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FREE in Fredericton!

Did you know there are more than 50+ FREE things to see & do in Fredericton?

You shouldn’t have to spend all your hard earned money just to have a good time in Fredericton! Whether you’re down to your last dime before payday, or just looking for some family fun that isn’t going to break the bank, we’ve got you covered!

We’ve put together a master list of FREE things to do in the capital region. To make your research easier, we’ve divided these attractions by category, so you’re sure to find something you enjoy no matter your interests. Check out the following FREE things to do in Fredericton!

Free entertainment in Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District

 

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All free entertainment in Fredericton!

Fredericton Outdoor Summer Theatre
Officers’ Square; in case of rain Fredericton Public Library

  • Humorous and historical fare is presented daily by the Calithumpians in Officers’ Square during the summer! Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and a picnic lunch, and enjoy family entertainment.
  • Canada Day to Labour Day
  • 12:15pm weekdays and 2pm on weekends & holidays

Fencibles Theatre
Guard House in Barracks Square

  • Watch the Fredericton Fencibles perform their theatrical storytelling!
  • Daily at 4:30 (Canada Day to Labour Day), cancelled in case of rain.

Croquet Match
Barracks Square

  • Put on a straw hat and participate in this old-fashioned past-time!
  • July & August
  • Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday: 3:30pm

Under the Stars Film Series
Officers’ Square at dusk (approximately 9pm)

  • Join our community for a movie night under the stars in a National Historic Site. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and get comfortable! Refreshments are available for purchase on site.
  • Saturday nights are Modern Favourites, and Sunday nights are Classic Films!
  • Officers’ Square at dusk (approximately 9pm)
  • www.historicgarrisondistrict.ca  for more information

RECREATION

 

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Get ready to get up close with nature, these next activities have are sure to keep you on your feet while in Fredericton!

Nashwaaksis Stream Nature Park
Johnston Avenue

  • 25 hectares of parkland home to a unique ecosystem and 2.1 km walking trail.

Croquet Match
Barracks Square

  • Come and play croquet in Barracks Square during the summer! Put on a straw hat and participate in this old-fashioned past-time.
  • July & August
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 3:30pm

Great Canadian Beaver Pond Tours
Mactaquac Provincial Park

  • Kids of all ages can experience the ultimate interactive nature experience. Go critter dipping, plant flowers, make pine cone bird feeders and explore park trails
  • Tours are free, just call to book! 506-363-4747
  • Available June – August

Ducks Unlimited Conservation Centre
752 Union Street; www.ducks.ca; 506-458-8848

  • Education centre with interactive displays for children and adults alike to explore the wonder of wetlands through hands-on educational displays and programming.
  • Monday – Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Trails

  • More than 115km of non-motorized multi-use trails traversing both sides of the Saint John River. Trails are accessible to pedestrians, cyclists, and wheelchairs. Open all year round.

Fredericton Botanic Garden
495 Prospect Street; 506-452-9269

  • Botanic garden featuring an interpretive kiosk describing the origins of the landscapes and plant communities of the central Saint John River Valley.
  • Free to enter, guided tours can be arranged

Outdoor Courts

  • Public Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Tennis, and Pickleball courts are available for play free-of-charge at various locations on both sides of Fredericton

Pools

  • Outdoor pools (lifeguards) & wading pools (unsupervised) around town and the Wilmot Park Splash Pad are the perfect way to cool off!

Parks

  • Fredericton has 138 parkland locations, totaling 900+ hectares of green, treed space for public use. You’ll find everything here from disc golf, to lawn bowling, a duck pond, botanic garden, swimming beach, lodges.
  • A number of dog parks are also available as designated area for dogs to exercise off leash and play  with other dogs

Beaches

  • Killarney Lake Park (1600 Saint Mary’s Street)
    • Freshwater swimming, sandy beach, walking trails.
  • Mactaquac Provincial Park   
    • New Brunswick’s largest recreation park complete with great swimming beaches, nature trails, beaver ponds, picnic sites, and more!
    • 1256 Route 105; 506-363-4747

Skate Parks

  • Grab your skateboard and helmet and head to: Henry Park Skateboard Park, Kimble Road Wheeled Sport Park & Mitch Clarke Nashwaaksis Park

Zig Zag

  • A unique supervised playground program offered free of charge to children in the neighbourhoods visited during the summer. A focus on physical activity with some time spent of crafts and quiet games as well.

Wednesday Walkers

  • Free walking club for all interested adults
  • Every Wednesday from June through October at 10am for an hour walk

Moms on the Move

  • Free walking program for moms, expecting moms, dads and caregiver.
  • Friday mornings at 10am (rain or shine)
  • Frederictonfrc.ca

Fredericton’s FREE Art Scene

 

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Fully immerse yourself in Fredericton’s flourishing arts scene – check out this list of all things ”art” to discover & experience while in the city.

Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street; 506-458-2028; www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

  • New Brunswick’s officially designated provincial art gallery features a wide spectrum of ideas, themes, and media within the visual arts, showcasing both established and emerging artists.
  • Thursday evenings starting at 5pm, admission is “pay as you wish”
  • “Family Art Day” on the last Sunday of every month. The Gallery opens to visitors of all ages from 12-5pm with free admission and art programs!

Gallery on Queen
406 Queen Street; 506-261-0655; www.galleryonqueen.com

  • Located in a modern space in Fredericton’s historic downtown, Gallery on Queen houses an amazing collection of contemporary Canadian fine art from artists from across Canada.
  • Monday – Saturday: 10am-5pm

Government House Gallery
51 Woodstock Road; 506-453-2505; www.gnb.ca/lg

  • Experience New Brunswick's artistic culture first-hand in the contemporary gallery spaces of Government House.
  • Free guided tours available from June to early September

Gallery 78 – Fine Art
796 Queen Street; 506-454-5192; www.gallery78.com

  • Gallery 78 boasts the broadest selection of fine art in Eastern Canada, focusing primarily on the artists of Atlantic Canada with an emphasis on New Brunswick.
  • Tuesday – Friday: 10am-5pm; Saturday: 10am-3pm; Sunday: 1-4pm and by appointment

Gallery Opaque
634-12 Brunswick Street; 506-450-2197; www.sheilamcphee.ca

  • Specializes in showcasing work of emerging Atlantic Canadian painters and photographers, and is dedicated to making a strong and positive ecological impact.

The Craft & Design Shop
457 Queen Street; www.instagram.com/craftanddesignshopnb/

  • NBCCD’s alumni/student-run artisan shop. Enjoy the work of 15 local artisans located at the George Fry Gallery at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design
  • Monday – Sunday: 10am-5pm

George Fry Gallery
457 Queen Street; 506-453-2305; www.nbccd.ca/about/george-fry-gallery/

  • Showcasing a diverse range of fine craft, design and visual art from faculty, students and invited artists in a schedule of regularly changing exhibitions.

Angel Terry Art Studio
164 Woodstock Road; 506-455-4224; www.angelterry.com

  • This gallery is a must visit for those taken by the bright, bold colors of Atlantic Canada.

Connexion ARC – Artist-Run-Centre
732 Charlotte Street (Charlotte Street Arts Centre), Rooms 129-130; 506-478-4484; www.connexionarc.org

  • As Fredericton’s primary contemporary art space for over 30 years, Connexion ARC plays a vital role in promoting and developing contemporary art.

Charlotte Street Arts Centre
732 Charlotte Street; 506-454-6952; www.charlottestreetarts.ca

  • The Charlotte Glencross Gallery: A hub for creative activity
  • The Penny Gallery: Primarily showcases emerging and up-and-coming artists.
  • The Culture Garden: Designated space for outdoor art installations

UNB Art Centre
9 Bailey Drive (Memorial Hall); http://www.unb.ca/cel/enrichment/art-centre/index.html

  • UNB Art Centre takes a multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary approach to education, engaging members of the public as active participants in a vibrant learning environment.
  • Monday – Friday: 9am-4pm

Barracks Fine Craft Shops

  • Students & recent graduates of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design create and sell their wares here.
  • Soldiers’ Barracks
  • Open daily June – August from 10am-5pm

MARKETS

 

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Get your shop on, meet up with friends, or grab some good grub – public markets are a trademark of life in Fredericton!

Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market
Stop by on Saturdays from 6am-1pm at 665 George Street. www.frederictonfarmersmarket.ca/

  • A staple in the community for over 200 years; this nationally recognized market is the downtown gathering spot for fresh and healthy foods, craft, creativity and conversation.

Garrison Night Market
Carleton Street; www.garrisonnightmarket.ca

  • Historic Garrison District comes alive with an art & food-infused night market. It features local and imported handmade products, art, craft & design, clothing, produce, local microbrews, cider, wines, meads, and plenty of food. Live entertainment adds to the festive atmosphere.
  • Thursdays (until September 6) from 4:30-9pm

The Northside Market
311 Saint Mary’s Street;  www.thenorthsidemarket.ca/

  • Find an assortment of unique gifts, international cuisine, and more!
  • Open on Saturdays from 9am-4pm and Sundays from 10am-4pm.

The Cultural Market
28 Saunders Street (The Cultural Centre); www.theculturalmarket.ca

  • Experience a traditional “cultural market” while shopping for a wide selection of goods and services, ranging from international crafts and local delicacies.
  • Every Saturday from 9am-2pm

Kinsmen Northside Flea-Market

  • Sundays 9:30am-2pm; 141 School Street

HISTORY

 

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This capital city’s historical roots go back centuries, take a step back and learn more about Fredericton’s past.

Changing of the Guard
Officers’ Square. Daily at 11am & 4pm, additional ceremony at 7pm Tuesday & Thursday. Sentry duty changes on the hour at City Hall from 12-3pm daily. www.historicgarrisondistrict.ca

  • With a flash of scarlet and a skirl of pipes, history comes to life! Watch as period-dressed guard re-enact a ceremony to the beat of a piper and drummer. Maybe you will be selected to “inspect” the guard!
  • Canada Day to Labour Day

Guided Heritage Walking Tours
From September 4 – October 8, one tour daily leaving City Hall at 4pm.

  • Take a lively walking tour of Fredericton, with a historically-costumed guide leading the way! You will be entertained with local history and folklore on a free walking tour of downtown Fredericton’s historic sites.
  • Two different tours are offered daily from Canada Day to Labour Day
    • River Route: leaves City Hall at 10am
    • Capital City Circuit: leaves City Hall at 2:30pm

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick
23 Dineen Drive (UNB campus), www.archives.gnb.ca

  • A must-see for all family history buffs! The Provincial Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for research, documents and records bearing upon the history of New Brunswick. Come for a behind-the-scenes tour on Thursdays (reservations required) where guests are introduced to the vast holdings at this centre for primary research in New Brunswick history. Expansive holdings from texts, family papers, maps, architectural plans, photos, sound recordings, films and video.
  • Open for research Monday to Saturday: 9am-5pm
  • Behind-the-scenes tours (English or French) Thursdays from 2-4pm, reservation required 24 hours in advance 453-2122

The Guard House and Soldiers’ Barracks

  • Discover the birthplace of the Canadian army as it would have looked in the 1800s
  • English and French tours available July & August between 10am and 5pm daily

School Days Museum
453 Queen Street (Justice Building Annex - East Entrance) www.museum.nbta.ca

  • Step back into the past at the School Days Museum where you’ll find blackboards, chalk, books and furniture used in the public schools of New Brunswick dating as far back as the mid-19th century.
  • Open mid June to late August. Monday to Friday: 9am-4pm; Saturday: 1-4pm
  • Free re-enactment every Wednesday at 1:30 (summer only)

Christ Church Cathedral
807 Brunswick Street; www.cccath.ca/

  • Gracious mid-nineteenth-century cathedral whose elegant spire rises above the historic centre of Fredericton, New Brunswick. Dramatically sited on a generous green near the Saint John River, the cathedral recalls its English antecedents and has become an icon of Canadian ecclesiastical architecture.
  • Free guided tours (English & French) available in July & August
  • Monday to Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 1:30-4pm
  • Visit on your own during the rest of the year: Monday to Friday 9am-4pm

St Anne’s Chapel of Ease
245 Westmorland Street; parishchurch.ca; 506-451-0630

  • This Anglican Chapel is said to be the finest gothic revival church of its size in North America, and not been modified since the day on which it was consecrated in 1847.
  • Open to visitors during July & August
  • Free tours Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm

City Hall Bicentennial Tapestries
397 Queen Street; 506-460-2129

  • Discover Fredericton’s history in a unique way, with 27 colourful tapestries each depicting a historical moment for the city.
  • Free tours are available daily from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving
  • English 3:30pm; French 3pm. By appointment the rest of the year

Government House
51 Woodstock Road; www.gnb.ca/lg/ogh

  • Often called “New Brunswick’s Ceremonial Home”, this National and Provincial Historic Site is the residence and office of the province’s Lieutenant-Governor
  • Free bilingual tours Monday - Friday, 10am-4pm. Call ahead to book, 506-453-2505

Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
706 Queen St, Fredericton, NB E3B 1C5 www.gnb.ca/legis

  • The seat and symbol of democracy in New Brunswick.
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30am-5pm, Friday 9am-4pm
  • Tours can be arranged by calling 506-453-2527

Audio Tours

  • Discover some of the key buildings of Fredericton’s built heritage and learn some of the vibrant history of the city
  • www.heritagefredericton.org to download mp3 files

MUSIC

 

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Does the thought of free concerts sound like music to your ears? Fredericton is the place to be for live musical entertainment!

Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series
Officers’ Square, 575 Queen Street

  • Grab your chair or blanket and come enjoy FREE outdoor concerts featuring some of New Brunswick’s top performers in the City’s free outdoor music series. This series features a variety of genres, including a Francophone series and Next2Now Series showcasing up-and-coming bands from around the Maritimes.
  • Late June to Early September
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays: 7:30pm in Officers’ Square
    • Wednesdays: 7pm in Lawrence Amphitheatre
    • Select Saturdays: 7:30 in Officers’ Square
  • More info on performers www.tourismfredericton.ca
  • Cancellations check: Twitter.com/FredTourism

Christ Church Cathedral Summer Recital Series
803 Brunswick Street; www.cccath.ca/

  • Enjoy a noon-hour musical interlude of a variety of musical instruments, from piano & organ to flute, guitar and saxophone.
  • Free will offering will be accepted.
  • Christ Church Cathedral, 12:10-12:50pm. Fridays from July 13 – August 17

St. Anne’s Chapel of Ease Summer Recital Series
245 Westmorland Street

  • July, every Wednesday at 12:10pm

The Pavilion Sessions (2018)
703 Queen Street Facebook.com/FGfollyfest

  • In celebration of the organization’s 10-year anniversary, Feels Good is thrilled to present The Pavilion Sessions: a free event emulating the Drinks with Dali events of past years. Each event hosts a different musical group, Graystone beer on tap, dessert special by Chess Piece, and an art workshop. Admission is free!
  • June 28, July 26, August 23 and September 20.
  • Beaverbrook Art Gallery courtyard

EXTRA

 

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Fredericton Public Library
12 Carleton Street, 506-460-2800; www.gnb.ca/publiclibraries www.facebook/com/FredLibrary

  • Free WiFi, reading area overlooking the Saint John River, a welcoming children’s department, rotating art exhibits, makerspace, free programs and events for teens, adults and children.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday Saturday & Sunday: 10am-5pm
  • Wednesday & Thursday 10am-9pm

Bibliothèque Dre. Marguerite Michaud
715 Rue Priestman; 506-453-7100 www.facebook.com/BiblioDMM

  • The only francophone public library in the provincial capital
  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday: 9am-8pm
  • Saturday: 1-5pm

Fred-e-Zone

  • Free community-wide WiFi networks accessible within many areas of the city.

Parking

  • Parking downtown is free on evenings & weekends. FREE visitor parking passes are available to out-of-province visitors (3 days) and in-province but out-of-town (1 day) and can be picked up at City Hall (397 Queen Street)

Quartermain Earth Science Centre
2 Bailey Drive (Forestry & Geology Building – UNB); 506-458-7205; www.quartermainearthsciencecentre.com

  • Highlighting the beauty and excitement of geology in the form of exhibits, displays, programs and events
  • Monday – Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Mactaquac Biodiversity Facility
114 Fish Hatchery Lane; 506-363-3021; www.inter.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Maritimes/Biodiversity-Facilities

  • One of the largest Atlantic Salmon conservation hatcheries in the world. Learn how migratory fish resources are protected at Mactaquac and about the conservation efforts for these endangered species.
  • Open May 15 – August 31. Monday to Friday: 9am-3:30pm
  • Call ahead to book a tour

Mactaquac Generating Station
451 Route 105; 506-462-3800; www.nbpower.com/en/about-us/projects/mactaquac-project

  • Follow a fascinating tour and discover how the largest hydroelectric generating station in the Maritimes operates.
  • Group tours of 6+ people can be arranged throughout the year by calling 506-462-3886

University of New Brunswick

  • Founded in 1785, UNB is one of the oldest public universities in North America, and a leading national university.
  • Book a guided campus tour www.unb.ca
  • 1-888-895-3344; chooseunb@unb.ca

St. Thomas University

  • Founded in 1920, STU is among the top undergraduate institutions in Canada, and is nationally recognized as a leader in the liberal arts.
  • Book a guided campus tour tours@stu.ca or call 1-877-788-4443
  • w3.stu.ca/stu/visitus

We hope you’re already planning your next day out in Fredericton with all these free things to see and do in the city!

Spread the word to your friends and family, there’s so much affordable fun right here in Fredericton!