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Harvest Jazz & Blues FREE Programming!

LOTS of FREE shows offered at Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival 2019!

The sights & sounds of the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival will soon take over our city. The store window displays, the tents and the street closure provide visual cues that something exciting is taking place in downtown Fredericton. People will be travelling in from all over the globe to enjoy the festivities; some people have scheduled vacation days to volunteer and thousands of people will be enjoying the many activities the festival provides. Let the good times roll!

As you finalize your plans, I want to draw your attention to the extensive FREE shows programmed over 5 days of the festival (Wednesday to Sunday). These scheduled shows will provide an opportunity to experience live music in its many forms, in various locations and at different times during the day.

Harvest will present 30+ FREE performances on 5 separate stages over 5 days throughout downtown Fredericton!  

Possibly the longest running free stage of the festival is the King’s Place Stage providing lunch time entertainment (12 to 1:15PM) featuring The Alex Bailey Swing Band on Wednesday, The Rusty Mikes on Thursday and Garrett Mason on Friday.  

Fredericton’s Own Stage is located at City Hall and serves to highlight our home grown talent

The Acoustic Stage will be located on Queen Street within the street closure and will run Wednesday 6:30PM to 9:30PM and Thursday & Friday 5PM to 9:30PM featuring Furlong & Smith, Morgan Davis, Neil Morash, Leeboy, Grateful Gospel and more!

The Fredericton Public Library will host a couple workshops on Saturday afternoon with Doug Rigaux leading a drum workshop at 2PM and a yet to be announced workshop at 2:30PM.

Of course the Officers’ Square Stage is always a big draw and a family favourite featuring Scotty & the Stars and CJ Chenier on Saturday starting at 11:15AM and on Sunday between 1PM – 4:30PM we’ll be treated to the great sounds of STU Jazz and both Angelique Francis and Kenny Blues Boss Wayne backed by Ben Racine.

So as you make your way through our downtown streets, greeting friends all along the way, you can be sure to hear many amazing musicians for FREE on all of these stages as well as by the numerous buskers & performers along the way. Enjoy it all!

A few points & reminders:

  • The legendary statesman of the blues, Charlie Musselwhite kicks everything off on Tuesday September 10th on the Playhouse stage. Tickets still available.
  • Don’t miss the mighty Matt Andersen & The Mellotones opening the Blues Tent on Wednesday night. Tickets still available.
  • Tickets also still available for the amazing duo of Harry Manx & Steve Marriner playing the Playhouse on Friday September 13th.
  • BIG FUN Passes offer tremendous value (student pricing) giving access to all shows in the Barracks Tent plus to the Afterburners in the Blues Tent (Barracks shows are all ages however must be 19+ for Blues Tent shows). Still available.
  • HOODOO HOUSE Venue Pass is new this year and grants access to all shows all three nights in the Hoodoo Tent including greats such as The National Reserve, Garrett Mason, Ben Racine Band, Fuel Junkie, Lindsay Beaver and more! As the saying goes ‘Great bang for your buck!’ with this pass. Still available.
  • There will be a select number of tickets available to purchase for ALL shows at the door 30 minutes prior to door opening time – that includes any sold out shows.
  • Harvest Central is located at 408 Queen Street – stop there to purchase tickets, drink tokens and merchandise.

All information, including the CBC FREE Harvest schedule, can be found on the festival website at

HAPPY HARVEST to you all! Let’s get out there and have a great time in our beautiful city and always be kind along our travels. Deliver a High-Five to every volunteer you meet and tip your servers well!