Art is at the heart of New Brunswick’s Capital City
Like the Saint John River that runs through the heart of Fredericton, inspiration runs through New Brunswick’s capital city. While it may be small in size, Fredericton boasts great performances, vibrant visuals arts and more working artisans per capita than anywhere in Canada.
Culture lives on one of Canada’s great streets
With its galleries and restaurants, performing arts spaces and year-round festivals, Queen Street packs endless combinations of cultural experiences into a few city blocks. Be inspired by international masterworks and an impressive collection of contemporary Atlantic Canadian art at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Marvel at local artists and touring companies on stage at the Fredericton Playhouse. Be entertained in the open air in the Historic Garrison District. Pick up a handcrafted souvenir of Fredericton at the artisan’s shops in Barracks Square, home to the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, the only college in Canada that focuses entirely on fine crafts and design. Why not try your hand at pottery, photography, fashion or metalwork at the College in July during edVentures Fredericton learning vacations?
Explore the streets of Fredericton on your own or join one of the many guided tours offered throughout the day. Along with the Capital’s historic architecture, the charming Victorian homes and tree-lined streets are sure to charm.
Inspiration throughout the city
Fredericton’s cultural scene isn’t limited to downtown core. Roam the halls of The Charlotte Street Arts Centre, a former school transformed into a hub of performing and visual arts organizations. Head for the hill with theatre, concerts and exhibitions at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University. Embrace the joie de vivre of Fredericton’s Francophone community and culture at Le Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne. Discover a hidden theatre gem in the industrial park at the new Open Space Theatre, home to Theatre New Brunswick, the province’s leading professional Anglophone theatre company.
Cross the river to the city’s Northside where you can enjoy a free outdoor summer concert series at the Nashwaaksis Commons. Celebrate the rich heritage of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people at the St. Mary’s Pow Wow in June.
Discover more with a day trip
Why not hit the road and head down river to visit the artisans in Village of Gagetown 45 minutes southeast of Fredericton? Or head 20 minutes west and a century back in time to explore the region’s history at Kings Landing Historical Settlement? Fredericton offers a great home base for cultural day trips along the Saint John River Valley.
Whether you come to Fredericton with a set itinerary or just to explore, you’ll soon discover why generations of artists, writers and performers have called this riverside capital home.