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This week in Fredericton: June 19-25

This week in Fredericton: June 19-25

This week marks the first “official” week of summer! In celebration of this long-awaited time of the year, New Brunswick’s Legislature will light up with “MALA” (more on that later), plus a celebration of our multicultural community with an amazing 2 day festival, outdoor theatre and oh so much more! Stick around, we’ll entertain you!

“Where I’m From”
In Mi’kmaq, the word “MALA” means “Where I’m From”; inspired by this year’s Canada 150 celebrations, MALA lets the world know through an amazing multimedia presentation and an mobile application, a series of quintessential New Brunswick images or “moments” in history, projected on the front of the Legislative Assembly building.  This is one thing you cannot miss this summer! Begins on June 21.

The many faces of Fredericton!
Have you ever seen the Lion Dance? How about the Bamboo Dancers? If you are the teensy bit curious, then the Cultural Expressions Festival is one event not to miss in Fredericton.  During these two days (June 23 & 24) expect to see the sheer diversity of cultures in Fredericton; Philippino, Nepalese, Chinese, just to name a few! Dancing, food, song come together in offering you the best in showcasing Fredericton’s many faces!

Note: Due to the rain forecast, the Cultural Expressions Festival has been moved to the Capital Exhibit Centre.


Downtown! #culturalexpressionsfestival #fredericton

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The Play’s the Thing!
“Until I know this sure uncertainty, I'll entertain the offered fallacy.”  If you are a lover of Shakespeare’s plays, this is from “A Comedy of Errors”; one of two plays scheduled to hit the streets of Fredericton.  That’s right.  Shakespeare as performed outside, in this case in Barrack’s Square.  This is the first of two productions this summer. Bring along a chair and enjoy life theatre in the heart of downtown Fredericton!

Bard in the Barracks - Comedy of Errors

Get a little Celtic
After enjoying dinner at one of Fredericton’s great restaurants, head to Officers’ Square for the first of the Fredericton Outdoor Summer Concert Series with  Oak, Ash & Thorn on June 20. Juno award winning Joel Violette (Thrawsunblat, Ex-Woods of Ypres) along with Nicki Smith and a revolving door of contributors, currently Geoff Hutchin and Irish import Ian Mac Gabhann round out the quartet. Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy the sounds of the summer! But wait, there’s more! That same week,  the official band of the city of Fredericton, the Fredericton Concert & Marching Band will be in the Square as well!

Oak, Ash & Thorn

Keep Calm & get your Yoga and Beer on!
If you are a Yoga fan AND a beer fan, this might be just the thing for you!  Frederictonians love their yoga AND their beer! Local yoga studios team up with Fredericton’s craft breweries to bring you a “mindful” experience with a 45 minute yoga practice followed by a 4 flight beer tasting! It’s “Hopped Yoga” and it’ll be the most fun you’ll have with two popular pastimes!


Yoga helps eliminate distractions and encourage peacefulness of the mind. : @canadianyoga_girl

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For more yoga (and to celebrate International Yoga Day), head on over to Breathing Space Yoga for 3 FREE yoga classes on Saturday, June 24!

If it “Feels Good” it’s probably FollyFest!
Feels Good FollyFest in the charming Village of Gagetown, has been described as the “funkiest weekend of the jam packed summer festival season”! Imagine this: over 60 bands from all over Canada, artist market, fire performers, kids zone and NEW this year is a Silent Disco and Folly Films featuring some very cool local films.  Bring the family and camp in the designated areas; it’s 3 days of music, food, art and FUN!


#fgfollyfest #feelsgood #fgfolly #lizzo #lrbistro #follyfest #rollin #summertimeandthelivingseasy

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Ongoing Events
Fredericton has many activities and events happening all summer long to keep you busy and entertained! Remember to check our Calendar of Events for a detailed list!

Play in our river! The Saint John River runs right through our fine city, and that provides you with plenty of opportunity to do things 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 its 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!


Dominoe time! #kid #baby #toddler #dominos

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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! 


Cultural market - Fredericton #culture #market #food #explorefredericton

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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.


Ouuu ahhhh

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At Gallery 78, check out “Oh Canada – Our Home and Native Land” which is a members’ exhibition, showcasing the best art Canada has to offer.

At Charlotte Street Arts Centre, the exhibit  “Ink & Light on Paper’  displays the imagination of Alan Grabelsky as he uses a variety of multi-layered printing techniques, and “Blues” by Elizabeth Vanderleelie , exhibiting the use of layered fabric and thread to create abstract compositions.


Alan Grabelsky, works will be on the walls and for sale until July 31st! #fredericton

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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 is offered at 4pm until June 30 and then 10:30am and 2:30pm for the balance of the summer.

Guided Heritage Walking Tours

But wait…there’s more (to come!)
Hold up! Mark your calendars and save the date for some great events!

Canada Day Weekend – There’s SO much scheduled for Canada’s big 150th birthday in Fredericton that it had to span 2 days, June 30 & July 1! Fredericton is THE place to be with music, (I Mother Earth, Measha Brueggergosman and Glorious Sons to name a few!) a parade, cultural performances, food and of course, Fireworks!


See if you can spot the moose #explorenb #explorefredericton #Fredericton #3dcanada150 #photography #downtown

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Jeux de l’Acadie – It’s where sport and culture come together in an array of red, white and blue! Over 1,000 enthusiastic Acadian and francophone youth and their families from all Atlantic provinces will be in Fredericton, come out and be a spectator!


Acajoux s'en vient à Fredericton pour l'AGA! #lièvrequiconduit #talentcaché #jeuxdelacadie

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Animaritime – What’s this you ask?  It’s a coming together of those who have a deep passion and enthusiasm for all things anime, manga, and gaming.  What’s great about this 3 day event is Fredericton is transformed into a land of Anime and Manga characters, with the odd Storm Trooper and Super Mario thrown in for good measure!


#animaritime2016 #deadpool

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Yes, we have it going on! Looking for more adventures? How about stepping back in time to, say the 1800’s and Kings Landing? It’s a history buff’s dream! And how about fuel to get you going on the weekend? You’ll need a good breakfast or brunch! Check out our yummy blog! And remember, tell us about your experiences through  Facebook or Twitter!