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FROSTival by night: Get out after dark for fun the Fredericton way!

FROSTival 2019 is sure to liven up those dark winter evenings with everything from live music, to films, fine dining, artwork, and comedy. It’ll be impossible not to have fun this season with these inspired nights on the town.

Foodies will want to devour the many events centred around drinks and eats -- whether it’s burgers and beer, wine samplings, craft cocktails, or the gourmet meals showcased during Dine Around Freddy, the nights of FROSTival will treat your tastebuds right.

Laugh it up on Jan. 26 at Grimross where the O’Me Nerves comedy series presents Nikki Payne and the Ladies of Comedy! It’s a comedy burlesque show -- beer and boas and big laughs...what’s not to love?

Then, on Feb. 1, seasoned standup legend James Mullinger is making his solo debut at the Playhouse, bringing both famous and brand-new bits to comedy fans during FROSTival. As a tie-in event on Jan. 27, the Playhouse is screening the film The Comedian’s Guide to Survival documenting Mullinger’s rise to fame.

James Mullinger

The live music options this FROSTival are endless. There’s Shivering Songs, a celebration of songwriting and storytelling through intimate concerts in historical spaces around the city. Prominent musicians from the world over will delight listeners the weekend of Jan. 24-26.

Shivering songs

On Feb. 3 at the Playhouse, former Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page will perform his solo work as well as Barenaked Ladies’ favourites. Infectious pop with thought-provoking lyrics are Page’s trademark, but he’ll be joined by the Symphony New Brunswick orchestra to really elevate the performance.

Steven Page

On Feb. 9 all y’all country fans can take in the NB Country Showcase in the FHS theatre, where musicians from across the Maritimes will perform some rollicking country hits. Yee-haw!

NB Country

Movie and sports buffs already know and love the internationally acclaimed Banff Film Festival that takes place annually at the Playhouse. It’s two nights of the very best mountain, adventure, and environmental films. You may be sitting down while you watch, but these inspiring films will make you want to get out and active in the great outdoors. Word on the street is, there are some amazing door prizes both nights!

Live performances abound this FROSTival. From Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, you can take in Black Dog nightly at UNB, a play for and about teens that merges themes of mental health and technology. Or be mesmerized by dance during Gadfly on Jan. 24 at the Playhouse, a contemporary urban dance performance that melds art with entertainment.

Love art but aren’t rich? Then stroll along with friends in the Downtown Gallery Hop -- for free! -- on Feb. 1. You’ll get exercise while you take in some culture. The next week, watch 12 live local artists fight it out (through painting, of course!) at the Art Battle (Feb. 9) at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. It’s timed and highly competitive, meaning things are going to get majorly heated on this chilly February night. Bonus: you can bid to take these paintings home!

Art Battle

Looking for something even more interactive? On Feb. 8, impress your Valentine a bit early with a night of strange and sensational fun with the Adult Science Night at Science East. This licensed event features science experiments, demos, and music. This weirdly wonderful date is guaranteed to beat another dull night at home.

Science East

This list is just a sampling of the amazing amusements that await you this winter in Fredericton, and nighttime is the right time to experience FROSTival!