Victoria Park Lantern Festival

2014 Victoria Park Lantern Festival

The winning numbers for the hand painted jelly bean row table lantern prizes from Saturday are:


Please send an email to [email protected] to claim your prize. Prizes must be claimed by 9 am on Thursday, July 31st

A very special thank you to the amazing Rocket Bakery and Fresh Food for providing a very generous (and delicious!) donation of sandwiches for our event volunteers! Also, thank you Dominion (Blackmarsh Road), Sobeys (Merrymeeting Road), and Tim Hortons (Ropewalk Lane/Water Street) for helping to keep our wonderful volunteers nourished and energized!

Thank you to our sponsors and community supporters!

The City of St. John’s – Mayor, Councillors, and Staff, St. John’s Regional Fire Department, Martin’s Fire Safety, Newfoundland Power, St. John Ambulance, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, MUN Co-Operative Education Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador – Advanced Education and Skills, Government of Canada – Service Canada, Shea Heights Development Association, Shea Heights NIA, Rocket Bakery and Fresh Food, Living Planet, St. John’s East Kinsmen Club, Tim Horton’s (Water Street and Ropewalk Lane), Dominion (Blackmarsh Road), Sobeys (Merrymeeting Road), Coleman’s, M&M Luxe, Boogaloo, Long & McQuade, MJE Consulting, Executive Taxi, Templeton’s, St. John’s Farmer’s Market, St. John’s Juggling Club, Moksha Yoga St. John’s, DAVIDsTEA, Afterwords Bookstore, the Newfoundland Herald, VOCM, NTV, CBC, The Telegram, Coast 101.1, the Railway Coastal Museum, Windows on the West End Planning Committee, ProtoShed Community Workshop, Central Laundries, MUN Student Volunteer Bureau, Eastern Edge Art Gallery, MHA Tom Osborne, Minister Terry French, Department of Culture and Recreation, Robyn Murphy, Simon Lono, Janet Hicks, Craig and Lori Hogan, Ryan Lambert, Katelyn Foley, Riverhead Towers, our Day Camp staff and parents, and ALL of our dedicated volunteers!

A very special thank you to the Heart and Stroke Foundation NL for their donation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), now installed in the Victoria Park Poolhouse.

 The Victoria Park Lantern Festival is going ahead today: Saturday, July 26th, 2014. Afternoon activities kick off at 2 pm and evening activities begin at sundown. We’ll see everyone in Victoria Park! 

Our 2014 poster, designed by ACGallery!

Question: How do you have a Lantern Festival during a fire ban?

Answer: With a little creativity and a lot of cooperation! The Lantern Festival is GOING AHEAD this weekend. All afternoon/early evening activities will be the same. Our lantern installation will be lit with LED’s and glow sticks; it will be smaller than usual but you’ll still get to see some old favourites (and a couple of new ones!) There will also be an LED-based ball field finale, complete with juggling, bellydancing and the Victoria Park puppets!

If you are planning on bringing a lantern, please bring a glow stick or a battery operated tealight. We will have some to distribute at the park but, if you already have some, that would be tremendously helpful. There will be ABSOLUTELY NO fire permitted in the park this weekend.

Workshop Schedule (2:00 – 7:00 pm)

Workshops are free!

2:00 – 2:15 pm: Storytelling
2:15 – 3:00 pm: Tai Chi
3:00 – 3:15 pm: Storytelling
3:15 – 4:00 pm: Tango
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Yoga (bring your own mat)
5:00 – 5:15 pm: Storytelling
5:15 – 6:00 pm: Lion Dancing Demonstration and Q&A
6:00 – 6:15 pm: Storytelling
6:15 – 7:00 pm: Bellydancing

Sound Stage Schedule: 

2:00pm – 2:30 – Trevor de Verteuil
2:35pm – 2:45 – information about RIAC’s Summer Cultural Festival
2:55pm – 3:25 – DT & the Dinosaurs
3:35pm – 4:05 – (to be confirmed)
4:15pm – 4:45 – Thom Coombs
4:55pm – 5:30 – City on the Coast
5:40pm – 6:25 – Kat McLevey
6:35pm – 7:20 – GEM
7:30pm – 8:15 – Delusion Victims
8:15pm – dusk – the Neighbourhood Strays
belly dancers followed by procession up the hill!

Community booths (2:00 – 7:00 pm) will have interactive displays and activities!

1. Social Justice Co-operative of Newfoundland and Labrador
2. Sci-Fi on the Rock
3. Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador, in conjunction with NAACAP
4. Happy City
5. Memorial University’s Let’s Talk Science Outreach Site
6. Samarpan Meditation Kids Club
7.The Art Marathon Festival presented by Eastern Edge Gallery
8. Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council
9. ProtoShed Community Workshop
10. Games in the Victoria Park Kids Zone
11. DAVIDsTEA (approximately 2:00 – 5:00 pm)

Last minute glass jar lantern making workshop: 3:00 – 4:30 pm (or until supplies last)

Mass illumination of the installation lanterns around 8:00 pm

Lantern parade to begin around 8:45-9:00 pm, immediately followed by a spectacular light show finale on the ball field!

One Comment

  1. I hope the rain will stop and things will dry out by 2pm. I hope all the preparations are going as smoothly as possible in spite of the current down pour 🙂


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