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This week in Fredericton: June 12-18

This week in Fredericton: June 12-18

There is no place else you want to “Ramp up” summer than in Fredericton! Welcoming the warm and sunny days is easy when there’s great events and things to do in our very walkable city. 

Beating to the drum of Mother Earth
Did you hear that? That drum beat you hear is the sounds of the annual  St. Mary’s Pow Wow (June 16-18)  ; held at what is known as the “Old Reserve” on Union Street, this event is a cultural “must-do” and does a great job of showcasing the rich heritage of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people through music and dance, and of course, the amazing traditional dress from each group. Everyone is welcome.


St Mary's 15th Annual Powwow #powwow #stmarys #stmaryspowwow #regalia

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A Military Tradition Worth Witnessing!
What was formerly known as the “Infantry School Corps” in 1883, later became the “Royal Canadian Regiment”; this bit of history helped form Fredericton to what it is today. The 2RCR Change of Command Ceremony is steeped in tradition of the Regiment’s 133 year history and will mark the biannual Change of Command of the largest regular force infantry unit in the Atlantic Provinces. Come out and witness this prestigious event in the heart of Fredericton. The parade will form up at the Legislature at 6:30pm, march down Queen Street onto St. Anne's Point Blvd and finally at Officers’ Square.

A Portal to the way things used to be
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Home & Garden magazine from the 1800’s! It’s a peephole into life way back in the day! Just a short drive from Fredericton is Kings Landing, a living history museum that transports you to what rural life would have been like in the 19th century.  Visit the museum with an amazing 70,000 artifacts and then step into village life as you stroll along the dirt roads, greeting the costumed men, women and children as they carry on in a first person interpretation of life in the Saint John River Valley.  To complete your immersive experience, try horseback riding or any of the events & workshops offered over the summer.

Learning history one footstep at a time!
Anyone knows that the best way to know a city is to walk it! How about having a costumed guide come with you? Dressed in period costume, they will recount and entertain as they take you through the downtown’s historic sites with some pretty cool historical tidbits as well as some interesting folklore about life in Fredericton.  This free tour is offered daily at 4pm until June 30 and then 10:30am and 2:30pm for the balance of the summer.

Guided Heritage Walking Tour

Testing your strength & endurance for both big and small!
Ready, set, GO! The Duncan Hadley Triathlon (and duathlon) on June 18 is one of the largest Triathlon/Duathlon events in Atlantic Canada! Participate or cheer on the athletes as they swim, bike and run their way to their personal best! And we wouldn’t want to leave the kids out! The Kids of Steel is the day prior on June 17; this is a great way to introduce kids to the sport and to enjoy the beauty of Killarney Lake.

While you’re here….

Play in our river!
The Saint John River runs right through our fine city, and that provides you with plenty of opportunities to explore the river like kayaking, canoeing and growing in popularity, stand-up paddleboarding. Second Nature Outdoors is a great place to start to rent any of these items; take an hour or more and discover the beauty and tranquility of the river as you meander along inlets. 


Everything is better on the water. #nature #kayak #secondnatureoutdoors

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Science it up!
Science East is an interactive centre for kids of all ages! And here’s the cool factor: It used to be the old York County gaol (notice the spelling, that means it’s been around for a while); it even has the original cells downstairs! In the summer, kids can take advantage of Toonie Saturdays (as the name implies) and Sensational Sundays.  And here’s the cool part – they have so much fun, they don’t know they’re learning!


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To market, to market…!
In Fredericton, we take a few things seriously, one of which is our markets.  Saturdays signal “market day” and provides a meeting place for many locals.  From fresh locally grown food to unique and quirky gift ideas, we guarantee you will find the item that you are hankering for. From the historic Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market (recognized as one of Canada’s top community markets) to the Northside Market & Cultural Market, there is something for everyone’s taste! 

Take a trip to “Baseball Hill”!
Ask any Frederictonian and they’ll tell you – historic Baseball Hill is the place to catch the local team, Fredericton Royals, play against another New Brunswick team.  Don’t forget to cheer loud and proud!


Another awesome night on baseball hill #fredtourism

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Clap your hands, stomp your feet!
Take a drive to the Northside Main Street Commons to have a sit down and listen…this concert series runs every Wednesday throughout the summer bringing you great local music in all types of genres.

Iconic masterpieces abound!
World class works of art, what more can you want? The Beaverbrook Art Gallery holds an incredible collection of Masterworks that is sure to make some jaws drop!  Great exhibits such as the Canadian Mosaic (in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday) along with an incredible permanent collection make this gallery stop a definite “need to see” to many an art enthusiast.


Edit your life frequently. It's a masterpeice after all. @melbelivoart

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But wait…there’s more (to come!)

Hold up! Mark your calendars and save the date for some great events!

Canada Day Weekend (June 30, July 1) – this isn’t any old Canada Day, we are throwing a big Canada 150 Party! Music, food, kids’ activities…this is THE place to be to celebrate our nation’s big day with Measha Brueggergosman!


What a great day to have lunch in Officers Square. #3dcanada150 #canada150 #loveyourdowntown #fredericton

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MALA – This special multimedia display kicks off June 21st and will be projected on the front of the Legislative Assembly building. MALA is a Maliseet word for “Where I’m From”; this display tells the story of New Brunswick through various images. 


Summer Concert Series (begins June 20) – bring a chair and head to Officers’ Square for a free musical hour from artists from around the province.

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