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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. 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


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

Also featuring Fencibles Theatre!
Barracks Square, Historic Garrison District (Canada Day to Labour Day)
Daily at 4:30pm 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 daily:
* Capital City Route (10am), leaves from City Hall
* Confederation Walk (2:30pm), leaves from City Hall

Tours are offered daily from Canada Day to Labour Day, and once daily at 4pm (leaving from City Hall) from June 12 - 30 and September 4 - October 9.


FREE OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

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

Officers' Square, Historic Garrison District (View schedule here)
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 21- Adyn Townes (Alternative / Indie) (7:00pm)•
June 26- The Thomists (Jazz)
June 28- Downtown Blues Band (Blues / Jazz)
July 3- Fredericton Concert & Marching Band (Marching Band)
July 5- Hypochondriacs (Alternative / Country)
July 7- Hillsburn (Indie / Rock)
July 10- Julie Aubé (Folk / Rock)
July 12- Lads & Lasses (Chamber Folk)
July 17- Falling Leaves (Psychedelic Rock)
July 19- Montgomery Street Band (Folk)
July 21- Port Cities (Indie / Rock)•
July 24- Matt Boudreau (Pop / Folk)
July 26- Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band (Pipe Band)
July 31- Oak, Ash & Thorn (Celtic / Folk)
August 2- Art of the Possible (Blues / Rock)
August 4- Slowcoaster (Rock)
August 7- Mozart in the Park (Classical)
August 9- Phil Athanase (Pop)
August 14- Overwound (Blues)
August 16- Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band (Pipe Band)
August 21- Daniel Leger (Country / Folk)
August 23- Earthbound (Funky Folk)
August 28- Jacklyn Reinhart (Pop / Rock)
August 30- Sleepy Driver (Alternative Roots)
September 4- *Fredericton Concert & Marching Band (Marching Band)
September 6- *The Tortoise, The Hare & The Millionaire (Blues / Rock)

*6:30pm start.     • No rain date.

Lawrence Amphitheatre (view full schedule)
Wednesday Night Concerts at 7pm (Rain Date: Mondays, 7pm)

June 6- Clifford Kelly Band (Country)
June 13- Matt Linton (Southern Gospel)
June 20- Hazzard (Country)
June 27- Town Cats (Country / Pop)
July 4- Rick Reissner Band (Classic Rock)
July 11- Night Owl (Country)
July 18- Common Thread (Pop / Classic Rock)
July 25- State of Mind (R&B / Country)
August 1- Mark Roberts (Roots / R&B) 
August 8- After 30 Years (Country Rock)
August 15- Finally Focused (Folk / Roots)
August 22- Sheldon Gordon Tone Kings (R&B / Blues)
August 29- Cross Cut (Blues)

Francophone Series, Officers' Square, Queen St
Tuesday Night Concerts at 7:30pm (Rain Date: Wednesdays, 7:30pm)


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.

Saturday Night Modern Favourites

Date / Movie / Year / Genre / Rating
July 7- Big (1988) Comedy Drama Family PG
July 14- Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Adventure Comedy PG
July 21- The Grand Seduction (2013) Comedy PG-13 (part of celebrating 150 years of Cricket in Fredericton)
July 28- Labyrinth (1986) Adventure Fantasy PG
August 4- Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (1982) Adventure Sci Fi PG
August 11- Batman (1989) ​Action Adventure PG-13
August 18- TBA
August 25- TBA
September 1- The Last Waltz (1978) Musical Documentary PG

Sunday Night Classic Films

July 8- Key Largo (1948) Action Crime Drama -
July 15- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) Comedy Drama Musical G
July 22- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Family G
July 29- James Bond: Dr. No (1962) Action Adventure PG
August 5- The Big Sleep (1946) Crime Film-Noir Mystery -
August 12- La belle et la bête (1946) Drama Fantasy Romance - (French Language Film)
August 19- The Birds (1963) Drama Horror Mystery -
August 26- Roman Holiday (1953) Comedy Romance -
September 2- True Grit (1969) Adventure Western Drama G


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

July 20- Organ in Sanity and Madness (David Drinkell)
July 27- Kathleen Moller, Celtic Fiddler
August 3- Putnam Family Folk Ensemble 
August 10- University of New Brunswick Summer Music Festival
August 17- Frantically Atlantic 

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

 July 4- Dianne Poxborough Brown, piano & Julie Grant, flute
July 11- Emily Kennedy, cello & Mark Kleyn, viola 
July 18- Lintuhine Music Academy. Helen McKinnon, director, Lynn Mills, accompanist
July 25- Steven Peacock, guitar & Emily Kennedy, cello