots of shed/kitchen parties put on for tourists in Newfoundland, but this one comes close to feeling like a random gathering in a friend's garage, partly because it takes place in, well, someone's garage. Expect lots of music, family-friendly jokes, and sing-along style activities – it's very silly and very fun.

  • Entertainment in Trinity

    Rising Tide Theatre

    This energetic, active company hosts the 'Seasons in the Bight' theater festival and the Trinity Pageant. Productions range from the comic to the tragic, but all address Newfoundland history and social issues.

  • Entertainment in Bonavista

    Garrick Theatre

    The artfully restored Garrick is an anchor for downtown Bonavista. The theater screens mainstream and indie films, and hosts live-music performances that often showcase a rich tableau of local talent.

  • Entertainment in St John's

    Signal Hill Tattoo

    This award-winning historical reenactment program recreates 19th-century British military drills with cannon fire, mortars and muskets, all backed by a fife and drum band.

  • Entertainment in St John's

    Resource Centre for the Arts

    Sponsors indie theater, dance and film by Newfoundland artists, all of which play downtown in the former longshoremen's union hall (aka LSPU Hall).

  • Entertainment in St John's

    Shamrock City

    Bands playing everything from Newfoundland folk to '80s hair ballads take the stage nightly at this all-ages pub.

  • Entertainment in St John's

    Newfoundland Growlers

    This minor league team plays in the East Coast Hockey League, and slaps the puck at Mile One Centre.

  • Entertainment in St John's

    Rose & Thistle

    Local musicians and visiting bands take the stage on the regular at this little pub.

  • Entertainment in Gros Morne National Park

    Anchors Aweigh

    This hotel bar in the Ocean View is fine for a beer, but is perhaps most notable for Anchors Aweigh, a music-skit-comedy variety show with lots of Newfoundland jokes and folk songs. You've got to be 19 or older to attend. Call or book online well ahead.

  • Entertainment in Trinity

    Rocky's Place Lounge

    Rocky's hosts bands from time to time, but even if the mikes are quiet, it's a friendly place to hoist a brew, and it serves basic pub grub after area restaurants close.

  • Entertainment in St John's

    Fat Cat

    For a slight change of pace on the George St strip, head to the Cat, which showcases blues on a nightly basis during the summer months.

  • Entertainment in St John's

    Rock House

    When indie bands visit town, they plug in here. As venues go, this spot gets sweaty and loud, as does the crowd.