So every summer there’s this thing that happens in St John’s: George Street Fest.
“The “Biggest Little Street in North America” parties for six straight days, featuring both big name bands, tribute acts and local favorites alike.”
This is how it works: You pay a ticket price to get on George Street, where there is an outdoor stage and some bands will be playing. The bars have windows open to the outside or carts outside so you can buy drinks without going inside, and you can DRINK ON THE STREET! WoooOOOooo! (This is not normally allowed in Canada, in case you are unawares). More than a concert and a chance to drink outside, it can also be a chance to go inside some bars on the street you may normally not go into because you don’t want to pay the cover.
Some people go down for the music, some wait until later in the night and go down to visit all of the bars. Some people will swing both ways.
My first summer I was working a fair bit, as I didn’t know any better to ask for those nights off. But I went down one night with some folks from work to catch the cover band “Bon Journey”, because I work with some ladies who go nuts for Bon Jovi and they couldn’t miss a cover band that does Bon Jovi and Journey songs only! I mean, how often do you get to hear Bon Jovi classics mixed with Journey classics, in one show? Rock on!
I went another night with some friends for the “Kitchen Party” night, because we were a bunch of Come From Aways (in other words, none of us were born in Newfoundland) and it seemed like a good “Newfoundland” thing to take part in. It was a pretty mild George Street Fest experience, to be honest. There will be more George Street Fest posts, and they will be more exciting… but my first year I was just testing the waters.
And I brought Bob.
And if you’re curious to hear more of this wonderful time to be had in St John’s, and are too impatient to wait for me to move on from writing about only my FIRST year in Newfoundland…. You can check out Candice’s post about it here… Appropriately, full of photographs taken by me! 😉