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25+ Reasons to Visit Fredericton This July!

Summer is officially here and we couldn’t be more excited! With festivals, food, and outdoor fun, July is set to be an exciting month all around. We’ve compiled enough activities to keep you busy all month long, so take a peek and plan your next adventure in Fredericton!

Sunday, June 30 & Monday, July 1: Canada Day Celebrations

Fredericton always has New Brunswick’s BIGGEST Canada Day party, so don’t miss out on all the fun! Sunday night’s kickoff party features East Coast bands Wintersleep and Motorleague, and Juno award winners The Beaches are headlining Monday night! Family fun, free live entertainment, food vendors… It all ends with a spectacular fireworks display overlooking the majestic Saint John River.



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Tuesday, July 2: FREE Outdoor Concert

Enjoy a free outdoor concert in Officers’ Square, the heart of downtown Fredericton! Jenn Russell and her 9-piece band bring the party with playful tunes and that 40’s good time style. Our free outdoor summer concert series still has plenty of great acts lined up for the summer, so find out who’s playing every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday!




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Wednesday, July 3: Kathrin Welte & Dianne Roxborough Brown

The beautiful and historic St. Anne’s Chapel of Ease is opening its doors to talented classical musicians and all those who want to listen! Pay what you can and enjoy a lunch-time recital every Wednesday in July!



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Thursday, July 4: Garrison Night Market

The market is a go for the summer! Come get your fix of handmade crafts, local microbrews, fresh delicious food and discover what this week’s live entertainment has to offer!




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While you’re downtown, why not Make A Night of It! Plenty of our downtown businesses are extending their hours to liven up Thursday nights in the city. Check out what’s going on downtown this Thursday!

Friday, July 5: River Jam

Take in some tunes at one of Fredericton's most fun music festivals! 4 stages of jam-packed performances from some of the top talent along the river! Get your tickets here! 

River Jam

Friday, July 5: Jacques Boucher (Organ) & Sophie Poulin de Courval

Enjoy noon hour musical interlude of a variety of musical instruments, as part of Music at the Cathedral – Summer Recital Series! Recitals take place every Friday, so give what you can and enjoy the music at the majestic Christ Church Cathedral!



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Saturday, July 6: Beer on the Bridge

We sure do love our walking bridge and our craft beer! Now’s your chance to enjoy both of these Fredericton favourites all while soaking in a beautiful sunset along the river. Grab your tickets here and prepare to sample all sorts of beer, cider, and mead on the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge. Get all the information you need to know about this popular event on our blog!



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There’s a whole lot more to Fredericton’s craft beer scene to explore! Check out what’s on tap at our local microbreweries.

Sunday, July 7: Sunday Night Classic Films

Grab a blanket or lawn chair and head down to Officers’ Square for a free movie viewing under the stars! Saturdays feature modern favourites, and Sunday nights are for the classics! Films begin at dusk, find out what’s playing this week on the big screen!



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Looking for more date night ideas? We’ve got you covered, with 7 romantic ways to enjoy Fredericton!

Monday, July 8: A Day in a Soldier’s Life

Children aged 6-12 can discover the life of an 1800’s solider with this fun experience! It includes a tour of the Guard House, where Fredericton’s soldiers slept back in the day! The experience is offered in both French and English, from Monday to Saturday all summer in the beautiful Historic Garrison District!



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Don’t let the kids have all the fun! Once they finish up their shift, explore some of these fun things to do within a 10 minute walk of the Historic Garrison District!

Tuesday, July 9: Mdou Moctar at Grimross Brewing

From a small village in the Azawagh desert of Niger, musician Mdou Moctar sets out to redefine the sound of the desert. Let his versatile compositions and poetic nomad-style take you away, at Grimross Brewing!



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Lover of live music? Check out our nightlife blogger for the full rundown on shows this month.

Wednesday, July 10: Bocce Ball

Try a new sport! Head to Mactaquac Provincial Park for this beginner-friendly bocce ball tournament. Happening every Wednesday from 1-3pm all summer!



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Thursday, July 11: Paddle & Pint

After a fun stand up paddleboard session guided by experienced paddlers, enjoy a drink or two at Graystone Brewing!



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If you’re aching for to get out on your feet and enjoy the great outdoors, check out our list of 5 CAN’T MISS Fredericton adventures!

Friday, July 12: Geek out!

Play, discover, and learn… All at Science East! This science centre is home to Atlantic Canada’s only outdoor science playground, and houses more than 150 hands-on science exhibits! They’ve got public science shows daily at 11am and 2pm, which are sure to be a blast!



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New this year, the centre will be open exclusively to adults on Thursdays from 5-7pm! “After Hours” is the perfect addition to your downtown-stroll, so come in and learn something new in a fun and fascinating way!

Saturday, July 13: Next2Now Concert Series

This concert series is all about showcasing up and coming bands from the Maritimes, and we’re happy to have Nova Scotian musician Jennah Barry kick things off! Head down to Officers’ Square at 7:30pm to catch this folk, country and soft rock show, for FREE!



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See the full lineup here and plan your next free concert in the park!

Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14: Irish Wake

Come learn about the healing practices of 19th-century New Brunswick and attend an Irish celebration of life like no other, at living history museum Kings Landing!



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Something’s always churning in the village, no wonder it’s one of New Brunswick’s top attractions! Check out their upcoming events and make it a day trip!

Sunday, July 14: Tour the Gallery

What better way to explore the wondrous Beaverbrook Art Gallery than with a guided tour! Free with admission, this visit will take you through the gallery’s extensive collection of world-class creations. Tours are available in both French and English. Finish your visit with a delicious pastry or a drink in the chic Café Beaverbrook!



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Monday, July 15: Haunted Hike

Come along for a lantern-lit hike through time, showing you the spooks and chilling tales of Fredericton’s historic downtown. Tours are offered Monday to Saturday all summer long, so arrive at the Coach House at 8:45pm if you dare…



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There are plenty of ways to explore our beautiful city, so tag along one and enjoy one of these guided tours!

Wednesday, July 17: Wannabe – A Spice Girls Tribute

Friendship never ends, and neither do the iconic Spice Girls! Toronto-based performers will bring girl power to the Delta Fredericton, reliving the iconic group of the 90s! Get your tickets now and prepare to zig-a-zig-ah!

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Thursday, July 18: Downtown Gallery Hop

This evening of art and culture lets you take a look at some of the best established and emerging artists from across New Brunswick through our various galleries!



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While you’re downtown, visit the Garrison Night Market, enjoy a free concert in Officers’ Square, or grab a bite to eat on one of our patios!

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21: Festivals on Festivals!

Learn something new at the Falls Brook Festival, an event focused on skills and knowledge sharing within the community! It’s sure to be a fun-filled weekend of free workshops, local bands, vendors and artists! All happening in Officers’ Square!

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Tay Creek Folk Festival features extraordinary musical talent in a relaxing atmosphere, totally worth the 25 minute drive from Fredericton! There’s plenty of space for picnics, camping, biking, swimming, and enjoying the great outdoors while you take a break from the jam sessions and concerts.

No matter your interests – there’s a festival for that! Fredericton’s got it all, so here’s a full list of our festivals!

Saturday, July 20: Markets

Our markets are a year-long tradition, but there’s something special about hitting up your local market on a warm, sunny Saturday morning. Whether you’re headed downtown or north of the river, come find out what Fredericton’s markets have to offer!



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Sunday, July 21: National Ice Cream Day!

Sunny days call for cool treats – and today’s the perfect time to celebrate! Ring in this sweet holiday with a dish, cone, or even a shake at one of Fredericton’s many ice cream joints! Check out our fully loaded list of spots to satisfy your sweet tooth this summer!



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Monday, July 22: Fredericton Region Museum

Come learn about the history of Fredericton and see some interesting artifacts! Full of history itself, the museum once served as the Officers’ Quarters and sits right inside the Historic Garrison District.

Want to discover the city up-close? Our free Guided Heritage Walking Tours leave City Hall daily at 10am and 2:30pm, and are a great way to see Fredericton’s greatest highlights and learn more about the local history! And did I mention it’s free?



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Wednesday, July 24: One Drum One Song

The 2019 Assembly of First Nations AGA is taking place here in Fredericton, with the official gala right along the banks of the beautiful Wolastoq River! The evening includes a lobster feast, live music from Juno award winner Jeremy Dutcher, and an after party in the Delta Fredericton’s Grand Ballroom! Purchase your tickets here!

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Check out what other events take place during the Assembly of First Nations here!

Thursday, July 25: Fruit Machine

Mainstage production of the NotaBle Acts Summer Theatre Festival, Fruit Machine is a timely exploration of queer history. The festival (running until August 5th) also presents various plays across multiple venues in the city, putting New Brunswick’s playwrights at centre stage!

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Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28: NB Highland Games Festival

Hear the sound of bagpipes and embrace Scottish culture! This fun-filled weekend will showcase all things Celtic, including music, games, food and drinks. It all takes place on the beautiful grounds of the Government House!



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Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28: Weather Weekend

The folks at Kings Landing will be telling some strange stories about wild weather occurrences from the past! Take a trip back in time to the 19th-century themed village, just 20 minutes outside of Fredericton!



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Monday, July 29: Explore Fredericton’s hidden wonders

Calling all adventure-seekers! Think you’ve already explored all of Fredericton’s treasures? You might be surprised!  We’ve got a couple of hidden wonders around town that are often overlooked, see for yourself if you’ve explored them all or you might just have another adventure awaiting you!



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Here’s hoping that this lineup has you more excited than ever to explore Fredericton this summer! The season’s only just begun, so you can rest assured there is a whole lot more fun to come. To stay up to date with the countless events happening around the city, visit our website, and let the good times roll!