This year marks the 30th anniversary of “the biggest little street party in North America,” and, if you haven’t experienced George Street Fest yet, we suggest you think about booking tickets ASAP (or start planning a trip for next year). Here are 5 reasons to go:
1. Alan Doyle
Every time Alan Doyle returns to Newfoundland we get a little excited, and we aren’t the only ones. His George Street concerts—solo, with Great Big Sea or this year with Sherman Downey and Matthew Byrne—are always awesome and inspire some serious East Coast love.
2. A good old East Coast kitchen party
So the Lamb’s Nation Kitchen Party isn’t technically happening in someone’s kitchen, but it’s the next best thing. Local bands like Eastern Passage, Tarahan and Shanneyganock will be performing and getting the crowd dancing in the streets. (Watch for everyone to go wild when Shanneyganock performs “The Islander.”)
3. The Dropkick Murphys
The Dropkicks always put on a good show and get the crowd in the spirit.
4. The Royal St. John’s Regatta
George Street Fest is basically a prelude to the annual Regatta (August 7), which also just happens to be a civic holiday, so everyone is out in the city in a great mood.
5. Because seriously, it’s just so fun
We’ve been to a lot of music festivals, but there’s something about George Street Fest that is really special. It might be the beauty of the city, the lively East Coast music or the amazingly friendly people—whatever it is, it’s worth the trip.
The festival runs July 31 to August 5.