Recreation and Special Events

Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s has much to offer its residents and visitors. With annual festivals such as our Winter Carnival and Regatta Festival, there is also have a variety of events every month, including an Environment Fair, Community Awards, and celebrations of the holidays. Please check back as we are always coming up with new ways to celebrate living in this great town in this fantastic province!

Many of our programs require online registration and payment through eServices. If you are a resident and you have not yet used eServices to pay for a program in PCSP, you will be prompted to enter a “sign up key” the first time you use eServices. Please contact Joe Donkers, Accounting Technician, at 895-5666 or [email protected] to receive your sign up key. If you are living in a rental property in PCSP and you are not the registered owner of the home, you will need to sign up as a guest account and you will not require a sign up key.

Upcoming This Season


November 26th, 2019: Tree Lighting

Join the Mayor, Council and staff as they turn on the Town’s Christmas Tree for the holiday season. Take in some festive Christmas songs, followed by our “dancing tree”, brilliant fireworks show and delicious hot chocolate. Remember to dress for the weather as this is an outdoor event.

November 26th, 2019: Gingerbread Contest

Showcase your delicious construction talents by entering the Annual Gingerbread Decorating Contest. Be as creative as you want but you must use everything provided in the kit. You can add on anything at all, no limits! Bring your completed creation to the Recreation Centre before 6:00pm . Judges will be on hand immediately following the Tree Lighting. There are some terrific prizes to be won! Kits are only $20, peanut free and will be available for pick up Monday November 18th.

December 1st, 2019: Mummers Festival Fundraiser PaintNite 

Grab your friends and come enjoy a night of good laughs and creativity. You will be guided by one of the talented artists from PaintNite through your very own Mummers Festival-themed masterpiece. The painting which participants will complete is shown in the image here!

The event starts at 7:00pm. Cost is $25 per person and there is a limit of 25 seats available. Ages 13+. Registration is now open through eServices! Contact [email protected] for more details.

December 4th, 2019: Box, Bucket, and Pillowcase Mask Mummers Festival Workshop

The Heritage Committee is hosting another wonderful Mummers Festival event! Join us for this year’s FREE workshop and make your very own traditional Mummer-inspired creation. Event takes place at the Rec Centre at 6:30pm to 8:30pm on December 4th.

To reserve your seat for this free event, contact [email protected] or call 895-5657.

Saturday, December 7th, 2019: Breakfast with Santa

SOLD OUT! Come by Brookside Intermediate for a continental breakfast with fruit, yogurt, pancakes, cereal, and much more. Enjoy a special Christmas visit from the big man himself, Mr. Claus! Registration opens at 9:00am on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 for residents of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s. If space permits, registration to non-residents will begin on Monday, November 18th, 2019.

December 8th, 2019: Town of PCSP and Volunteer Fire Department Annual Christmas Parade

Join us for the Annual Christmas Parade, featuring our special friend from the North Pole! Volunteers will be collecting food along the way for the Food Bank, and don’t forget your letters for Santa that will be taken to the North Pole by Canada Post. Road closures will be in effect from 1:30pm – 3:30pm, and the parade begins at 2:00pm. If you would like to enter a float or volunteer with us please call Nicole Clark, 895-5662.

December 13th, 2019: Port de Grave Boat Lighting Excursion

Join the Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s on an illuminated adventure to Port de Grave! Come enjoy the more than 50 boats in the Port de Grave harbour all decked out for the Christmas season! Bus pick up at Rainbow Gully Park, departs at 6:00pm on Friday, December 13th, 2019. Tickets are $10 per person. Registration begins on Monday, November 18th, 2019 at 9:00am on eServices. If you do not yet have an eServices account, please register for your account in advance, as you will need to obtain an access key through our accounting department.

December 17th to 21st, 2019: Merry & Bright Festival of Light

Is your home the best dressed this holiday season? The Recreation and Community Services Department would like to invite all residents to participate in the Merry & Bright Festival of Light! Break out your Christmas decorating skills and your festive spirit, challenge your neighbours to see who can outdo who with their creativity. The Recreation Team will be travelling throughout the community all week long for judging.

September – November, 2019: Fall Fitness Classes

Join us for Fall Fitness in the Town of PCSP! Grab your friends and come out for a range of unique and challenging classes. There are classes available for people of all fitness levels, including: Adult Fitness, Yoga, Zumba, Tabata, and Seniors Sit n Fit! Contact [email protected] to register or call 895-5671.

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Check out our school newsletters for all the latest updates on town events and programs for our local students!

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Contact Our Staff

Nicole Clark

Director of Recreation & Community Services

895-8000 x269

Nick Miller

Sports Coordinator

895-8000 x233

Mike Stone

Special Events / Programs Coordinator

895-8000 x265

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