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Fredericton New Brunswick's Festivals Information, listings and links



Fredericton people love festivals, be it spring, summer, fall or winter. Throughout the year, over 15 different festivals and annual events are put on by various local groups. There's no better way to enjoy yourself than to take in a festival.

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Festival

Date

Description

Alliant Winterfest

Early February

In the Winterfest Kingdom, go down Gigantic Ice Slides of 3, 5 & 7 meters in height, enjoy the SnowMazing Labyrinth, the Children's Elfin Maze, Ice & Snow Sculptures, Polar Bear Golf, Dog Sled & Pony Rides and much more. Use the Snobus between venues. Contact: 506-472-4386 ; www.winterfestnb.ca

Killarney Cup Pond Hockey Tournament

February

Experience hockey on outdoor rinks, with 4 on 4 tournament in divisions for Open, 35+, 45+, and ladies. Its a fund-raising project of the three Fredericton Rotary clubs, held at the Rotary Centennial Lodge at Killarney Lake. Contact: 506-459-1444 ; www.killarneycup.ca

Sugar Bush Weekend - Kings Landing Historical Settlement

March

Costumed staff in the village boil sap in iron cauldrons over an open fire, demonstrating the art of syrup and sugar making as it was performed 150 years ago. Sample a sweet treat of candy-on-the-snow made from the syrup right in front of their eyes. Pancake breakfast is served all day, and Sleigh or wagon rides will be available and the Kings Landing Museum Store will have lots of maple products available for sale. Contact: 506-363-4999 ;: www.kingslanding.nb.ca/

Fredericton Wine and Food Fest

Late March

Featuring fine wine and culinary delights. Delta Fredericton Hotel. Tastings: 2pm - 5pm and 7pm - 10pm. Tickets are $50 per person for the afternoon session and $55 per person for the evening session. Contact: 506-451-1630

Annual fredkid FAIR

May

FREE full day of exciting events for the whole family and 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. 50 booths with information and resources made available by local business and merchants; charities and essential service providers. Fredericton Exhibition Center, 9-4pm.; www.fredkid.com

Fiddlehead Festival

Mid May

Traditional food, dance, and storytelling to celebrate the fiddlehead, a symbol of the Wolastoqiyik along the St. John River. All are welcome. Location: Old Reserve Waterfront, on Union Street. St. Marys First Nation (506) 458-9511

Festival Francophone de Fredericton

Late May

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

Maritime Countryfest

May

annual Country Music Festival. Under a big top tent, in downtown's Historic Garrison District. Seven acts over four days including a free show in Officers Square, featuring some of the best New Brunswick country music entertainers. Contact: 506-472-5976. Email Maritime Countryfest ; website

Fredericton RiverFest,

start June

Come and celebrate one of Canada's most important rivers! Revel in the fun, the history, heritage and culture that is the St. John River. Canadian Rivers Institute Symposium on Wednesday. Thursday: WaterWalker Film Festival will take place at Chestnut Tent in Officers' Square, Friday: Salmon & Fiddlehead Community Supper, Saturday enjoy the River Jubilee in Officers' Square, River Gear Swap, FiddleFest - Live music all afternoon, Exhibits & Kids Activities and a Public Lecture: An Inconvenient Truth- A Global Warning. Saturday evening: Rockin' the River Concert in Officers' Square. Sunday: free Family Paddle at the Bucket Club. Contact: 506-450-8709 ; www.frederictonriverfest.com

Fredericton Baroque Music Festival

early June

The Fredericton Baroque Music Festival presents concerts and workshops with a focus on music from the 16th to 18th centuries. Held in the Christ Church Cathedral and other historic locations of downtown Fredericton, the festival has featured concerts by period instrument specialists and ensembles from Fredericton, Saint John, Montreal, and Boston. Also workshops and public master classes. Contact: 506-366-2829 ; www.earlymusicfredericton.ca

Bard in the Barracks

late June

Theatre UNB and the NotaBle Acts Theatre Company return with Bard in the Barracks, outdoor summer Shakespeare in Barracks Square. 7:30 start time and grandstand seating to enhance the viewing experience. Tickets: $12 regular; $8 for students, available at the door or in advance at River Valley Crafts. Contact: 506-458-7406; www.nbacts.com

Marysville Days

late June

Celebrate the community of Marysville! A week-end of fun for the whole family. Sat. starts off with a Breakfast, come to the Parade at 11:00. 506-472-4144 [More Info ]

Canada Day Block Party

July 1

Celebrate Canada's birthday at the nation's biggest neighborhood block party. A full day of fun kicks off at noon on the Green, and in Officers' Square with activities for the whole family, entertainment, great food on site, the Canada Day Parade, and fireworks at dusk. Contact: 506-476-3866

Atlantic Crew Classic Rowing Regatta

mid-July

Junior and senior rowing competitions, as well as a masters competitions and a corporate challenge. On the St. John River, Princess Margaret Bridge to walking bridge. Contact: 506-453-9428 ;:www.frederictonrowingclub.com

Maritmine Writers' Workshop & Literary Festival,

early July

Public readings of umour, drama, adventure and romance. Readings are free and held at 8pm at various locations in the downtown core. Workshops also take place during festival week. Contact: 506-453-4623 ; www.extend.unb.ca

Annual River Jam

mid July

Three stages present various musical styles, from folk/bluegrass to rhythm & blues and classic rock, performed by an array of talent from the St. John River Valley. Contact: 506-363-4538

NotaBle Acts Summer Theatre Festival,

end July - start Aug

A showcase of new and innovative theatre by New Brunswick playwrights with nightly Mainstage performances by acclaimed dramatists. ALso free outdoor street theatre and readings. Contact: 506-455-5609,: www.nbacts.com

NB Highland Games and Scottish Festival

End July

Experience the music, games and food of Scottish culture on the grounds of historic Old Government House. A fun-filled family weekend packed with bagpipes, drums, fiddles, Celtic music, highland dance, Gaelic language and of course the best tasting Scottish treats. Traditional sporting events like caber tossing, children's games and workshops add to the fun. You need not be Scottish to enjoy or participate. 1999 Attractions Canada Provincial Winner (Best Sporting Event) 1-888- Contact: 1-888-368-4444, 506-452-9244: www.highlandgames.ca/

New Brunswick Day Celebration

early August

Music, food and other festivities to celebrate New Brunswick's heritage and culture in the provincial capital. Downtown Fredericton (506) 460-2129.

Folk Days at Kings Landing Historical Settlement

early August

Colonial farmers, lumber jacks and farm wives, after a day of toil, often sang or hummed a song or told tall tales to pass the time. Over 20 entertainers perform the music, tales and dance throughout the Kings Landing Historical Settlement, Exit 253 TC Hwy, 15 min west of Fredericton Contact: 506-363-4999, : www.kingslanding.nb.ca/.

NB Gospel Music Festival

mid August

Gospel music in the rural setting of Rusagonis, NB, just minutes from Fredericton. Good fun, good food, good music. Contact Bob Gray, (506) 459-7419: www.nbgmf.com/

Acadian Day Celebrations

mid August

A variety of activities to celebrate Acadian culture with food, music, tintamarre (parade), and Acadian flag raising ceremony. Contact: 506-457-9132 or 506-453-2731,: www.centre-sainte-anne.nb.ca

NB Summer Chamber Music Festival

mid - late August

Chamber music concerts featuring the works of composers played by outstanding classical musicians from across Canada. Also includes lectures and family performances. Performed in Memorial Hall on the UNB campus. Contact: 506-453-4697,: www.extend.unb.ca/music/summerfestival

New Brunswick Fine Crafts Festival

end August - start September

The premier fine crafts festival in NB for more than 30 years, held in the heart of downtown Fredericton, with the best in pottery, textiles, glass, wood, soaps, candles, jewellery, metal, wrought iron, clothing, food, baskets and much more. See childrens' tent, live craft demonstrations and entertainment! Officers' Square, Historic Garrison District. Friday 12-7, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5 Nominal entrance fee. Contact: NB Crafts Council, 506-450-8989 or 1-866-NB-CRAFT;

Fredericton Exhibition

end August -early September

Held at the Fredericton Exhibition Grounds, the FREX includes an agricultural show, midway, commercial exhibits, harness racing, stage shows, and much more. FREX Office, (506) 458-9819

The McInnes Cooper Dragon Boat Festival

early September

This popular Boat Festival is hosted by Sport NB and the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic to raise funds for KidSport and NB Amateur Athletes in New Brunswick. Catch the races, food, performances on stage and sport demonstrations. Contact: 506-451-1341,: www.sport.nb.com

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival

mid September

A five-day musical extravaganza in downtown Fredericton. One of Canada's finest festivals. It's the East Coast's largest celebration of jazz, blues and world music with international performers and top regional acts. 250 award-winning artists in 125 free and ticketed performances on two dozen stages. Free and ticketed shows. Maritime hospitality complimentary. Hotels fill for this top event. Contact: 1-888-622-5837 : www.harvestjazzandblues.com/.

Stanley Community Fair

late September

Candaa's longest continually running fair, with agricultural displays of flowers, vegetables, quilts, baking, arts & crafts and children works, also a domestic animal display. Horse hauls on Friday and Saturday, variety show, musical entertainment, baby contest, canteen and theatre. Dance on Saturday evening featuring the Downtown Blues Band at 9pm, tickets $12 each. Contact: 506-367-0988

Doors Open Fredericton

late September

Visit Fredericton's most historically, and culturally interesting buildings. Visit a water treatment plant, a century-old church, a working fire station and more. Free. Contact: 506-460-2411; www.fredericton.ca

Annual Latino Arts & Film Festival

September

Screening of three Spanish language films with English subtitles (from Brazil, Argentina, and an Oscar award winning film from Spain), photography, Latino artists, music, and traditional food. Tilley Hall, UNB. Organized in conjunction with the NB Filmmakers Co-operative. Contact: NB Latino Association, 506-457-6293; Email NB Latino Association

Thanksgiving Festival, Kings Landing Historical Settlement

mid October

Watch period- costumed staff prepare for winter Enjoy a traditional Turkey dinners at the Kings Head Inn, a turkey shoot, a Harvest Service at the church, and buy garden produce and homemade goods at the Country Auction on Sunday afternoon. Contact: 506-363-4999, www.kingslanding.nb.ca/.

ristmas Arts & Crafts Show

early November

Capital Exhibition Centre, Smythe Street. Free admission. Contact: 506-458-8819 ;: www.frex.ca

Christmas at the Market Craft Show

mid November

Enjoy a Handmade Christmas at the Boyce Farmers' Market, Downtown Fredericton. Boyce Farmers Market, 10am - 9pm Contact: 506-472-4288 ; www.boycefarmersmarket.com

Annual Silver Wave Film Festival

mid November

The vibrant local filmmaking community presents over 60 films by local, national, and international filmmakers. Workshops, panels, parties, guest filmmakers. Organized by NB Filmakers Co-operative. Contact: 506-455-1632,: www.swfilmfest.com/.

Annual Spirits & Scotch Whisky Festival

late November (TBC)

Taste some of the world's finest Spirits, Single Malt Whiskies, blended Scotches, Cognacs, Brandies and Liqueurs. Enjoy samplings and seminars by experts to learn more about your favourite libations. Enjoy food samplings tables and take in informative seminars . Cab ride included in the ticket price on Friday night. Contact: 506-450-2065 ,: www.whiskynb.ca/

Festival of Christmas Magic / Christmas Tree Festival

end November

Contact Linda Gould-McDonald (506) 453-2196

Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade

end November

Annual lighted Christmas parade to welcome Santa Claus. This year's Santa Claus Parade is on the Southside. Contact: 506-453-0296 or 506-457-2127

Christmas in the Village

end Nov ember

Village of Gagetown's Annual Christmas in the Village with Studios and shops will be open on the weekend from 10 am to 5 pm both days, so you can shop for arts, crafts and antiques and enjoy good food all day. Open House at the Queens County Museum. Vraft demonstrations, Treasure Hunt. Look out for Santa Claus and carollers. Contact: 506-488-3567, www.villageofgagetown.ca

Festival of Christmas Magic

early December

The Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre is transformed into a magical wonderland of beautifully decorated trees, exquisite wreaths and unique gingerbread villages. Friday 12 - 9pm, Saturday 9am - 9pm, Sunday 9am - 5pm Contact: 506-459-6832


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