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This week in Fredericton: July 30- Aug 6

August is looking pretty good from where we’re standing, from celebrating New Brunswick to running for beer, there’s a few things that we think you’ll love this week in Fredericton!

Celebrate our Province on NB Day!

A FREE family friendly event, with music, activities and  entertainment taking place from 10:30am– 3:30 pm on August 6.  Enjoy BBQ, cake, live music, pontoon rides & more! Come out and celebrate New Brunswick with your family and neighbors!

Showcasing our craft beverage industry!

“Celebrating the Best East Coast Brews”! Fredericton’s Down East Brew Fest takes place on Carleton Street on August 4 and will be THE spot for a wide variety of craft beer, mead, cider and spirits.  Ticket holders can use their provided sampling glass, get some food and enjoy!

Running for Beer!

If you like to run, and you like beer, then you’re in luck! The Fredericton Beer Run on August 4 features a 1 mile, 5 km and 12 km PLUS new this year, is a .5km “Donut Dash”, and as the name implies, you get to “carb load” on donuts at the half-way mark! If you enter the race for any distance, you automatically have access to the Down East Brew Fest, so make a day of it!

Fredericton Beer Run

To the Night Market we will go!

Come on out to the wildly popular Garrison Night Market, Aug 2, 4:30pm-9pm! This week expect the performing artistry of Chelsea MacCormack, music by Sean & Leanne on the pedway stage, and a full roster of vendors selling unique items to fill your market bag!


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The World’s a Stage!

Fredericton is brimming with creative types, and this week this is showcased front and centre with the annual NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival. This is your chance to see exciting new theatre from amateur and seasoned playwrights around New Brunswick! Plays will be popping up around downtown Fredericton until August 4.

Music on the Nashwaak

Spend the NB Day weekend on the banks of the Nashwaak River with the Nashwaak Music Fest! For three days, enjoy music with over 20 bands, camping, art, family activities and more! August 3-5

Outdoor Summer Concert Series –north and south!

Fredericton is known for its wide musical community, and it is always nice to have some options on both the north and south side of the city!   On July 31, Fredericton’s celtic/folk ensemble Oak Ash & Thorn  will be Officers’ Square at 7:30pm, the next evening, August 1 at 7pm Mark Roberts will be bringing you some Roots/R&B at the Lawrence Amphitheatre then on August 2, get a little Blues/Rock with Art of the Possible.

But wait, there’s more! Our last Next2Now concert on August 4 will feature Cape Breton’s Slowcoaster, with high energy danceable tunes!

Cheer on the New Brunswick Basketball team!

Basketball New Brunswick will be hosting the 2018 U15 & U17 Girls National Championships for the first time since 2012.  Seven days of competition will see the top provincial age class teams vie for national supremacy at the Currie Centre.

Artists at work!

The Fredericton Arts Alliance Artist-in-Residence is happy to have artisans stationed in the Soldiers’ Barracks casemates in Barracks Square throughout the summer!  This week, visit artists Scott McAllister (Writer) Matt Watkins (Painter).


Bess Forrestall. #painter #nbart

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Watch a movie…Under the Stars!

What better way to see a movie than to be outside “under the stars”! Bring your chairs and blankets and settle in for 2 nights of movies.  On Saturday, catch the 1982 movie “Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan”and on Sunday, the classic “The Big Sleep”. Both movies begin at dusk.


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Things happening all summer!

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


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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! 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

Haunted Hikes: Entertaining, scary and funny all rolled up into one evening! Take a Haunted Hike with the Calithumpians! Meet at the Coach House (796A Queen St) at 8:45pm.

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!


Frog walk candids #ribbit

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Fredericton Royals Baseball: Cheer on the Fredericton Royals! Head to historic “Baseball Hill” to watch the Fredericton Royals take on Chatham on August 3, 7:30pm.

Paddle & Pint: 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! July 26, 6-8pm.

Summer Recital Series - Take in some beautiful music in these historic churches over the lunch hour (12:10pm-1pm).  St. Anne’s Chapel of Ease, July 25 and at Christ Church Cathedral, July 27.

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.

Coming right up…

This month there are some awesome events happening! Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Maritime Oyster Festival:  For the oyster enthusiast and those that are just plain curious, the 1st annual Maritime Oyster Festival on August 10 & 11.  Over the two days, learn about the oyster, how to shuck and eat, raise a pint with a variety of craft beverages (even moonshine!), stomp your feet to the sounds of Merimac for a real east coast kitchen party!

Fredericton Pride Festival: Celebrate Pride Week in Officers’ Square on August 12, 12-5pm.  Enjoy live music, great food, beer/wine garden, and arts and craft vendors!


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New Brunswick Summer Music Festival: This 2-week long festival brings you the best in classical chamber music of famous composers and performed by talented Canadian musicians.  Along with concerts, take in talks, kids events and workshops! August 7-18.

From beaver ponds to frogs and everything in between, we’ve got some great Family Fun ideas for you to check out! Read all about it in our blog.

And don’t forget to check out everything that is going on all summer with our on line version of the  Summer Entertainment Guide!