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This week in Fredericton: August 7-12

A festival that celebrates classical music, basketball championships and Pride Week is just a few of the great events happening in Fredericton this week! Come explore our great city this summer!

Show your pride and support!

Celebrate Pride Week in Officers’ Square on August 12, 12-5pm with the Fredericton Pride Festival.  Enjoy live music, great food, beer/wine garden, and arts and craft vendors! But that’s not all! There’s a whole week of festivities, click here to get the event schedule.


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If you love classical music then you need to take in the 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.

Bball comes to Fredericton!

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. Come out and cheer on the New Brunswick team!

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 on a huge variety of items from fresh produce to unique gift items! Add to that the buskers, live music with the Garrison Trio, a magic show & more all has the makings of a awesome Thursday evening!

Pull up a chair & take in some live music!

Free outdoor concerts await – pull up a chair or a blanket and get ready to do a little hand clapping and foot stomping! This week, in celebration of the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival  head to Officers’ Square for Mozart in the Park on August 7; the next night on the Northside amphitheatre it’s “After 30 Years” for a little country and rock.  On August 9, Moncton based Phil Athanase will entertain you with his catchy and festive melodies, infused with Acadian sounds.


Concert in the park, stage view. Wonderful audience today!

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Cooking in the 1900’s 101!

Have you ever wondered how people cooked in the 19th century? All will be revealed at Kings Landing for “A Taste of Kings Landing”; you’ll learn cooking methods, the ingreadients, mealtime etiquette, food production and so much more! Definitely a foodie’s delight! August 10th.

Watch Captain Underpants on the big screen!

Outdoor movie nights begin on August 8 in Carleton Park (northside).  This week presents “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”. Bring the kids to the park at dusk to claim your spot!

Spend your lunch hour learning about art!

Every month, Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s John LeRoux presents an informative talk on the artworks currently on display at the gallery, aptly named, “Curator Crunch”.  This month John presents,
“From Stone to Surgery: Barbara Hepworth in the O.R”.  An interesting way to spend your lunch hour!

Fred Eaglesmith at Grimross Brewing

Veteran singer/songwriter Fred Eaglesmith will serenade you with gutsy and soul searching lyrics.  Don’t miss this performance at Grimross Brewing on August 8.  Grab a drink and get ready for a great show!

Discover “Life at the Lakes”

Just a short 45 minute drive to beautiful Cambridge Narrows you’ll find the “Life at the Lakes” festival! It is a 'little bit of everything' festival...quilt show, car show, artisans at work, interpretive nature walk, Innovative Ideas, Café & Canvas, community breakfast & supper, activities at the Anthony Flower House, Acacia Gallery, Mott's Landing Winery, the Library, Pines Conservation Park, Lavenhops, Beer Garden, and more. 

Harvey celebrates Community Days!

Spend some time in the picturesque community of Harvey as they celebrate Community Days, August 7-12! Expect dances, bingos, a fun run, pageant, games, fireworks & so much more.  Check out their full schedule of events and stop in to say hello!

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 a Classic movie at dusk.  On Sunday, watch the 1946 “La Belle et la Bête” (in French) in Officers’ Square. 


Movie under the stars⭐️

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Awe Shucks! The Oyster Festival has been postponed

Sorry folks, the 1st annual Maritime Oyster Festival has been postponed until October. Don’t worry, you’ll still get to learn how to shuck and eat oysters and raise a pint with a variety of craft beverages (even moonshine) in the Fall! Follow the Maritime Oyster Festival facebook page for updates on the October event!

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


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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 Saint John on August 10, 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.


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Summer Recital Series - Take in some beautiful music in the historic Christ Church Cathedral over the lunch hour (12:10pm-12:50pm); this week you’ll hear music from the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival.  

The Markets!: Fredericton has an abundance of local flavours and hand –made products! Check out the Garrison Night Market (Carleton Street) on August 9,  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.


Artbyjo touring America and Canada

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Coming right up…

Acadian Day – catch the “joie de vivre” on August 15 with 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!

 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!

Summer’s here and you know what that means….ICE CREAM! (let’s be honest, it is truly a year round treat, but it’s justified in the summer!) Read our blog to get the “scoop” on where you can find the ice cream spots!

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