Friends of Victoria Park

Enjoying the little park with the big hill

FOVP & Lantern Festival Events

What's happening in the park?

Events in the park vary from season to season with our main summer events being the summer day camp program the annual Lantern Festival. The Lantern Festival takes place on the Saturday that occurs in the last full weekend in July. In 2011 that's the last Saturday, July 30th.

Lantern Making Workshops

  • When: Every Tuesday & Thursday evening 6:00PM - 9:00PM (starting Tuesday June 14th)
  • Where: Pool House at Victoria (The big green building near the end of Angel Place, just off Alexander Street.)
  • Parking: Park in the park's parking lot on Sudbury Street near the ball diamond and walk down to the Pool House. There is no public parking on Angel Place.

Outreach Workshops

  • The Lantern Festival hopes to have a few outreach workshops, so keep your eyes and ears open for those.

Please volunteer

  • There are many ways to volunteer
  • Email: lanternfest at gmail dot com
  • Or just drop by the Pool House during a workshop

FOVP Summer Day Camp

  • For details on registration and programming see the Summer Day Camp section.

11th Annual Lantern Festival

  • When: July 30th 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM (rain date Sunday, July 31st)
  • Where: Victoria Park, St. John's Newfoundland.
  • Event day details are on the new website at

Remember When - Past Events

2010 Mummer's Festival

  • FOVP happily hosted the Hobby Horse and Wren Stick building workshops at the Poolhouse. Check out the Mummers Festival website to see pictures and video of the 2010 mummering.

2010 Lantern Festival

  • The Lantern Festival turned 10 years old in 2010. The 10th Annual Lantern Festival was our most successful one ever.
  • Here's a link to the 2010 program to give you an idea of what will happen in 2011.

Sprouting Light – Artful Lantern Show & Silent Auction

Sprouting Light was a successful pilot project. In early April of 2010, lantern enthusiasts started building special free-formed lanterns to be shown at the Sprout Restaurant during the month of July. Inspired by the healthy menu of our host, 11 food-inspired lanterns emerged on the walls of the restaurant that summer. This pilot project was successful on several fronts: lantern makers were able to improve their skills and created amazing works of art; the Festival got some superb advertising as patrons of the Sprout enjoyed their meals during the show and Karl Wells, The Telegram food critic, happened to review The Sprout the week before the festival; the silent auction was a financial success as several lanterns were bid upon.

The Lantern Festival would love to do this kind of event again when resources are available.

Check out the Sprouting light lantern profiles! And a big thanks to all those involved.