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Free Garrison Entertainment

Summer in Fredericton is full of FREE entertainment and concerts! Fredericton offers a variety of performance and festivals all year long. From classic movies under the stars to captivating concerts which will keep you moving to the beat, we have it all in Fredericton. Need a seat? Ask about our complimentary visitor chairs available at Historic Garrison District performances.

NOTE: Wondering if an event is cancelled due to inclement weather? Contact our Visitor Information Centre at (506) 460-2129 or visit us on Twitter. 

CHANGING OF THE GUARD CEREMONY

With a flash of scarlet and a skirl of pipes, history comes to life! The Canadian Army was born in 1883 with the establishment of the Infantry School Corps, Company 'A' in Fredericton. Watch as period dressed guard re-enact a drill ceremony to the beat of a piper and rummer. Maybe you will be selected to 'inspect' the guard!

Ceremonies take place at Officers' Square in July & August:
7 days a week at 11am & 4pm (with a third ceremony on Tues. & Thurs. at 7pm)
Sentry duty changes on the hour at City Hall from 12-3pm daily. Local dignitaries inspect most Thursday morning ceremonies.


CROQUET MATCH

Come and play croquet in Barracks Square this summer! Put on a straw hat and participate in this old-fashioned past-time.

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 3:30pm in July & August.
506-460-2129


Calithumpians

OUTDOOR SUMMER THEATRE 

Fredericton Outdoor Summer Theatre presents their Calithumpians in free Theatre-In-The-Park! Expect humorous and historical fare for which the Company is famous. 

Officers' Square, Historic Garrison District (Canada Day to Labour Day)
12:15pm weekdays and 2pm on weekends & holidays.
* Rain Venue: Fredericton Public Library, 506-460-2129

Fencibles Theatre

Also featuring Fencibles Theatre!
Barracks Square, Historic Garrison District (Canada Day to Labour Day)
Daily at 4:30pm with the exception of Thursdays at the Guard House in Barracks Square, watch the Fredericton Fencibles perform their theatrical storytelling. 
* In case of rain, Fencibles Theatre is cancelled.


GUIDED HERITAGE WALKING TOURS

Costumed guides entertain you with local history and folklore on a free walking tour of downtown Fredericton's historic sites. 

Two different tours are offered, 10am and 2:30pm from Canada Day to Labour Day, and once daily at 4pm (leaving from City Hall) from June 10 - 30 and September 3 - October 14.


Outdoor Summer Concerts Fredericton

FREE OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS (View Full Schedule)

Enjoy FREE outdoor concerts featuring some of New Brunswick's top performers.
June to August.

Officers' Square, Historic Garrison District 
Tuesday Night Concerts at 7:30pm (Rain Date: Wednesdays, 7:30pm)
Thursday Night Concerts at 7:30pm (Rain Date: Following Mondays, 7:30pm)
Saturday Night Concerts at 7:30pm on select dates (No Rain Date)

June 20- Montgomery Street Band (Bluegrass)
June 25- Fredericton Concert & Marching Band (Marching Band)
June 27- Oak, Ash & Thorn (Celtic)
July 2- Jenn Russell Band (Big Band)
July 4- Downtown Blues Band (Jazz & Blues)
July 9- Crossroad Devils (Rock)
July 11- Marc à Paul à Jos (Country & Folk)•
July 13- TBC
July 16- Cross Cut Blues Band (Blues)
July 18- Cat LeBlanc & the Samsonites (Folk & Rock)
July 23- Chloé Breault (Folk)•
July 25- Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band (Pipe Band)
July 27- TBC
July 30- Fredericton Concert & Marching Band (Marching Band)
August 1- Art of the Possible (Rock & BLues)
August 3- TBC
August 6- Mozart in the Park (Classical)
August 8- Cathy Hutch Band (Country)
August 13- Alex Bailey Swing Band (Swing)
August 15- Acadian Day - Danny Party (Folk & Rock)•
August 17- TBC
August 20- Mike Biggar (Roots & Blues) 
August 22- Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band (Pipe Band)
August 27- Simon Daniel (Progressive Folk)•
August 29- The Vaudevillain (Jugband Blues)
September 3- The Thomists (Jazz)*
September 5- Wicked Vices (Melodic Rock)*
*6:30pm start.
•Francophone series

Lawrence Amphitheatre (Nashwaaksis Commons)
Wednesday Night Concerts at 7pm (Rain Date: Mondays, 7pm)

June 19- Rick Reissner Band (Classic Rock) 
June 26- Mark Roberts Band (Roots)
July 3- 3½ Men (60s & 70s Rock)
July 10- Town Cats (Country & Pop)
July 17- Red White & Grey (Country & Rock)
July 24- 8 Track Mind (Classic Rock)
July 31- Higher Ground (Country & Rock & Blues)
August 7- Night Owl (Country)
August 14- 30 Years After (Country & Rock)
August 21- Different Folk (Maritime Celtic)
August 28- Sugar Bomb (Motown Soul)

Business Fredericton North extended Series held at York Care Centre outside stage     
June 8 (2:30pm – 4pm) Mike Bravener (50’s Style / Elvis)
July 22 (6:30pm- 8pm) Common Thread (Pop, Classic Rock)
Aug 19 (6:30pm – 8pm) Frantically Atlantic (East Coast)

BFN Summer Concert 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday August 10 from noon – 9pm at the Lawrence Amphitheatre
Various Bands every hour.


UNDER THE STARS FILM SERIES (View Full Schedule)

Join our community for a romantic movie night under the stars in a National Historic Site. On Saturdays enjoy our Modern Favourites and on Sunday's watch our popular Classic Films. 

Saturday & Sunday nights at dusk (approximately 9pm) - Officers' Square. Refreshments available for purchase on site. Free admission.

Date / Movie / Year / Genre / Rating

Saturday Night Modern Favourites
July 6- The Never Ending Story (1984) Adventure PG
July 13- American Graffiti (1973) Drama PG
July 20- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Science Fiction PG
July 27- Brave (2012) Animation PG
August 3- The Mummy (1999) Fantasy PG-13
August 10- The Fifth Element (1997) Action PG-13
August 17- Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) Biography PG
August 24- Superman (1978) Action PG
August 31- No Movie - Visit the Summer Soulsa

Sunday Night Classic Films
July 7- Invasion of the Body (1956) Science Fiction -
July 14- Wizard of Oz - 80th Anniversary (1939) Family PG
July 21- Singin' in the Rain (1952) Musical G
July 28- African Queen (1951) Adventure PG
August 4- Double Indemnity (1944) Crime -
August 11- Some Like it Hot - 60th Anniversary (1959) Comedy -
August 18- No Movie - Visit Fierté Fredericton Pride 
August 25- Mrs. Miniver (1942) Drama -
September 1- Bridge of the River Kwai (1957) Adventure PG


MUSIC AT THE CATHEDRAL - SUMMER RECITAL SERIES 
Enjoy a noon-hour musical interlude of a variety of musical instruments, from piano & organ to flute, guitar and saxophone. Fridays, 12:10 - 12:50pm at Christ Church Cathedral (Church & Brunswick Streets): a National Historic Site. Freewill offering. www.christchurchcathedral.com

June 28- Barrachois Festival Concert - Young Musicians 
July 5- Jacques Boucher (Organ) & Sophie Poulin de Courval
July 12- Stephen Peacock (Guitar)
July 19- Combo à la Carte Martin & Ypie Shaver
July 26- Ensemble 18c. Tim Blackmore, Katherine Moller & Robert Lewis
August 2- Putnam Family Folk Ensemble
August 9- University of New Brunswick Summer Festival Concert
August 16- David Drinkell, Cathedral Organist

ST. ANNE'S CHAPEL OF EASE 
(corner of Westmorland and George Streets) Wednesdays: 12:10pm

July 3- Kathrin Welte, mezzo soprano & Dianne Roxborough Brown pianist
July 10- Wind quintet: Sam Arnold, bassoon; Margaret Isaacs,, clarinet; Charles MacKinnon, French Horn; Fran Robinson, oboe; Bjorn Runefors, Flute.
July 17- Lintuhtine Singers, Helen Morag Mackinnon, director & Lynn Mills accompanist
July 24- Steven Peacock & Gerry Van Wart, classical guitars