Charlottetown PEI's Festivals Information, listings and links

Charlottetown people love festivals, be it spring, summer, fall or winter. Throughout the year, over 40 different festivals and annual events are put on by various local groups. There's no better way to enjoy yourself than to take in a festival.

The summer's signature festival is the Charlottetown Festival, which combines with Anne of Green Gables-the Musical.

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Charlottetown Winter Carnival

early February

Charlottetown Lip sync, sleigh rides, pool tournament, ice sculpting, and family skate 902- 892-5708

Kids World Children's Carnival

late March

Charlottetown Civic Centre Swings, Train, Ferris Wheel, Magician, Clown, Animals, Food and More! 902-566-5651

Irish Festival - 178th Anniversary

late May

Join us for a weekend of music seisiuns, dance ceilis, dance and music workshops and a concert. Bringing out the best of traditional Irish styles among East Coast musicians and dancers. Contact: Dave Corrigan telephone (902) 569-2235;

Prince Edward Island Spring Wine Festival

end May

Delta Prince Edward Hotel, Charlottetown The 10th Annual Festival is a can't miss weekend! Tastings: Friday 6-10 pm, Saturday 4-8 pm. 902-368-5710

The Charlottetown Festival


Confederation Centre of the Arts, 145 Richmond St., downtown Charlottetown, C1A 1J1. Home to the magical Anne of Green Gables-The Musical™ the Festival features musical theatre and comedy, daily outdoor performances, gallery exhibitions, licensed restaurant, shopping and free guided tours. June, July, Aug, Sept, and 1st 2 weeks of Oct (902) 566-4648 or (902) 566-1267;,Toll free: 1-800-565-0278.

Bridgefest Kick-off to Summer Festival

early June

Borden-Carleton Music, mini Olympics, trivia, dance, go carts, bluegrass jamboree, fun for all! 902-437-4386

City of Charlottetown Natal Day Weekend

early June

Various Charlottetown locations Come out and enjoy the festivities as Charlottetown celebrates another birthday. 902-566-5548

Come Fly a Kite Event

late June

Port-la-Joye, Fort Amherst National Historic Site, Rocky Point, off Route 19. Bring your kite or buy one on site. Prizes & fun! 2pm to 4pm. 902-894-4246

Victoria Playhouse Festival

late June - late September

Victoria by the Sea PEI's longest running little theatre. Presents comedies, musicals, concerts, & storytelling. 902-658-2670

Montague Homecoming Festival

end June

Montague Waterfront Traditional PEI music competition, dance, fishing derby, marathon, parade, free BBQ, Friday 2pm-9pm, Saturday all day. 902-838-2528

Summerside Highland Gathering

end June

College of Piping, Summerside Traditional competitions and entertainment. Solo pipers, drummers, bands, dancers, heavyweight athletes, fiddlers, and singers. 902-436-5377 / 1-877-BAGPIPE

Festival Of Lights

end June + July 1

Charlottetown waterfront The Festival of Lights has become the premier celebration of the Canada Day weekend in Atlantic Canada. Come join us in Canada's Birthplace for nightly concerts, international buskers, carnival midway and the July 1st Fireworks over Charlottetown Harbour. This year the festival will mark the official opening of Founders' Hall. Our Nation's biggest birthday bash east of Ottawa! 902-629-1784/ 1-800-955-1864 email info@capitalcommission.pe.ca

Anne Of Green Gables - The Musical

July & August

Confederation Centre of the Arts, 145 Richmond St., downtown Charlottetown, C1A 1J1. Canada's favorite musical is filled with laughter and tears as Anne Shirley, LM Montgomery's loveable red haired orphan, settles into a new life in the fictional community of Avonlea. Show times at 8:00 pm with matinees on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 2:00 pm. Prices vary according to seating and show time, see Website or brochure for further details. telephone 1-800-565-0278;

Summer on the Waterfront Festival

July & Augsut

Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre, Summerside A summer of toe tapping, energetic, Maritime traditions on stage. 902-888-2787

P.E.I. Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival

early July

Rollo Bay Bluegrass and old-time music featuring the best local, regional and international groups. 902-569-4501 / 902-569-3153

24th Annual P.E.I. Street Rod Association Show n' Shine

early July

Lobster Shanty Restaurant, Montague The oldest and one of the largest outdoor car shows featuring street rod, antique, classic cars and more! 902-962-4140

Sport PEI Dragon Boat Festivall

early July

Victoria Park, Charlottetown Experience the fun and excitement of the Dragon Boat Festival! 902-368-4110

Pride Festival

mid July

Various venues across P.E.I. A week long festival of pride activities across Prince Edward Island 1-877-380-5776

Indian River Festival

July & August

St. Mary's Church, Indian River Fine music concert series, presenting world class musicians in an acoustic, architectural wonder. 902-836-4933

Kinkora Somerset Irish Festival

mid July

Kinkora, Route 225 Car rally, Irish pub night featuring "Sons of Maxwell", dance, and more! 902-887-2868

Summerside Lobster Carnival

late July

Summerside Parade, lobster suppers, midway, stage entertainment, Celebrity dinner and harness racing 902-436-4925

Evangeline Bluegrass Festival

mid July

Abrams Village A weekend of bluegrass and old-time traditional music performed by local and international artists. 902-854-3300

Souris Regatta "Festival of the Sea"

mid July

Souris Marine Terminal Boat races, poker run, Sea Queen pageant, trade show, trap hauling, tub races, magician, woodcarving competition, midway, tug-o-war, trivia, fear factor, crafts, stage entertainment, jamboree, sport competitions, traditional seafood and music by the sea. Family fun for everyone. 902-687-2157

British Car Days across the Bridge

mid July

Cymbria Lions Club, South Rustico 4th Annual all-British car, motorcycle show, market, competitions, and tours 902-964-3294

PEI International Children's Theatre Festival

mid July

Sites across PEI Theatre for children with venues across the Island 1-800-803-1421

Medieval Faire

mid July-late August

Woodleigh Replicas & Gardens, Burlington A fabulous medieval frolic set among the stunning Woodleigh castles 902-836-3401

Charlottetown Yacht Club Race Week

late July

Charlottetown Yacht Club Atlantic Canada's Premiere Sailboat Racing Event. Boats, live nightly entertainment, food, and music 902-629-6404

Annual Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival

late July

Rollo Bay, 3 miles west of Souris The Annual Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival takes place at the Rollo Bay Festival GroundsThe festival stages two concerts per day plus an old time dance each night. Concerts each day, rain or shine. Traditional Island talent at its best. Contact: Peter Chaisson. 902-687-2584 / 902-687-3464 rollobayfiddlefest@atlanticmusician.com -->

Medieval Faire

lmid-July to Late August

O'Leary Frolic as in medievel times, with costumed characters at the Castle in the Woodleigh Replicas, north of Kensington. 902 836-3401. Free with admission to park.

PEI Potato Blossom Festival

late July

O'Leary Giant parade, Midway, fireworks, community picnic, and activities for all ages. 902-859-2888

Emerald Junction Irish Festival

end July

Nodd Road, Emerald, Route 113 Box 8311, Kensington, C0B 1M0. This festival promotes Prince Edward Island's Irish heritage and community spirit. Check out all the great Irish music under the "Big Top" on the community centre property. Also food, beer garden, children's activities, etc. Rough camping. Fri., 7 pm-1 am; Sat., 1-6 pm and 9 pm-2 am. Rain or shine. (902) 886-2400; email ecc@isn.net

Rendez-vous Rustico Festival 2002

end July

Rustico Three days of activities for the whole family-clowns, buskers, Celtitude, Lennie Gallant.

St. Peter's Wild Blueberry Festival

end July - early August

St. Peter's Bay Dances, children's events, parade, trivia, concerts, barbeque, pancake brunch. 902-961-2510

Eldon Annual Highland Games

A early August

Lord Selkirk Provincial Park, Eldon Scottish concerts, highland dancing piping, drumming, sports competitions, meals available (902) 659-2337 doughlas@gillislodge.com -->

12th Annual Fiddlers & Followers Weekend

early August

Rainbow Valley, Cavendish 5 big shows, fantastic entertainers, stepdancers, lobster supper, BBQ, picnic. 902-963-2221

Old Home Week, PEI Provincial Exhibition

mid August

Charlottetown Civic Centre, Charlottetown Driving Park Provincial agricultural exhibition, midway, harness racing, entertainment and much more 902-629-6623

L.M. Montgomery Festival

mid August

Heritage sites in Cavendish, Route 6 / Park Corner, Route 20 Two days of wholesome family fun. Learn more about Montgomery and her time. 902-963-7874

Gold Cup Parade

mid August

Various streets in Charlottetown Annual parade with floats, marching bands, horses, clowns, giant balloons-largest east of Montreal! 902-628-8800

2002 Senior Women's Canadian Fastpitch Championship

late August

Central Field & City Diamond in Victoria Park, Charlottetown Catch the Action! The best female softball players from across Canada compete. Daily ticket price $6.00 1-866-760-4851

Cavendish Farms Baseball Canada National PeeWee Championship

late August

Queen Elizabeth Park, Summerside Summerside hosts the nation's best peewee ball players. 902-432-1282

Woodleigh Highland Gathering

late August

Woodleigh Replicas & Gardens, Burlington Traditional piping, drumming, and dancing at the famous Woodleigh Castles. 902-836-3401

L'Exposition agricole et le Festival acadien de la region Evangeline

end August

Abram-Village 100th Anniversary, livestock, crafts, foods, demonstrations, horse pull, parade, pole climbing, lobster suppers, music/acadian variety. 902-854-2324

August 30- September 1

end August

Charlottetown The Victorian era comes back to life with historic re-enactments, concerts, & tours 902-629-1784 / 1-800-955-1864

PEI International Shellfish Festival

mid September

A celebration PEI shellfish including oysters, mussels and clams. Featuring the Polar Foods International Eastern Canadian Oyster Shucking Championships, the Great Paderno Chowder Challenge, traditional Island entertainment and lots more. Contact: PEI Shellfish Association/PEI Aquaculture Alliance. telephone (902) 892-4455;

Cornwall Cornfest

start October

Cornwall Recreation Centre, Cornwall "helping recreation grow" fun, games, dances, flea markets, variety shows, fun for all ages. festival office 628-6260

2002 Canada Senior Games

late September

Summerside The Canada Games for Seniors- featuring 17 National Championships 902-436-2195

70 Mile Coastal Yard Sale

late September

Southeastern P.E.I., Wood Islands to Murray River and Cape Bear, Orwell & Belfast Two day event of finds, food and fun, over 125 sites. Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 902-962-2044

Trailfest 2002

late September

Island-wide Celebrate the Confederation Trail with events in communities across PEI (902) 894-7535 trails@isn.net

Reef Island Film Festival

late September

City Cinema and Olde Charlottetown RIFF celebrates amateur and independant film making in PEI. (902) 393-4718

Atlantic Breeders Crown

mid October

Charlottetown Driving Park & Charlottetown Area Greatest show in Maritime racing! Season Ending Sires Stakes Championships! 902-569-3812

Wintertide - The Maritime Electric Victorian Winter Festival

late November-January 3

Downtown Charlottetown and Island-wide A spectacular light show and full schedule of Island-wide activities. 902-628-2000

Charlottetown Christmas Parade

late November

Starts at UPEI, winding through City Atlantic Canada's largest Christmas Parade, post-parade bash with Santa at Confederation Centre of the Arts. 902-566-5548

Christmas Lights Across Canada

early December

Province House National Historic Site, Richmond St., Charlottetown Candle light walk, VIP ceremony, entertainment, Victorian costumes, and refreshments. 6:30pm. 902-894-1283

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