2017 Signature Events

As birthday celebrations go, 2017 is a mighty big one for Canada, which will mark 150 years since its birth as a nation unto itself. Discover Charlottetown during 2017, as it commemorates Canada's storied past, rich culture, bright future and showcases its unique and important role in Canada's founding as the Birthplace of Confederation. It all began here in PEI's capital where there Fathers met in 1864, had a hopping Island-style party and the notion of forming a nation was conceived.

Fill your boots (and patriotic heart) with a bevy of festivals, events and tributes highlighting this special year in Canada's evolving legacy and Charlottetown's rich cultural and culinary offerings.

Burger Love (March 30 - April 30)
You don’t want to miss out on this month long-celebration of Island beef that challenges restaurants to create amazing, one-of-a-kind burgers and lets eaters choose the coveted title of ‘Most Loved Burger’! In 2016, 73 Island restaurants participated in Burger Love and 163,170 burgers were sold during the beefy, month-long celebration (that’s more than the population of PEI!)

May Run Music Festival (May 10 - 14)
The 3rd Annual May Run Music Festival will build on Music PEI’s past years of success, incorporating numerous concerts and showcases that celebrate the Island’s top talent over a 4-day ‘marathon’ of music that promises to be a rip roarin’ good time. More >>

Anne & Gilbert - The Musical (May 23 - Oct 24)
Anne of Green Gables is in love... Award-winning songs, memorable comedy and drama make Anne & Gilbert unforgettable family entertainment. It’s the critically acclaimed story of Anne of Green Gables in love. More >>

The Festival of Wines (May 26 & 27)
This spring uncork something new at PEI’s largest wine tasting event of the year. As you sample over 250 new and limited quantity wines, your taste buds will be delighted with roving food stations. More >>

Million Dollar Quartet at The Confederation Centre (Jun. 14 - Sept. 23)
The Confederation Centre of the Arts mainstage production, Million Dollar Quartet, will celebrate musical icons Johnny Cash. Elvis Presley. Jerry Lee Lewis. Carl Perkins. They came together to make music and ended up making history. Set in a Memphis studio, this story-and-song musical brings to light an extraordinary tale of broken promises, secrets, and a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and heartwarming. Featured are such hallmark hits as Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Fever, Great Balls Of Fire, Walk The Line, Folsom Prison Blues, and many more. More >>

Re: Collection Exhibition – Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Jun. 17 - Dec. 31)
The Confederation Centre Art Gallery will present the commemorative exhibition RE:collection in 2017. Taking over the entire 1,000 square meters of gallery space, this show will explore the building of a major Canadian art collection since 1964 as both a mission and a reflection on the evolving country, its history, geography, people, and communities. Featured will be L.M. Montgomery’s novel manuscript for Anne of Green Gables; selections from the Robert Harris collection; the Expo 67 craft collection; and the commissioned ‘Confederation Murals including Jack Shadbolt’s Flag Mural and Wanda Koop’s Native Fires, 1999, along with a new commission in this series. www.confederationcentre.com/artgallery

The Dream Catchers - Confederation Centre Young Company (Jun. 21 – Aug. 19, 2017; daily from noon-1:00pm)
Music, dance,visual arts, and traditional crafts representing the artistic interpretations of Canada’s future as envisioned by youth, local artists and Indigenous representatives from across the country will merge into a new vibrant musical, The Dream Catchers, that celebrates our country’s bold future. Actual Dream Catchers will also be created by the youth in each workshop and integrated by Indigenous visual artist Nick Huard into a large national dreamcatcher exhibited at the Centre. The Dream Catchers is a national touring theatre production, funded by the Government of Canada, and produced by the Confederation Centre of the Arts in celebration of the nation’s 150th. More >>

DiverseCity Multicultural Festival (June 25)
This ever-growing festival celebrates the tapestry of diverse cultures that has and continues to shape the Island in a myriad of ways. Free to the public, DiverseCity fills the streets of downtown Charlottetown with the sights, tastes, sounds and impressive talents of the many cultures and ethnicities that make up the fabric of the city and Island.  Free entry, a cornucopia of food vendors and live music late into the night. More >>

Sound & Light Show (mid-June - Oct. 1st)
As the Birthplace of Confederation, Charlottetown will proudly celebrate its unique and important role in the founding of Canada with a spectacular Sound & Light Show projected on the sandstone walls of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.  Recounting the birth of Canada, the free nightly screening will showcase the nation’s diversity and highlight its bright future. With content submitted from across the country, the show aptly reflects the collaborative and cooperative nature that underpins Canada’s national character.

Anne of Green Gables - The Musical at The Confederation Centre (June 26 - Sept. 23)
Canada’s favourite musical returns to the Confederation Centre of the Arts mainstage for season #53! A Canadian classic, Anne of Green Gables is guaranteed to tug at heartstrings and tickle funny bones. Mr. Adam Brazier takes to the director’s chair, leading a company of 23 amazing triple threats from across the nation. More >>

STIHL Timbersports Canadian Champions Trophy (June 30 - July 1)
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Series announces the Canadian Champions Trophy. You have seen it on TV, now experience it LIVE right here in Charlottetown!

As part of Canada's 150th anniversary celebration, the top Professional Axe-Men in the country will head to town for an event never seen before in the Island and that will have spectators at the edge of their seats from beginning to end. The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Champions Trophy is the "Master's Cup" of the sport and is the most coveted event in the Canadian tour. This invitational event features the top eight athletes from the Canadian Championship - the ones that battled the hardest to the top of the Canadian ranking in 2016.

RDC 2017 Tall Ships Festival (June 30 - July 2)
During Rendezvous 2017 more than 40 Tall Ships will be sailing Canadian waters to honour the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation in 2017. They are scheduled to stop at host ports in Ontario, Québec and the Maritimes, giving thousands of people the opportunity to admire the majestic beauty of these cathedrals of the seas. More >>

Canada Day Celebrations (July 1)
Where better to celebrate Canada’s 150 than where it all began? As the Birthplace of Canada, Charlottetown is no stranger to hosting memorable shindigs - word has it the Fathers had a multi-day party when they came together in Charlottetown to discuss Confederation back in 1864.  Join in the celebrations of Canada’s rich history and promising future, you’ll be sure to create unforgettable memories and be bursting with pride. More >>

Bittergirl - The Musical at The Mack (July 5 - Aug 26)
They’re back at The Mack – a 60’s doo-wop hits soundtrack, three women, and one “Everyman.” Who knew getting over getting dumped could be so much fun! This Canadian-made comedy virtually sold out its entire run when first premiering at the Festival in 2015. It returns with new songs and scenes, and the same great soundtrack of doo-wop favourites, including I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, I Will Survive, and Too Many Fish In The Sea. More >>

Old Home Week (Aug. 10 -19)
Experience a taste of the county in the capital city with livestock shows, horses, beautiful handiwork, daily entertainment, midway rides or one of the many exciting harness races! Don’t miss this Island tradition, complete with the Gold Cup Parade (Aug 18). More >>

Art in the Open (Aug. 26)
This free, contemporary art event highlights Charlottetown’s visual art scene, downtown heritage places, exhibition venues and public green spaces. Transitioning from day to night, the festival delivers a dynamic contemporary art experience for people of all ages. More >>

PEI Fall Flavours Festival (Sept. 1 - Oct. 1)
The Fall Flavours Festival, a month long culinary celebration highlighting authentic Island tastes and traditions, takes place during September in communities across PEI. The festival features a variety of acclaimed guest chefs hosting a wide range of unique culinary experiences. More >>

A Misfortune at The Mack (Sept. 7 - 22)
Head to The Mack for the world premiere of a new Canadian musical! Adapted from a short story by Anton Chekhov, this romantic, bittersweet musical is about small moments and momentous decisions. The story follows a young lawyer and a married woman in pre-revolutionary Russia on a walk through the woods; their friendship has reached an impasse. Soon they gather with three friends for a night in the country, discussing the inanity of their lives over an evening drink-and with each drink, more sordid secrets are revealed. More >>

PEI International Shellfish Festival (Sept 14 - 17)
Four days of festivities, all built around the Island’s superb shellfish industry. The world’s fastest oyster shuckers, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, Atlantic Canada’s biggest kitchen party and, of course, PEI shellfish! More >>

Farm Day in the City (Oct 1)
Fall in love with fresh and join farmers, producers, crafters, and artisans from across Prince Edward Island for the largest outdoor market the year. Spend the day in downtown Charlottetown enjoying local music, face painting, balloon twisting and more.  This free open-air market takes place on Queen Street, starting at Grafton Street, along Victoria Row and on the Confederation Centre plaza. More >>

Prince Edward Island Marathon (Oct 13 - 15)
Join in celebrating the 14th Annual PEI Marathon Weekend. With 10 categories  to choose from there’s have something for the entire family! More >>

Victorian Christmas Weekend (Dec 1 - 3)
Step back in time and immerse yourself in a storybook Christmas setting - shop an open-air pedestrian market, indulge in seasonal treats, and enjoy an array of activities sure to delight all! More >>


Upcoming Events

PEI Burger Love
March 31, 2017 to April 30, 2017
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Anne of Green Gables Package