July 1st, 2021
Capital City Canada Day will return to in-person celebrations this year with an all-day schedule of free activities including musical performances, an art installation, and family activities.
Read below for a list of all the diverse events in Charlottetown for Canada Day 2021.
We acknowledge that the land upon which we gather is unceded Mi’kmaq territory. Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island) is covered by the historic Treaties of Peace and Friendship. We pay our respects to the Indigenous Mi’kmaq People who have occupied this Island for over 12,000 years; past, present and future.
The City of Charlottetown is committed to hosting an inclusive, COVID-friendly Canada Day program this year. To do so, they have sought programming input from various groups, including the Black Cultural Society, Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean, L’nuey, PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, and Pride PEI.
All Capital City Canada Day celebrations will operate in accordance with COVID-19 gatherings guidance and under operational plans approved by the Chief Public Health Office. Outdoor activities are weather permitting. Weather-related announcements will be issued through local media and the City’s social media channels. Stay up to date on Facebook and Twitter.
In lieu of an all-day musical celebration in Victoria Park, Coastal Vibes Stages presented by Gemini Promotions will take over downtown Charlottetown and will feature more than 20 local performers across 4 stages. Don’t miss Dockside: A Fusion of Global, Tropical Sounds on the new Peake’s Wharf gazebo; I’m with She/Her: A Celebration of Women’s Voices on the new Founders’ Food Hall & Market outdoor stage; New Kids on the Block: A Showcase of Emerging Local Talent on Victoria Row; and The Main Event at Confederation Landing.
An All-Day Musical Celebration
An Outdoor Photo Exhibit
This exhibit, featuring backlit works from 20 Island artists, will line lampposts on Queen Street (between City Hall and Water Street) and Grafton Street (between Great George and Queen Streets) from June 29 through July 4. Imagined and curated by local artists Patrick Brunet and Kelly Caseley, Common Things will seek to explore what unites us by capturing everyday items, moments, places, and expressions through participating artists’ eyes, experiences that we share as a collective and evolving nation. Artist statements and information will be available via Instagram, @city_of_charlottetown.
Home Decorating Contest
Participate in Canada Day by decorating your home for a chance to win awesome prizes!
Registration will close on Monday, June 28 at 8 a.m. Entries will be judged on June 29 and 30, with prizes being awarded during the week of July 5. Prizing will consist of a curated selection of gift cards and goods from local retailers.
All entries will be judged in the Best Overall category and will also have the option to be considered in the Kids’ Choice and Eco-Friendly categories. Entries in the Eco-Friendly category must use sustainable materials and decorations that incorporate renewable energy as much as possible, while not using any single-use plastics.
Prizing will be awarded for the top three entries in the Best Overall category, as well as the top entry in the Kids’ Choice and Eco-Friendly categories.
Family Art Activity
The Confederation Centre Art Gallery will host a Family Art Activity creating unique pencil crayon and watercolour artworks inspired by wildflowers native to PEI. Participants will take inspiration from unique centrepieces, as well as identification cards which will also help attendees explore and learn about these special flowers. This activity is suitable for ages 3+. One-hour sessions will begin at 11AM and 2PM. Tables must be pre-booked through the Confederation Centre Art Gallery by emailing [email protected] or calling 902.628.6111
Horse & Wagon Rides – SOLD OUT
Emerald Isle Carriage Tours will also be offering horse & wagon rides around the historic downtown. Rides will depart from Founders’ Food Hall & Market between Noon – 6PM. Pre-booking is required. To book a complimentary ride, contact Emerald Isle Carriage Tours at 902.313.1000
National Canada Day Evening Program
The City of Charlottetown will also be featured during this year’s National Canada Day Evening Program which will air live across the country from 8pm – 10pm EDT on July 1. The broadcast, which will feature local artists Inn Echo, Irish Mythen, and Paper Lions in addition to 25 other diverse Canadian acts, can be viewed locally on CBC and Radio-Canada and will also be live streamed to Canadian Heritage’s YouTube channel.
*All Capital City Canada Day celebrations will operate in accordance with COVID-19 gatherings guidance and under operational plans approved by the Chief Public Health Office. Outdoor activities are weather permitting. Weather-related announcements will be issued through local media and the City’s social media channels. Stay up to date on Facebook and Twitter (@ChtownPE).
There will be no Canada Day fireworks this year in the city of Charlottetown.