This is the year to plan ahead and look forward to reconnecting with Charlottetown and creating fresh memories. And with lots of options for direct flights to Charlottetown with Swoop, West Jet, Flair and Air Canada, getting to Charlottetown has never been more convenient—or more affordable!
Whether you’re excited about the return of your favourite festival or looking to discover something brand new, here are just some ideas (narrowing it down to 10 was hard) to get your imagination rolling. We can’t wait to see you!
1. UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCES – In the summer, meet a friend for Happy Hour at Fishies, a rooftop patio, or visit the Charlottetown Marina to eat at one of our floating docks. Don’t miss out on the time-honoured tradition of Harness Racing while enjoying a one-of-a-kind meal at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino. In the winter season, reserve an outdoor snowpod on one of the city’s year-round decks or experience WinterDine, an annual three-week foodie celebration where local restaurants create a rotating selection of three-course menus.
2. CELEBRATE THE ISLAND’S CULTURES – DiverseCity (June 26), Atlantic Canada’s largest cultural festival, celebrates the many cultures and ethnicities that make up the fabric of the city and the Island community. Learn about the Mi’kmaq who have been here for 12,000 years by attending a Mawi’omi. Attend a free noontime Xclusiv Dance Crew performance at the Confederation Centre’s outdoor amphitheatre (Aug 5 – Sept 3). Or come in early June for the Festival of Small Halls, an award-winning event that brings music, dance, and storytelling into 40+ rural community halls across the Island. A celebration of community, this beloved festival brings together warm Island hospitality and a world-class lineup of artists from near and far June 10 – 19, 2022.
3. THE RETURN OF ANNE + MORE – Confederation Centre’s Charlottetown Festival returns to the Mainstage Theatre with everyone’s favourite redhead in Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™ (June 18 – Sept 3). The Festival also features the all-new Tell Tale Harbour (June 14 – Sept 24), written by and starring Newfoundland’s Alan Doyle. Betty’s Song (July 5 – 29) and Hey Viola! (Aug 3 – 13) take the lead at the cabaret-style Mack Theatre.
4. OUTDOOR BLOCK PARTIES & FESTIVALS – Who doesn’t love a good street party? From the Street Feast Block Party (Sept 23 & 24) to the triumphant return of Farm Day in the City (Oct 2) to the charming Victorian Christmas Market (Nov 25 – 27), Charlottetown knows how to embrace outdoor living and throw an epic party in the street.
5. PEI PRIDE WEEK – As a hotspot for arts & culture, Charlottetown draws many 2SLGBTQIA+ travellers in search of friendly nightlife, incredible cuisine, luxurious accommodations, sandy beaches, and those coveted “Island vibes.” Pride Week, July 16 – 24, is a celebration of the Island’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community, so it’s the perfect time to come and let your true self shine!
6. MUSIC TO KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF – Music is practically in our blood. And the sound of music can often be heard playing in the streets, on tap at the city’s bars & pubs, and in venues like the Trailside Music Hall, the Benevolent Irish Society, The Guild, PEI Brewing Company, Victoria Row, & more. The waterfront also features open-air entertainment at Peake’s Wharf Summer Concert Series and Founders’ Food Hall & Market.
7. FALL FLAVOURS CULINARY FESTIVAL – A never-ending roster of food festivals and events make the city an epic foodie destination. Fall Flavours happens each September & October and is a celebration of the wonderful food scene we have here on Prince Edward Island. Don’t miss the PEI International Shellfish Festival (Sept 15 – 18), Street Feast Block Party (Sept 23 & 24), PEI Beer Fest (Sept 23 & 24), and Farm Day in the City (Oct 2).
8. PUBLIC ART FOR DAYS – Street corners, lamp posts, and sides of buildings are brought to life with impressive creations, like the Love Locks along the waterfront, a lobster mural on the side of Timothy’s Coffee, and the all-new Erika Rutherford mural on the side of The Old Triangle. Throughout the year, festivals also bring out artistic creations like the Festival Inspire (July 18 – 23), Art in the Open (Aug 27), Charlottetown Scarecrow Festival (Oct 7 – 23), a Whoville-inspired Christmas Town (Nov 18 – Dec 18), and illuminated wooden caribou, ice sculptures & other installations during Ice City (Feb – Mar). This year we are lucky to host Van Gogh PEI, an immersive art experience at the PEI Convention Centre (Aug 5 – Sept 5).
9. CHARLOTTETOWN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL – Charlottetown knows how to celebrate the holidays in style. What was once a weekend event has blossomed into over a month’s worth of festive programming. Whether it’s holiday shopping at the Peake’s Wharf Christmas Village, hitting up the open-air Victorian Christmas Market, or taking a cozy horse & wagon ride through the city’s historic streets, you won’t want to miss the festive cheer (Nov 18 – Dec 18).
10. WINTER, REINVENTED – Stay with one of our participating Charlottetown accommodation providers and borrow complimentary snowshoes for a snowy adventure. Outdoor Flow in the Snow is a huge hit with yogis and outdoor rinks are the perfect place to drum up some endorphins. Jack Frost Presents the Ice City Festival (Feb – Mar) features Signature Events, Sugar Shacks, horse and wagon rides, outdoor fitness, DJs, and more.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! There are so many more memories to be made in our little city this year. Whether you’re a fresh face to Charlottetown or simply picking up where you left off, what’s ours is yours.
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