Good music, good food, and good company are all waiting for you at one of Fredericton’s festivals!  We’ve got a full calendar of festivals and special events in Fredericton, so look no further than this comprehensive list.  We know you’ll find something here that will pique your interests.  From multi-day music festivals to food and drink experiences to winter programming like our own Fredericton FROSTival, it’s all here with a year of festivals in Fredericton.

MARCH 2015

Fredericton Convention Centre
  Fredericton Craft Beer Festival
It's all about the beer! Pure. Simple. Tasting the best craft beers available in the Maritimes, Eastern Canada and New England.




Sugar Bush Weekends at Kings LandingSUGAR BUSH WEEKENDS AT KINGS LANDING, March 14 & 15 and March 21 & 22, 2015
Kings Landing Historical Settlement

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Join the folks at the Kings Landing Historical Settlement for their Sugar Bush Weekends! See how they tap the trees, make maple syrup - and even how they make maple toffee on the snow!



Fredericton Wine ShowFREDERICTON WINE SHOW, March 28, 2015
Fredericton Convention Centre

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This event feature as wide variety of wines from regions all over the world, as well as some of the best food from our own Fredericton community. This event is in support of the Arthritis Society’s research, advocacy, programs, and services here in New Brunswick.


APRIL 2015

Fred Kid Fair9th ANNUAL FREDKID FAIR, April 18, 2015
Capital Exhibit Centre

Don't miss out on this full day of exciting events for the whole family. Activities and stage shows are geared towards children between 0 and 10, including, "Science East," "Chinese Cultural Association," "Music for Young Children"; petting zoo, face painting, and three bouncy castles for kids of all ages. With over 50 booths on hand, adults too large for the bouncing play area are well rewarded with information and resources made available by local business and merchants, charities and essential service providers.


FREX ROD Car ShowFREXROD CAR SHOW, April 24 - 26, 2015
Capital Exhibit Centre

506-458-8819; www.frexrod.com
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FREXRod offers enthusiasts in the Capital region a much needed fix of automotive excitement. The end of April is the perfect time to remedy cabin fever, and by the time the FREXRod show opens its doors, the region’s finest caliber hot rods and customs will be ready for competition. Over 120 vehicles from rods, antiques, customs, trucks, street machines, bikes, imports and race cars will be on display.


MAY 2015

Mix It Up FrederictonMIX IT UP FREDERICTON EVENT, May 2, 2015 (NEW event for 2015)
Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel Fredericton

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Delight your palate with an evening of cocktails including Spirits, Cider, Craft Beer and Mead as well as food samples available. Get your tickets here.




Fredericton Marathon37th ANNUAL SCOTIABANK FREDERICTON MARATHON, May 10, 2015

The Capital City Road Runners of Fredericton bring you the Maritime Provinces' longest running marathon. Full and half-marathon, as well as 10km and 5km events. There's also a 1km and 3km kids fun run.




Festival FrancophoneFESTIVAL FRANCOPHONE DE FREDERICTON, May 22 - 24, 2015
Le Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne

506-453-2731; www.centre-sainte-anne.nb.ca
Francophone culture and heritage is celebrated through exhibits, concerts, dining, sports, special events and activities at Le Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne.



Freddy Beach RibfestFREDDY BEACH RIBFEST, May 28 - 31, 2015
Capital Exhibition Grounds
506-458-8819; www.freddybeachribfest.ca 
Professional rib teams will travel to Fredericton to compete and serve some of the best ribs, chicken, and pulled pork. There will also be local food vendors on-site, live music, a kids zone, family area & more! Admission is free. Everyone is welcome!




JUNE 2015

Fredericton Burger BattleFREDERICTON BURGER BATTLE, June 8 - 21, 2015
Various locations
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The Fredericton Burger Battle is a celebration of barbecue season through the culinary creation of amazing, one-of-a-kind burgers at various locations around Fredericton!



St. Mary's Pow WowST. MARY'S POW WOW, June 19 - 21, 2015
Site of the "Old Reserve" on Union Street
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 & dance. Performers include Muskrat Singers, Grass Dancers, Men's traditional, Women's Jingle Dress & Ladies Fancy Shawl dancers.



Maritime CountryfestMARITIME COUNTRYFEST, June 20, 2015
Officers' Square

Maritime Countryfest is an open-air festival located in the heart of beautiful downtown Fredericton in historic Officers’ Square. Country music fans will experience performances by local and emerging artists including headliner Johnny Reid and special guests The Road Hammers, Joe Diffie and Sundy Best. Maritime Countryfest is a licensed event accessible to all.



Bard in the Barracks presents Hamlet, 2014BARD IN THE BARRACKS, June 24 - July 5, 2015 
Odell Park 
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Join the cast and crew of Bard in the Barracks in the natural setting of Odell Park! Taking theatre in the round to new heights, their plays use the landscape of the park as the stage upon which to tell classic tales.



Cultural ExpressionsCULTURAL EXPRESSIONS FESTIVAL, June 25 - 27, 2015
Officers’ Square
506-452-0654; www.cefnb.ca

A celebration of cultural diversity. Special activities for families; multicultural dance & music, international food, displays & more.



Folly FestFEELSGOOD FOLLY FEST, June 26 - 28, 2015
Queen's County Fairgrounds, Village of Gagetown

Three days of music and art. Activities include 3 stages of music, a full vending market, live art, a grass covered camping area, workshops, and circus performers! With over 50 acts, Folly Fest has something for everyone!



JULY 2015

Canada Day in FrederictonCANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS, July 1, 2015
Officers' Square
506-476-3866 (FTON); www.tourismfredericton.ca
Enjoy a day and evening of free entertainment! Don't miss Canada Day 2015 in Fredericton, the nation's biggest neighbourhood block party!


Pioneer DaysPIONEER DAYS, July 1 - 5, 2015
Oromocto, NB

It's time for Pioneer Days! Be sure to visit Oromocto during this week-long event. With community suppers, midway rides and games, and a Canada Day celebration, there's plenty to keep you busy for the whole week.




River Jam15th ANNUAL RIVER JAM, July 3, 2015
Delta Fredericton Hotel

Four stages and 20+ bands from folk/bluegrass to rhythm & blues and classic rock performed by local bands ending with a jam session that will bring musicians together for an all-star performance.




Picaroons Brewer's BashBREWER'S BASH, July 11, 2015
Officers' Square
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The Picaroons Brewer's Bash is a Canadian craft beer celebration, showcasing Canadian Craft Beer from the Yukon to Newfoundland. In addition to beer, there will also be great food and great entertainment!



FredRockFREDROCK, July 17 & 18, 2015
York Street Parking Lot (Behind City Hall) 

FredRock Music festival enters its 7th year in 2015. This year's lineup includes some of the most talented, and entertaining musicians in live music today.

Featuring Blue Rodeo, Monster Truck, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Hey Rosetta! & More!  Visit the official festival website at fredrockfest.com for more information. 

NotaBle Acts Theatre FestivalNOTABLE ACTS SUMMER THEATRE FESTIVAL, July 22 - August 1, 2015
Multiple venues
506-458-7406; www.nbacts.com
This festival features nightly mainstage performances by acclaimed dramatists, along with free outdoor street theatre and readings by New Brunswick playwrights.



NB Highland Games34th ANNUAL NB HIGHLAND GAMES FESTIVAL, July 24 - 26, 2015
Government House
506-452-9244 or 1-888-368-4444; www.highlandgames.ca
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A fun-filled family weekend on the grounds of historic Government House. Come for your annual Celtic infusion of music, bagpipes, highland dance, traditional Scottish athletics, Scottish foods, whiskies, genealogy, crafts and more. Don’t miss the Friday evening kick-off concert and party, the Saturday night Ceilidh with traditional music and dancing, special Kids Corner and Souvenir tent. Be a Scot for the weekend!


Tay Creek Folk FestivalTAY CREEK FOLK FESTIVAL, July 24 - 26, 2015
Tay Ridge Farm, 3888 Rte 620, Tay Creek (approx. 25 minutes from Fredericton)
506-367-3133 or 506-440 5556; www.taycreekfestival.ca

Come on out and celebrate the 7th annual Tay Creek Folk Festival! This festival features folk music, country, bluegrass, Celtic and some classic rock. A BBQ and refreshments will be available on site, and the Puddleducks Café will have all sorts of local treats available for purchase.



Nashwaak Music FestivalNASHWAAK MUSIC FEST, July 31 - August 2, 2015
Nashwaak Bridge (30 minutes north of Fredericton)

Nashwaak Music Festival is 3-day, family-fun festival featuring 23 bands, kids activities, artisans, food vendors, free camping, and free admission for kids 12 and under. Located 40 km North of Fredericton in Nashwaak Bridge, beside the Nashwaak River on New Brunswick day weekend.  


 AUGUST 2015

Fredericton Beer RunFREDERICTON BEER RUN, August 3, 2015
Start location: Delta Fredericton
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Join the Fredericton Beer Run on New Brunswick Day as they host a run through beautiful downtown Fredericton, followed by some fantastic brews! There will be a 6km route and a 12km route. Registration for each costs $50, and includes a custom beer stein, running bib, and 14 tickets for 4oz. pours. Registration opens at 11am and the races begin at noon. 



NB Summer Music FestivalNB SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL, August 10 - 22, 2015
Multiple venues
506-458-7836; www.nbsummermusicfestival.ca
A two-week festival celebrating classical chamber music, featuring the works of selected composers played by Canada’s most talented classical musicians. Festival includes concerts, music discovery talks, free community performances, kids’ events and workshops.



Stanley Community FairSTANLEY COMMUNITY FAIR, August 14 - 16, 2015
Stanley Fair Grounds (approx. 50 minutes from Fredericton)
506-367-3151; www.stanleyfair.com
The Stanley Community Fair is Canada’s longest continuously running agricultural fair, established in 1851. It features a variety of events, including an opening dinner, a silent auction of fine local crafts, historical displays, variety of
musical entertainment, an all ages scavenger hunt, woodsman’s competition, new exhibit spaces, and more! 



Acadian Day CelebrationsACADIAN DAY CELEBRATIONS, August 15, 2015
Officers’ Square
506-453-2731; www.centre-sainte-anne.nb.ca
A variety of activities for the whole family to celebrate Acadian language, culture, and joie de vivre! There will be music, games for kids, a flag raising ceremony, and a tintamarre (parade) that will run from Officers' Square up Queen Street to Phoenix Square in front of City Hall!



New Brunswick Fine Craft FestivalNEW BRUNSWICK FINE CRAFTS FESTIVAL, August 28 - 30, 2015
Officers' Square
NB Crafts Council, 506-450-8989; www.nbcraftscouncil.ca

Officers’ Square will come alive with the annual New Brunswick Fine Crafts Festival, hosted by the New Brunswick Crafts Council. Featuring original works by award-winning New Brunswick crafts people, this festival will not only provide a vibrant environment for community members to discover stunning, locally made craft, such as pottery, jewelry, sculpture, glassware, and wood, but also feature live art demonstrations, live performances from local musicians, a kids craft corner, local food vendors, henna and face painting, and a beer garden sponsored by Picaroons.




Vintage in the VillageVINTAGE IN THE VILLAGE, September 5, 2015
Village of Gagetown
506-488-3441; www.villageofgagetown.ca
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. Ticket price includes a custom-made wine goblet made my a local artisan.




Capital Exhibit Centre & Grounds, 361 Smythe St.
506-458-9819; www.frex.ca
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A tradition since 1827, the New Brunswick Provincial Exhibition is fun for all ages. This week-long special event features an agricultural show, draft horse show, provincial Holstein show, world class entertainment, harness racing, stage shows and commercial exhibits along with lots of carnival games and food. Including the famous “dippy dog”. Kids will love the midway rides, aerial shows, petting zoo, pony rides and more.


Queen's County Fair69th QUEEN'S COUNTY FAIR, September 10 - 13, 2015
Gagetown Fairgrounds, 20 Court House Road
Midway, light horse shows, hauling matches, home cooked supper, antique tractor display, livestock exhibits, musical entertainment and much more.




Feast in the FieldFEAST IN THE FIELD, September 13, 2015
Officers' Square
506-462-9555; www.abilitynb.ca
Enjoy an afternoon filled with delicious food and drink, wonderful entertainment and beautiful scenery in support of Ability New Brunswick. A variety of chefs preparing different cuisines will be in the Square dishing out samples of their specialties for you to try!



Harvest Jazz & BluesHARVEST JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL, September 15 - 20, 2015
Multiple venues
1-888-622-5837(NB BLUES); www.harvestjazzandblues.com
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It’s the best international festival experience on Canada’s East Coast, with the best in jazz, blues and world music taking centre stage. During six incredible days in historic downtown Fredericton, the annual festival features over 350 artists and 125 performances on 23 stages, all within four city blocks. Acclaimed international performers and top regional acts share the stage for a music experience like no other. Expect gritty acoustic and electric blues, traditional and progressive jazz, rock, soul, Cajun/Zydeco and more. Venues include big top tents, theatres, national historic sites, closed streets, pubs and clubs.
See our blog post about the 2014 Harvest schedule here!


Oromocto Family Fun DayOROMOCTO FAMILY FUN DAY & TERRY FOX RUN, September 20, 2015
Sir Douglas Hazen Park (Oromocto, NB)

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The Annual Terry Fox Run will be followed by a family corn boil, musical entertainment, bouncy castles, temporary tattoos, and other activities.


Open Farm DayNEW BRUNSWICK OPEN FARM DAY, September 20, 2015
Various farms of New Brunswick
506-452-8101; www.fermenbfarm.ca
Each year this program offers opportunities for the whole family to meet farmers, to view modern farm operations, and to discuss many issues related to modern food production.




Accreon Fall Classic 2014FREDERICTON FALL CLASSIC, September 27, 2015
Start location: TBA
Race-kit pick-up location: Crowne Plaza Fredericton
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Events include the 5k, 10k and half-marathon, and a 3k Middle School Challenge. There will also be a 1k Kid's Fun Run (just 1,000 meters!), which will be held the day before (September 20) on the green by the Crowne Plaza.


Doors Open FrederictonDOORS OPEN FREDERICTON, September 27, 2015
Interesting buildings throughout Fredericton
506-460-2411; www.fredericton.ca -
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This is your opportunity to see some of Fredericton’s most historically, and culturally interesting buildings not usually open to the public.




Fredericton Fall Craft ShowTHE FREDERICTON FALL CRAFT SHOW, October 2 - 4, 2015
Capital Exhibit Centre, 361 Smythe St.
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Start your shopping early at the Fredericton Fall Craft Show! There is jewellery, wood, sewing, knitting, crochetting, pottery, painting, drawing, felting, ceramic, glass, clothes, sweaters, everything for babies and toddlers, fudge, chocolates, candies and on and on. With over 140 exhibitors, the list is endless. Come and see for yourself, and bring your family and friends! Hours: Friday 2pm-8pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-4pm.


Pre Pop Festival at the Capital ComplexPRE POP FESTIVAL, 2015
The Capital Complex
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506-459-3558; www.thecapitalcomplex.com
Performances of all kinds await you at the Pre Pop Festival! This five-day festival is jam-packed with shows on all levels of the Capital Complex. Tickets are available for individual shows or for the entire festival.




Discover New Brunswick's burgeoning brewing industry with New Brunswick Beer Tours. Our inaugural trip will take place on November 1 with stops at the brand new Rail Car Brewing Company as well as Big Axe. We'll sample beer at each location and have some available on the bus as well. We'll return to Fredericton to visit some of what the Capital City has to offer and sample at the King Street Ale House. Lunch included with your ticket, though stops are subject to change. 


Silverwave Film Festival14th ANNUAL SILVER WAVE FILM FESTIVAL, November 5 - 8, 2015
Various venues
506-455-1632; www.swfilmfest.com
Experience the vibrancy of the local filmmaking community. Over 80 films by local, national, and international filmmakers. Featuring some of the best documentaires from Canada and the US, award winning films from the Toronto International Film Festival, and special guests. Hosted by the NB Filmmakers' Co-operative.


Christmas Arts & Crafts ShowCHRISTMAS ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW, November 6 - 8, 2015
Capital Exhibition Centre, 359 Smythe St.
506-458-8819; www.capitalexhibitcentre.ca

This holiday season, you can get your Christmas shopping done and support local artisans! The Christmas Arts & Crafts Show at the Capital Exhibition Centre will be packed with local artists of all sorts selling their wares - everything from baking to knitting to woodworking.


Fredericton Poutine FestivalFREDERICTON POUTINE FESTIVAL, November 7, 2015
Delta Fredericton

All you can sample poutine plus craft beer at two different sessions! In the afternoon, check out the family-friendly session with over 10 different poutines, and then for the 19+ crowd, the evening session will also feature 15 craft beers for sampling.



Christmas at the Market Craft ShowCHRISTMAS AT THE MARKET CRAFT SHOW, November 19 & 20, 2015
Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market
506-451-1815; www.frederictonfarmersmarket.com
Enjoy a Handmade Christmas at the Boyce Farmers’ Market, Downtown Fredericton. With a wide variety of local artists, there's something for everyone this Christmas.



NB Spirits FestivalNEW BRUNSWICK SPIRITS FESTIVAL, November 18 - 20, 2015
Delta Fredericton Hotel
506-450-2065; www.whiskynb.ca
Canada’s Oldest Spirit Festival, now 3 days! Special tastings hosted by world leading authorities on whiskies & premium spirits offering appreciation techniques. The festival offers over 180 of the world’s finest Spirits, Single Malt Whiskies, Scotches, Cognacs, Rums, Gins and Liqueurs. Enjoy food samplings tables and take in informative seminars.



Handmades Tale Craft Show at the Brookside MallHANDMADE’S TALE CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW, November 19 - 21, 2015
Brookside Mall, 435 Brookside Dr.

506-458-9038; www.brookside-mall.com
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Christmas Craft and Creativity is back during our Annual Handmade’s Tale Christmas Craft Show! Exhibiting local crafters and over 20 years’ experience, you’ll find something unique for everyone on your Christmas list this year.



Ten Thousand Villages Craft ShowTEN THOUSAND VILLAGES CRAFT SHOW, 2015
Wilmot United Church, 473 King Street

Ten Thousand Villages is the oldest and largest Fair Trade organization in North America, selling artisan-crafted personal accessories, home decor and gift items from around the globe. Visit their craft expo at Wilmot United Church and pick up some ethically-traded and globally-conscious Christmas gifts!




Christmas in the VillageCHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE, November 28 & 29, 2015
Village of Gagetown
506-488-3567; www.villageofgagetown.ca
Have fun while shopping for arts, crafts and antiques, take part in a Treasure Hunt and look out for Santa Claus and carollers.




City Hall Christmas Tree LightingCHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, 2015
New Brunswick Legislature (7pm) & Fredericton City Hall (7:45)
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506-460-2020; www.fredericton.ca
Help the City of Fredericton and the Province of New Brunswick kick off the Christmas season! Gathering at the Legislature, see the provincial tree light up before taking part in a parade down Queen Street to City Hall to see the City's tree lit up for the first time this season.



New Brunswick College of Craft & Design

506-453-2305; www.nbccd.ca
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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!



KINSMEN SANTA CLAUS PARADE, November 28, 2015 at 5pm
Fredericton's Northside -
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506-453-0296 or 506-457-2127
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)! Starts at 5pm





St. Mary's Festival of LightsFESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, December 1 - 26, 2015
St. Mary’s First Nation
Visit the St. Mary's First Nation community on Fredericton's Northside to see the Christmas lights! Themed displays, holiday scenes, and Christmas music will help you and yours get into the spirit of Christmas in Fredericton. Small donations will be collected along the route for local charities.




CHRISTMAS ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW, December 4 - 6, 2015
Capital Exhibition Centre, 359 Smythe St.
506-458-8819; www.capitalexhibitcentre.ca

With local goodies for all, be sure to check out the second instalment of the Capital Exhibition Centre's Christmas Arts & Crafts Show! Local artisans will be there selling everything from jams and jellies to pottery to jewellery and clothing.



Christmas Choice Craft SaleCHRISTMAS CHOICE CRAFT SALE, December, 2015
UNB Art Centre (Memorial Hall)
Event Page (Facebook)
Just like Christmas, this sale only happens one day a year! 12pm-4pm.






Kathleen EdwardsSHIVERING SONGS, January 2016
Various Locations 
In its fourth year, this festival with a mighty heart has full intentions of warming up the music lovers of Fredericton. Curated by local folk-pop group Olympic Symphonium and friends, this festival has a strong emphasis on the songwriting craft and
annually features an array of East Coast artists as well as songwriters, musicians and storytellers from all over North America. Music fans of all ages will find something to embrace at Shivering Songs.


Fredericton FROSTivalFREDERICTON FROSTIVAL, January & February 2016
The Maritime's largest winter celebration with over 90 events! 

Grab your hat and mittens and get ready for the perfect winter celebration! Major festivals, outdoor family fun, sporting events, theatre performances, cultural experiences, fine craft and art workshops, culinary delights and the list goes on!



Dine Around Freddy 2014DINE AROUND FREDDY, January 2016
Various locations

506-460-2041; www.dinearoundfredericton.ca
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Dine Around Freddy is Fredericton's winter celebration of fine cuisine and great food deals!





Fredericton FROSTivalFREDERICTON FROSTIVAL, January & February 2016
The Maritime's largest winter celebration with over 90 events! 

Grab your hat and mittens and get ready for the perfect winter celebration! Major festivals, outdoor family fun, sporting events, theatre performances, cultural experiences, fine craft and art workshops, culinary delights and the list goes on!



WinterfesthiverWINTERFESTHIVER, February 2016
359 Smythe Street, Fredericton Exhibition Grounds (Racetrack)
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Gigantic ice slides, snowmazing labyrinth, dog sled rides, snow scuptures and much more await you at the Winterfest Winter Kingdom. Visit the website to see why "it's winter fun for everyone!"