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This week in Fredericton: August 13-19

This week you can join a “tintamarre” with Acadian Day, take in music with the city’s first “Summer Soulsa” and listen to some soothing classical chamber music with the NB Summer Music Festival! The city is alive with music and celebration, so be a part of it!

Catch the “joie de vivre”!

Fredericton has a strong francophone presence and proud Acadian heritage and so it should be celebrated!

Acadian Day is August 15; expect an afternoon of fun for the whole family! Music, games for kids, flag raising ceremony, and a tintamarre (a parade where making as much noise as possible is encouraged!). Bring the whole family out to Officers’ Square and make a day of it!

A Carnival of Music and Dance!

The first ever music festival with a Carnival parade, featuring Soca, Latin & Reggaeton, EDM, Hiphop (old & new), Dancehall, Pop, Top 40, Afrobeats, Moombahton, and many more!  Summer Soulsa – This is the inaugural year for this multicultural music festival!

A costume parade, masquerade, guest DJ’s with music from around the world! Be in Officers’ Square on August 16-18. Read the blog here and get your tickets here!

Bernstein, Brahms & Schubert…oh my!

If you love classical music then you need to take in the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival !  This 2-week long festival continues this week with 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!

Vendors, music & more at the Garrison Night Market

The Garrison Night Market is officially THE place to go on Thursday night to get your market fix from over 120 vendors selling a huge variety of items from fresh produce to unique gift items! Add to that music buskers and magic tricks, a sneak peek at Summer Soulsa with a costume parade, local breweries with a tasting area and you have all the makings of an awesome Thursday evening!

While you’re at the market, wander over to Officers’ Square at 7:30pm to catch more Summer Soulsa!

Pull up a chair & take in some live music!

Free outdoor concerts await – pull up a chair or a blanket and get ready to enjoy live local bands! This week enjoy the blue-sy sounds of Overwound on August 14, and then head over to the north side to listen to folk/roots band “Finally Focused” on August 15.


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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 an outdoor movie at dusk.  This week in Carleton Park on August 15, watch “Paddington 2” and on Sunday, watch the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock classic “The Birds” in Officers’ Square. (Note: Summer Soulsa will be in Officers’ Square on Saturday night, come out for the party!)


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Get Ready to Rumble!

Capital City Rollers are back and are ready to rumble with roller derby groups from Halifax, Saint John, Maine and Quebec! You won’t want to miss any of this tournament at York Arena! August 18 & 19.

Take a drive to Stanley!

It’s the longest continuously running agricultural fair in New Brunswick! Stanley Fair happens August 17-19 has the makings of the traditional “down-home” county fairs, complete with home cooking, children’s music & entertainment, agricultural exhibits and fair, horse pull, cake auction, bouncy castles & so much more!

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

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!

Fredericton Royals Baseball: Cheer on the Fredericton Royals! Head to historic “Baseball Hill” to watch the Fredericton Royals take on Chatham on August 17, 7:30pm.


All Summer 6ixteen

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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! August 16, 6-8pm.


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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! August 18 at 6:30pm is “Fan Appreciation Night”; bring the whole family!

Summer Recital Series - Take in some great local music in the historic Christ Church Cathedral over the lunch hour (12:10pm-12:50pm); this week on August 17 listen to the East Coast sounds of Frantically Atlantic!

The Markets! Fredericton has an abundance of local flavours and hand –made products! Check out the Garrison Night Market (Carleton Street) on August 16,  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…

Downtown Art Walk:  Take a leisurely stroll downtown to check out the amazing exhibits on display, August 23, 5-8pm.  Check out amazing exhibits at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Gallery 78, Gallery on Queen and the Charlotte Street Art Centre.


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Feast in the Village – Take the drive out to Kings Landing to have an authentic long table, open air dining experience, with a few other perks! August 25, 5:30pm; Registration is required.

Are you into biking? How about local beverages? If the answer is YES to both then you really should read our blog, “Biking, Beers & Good Times”. Our trail system is the perfect way to get around in Fredericton!

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