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.


Fredericton FROSTival


WinterfesthiverWINTERFESTHIVER, February 13 & 14, 2016
359 Smythe Street, Fredericton Exhibition Grounds (Racetrack)
 Winterfesthiver - Twitter
Gigantic ice slides, snowmazing labyrinth, dog sled rides, snow sculptures and much more await you at the Winterfest Winter Kingdom. Visit the website to see why "it's winter fun for everyone!"



MARCH 2016

Fredericton Convention Centre
www.frederictoncraftbeerfestival.com ; Tickets
  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 12-13 & 19-20, 2016
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!



APRIL 2016

 Fredericton Poutine Festival
Crowne Plaza Fredericton
www.frederictocraftbeerfestival.com Tickets
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.




Fred Kid Fair10th ANNUAL FREDKID FAIR, April 23, 2016
Richard J. Currie Centre, UNB
www.fredkid.com - poster
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.


MayworksMAYWORKS FREDERICTON, April 23 - May 3, 2016
Various Locations
The Mayworks Fredericton Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival open to the general public. The festival will program works of music, theatre, cinema, printmaking, painting, photography, literature and more. It aims to help build a culture and society that celebrates and recognizes the history and struggle of the working people of New Brunswick. Mayworks Fredericton is a project of the Fredericton and District Labour Council.



MAY 2016

FREX ROD Car ShowFREXROD CAR SHOW, May 5 - 8, 2016
Capital Exhibit Centre
506-458-8819; www.frexrod.com
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.



Fredericton Marathon38th ANNUAL SCOTIABANK FREDERICTON MARATHON, May 8, 2016

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.

Mix It Up FrederictonMIX IT UP FREDERICTON EVENT, May 14, 2016
Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel Fredericton
Eventbrite page

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


JUNE 2016

Freddy Beach RibfestFREDDY BEACH RIBFEST, June 2-5, 2016
Capital Exhibition Grounds
506-458-8819; www.freddybeachribfest.ca 
Ribfest - Facebook
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!

New Maryland DayNEW MARYLAND DAY, June 2016
New Maryland, NB
Village of New Maryland - Facebook Village of New Maryland - Twitter 
New Maryland Day is an annual event, celebrating the village’s date of incorporation. This event provides many forms of entertainment for the entire family. Some activities include carnival games, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, popcorn and cotton candy. Bring your family and friends and plan on having a wonderful time!

St. Mary's Pow WowST. MARY'S POW WOW, June 17 - 19 2016
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.



 Bard in the Barracks presents Hamlet, 2014
BARD IN THE BARRACKS, June 23 - July 3, 2016
Odell Park 
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An outdoor, site-specific production of the works of William Shakespeare in downtown Fredericton.




Fredericton Burger BattleFREDERICTON BURGER BATTLE, June, 2016
Various locations
Fredericton Burger Battle - Facebook
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!

University of New Brunswick & St. Thomas University
DocTalks - Facebook DocTalks - Twitter
A weekend of discussions, presentations, keynote speakers, and open space meetings to facilitate the creation, funding, mobilization, and distribution of knowledge between mutually interested communities in Atlantic Canada.



Cultural ExpressionsCULTURAL EXPRESSIONS FESTIVAL, June 23 - 25, 2016
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 24 - 26, 2016
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!



Canada Day in FrederictonCANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS, June 31 - July 1, 2016
Officers' Square
506-476-3866 (FTON); www.tourismfredericton.ca
Enjoy a day and evening of free entertainment! Don't miss Canada Day 2016 in Fredericton, the nation's biggest neighbourhood block party!



JULY 2016

Pioneer DaysPIONEER DAYS, June 29 - July 2, 2016
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 Jam16th ANNUAL RIVER JAM, July 8, 2016
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. To get the full River Jam lineup, click here.




NotaBle Acts Theatre FestivalNOTABLE ACTS SUMMER THEATRE FESTIVAL, July 20 - 31, 2016
Multiple venues
506-458-7406; www.nbacts.com
The 15th annual NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival, featuring a lineup of all new plays by emerging and established New Brunswick playwrights, will take to stages across Fredericton.

 Highland Games
Government House
506-452-9244 or 1-888-368-4444; www.highlandgames.ca
  Highland Games - Instagram
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 29 - 31, 2016
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 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 29 - 31, 2016
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 2016

   Fredericton Beer Run
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.



NB Summer Music FestivalNB SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL, August 8 - 20, 2016
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.



Acadian Day CelebrationsACADIAN DAY CELEBRATIONS, August 15, 2016
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! 



Stanley Community FairSTANLEY COMMUNITY FAIR, August 19 - 21, 2016
Stanley Fair Grounds (approx. 50 minutes from Fredericton)
506-367-3151; www.stanleyfair.com

The Stanley Community Fair is New Brunswicks’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! 


New Brunswick Fine Craft FestivalNEW BRUNSWICK FINE CRAFTS FESTIVAL, August 26-28, 2016
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.


September 2016

Vintage in the VillageVINTAGE IN THE VILLAGE, September 10, 2016
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 by a local artisan.




Capital Exhibit Centre & Grounds, 361 Smythe St.
506-458-9819; www.nbex.ca
 The NBEx - Twitter
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.


Feast in the FieldFEAST IN THE FIELD, September 11, 2016
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!


Avett BrothersHARVEST JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL, September 13 - 18, 2016
Multiple venues
1-888-622-5837(NB BLUES); www.harvestjazzandblues.com
    Fredericton Craft Beer - Instagram
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.


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Queen's County FairQUEEN'S COUNTY FAIR, September 15 - 18, 2016
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.



Oromocto Family Fun DayOROMOCTO FAMILY FUN DAY & TERRY FOX RUN, September 18, 2016
Sir Douglas Hazen Park (Oromocto, NB)
Recreation Oromocto - Facebook Recreation Oromocto - Twitter
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 18, 2016
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.




UNB HomecomingUNB HOMECOMING, September, 2016
Various locations
City of Fredericton - Facebook City of Fredericton - Twitter
Homecoming is about reconnecting with old friends, meeting new ones and being social. It is about celebrating our rich history and being a part of campus traditions.



Accreon Fall Classic 2014FREDERICTON FALL CLASSIC, September, 2016
Start location: TBA
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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 on the green by the Crowne Plaza.


Doors Open FrederictonDOORS OPEN FREDERICTON, September 25, 2016
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, 2016
Capital Exhibit Centre, 361 Smythe St.
Fredericton Fall Craft Show - Facebook
Start your shopping early at the Fredericton Fall Craft Show! There is jewellery, wood, sewing, knitting, crocheting, 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!

 Thanksgiving at Kings Landing Historical Settlement
Kings Head, Kings Landing Historical Settlement
506-363-4966; www.kingslanding.nb.ca
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Visit the Kings Landing Historical Settlement for their Thanksgiving Harvest Weekends and experience kids games, apple cider, the annual auction, and more!


 Pre Pop Festival at the Capital Complex
PRE POP FESTIVAL, October, 2016
The Capital Complex
506-459-3558; www.thecapitalcomplex.com
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Performances of all kinds await you at the Pre Pop Festival! This three-day festival is jam-packed with shows on all levels of the Capital Complex.




Silverwave Film Festival16th ANNUAL SILVER WAVE FILM FESTIVAL, November 3 - 6, 2016
Various venues
506-455-1632; www.swfilmfest.com
Experience the vibrancy of the local filmmaking community. Over 100 films by local, national, and international filmmakers. Featuring some of the best documentaries 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 ShowFREDERICTON CHRISTMAS SHOW, November 11 - 13, 2016
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.




Ten Thousand Villages Craft ShowTEN THOUSAND VILLAGES CRAFT SHOW, November, 2016
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!



NB Spirits FestivalNEW BRUNSWICK SPIRITS FESTIVAL, November 22 - 25, 2016
Delta Fredericton Hotel
506-450-2065; www.whiskynb.ca

Canada’s Oldest Spirit Festival! 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.



Christmas at the Market Craft ShowCHRISTMAS AT THE MARKET CRAFT SHOW, November 17 & 18, 2016
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.



Handmades Tale Craft Show at the Brookside MallHANDMADE’S TALE CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW, November, 2016
Brookside Mall, 435 Brookside Dr.
506-458-9038; www.brookside-mall.com
Brookside Mall - Facebook Brookside Mall - Twitter
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.



Fredericton Poutine FestivalFREDERICTON POUTINE FESTIVAL, November, 2016
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 in the VillageCHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE, November 26 & 27, 2016
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





New Brunswick College of Craft & Design
506-453-2305; www.nbccd.ca
NBCCD - Facebook NBCCD - Twitter
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!



Fredericton's Northside
NBCCD - Facebook
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)!




Pine Grove Festival of LightsFESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, December 1 - 25, 2016
Pine Grove Nursing Home
On 1 December the grounds of Pine Grove Nursing Home light up the night-time sky with 75 magical trees, sponsored by the Pine Grove Foundation and community-minded companies and individuals. Since its inception in 2010, the Festival of Lights has brought joy to the hearts of Pine Grove residents and has become a popular seasonal tradition for people living in the greater Fredericton area. Visitors are invited to tour the grounds of Pine Grove, 521 Woodstock Road, any evening in December, to experience this outstanding community effort to celebrate the season and to support the work of Pine Grove Nursing Home. 



St. Mary's Festival of LightsFESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, December 1 - 25, 2016
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.



City Hall Christmas Tree LightingCHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, December, 2016
New Brunswick Legislature (7pm) & Fredericton City Hall (8pm)
506-460-2020; www.fredericton.ca
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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.


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, 2016
UNB Art Centre (Memorial Hall), 9 Bailey Drive
Christmas Choice Craft Sale - Facebook
Just like Christmas, this sale only happens one day a year!




JANUARY 2017  

Kathleen EdwardsSHIVERING SONGS, January, 2017
Various Locations 
In its seventh 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.


Dine Around Freddy 2014DINE AROUND FREDDY, January, 2017
Various locations
506-460-2041; www.dinearoundfredericton.ca
Dine Around Freddy - Facebook Fredericton Tourism - Twitter Fredericton Tourism - Instagram
Dine Around Freddy is Fredericton's winter celebration of fine cuisine and great food deals!




Fredericton Wine ShowFREDERICTON WINE SHOW, January, 2017
Richard Currie Centre, UNB
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Great wine, Great cause! The fourth annual Fredericton Wine Show is a fantastic opportunity to discover wines from around the world in support of the Arthritis Society. Wines are paired with local food vendors for a fun, upscale night out with friends. VIP option featuring priority access and exclusive selections is available.