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This week in Fredericton: August 21 - 27

This week in Fredericton: August 21 - 27

This week brings some exciting Curling action with the Everest Curling Challenge accompanied with a weekend of music, food and drink with the Fredericton River Rocks Tailgate Party and don’t forget the annual “From Human Hands – New Brunswick Fine Craft Festival!

It’s all about the Curling (and the party!)
Fredericton will play host to the Everest Curling Challenge on August 25-27. This amazing weekend is touted as “The World’s Best Curlers – The Sports Largest Prize” which really says it all! The event, which will air across Canada on TSN, and in the U.S. on ESPN3 will bring together 32 of the world’s top women’s and men’s curlers to compete for the single largest prize in the sport.  But wait, there’s more! To add to the excitement of this world-class event, we’ve pulled out all the stops and will be throwing a Fredericton River Rocks Tailgate Party on Aug 24-27.  Live local music, food vendors and interactive exhibits will be part of the fun over four days. Tailgate passes are just $30 for the weekend or day passes are $10 at the door (cash). Don’t wait, get your passes today! 

Fredericton River Rocks Tailgate party

Buy something 100% New Brunswick made!
Looking for that perfect New Brunswick made item but not sure where to go? Plan to be in Fredericton August 25-27 for the “From Human Hands – the New Brunswick Fine Craft Festival”! This annual event showcases the best in textiles, pottery, jewellery and so much more! Browse the many vendors in  Officers’ Square, listen to live music and grab some food at one of the food vendors on site.

Celebrating 150 in a province wide relay!
Relayers from across New Brunswick will converge in Fredericton as the “end point” of approximately 16 days of running, walking, cycling from the 4 corners of the province in a special event called “Tour 150”.  This unique event has participants carrying one of 4 wooden pieces of the province’s map to eventually conclude in Fredericton on August 26, where all 4 pieces will come together to form the map of New Brunswick.  Come out to commemorate this great achievement and to celebrate Canada and New Brunswick!


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Listen to tunes, drink craft beer!
Grimross Brewing Co, one of many craft brew / tasting rooms in the city also has a great space for live entertainment.  On August 23, Montreal group Shyre with NB native Brittany McQuinn, on August 24, Icelandic born Lindy Vopnfjord will perform and on August 25, Saint John band the Torinos will be joined by Halifax based dance band Superfluid.  Great music and beer in a casual atmosphere!

There’s a new app in town!
Fredericton is known as “Poet’s Corner” but do you  know why? The Poetic Places App Launch aims to give you the low down on select places in Fredericton that has inspired poetry by various writers.  It showcases the city and also the talented literary individuals that live here.  You really need to check it out!

Clap your hands, stomp your feet!
Fredericton’s Summer Concert Series continues and this week we have a little rock, a bit of country and some Celtic thrown in to get you tapping your feet in time with the music! On August 22nd, St. Andrews native Kendra Gale will be delivering some Rock and Blues tunes in Officers’ Square and then on August 23rd the Cathy Hutch Band will play a little country on the northside for the Main Street concert series.  On August 24thKatherine Moller will bring you a little fiddle to definitely get your toes and hands clapping!


Concert in the park, stage view. Wonderful audience today!

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Outdoor movies abound!
Nothing says summer than watching movies outside on the big screen! On the north side in Carleton Park, kids will be delighted to see the animated movie “Trolls” on August 23 8:30pm. On Sunday head to Officers’ Square to see the 1949 classic “Little Women”.  Bring your chairs and blankets and settle in for a movie night “Under the Stars”.


Open air screening of The Odd Couple on a warm summer night in Freddie

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Ongoing Events
There’s always something going on in our downtown!  Be in the know and check out website for more events happening over the summer

Guided Heritage Walking Tours – An entertaining and educational walk with a costumed guide through the downtown! Daily at 10am and 2:30pm.

Guided Heritage Walking Tour

Theatre in the Park  - Fun with a historical theme, meet under the big maple tree in Officers’ Square! Daily at 12:15pm and 2pm on weekends.


@calithumpians time! #frederictonlife #freddybeach #calithumpians

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Changing of the Guard Ceremony – With a rich military history,  “the Guard” will re-enact a drill ceremony to the beat of a piper and drummer! You may even be chosen to inspect the guard! Daily at 11am & 4pm with an additional ceremony on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.

Note: On Friday, August 25, the 11am Changing of the Guard Ceremony will take place at the Legislative Assembly building, and the 4pm ceremony will take palce in Phoenix Square (in front of City Hall). The 4pm ceremony will be the last official ceremony of the season. As part of the closing ceremony, the Mayor (or his designate) will accept the return of the troupe's Pipe Banner for safe keeping, which will be presented to the Guard at the opening ceremony next summer.

Croquet Match – Take on the Fredericton Fencibles crew in a friendly match! Mon-Fri at 11:30am, Sat & Sun at 11:30 and 1:15pm.


Fencibles Theatre – With dramatic flare, this motley crew will entertain you with military history.  Daily at 4:30pm.

To market , to market – Find everything from yummy pastries, award winning coffee to simply divine ethnic food with one of our markets! Just being there is an experience!


Market mornings

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Science East - 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!


A museum in an old jail #shorttermjourney #canada #fredricton #scienceeast

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Beaver Pond Tours – Learn all about the beaver with this fun (and free) guided tour in Mactaquac.  Call to book an appointment!

Beaver Pond Tours

Haunted Hikes  -Funny, entertaining and a little bit scary! Take a walk with costumed thespians as you learn all about local folklore and some haunting accounts! Mon-Sat at dusk.

Hyla Park Frog Walks - Canada’s first amphibian sanctuary, home to the Little Gray Tree Frog offers FREE tours to learn all about this protected area. Next tour is August 23 at 7pm.


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Coming up…

Feast in the Field  happens on September 10!  Quite possibly the best ways to spend the afternoon with lots of food and drink right smack in the middle of our downtown!

Feast in the Field

Harvest Jazz and Blues!  And don’t forget…Harvest is coming up fast, September 12-17! Do you have your tickets yet? It’s the biggest music festival of the year in Fredericton and this year’s lineup is no exception; plan now to enjoy this year’s Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.


I spent years with work on this festival! Glad to see it still keeps getting better.

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Looking to step back a couple of centuries? Then you’ll definitely want to check out Kings Landing! Our blog will give you some insider tips on how to get the most out of your experience!


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As always, check our Summer Entertainment Guide and tell us about your experiences through FacebookTwitter or Instagram!