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This week in Fredericton: June 25 - July 2

This week in Fredericton we’ve got Shakespeare, great local bands, dressed up characters running amok, the beginning of our summer programming and of course, Canada’s birthday!

Celebrating Canada!

For a few years now, Fredericton celebrates Canada Day over a 2-day period, June 30 & July 1.  Once again this year there is great music with Classified on June 30 and Ria Mae on July 1.  But that’s not all! There will be a great music line up for both days as well as food, activities for the kids and of course, fireworks on the evening of July 1!

Week 2: The Garrison Night Market

With a very successful week one under our belts, the Garrison Night Market, on June 28, will feature Fredericton’s own “Frantically Atlantic” and the amazing 3D sidewalk designs of Chalkmaster Dave. Check out local vendors for great hand crafted items, specialty items & so much more!

Summer Ramps up in our city!

The Historic Garrison District comes alive with a myriad of summer programming starting this week! And here’s the cool thing: most of it is FREE! And we all love that! From Theatre in the Park to Changing of the Guard, things are happening downtown! See below in “Ongoing Events” for specific details!

Live local bands on the River!

River Jam, in its 17th year, is truly a celebration of the St John River and the abundance of music that lives in Fredericton.  With 4 stages and over 18 local bands, this is a great way to kick off your Canada Day weekend on June 29!

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.  “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.  

All things Anime, Manga & Gaming comes to Fredericton!

It’s that time of year when you see some very interesting characters roaming the streets of downtown Fredericton! There’s a reason for that! In it’s 14th year, “Animaritime” brings together over 1000 fans that love anime, manga and gaming.  This year’s theme: Intergalactic, Medieval and Fairy Tales, June 29 – July 1. Want to get the scoop on Geeking out in Fredericton? Check out our blog!

Live Music All Around

Fredericton is home to an abundance of musical talent, and summer is THE perfect time to showcase it for you! On June 26, Fredericton Jazz band “The Thomists” will be performing at 7:30pm in Officers’ Square.  The next night, catch the country/pop sounds of  “Town Cats” on June 27, 7pm at the Lawrence Amphitheatre on the northside (Superstore).  And get ready to dance because everyone’s favourite party band, the “Downtown Blues Band” will be in Officers’ Square on June 28, 7:30pm.

Oromocto Pioneer Days & Canada Day

Head to Oromocto, an easy 15 minute drive from Fredericton for a week- long celebration featuring community suppers, midway rides, games, live music, bingo, food vendors and a lot more during their Pioneer Days and Canada Day Celebration, June 28 – July 2!


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Ongoing Events:

Changing of the Guard Ceremony:  Celebrate the birthplace of the Canadian Army in Fredericton, every day! Posting of the sentries with sentry duty changing on the hour at City Hall, 12-3pm daily. 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, beginning July 2.  FREE


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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! Until June 30, meet at City Hall for a 4pm tour of the downtown.  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: 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, beginning July 2. FREE

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!

Fredericton Royals Baseball: Cheer on the Fredericton Royals! Head to historic “Baseball Hill” to watch the Fredericton Royals take on Chatham on June 29, 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, June 30, 6:30pm.


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 The Markets!: Fredericton has an abundance of local flavours and hand –made products! Check out the NEW Garrison Night Market (Carleton St.) Thursdays, 4:30pm-9:00pm; the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market (665 George Street) every Saturday, 6am-1pm; the Northside Market (311 St. Mary’s Street) Saturdays 9am-4pm, Sundays 10am-4pm and the Cultural Market (28 Saunders St) Saturdays 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!