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18 Things to Do in Fredericton in 2018

We've compiled a list of the can't-miss, must-do things this year in Fredericton. With new 
attractions and restaurants opening in 2018, it's going to be an exciting year to #exploreFredericton

1. Beer

Informal Research shows that the number one thing to do in 2018 in Fredericton is to enjoy Fredericton’s growing selection of craft breweries.  With two new additions, Gahan House and Rustico joining the popular Graystone, Trailway, Picaroons, Grimross and Maybee, all within a (relatively) short bike ride from each other, Fredericton was made for brewery crawls.  Grab your bike (and helmet) or a designated driver and find your favorite made in New Brunswick beer! 


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2. Hike

Take a hike (or bike, or run) in one of Fredericton’s gorgeous parks.  Odell park has fabulous walking, biking and running trails throughout the park.  Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll, or a steep incline to challenge you, Odell delivers.  Cross the river to take a walk around Killarney Lake, a beautiful four-season destination.  The xcountry ski trails were perfect this winter, which should lead to some great trail running and biking this summer!


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3. Mountain Bike

 Looking for a gnarlier bike ride? Take your fat bikes and mountain bikes out to Marysville to check out the volunteered maintained trails.  Trails range from beginner to advanced and offer a variety of terrain and park conditions.   Interested in trying but don’t have the right bike? Savage’s on King Street will be happy to rent you one for the day!


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4. Golf

Within the city we’re fortunate to have three great courses, with a fourth just a 25-minute drive away. Check out Kingswood’s new golf packages for a chance to try both Kingswood and Mactaquac this year!  


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5. Shop

 Who says small cities can’t have great shopping? Wander our downtown core to check out great home décor, fashion and outdoor equipment suppliers selling unique goods you won’t find in the big box stores! 


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6. Cocktails 

In less than a year, the 11th Mile has put Fredericton on the map for craft cocktails.  Through their menu and through the hosting of cocktail competitions with Fredericton’s best bartenders, they are starting a cocktail culture here in Fredericton that is catching on.  The Alehouse, Corked, Brewbakers and the Capital Complex have all upped their cocktail game, and rumour has it that new addition Maxwells in the revamped Crowne Plaza will feature an exciting craft cocktail menu.  You can’t drink beer all summer…


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7. Dine

Fredericton is a buzz with new restaurant openings. Gahan House, Maxwells and a still unnamed restaurant on the corner of Westmorland and King all open this spring!   It’s been a big last three years in terms of downtown dining.  Make sure you check out the new offerings and old favorites this year! 


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8. Food Truck Hop

Make sure you scout out the growing selection of food trucks in Fredericton that will change how you think about food trucks.  Monks and Jonesie have added a second truck, GastroGnomes is back for a second season.  Rumor has it the new Garrison Market on Thursday night is going to be home to several new ones, including some sweet options from some of Fredericton’s favorite bakers!  Look for food trucks at markets, festivals and the breweries on weekends! 

9. Markets

On the topic of markets, Fredericton is pretty excited for the grand opening of the Garrison Night Market on Thursday nights through the summer.  This is a fantastic addition to our already wealth of options on weekends with Fredericton favorite Boyce Farmers Market, the Northside Market and the Cultural Market – a great venue for international dishes and an opportunity to support many of Fredericton’s newcomers. 


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10. Music Festivals 

One can’t think of Fredericton Festivals without thinking of the annual favorite, the Harvest Jazz and Blues in September, but don’t forget about the FLOURISH Festival in April, Shivering Songs in January, Living Roots in May, River Jam in June, Tay Creek in July,  and Nashwaak in August! Regardless of your taste in music, there’s a festival in Fredericton for you!  


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11. Take in a Play

We’re (almost) all excited about the thought of a new Playhouse, but in the meantime, make sure you check out one of the many performances taking place at the Playhouse this year.  Theatre New Brunswick provides world class performing arts right here in Fredericton, and the Playhouse does a great job of attracting musicians, comedians and performers from around the world. 


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12. Downtown Art Walk

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new addition to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery yet, you must get in.  After wandering through the Beaverbrook, check out Fredericton’s other downtown galleries, and make sure you take advantage of the Downtown Art Walks that happen a few times a year when all the downtown galleries open their doors free of charge!  


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13. Get on the River

The beautiful Saint John River rolls right through the middle of Fredericton.  If you’re lucky enough to own a boat, launch it downtown to enjoy boating, wakeboarding, waterskiing in our downtown core.  No boat? Get over to the Small Craft Aquatic Centre and rent a kayak, paddleboard or canoe for the hour or afternoon.  Our favorite paddle? Head directly across the river and check out the estuaries that will make you forget you’re in the middle of New Brunswick.


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14. Book and coffee:

Looking for something a little more low key? Grab a book (from one Fredericton’s independent book stores or libraries) and head to one of Fredericton’s cozy coffee shops for some quiet time. 


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15. Go for a dip 

Looking to cool off this summer? Both Killarney Lake and Mactaquac Provincial Park have sandy public beaches.  Looking for an alternative to open water? Did you know the Delta has the most beautiful patio in Fredericton overlooking the river and their outdoor pool is open for non-hotel guests? Looking for waterslides? Head out to Hartt Island!


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16.  Escape!

Looking for a brain testing challenge? Try out one of Fredericton’s escape rooms!  A great rainy day activity with friends is to test your problem solving skills (and your friendships) to see if you can escape before time runs out! 


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17.  Stroll

One of our greatest pleasures is a leisurely stroll through Fredericton’s treelined downtown streets, admiring architecture and waving hi to neighbors.  A favorite wander is George and Charlotte, between University and Regent.  Or you can enjoy one of Fredericton Heritage Trust’s self guided audio tours

18. Learn

Interested in learning a new skill? A new craft? A new language?  Edventures Fredericton, our Universities and Colleges offer classes year round.  Whether it’s a weekend class, or a night class, or even a short lecture, Fredericton offers a wealth of learning opportunities.  Take advantage!   


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