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FESTIVALS & EVENTS DIRECTORY
Vibrant cultural capital with a full dance card, Fredericton entertainment options and award-winning festivals are on the calendar 365 days a year.
Throughout the year, the Tannery Entertainment District offers up live music in local pubs and the Playhouse is home to high-quality performing arts performances. The Historic Garrison District offers free Fredericton entertainment every day in July and August.
And virtually every month, the City boasts a major Fredericton festival, from classic culinary events to giant music fests. Each event offers visitors an authentic insight into contemporary Maritime culture. There's the Highland Games and Scottish Festival in July, the NB Summer Music Festival in August, Dragon Boats and the Fine Crafts in September. Fredericton, New Brunswick hosts Canada's first Whiskey and Spirits Festival in October, the Silver Wave Film Festival in November and winter warms up with WinterFest in February, just to name a few. Visit our calendar of events to take in all the action in this vibrant capital city of New Brunswick.
Fredericton festival travel plans are a high priority for jazz and blues lovers when the city hosts its biggest weekend in the third week of September when 350 artists perform more than 130 shows at the nationally-recognized Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.
CULTURAL EXPRESSION FESTIVAL, June 23 - 25, 2016
The Fredericton Playhouse and Officers' Square
A celebration of Canadian Multiculturalism Day. Special activities for families; multicultural dance & music, internation food, displays and more!
35th ANNUAL NB HIGHLAND GAMES FESTIVAL, July 22 - 24, 2016
506-452-9244 or 1-888-368-4444; www.highlandgames.ca
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!
HARVEST JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL, September 13 - 18, 2016
1-888-622-5837(NB BLUES); www.harvestjazzandblues.com
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.