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Fredericton festivals to heat up your fall!

Fredericton festivals to heat up your fall!

Summer may be over and sweater weather upon us, but there’s still plenty to do in Fredericton, with a variety of festivals to suit the season. Films, drinks, music, crafts and more -- autumn is the time to take it all in!

Every November the city rolls out the red carpet for home-grown and international filmmakers whose talent and dedication to their craft is showcased in a weekend-long festival. The Silver Wave Film Festival has something for everyone, whether you’re a film buff or just want to enjoy some creative shorts and features. Drama, comedy, horror, romance, documentary -- this New Brunswick Film Co-Operative effort covers every genre and hands out prestigious awards to the best of each.

Taking place at several venues around Fredericton, the festival runs Nov. 7 to 10, with an official launch beforehand at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre on Oct. 18 at noon. This year is extra-special -- it’s the New Brunswick Film Co-op’s 40th anniversary. That’s four decades of independent cinema in New Brunswick! You won’t want to miss this landmark event.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Later in November at the Delta Fredericton, Raise Your Spirits, Canada’s oldest whisky and spirits festival, runs Tuesday, Nov. 19 through Saturday, Nov. 23 and includes dinners, master classes and more. Not sure how to identify all those rich flavours mingling in your tumbler? You’ll be a scotch savant before you know it after almost a week sampling, sniffing, and speaking with pros about all things whiskey...and rum, gin, vodka, bourbon -- oh my!

Tickets went on sale Oct. 15 at the Lunar Rogue pub and select ANBL stores. Friday Festival Showcase tickets are $90 advance, $100 at the door. Though this is the main event, there are dozens of others where spirits shine, such as Tuesday’s “rum dinner,” or Saturday’s “gin lunch.” Wet your whistle with other spirits lovers and make a week of it! 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you’re into live musical and theatrical performance -- and who isn’t?! -- look no further than Fredericton in the fall!  

From Oct. 16-26, TNB’s Open Space Theatre hosts 1979, a comedy by playwright Michael Healey in which Joe Clark defeats Pierre Trudeau to become Canada’s youngest prime minister. Tickets are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office. You have two weeks to take in this hilarious production before it moves on to other cities, so there’s no excuse to miss out! 

When this wraps up, treat your ears to the lyrical talents of Rachel Beck, a P.E.I. singer whose pop hooks and piano stylings will captivate the Playhouse’s audience the evening of Oct. 26. 

1979

The 26th seems to be one night with plenty to see and hear: that same Saturday, multimedia extravaganza Fusion takes over the Richard J. Currie Centre, featuring a cast of 75 creative artists as well as local Fredericton artists to bring you JAHA: the company’s biggest ever show. Loosen up with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., and at 7, get ready to be mesmerized with an evening that’s hard to characterize and even harder to miss. 

If you’re craving more live tunes in November, hit up Rawlins Cross: 30th Anniversary at the Playhouse on the 16th. This Celtic music group has an international fan base and a dedicated array of home-based admirers, this year coming together to celebrate the band’s 10th studio recording, Flying Colours.

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When in doubt, consult Music Runs Through It, a complete guide to the capital’s weekly performance lineup. Here you’ll find out the who, what, when, where and how of all things live music in Freddy.

Frederictonians are a crafty bunch, and we prove it big-time this fall with more than 15 craft shows and sales. Finish your Christmas shopping and enjoy a day out on the town: two birds, one stone! 

Practically every weekend in November and December there’s a unique craft show in a different location: such as the Fredericton Christmas Arts & Crafts Show at the Capital Exhibit Centre -- so big it had to be spread over two weekends! -- the Christmas at the Market Craft Show at the Boyce Farmers Market, the Ten Thousand Villages international craft sale at Wilmot United Church, or the NBCCD Annual Christmas Craft Show at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.

Locally made mittens, clothing, candles, jewelry, glassware, decorations, soaps -- need we say more?

We’d be remiss if we neglected to mention the obvious highlight of fall in Fredericton: the outdoors! The riotous reds, oranges, and yellows are breathtaking this time of year, and whether you’re strolling through the fallen leaves downtown, hiking wooded trails and parks, snapping pics while apple-picking at a nearby orchard, or sightseeing the area’s gorgeous waterfalls, Freddy is a visual treat in the autumn months.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Not that outdoorsy but still enjoy taking in the sights? Get out your camera and tour some of our city’s most Instagrammable spots, including art galleries, city hall, and the many coffee shops and breweries with artsy (and tasty) offerings. 

There’s lots to do this fall in Fredericton. If you’re curious about where to begin, check out our jam-packed calendar of events -- you’ll be entertained, enlightened, and enlivened all autumn long!