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This week in Fredericton: July 2-8

Fredericton’s summer programming is well underway, edVentures has officially begun and there is lots of live music and theatre to fill your to-do list! So what are you waiting for? Get out and immerse yourself in all that Fredericton summer has to offer!

Week 3: The Garrison Night Market

For those of you who haven’t experienced the Garrison Night Market – you have to get out this week to check it out! Vendors lining Carleton Street selling some great and unique items, foot tapping ragtime music on the pedway stage by Calum Jackson and a season preview from the Calithumpians throughout the evening.  Every week is something different!

Great food, tasting room and a festive atmosphere! Thursday, July 5, 4:30pm-9pm 

Shakespeare visits Fredericton!

Do I have your attention now? Every year Fredericton is graced with local theatrical talent in two venues: Barracks Square and Odell Park. The theatre continues in its last week.  “Comedy of Errors” is performed downtown in Barracks Square from June 22 -  July 3 (check listing for specific showtimes).  And Cymbeline  (a lesser-known Shakespearean play) is performed in beautiful Odell Park June 24 – July 8.

This summer, learn something New!

Interested in taking a “Learning Vacation”? You can with “edventures Fredericton” , Atlantic Canada’s largest learning vacation program! With over 30 workshops, there’s plenty to choose from.  There’s still time to register, but hurry! Registration will close on July 6 for these workshops:

Egg Tempera Painting: July 14, 15
Felt Story Shawl: July 14, 15
Traditional Rug Hooking: The Next Level:  July 14, 15
Adding 3D to your Rug Hooking: July 17-19
Intuitive Quilting: July 16-20
Silk Painting: July 16


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Wine and Blues!

Juno award-winning blues artist Garrett Mason makes his way back to Fredericton for TWO shows at Corked Wine Bar, July 4 & 5 at 8pm.  A nice way to start the evening in this intimate atmosphere with a glass of wine and great music!

What’s SUP?

Have you ever tried Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)? There’s no better place to do this than on the gorgeous Saint John River! Learn how to do this cool sport with an hour and a half guided paddle, then head to Graystone brewing for a pint! It’s Paddle & Pint Thursdays with Second Nature Outdoors! July 5, 6-8pm.


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Beer on the Bridge

The Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge is a pretty popular spot for many locals and visitors; it’s a great place to walk, bike, run and see an awesome sunset! The bridge will also be used as a cool event called “Beer on the Bridge”;  tickets to this event will allow you samples of mead, cider and beer! There will also be food and live music from the Downtown Blues Band! July 7, 6-9pm

Live Music in unique venues!

Fredericton has some pretty cool venues to showcase music.  On July 7, 1-4pm, head to Kings Landing to see Matt Comeau , a Mi’kmaq singer/songwriter hailing from Elsipogtog First Nation. And if you haven’t had enough music, head to Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market from 7-11pm to see folk rock artist Frank Turner!  

Outdoor Concerts abound this week!

This is truly a great week to take in live music in a relaxed outdoor atmosphere! It all starts on July 3 with Fredericton’s own Concert & Marching Band, in Officers’ Square at 7:30pm.  Heading over to the north side, get a little Classic Rock with the Rick Reissner Band at the Lawrence Amphitheatre (Main Street) at 7pm.  While you are perusing the Garrison Night Market, stop by on July 5 to listen to the Alt Country sounds of the Hypochondriacs at 7:30pm in Officers’ Square and the first of our “Next2Now” concert series starts on Saturday with Halifax Indie-Rock band,  “Hillsburn” in Officers’ Square at 7:30pm.

Shaun Majumder live at the Playhouse

Hilarious! If you are looking for comic relief, then you NEED to see Canadian actor/comedian and Newfoundlander Shaun Majumder, with comic Matt Wright.  Your funny bone will definitely be tickled with his hilarious take on life in general.

Watch a movie…Under the Stars!

Haven’t you always wanted to watch a movie under the stars? Throughout the summer, both Modern Favourites (Saturdays) and Classics on Sundays will be shown in Officers’ Square.  This week, watch “Big” on July 7 starring Tom Hanks and on Sunday watch Humphrey Bogart in “Key Largo”.  Bring a blanket, some chairs and settle in! All films begin at dusk and concessions are available on site. 

Ongoing Events:

Changing of the Guard Ceremony:  Celebrate the birthplace of the Canadian Army in Fredericton, every day! Fredericton’s past comes to life as “the guard” re-enact through drills in Officers’ Square, daily 11am-4pm and an extra ceremony Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm.  FREE

Guided Heritage Walking Tours: Take a walk, learn something cool about Fredericton (and it’s free!) Accompany a costumed guide on a historic stroll of Fredericton; you’ll be surprised at the little known facts and history of our city! From July 1, two tours are offered at 10am and 2:30pm from City Hall. FREE

Fredericton Outdoor Summer Theatre: You’ll laugh and you’ll sing! Local theatre group the Calithumpians are ready to entertain you in Officers’ Square with their hilarious take of historical themes and social issues with “Theatre in the Park”.  This family friendly show happens daily at 12:15pm in Officers’ Square, and 2pm on weekends, beginning on July 2.  FREE

Fredericton Fencibles Theatre: Take a break in the afternoon at the Guard house (15 Carleton Street) to enjoy  a lively theatrical performance based on Fredericton’s role in the Canadian army.  Daily at 4:30pm

Hyla Park Frog Walks: Visit Canada’s first amphibian park by joining in a free guided tour every Thursday evening! Hyla Park is home to 7 different species of frogs and toads, but in particular, the grey tree frog or Hyla versicolor.  Tours begin at 7pm, and it is best to reserve ahead of time to guarantee a spot!


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 Fredericton Royals Baseball: Cheer on the Fredericton Royals! Head to historic “Baseball Hill” to watch the Fredericton Royals take on Saint John on July 6, and Chatham July 7, 7:30pm.

Speedway 660: Catch the action in Geary! Only 25 minutes from Fredericton, Speedway 660 promises to give you great racing action, and fun for the entire family! A great way to kick off your Canada Day weekend, July 7, 6:30pm.

The Markets!: Fredericton has an abundance of local flavours and hand –made products! Check out the Garrison Night Market (Carleton Street),  Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market (665 George Street) every Saturday, 6m-1pm; the Northside Market (311 St. Mary’s Street) Saturdays 9am-4pm, Sundays 10am-4pm and the Cultural Market (28 Saunders St) 10am-4pm.

There’s no reason to be bored this week with all that’s happening! To find out more check out our Summer Entertainment Guide on line!  Also, with this great weather, it is patio season! Our blogger fill  you in on some of her favourite Fredericton patios! Get the story here.

What’s on deck? Coming right up in Fredericton:

Let’s take a look ahead so that you make the most of your summer planning!

Falls Brook Festival -  Come out to Officers’ Square July 13-15 for free workshops, live music, artists, craft beer and more!

And make sure to keep checking our Calendar of Events as we’re always adding new events. Then join the conversation on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts!