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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!

 

Nov 2 - 5, 2017

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

Venue: 
Various venues
SWFF
Nov 14 - 18, 2017

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 16 - 17, 2017

Enjoy a Handmade Christmas and support local crafters!

 

Venue: 
Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market
Christmas at the Market
Nov 23 - 26, 2017

Come support the Fine Craft students at NBCCD during their Annual Christmas Craft Sale, featuring stunning work from the second-year students of the Ceramic, Jewelry, and Textile departments.

Great for gifts or a treat for yourself!

Venue: 
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
NBCCD Christmas Craft Show
Nov 25 - 26, 2017

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 25, 2017

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: 
Northside
Santa Claus Parade, Fredericton
Jan 18 - 21, 2018

Join music and literary fans from across Atlantic Canada and beyond, enveloped in stories and song, surrounded by warm acoustics and architectural ambiance.

Venue: 
Downtown Fredericton
Shivering Songs
Jan 18 - Feb 4, 2018

Grab your hat and mittens!

Atlantic Canada's largest winter celebration is back! More than 100 events over three jam packed weekends!

 

 

Venue: 
Downtown Fredericton
Frostival
Mar 10, 2018

The Fredericton Craft Beer Festival (FCFB) has quickly become one of the fastest growing festivals in the Maritimes!

Venue: 
Fredericton Convention Centre
Craft Beer Festival
Mar 15 - 18, 2018

The UNB Varsity Reds will try to make it 3 in a row as they defend their University Cup Championship from 2016 and 2017 against Canada's top university hockey teams over a 4 day period. 

 

Venue: 
Aitken University Centre
2018 Men's U Cup Hockey Championship
Apr 21, 2018

Don’t miss out on a full day of exciting events for the whole family, activities and stage shows are geared towards families in Fredericton.

Admission: $4

Venue: 
TBA
FredKid Fair
May 4 - 6, 2018

Over 120 vehicles from rods, antiques, customs, trucks, street machines, bikes, imports and race cars will be on display.

Venue: 
Capital Exhibit Centre
FrexRod
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 23 - 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 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 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 6, 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
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 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 9, 2018

Enjoy an afternoon of gourmet food, drink, and live entertainment from New Brunswick’s finest in support of Ability New Brunswick.

Venue: 
Officers' Square
Feast in the Field
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