Bird Island Puffin Festival
July 15- 22
Home of the beautiful Atlantic Puffin, the tiny town of Elliston is also known for its ancient technique of storing root vegetables in cellars. Bring the family here for a tour and then dig into a traditional meal of Jiggs (which can consist of pickled salt beef, boiled potatoes, cabbage and pease pudding) cooked the old-fashioned way. What goes best with great food? Live local entertainment — including a Peninsula Idol show.
Prices vary. Elliston Municipal Park. 709-468-7080; tourismelliston.com
The Royal St. John’s Regatta
Fans have been cheering on their favourite crews in the regatta since as far back as 1816. And even though it’s the boat racing that brings in the crowds, the activity around the shores, from game booths to treat concessions, greets visitors of all ages.
Free admission. Quidi Vidi Lake, 10 Clancy Dr., St. John’s. 709-576-8921; stjohnsregatta.org