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Year of Festivals

Great music, mouth-watering eats and a Maritime vibe are all waiting for you at Fredericton’s festivals! From the top international festival experience on Canada’s East Coast, the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, to Atlantic Canada’s largest winter celebration, Fredericton FROSTival, there’s something to pique everyone’s interest!

 

May 5 - 6, 2018

Make this a special day! Bring your sisters, daughters or mom. Bring best friends, boyfriends or partners. Everyone gets in free! Donations at the door for Women in Transition House will gladly be accepted. 

Venue: 
Richard J. Currie Centre
Fredericton Women's Show
May 5, 2018

Explore a variety of local and international wines.

The event will feature the largest offering of local NB wines at a festival to date.

 

Venue: 
Fredericton Convention Centre
Fredericton Wine Festival
May 11 - 13, 2018

The Maritime Provinces longest running marathon; half-marathon, 10 km and 5 km options also available.

Come and run this fast, flat scenic river route! Youth Fun Run May 12.

Venue: 
Queen's Square
Fredericton Marathon
May 24 - 26, 2018

A roots festival taking place in several small venues including living rooms, cafes, restaurants, parks, street corners or anywhere else.  

Venue: 
Various Venues
Living Roots Music Festival
Jun 7 - 10, 2018

The Maritime’s largest Food and Music Festival where Professional rib teams compete and serve some of the best ribs, chicken, and pulled pork in the country.

Venue: 
Capital Exhibit Centre
Ribfest
Jun 15 - 17, 2018

Come hear the Drum Beat of Mother Earth and listen to the voices of the ancestors of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people as they share their culture through music and dance.

Venue: 
"Old Reserve” on Union Street
St Marys Pow Wow
Jun 22 - 23, 2018

In celebration of Canadian Multiculturalism Day, take in dance and music performances, food, displays, a parade and family activities during the Cultural Expressions Festival in downtown Fredericton.

Venue: 
Officers' Square
Cultural Expressions
Jun 22 - 24, 2018

55km from downtown Fredericton, the Village of Gagetown transforms for three days each year as it hosts Feels Good Folly Fest. 

Venue: 
Village of Gagetown
FollyFest
Jun 27 - Jul 8, 2018

Exciting site-specific outdoor productions of the works of William Shakespeare in downtown Fredericton.

Venue: 
Odell Park & Barracks Square
Bard in the Barracks
Jun 28 - Jul 2, 2018

Celebrate Oromocto Pioneer Days and Canada Day during this week-long event that includes community suppers, midway rides and games, live music, bingo, food vendors and more!

 

 

Venue: 
Sir Douglas Hazen Park
Oromocto Pioneer Days
Jun 29, 2018

River Jam features more than 20 local bands on four stages with a focus on folk, bluegrass, rhythm & blues, and classic rock.

The night finishes out with a jam session that brings the musicians together for an all-star performance.

Venue: 
Delta Fredericton
River Jam
Jun 30 - Jul 1, 2018

Join us in downtown Fredericton on June 30 & July 1st to ring in the nation’s birthday with two FREE days of music!
 

Venue: 
Officers' Square
Canada Day
Jul 20 - 22, 2018

Held just 25 minutes outside of Fredericton in Tay Creek, enjoy a variety of Folk, Country, Celtic, Bluegrass, Blues and Soul; jam sessions; musical & environmental workshops; BBQ; coffee shop; hiking trails;

Venue: 
Tay Ridge Farm
Tay Creek
Jul 24 - Aug 4, 2018

Producing exciting new theatre from both amateur and seasoned locals, the NotaBle Acts Summer Theatre Festival puts New Brunswick’s playwrights at centre stage.

Take in a play from the lineup on stages across Fredericton.

Venue: 
multiple venues
Notable Acts
Jul 27 - 29, 2018

A fun-filled family weekend on the grounds of historic Government House. 

Venue: 
Government House
Highland games
Aug 3 - 5, 2018

A New Brunswick Day long-weekend Music Festival. 

Enjoy East Coast Music, Camping, Arts Crafts Village, Food vendors,

Children’s play area and jam tents. Clean, safe, and fun!

 

Venue: 
Nashwaak Bridge Festival Grounds
Nashwaak Music Festival
Aug 4, 2018

Featuring a 1 mile, 5 km and 12 km run, starting downtown and running along the cities trail system. Participants will have access to the Down East Brew Festival on Carleton Street.

Venue: 
Downtown
Fredericton Beer Run
Aug 6 - 11, 2018

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.

Venue: 
Richard J. Currie Center
2018 Basketball Canada U15 & U17  Girls National Championships
Aug 7 - 18, 2018

A two-week long festival, the NB Summer Music Festival celebrates classical chamber music, featuring the works of selected composers played by Canada’s most talented classical musicians.

Venue: 
multiple venues
NB Summer Music Festival
Aug 12, 2018

Live music, great food, beer/wine garden, arts and craft vendors, free admission.

Venue: 
Officers' Square
Fredericton Pride Festival
Aug 15, 2018

A variety of activities for the whole family to celebrate Acadian language, culture and joie de vivre! Music, games for kids, fl ag raising ceremony, and a tintamarre (parade).

Festivities Schedule

Venue: 
Officers' Square
Acadian Day
Aug 17 - 19, 2018

Held annually since 1851, The Stanley Fair is Canada's longest running agricultural fair. 

Venue: 
Village of Stanely
Stanley Fair
Aug 24 - 26, 2018

The premier fine craft festival in NB held annually in the heart of downtown Fredericton. The best in pottery, textiles, jewelry, wrought iron, and much more.

Venue: 
Officers' Square
From Human Hands: Summer Craft Festival
Sep 2 - 8, 2018

A tradition since 1827, the New Brunswick Provincial Exhibition is fun for all ages.

Venue: 
Capital Exhibit Centre
Frex
Sep 8, 2018

Step back in time and enjoy a historical wine-tasting walk through the Village of Gagetown.

Visit various locations in the Village as you sip your way through town.

Venue: 
Village of Gagetown
Vintage in the Village
Sep 11 - 16, 2018

It’s the best international festival experience on Canada’s East Coast, with the best in jazz, blues and world music taking centre stage.

Venue: 
Various downtown venues
Harvest Jazz and Blues
Sep 13 - 16, 2018

Midway, light and heavy horse shows, hauling matches, ox pull, antique tractor display, livestock exhibits, musical entertainment, woodsmen's competition and much more.

 

Venue: 
Queens County Fairgrounds
Queens County Fair
Sep 16, 2018

An opportunity for the whole family to meet farmers, view modern farm operations, and to discuss many issues related to modern food production.

Venue: 
various locations
Open Farm Day
Sep 17 - 23, 2018

Word Feast is Fredericton’s Literary Festival, brings together some of the best national and local authors for readings, school visits, workshops and talks in both official languages.  

Celebrate, words, music and the arts.

 

Word Feast
Sep 23, 2018

This is your opportunity to see some of Fredericton’s most historically and culturally interesting buildings that are not usually open to the public.

 

 

Venue: 
various sites
Doors Open
Sep 28 - 30, 2018

Beautiful handcrafted products from all over the Maritimes.

Paintings, pottery, jewellery, wood products, sewing, baked goods, candy, chocolate and so much more.

Venue: 
Capital Exhibit Centre
Fall craft show
Oct 19, 2018

While you're at Mix it Up Fredericton, there's no way but to have a good time.

Venue: 
Delta Fredericton
Mix it up Fredericton
Nov 8 - 11, 2018

Experience the vibrancy of the local filmmaking community with over 100 films by local, national and international filmmakers.

Venue: 
Various venues
SWFF
Nov 9 - 11, 2018

Start and finish your Christmas Shopping right here!

Find those unique, quality gifts for the special people in your lives.

Beautifully crafted items make the best and most thoughtful gifts!

Come and see for yourself.

Venue: 
Capital Exhibit Centre
Fredericton Christmas Arts & Crafts Show
Nov 13 - 17, 2018

Canada’s oldest Spirits Festival, this event offers special tastings hosted by world-leading authorities on whiskies and premium spirits, as well as appreciation techniques.

Venue: 
Delta Fredericton Hotel
NB Spirits Festival
Nov 15 - 16, 2018

Enjoy a Handmade Christmas and support local crafters!

10am - 9pm

 

Venue: 
Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market
Christmas at the Market
Nov 24 - 25, 2018

Have fun while shopping for arts, crafts, and antiques.

Take part in a Treasure Hunt and look out for Santa Claus and carolers.

 

Christmas in the Village
Nov 24, 2018

A lighted Christmas parade to welcome Santa Claus! Get bundled up and enjoy the sights of parade floats and the sounds of marching bands playing your favourite Christmas tunes.

You may even get a candy cane (or two)! 

 

 

Venue: 
Southside
Santa Claus Parade, Fredericton
Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2018

A magical gift show that includes crafts, gifts, wine, and pictures with Santa! Shop for someone special, or even yourself!

Venue: 
Capital Exhibit Centre