Do you think you have done everything New Brunswick has to offer this summer? There is still lots to do and see around New Brunswick as there is a festival just about every week this year. With so much to do, there is no reason for anyone to be bored this August. So, check out the 50 things to this August in New Brunswick and have a blast!
1. Notable Acts Theatre Festival – Fredericton on July 23 to August 3, 2019
The Notable Acts Theatre Festival showcases exciting, innovative and awarding plays by New Brunswick writers. The shows range from free street theatre shows to dynamic mainstage evening productions. Enjoy a show or try writing your own play for New Brunswick’s only province-wide competition.
2. Bon Ami Festival – Downtown Dalhousie from July 26 to August 4, 2019
For two weeks, Downtown Dalhousie is full of events to get people to come together and celebrate their community pride. There are market days, circus rides, local entertainers, and fireworks display. As the Bon Ami Festival comes to a close, there is a parade feature the beauty pageant winners and the day ends with a huge beach party.
3. Rendez-vous des Artistes – Saint-Léonard on August 16 to 18, 2019
Wander among the booths and marvel at the talents of the painters and sculptors from various parts of the World. Chat with the artists about their work while strolling and enjoy musical entertainment in the evening.
4. SappyFest – Sackville on August 2 to 4, 2019
Sappyfest is Sackville’s annual independent arts and festival, which takes place the first weekend in August. The streets of downtown Sackville are filled with music the whole weekend. There are also many street vendors and businesses open during the festival that you can visit if you need to get refreshments.
5. Area 506 Festival – Saint John on August 2 to 4, 2019
Celebrate the best of New Brunswick’s music, goods, and culture on Saint John’s Waterfront at the Area 506 Festival. This year’s lineup includes Dear Rouge, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Matthew Good, Tokyo Police Club, Wintersleep and many more great artists.
6. Miramichi Folksong Festival – Miramichi on August 4 to 9, 2019
The Miramichi Folksong Festival is Canada’s longest standing folksong festival and is celebrating 62 years this year. This wonderful 5-day festival is full of songs and dance, along with concerts, workshops, children’s shows, boat trips and much more.
7. Festival Acadien de Caraquet – Caraquet on August 2 to 15, 2019
The Festival Acadien de Caraquet has been the top Acadian cultural events for the last 56 years and is one of the largest Acadian attractions. During the 2 weeks, over 400 artists take the stage to perform a variety of acts. Make sure to take the whole family to a Tintamarre Workshop to create a mask, hat, costume, or another carnival accessory for the Tintamarre noisemaking parade.
8. New Brunswick Summer Music Festival –Fredericton on August 6 to 17, 2019
For two weeks in the middle of August, Fredericton becomes filled with music. The New Brunswick Summer Music Festival has some of the best musicians in Canada take the stage, along with emerging artists. There is something for everyone at this music festival.
9. Fundy Fringe Festival – Saint John to August 19 to 24, 2019
The Fundy Fringe Festival is a city-wide celebration of music, dance, and theatre. There are over 100 performances in five venues across the city. The best part of this festival is that all the ticket revenue goes to the performing companies to help support independent theatre. So, gather your family and friends and support local artists.
10. La Foire Brayonne – Edmundston on August 2 to 4, 2019
La Foire Brayonne is considered to be one of the largest Francophone festivals east of Quebec. The banks of the Saint John River are lined with activities and shows during the festival. The “Our Republic, Our History” is where you can meet various characters in period costumes. Make sure not to miss the Party du Parking on Friday.
11. Rendez-vous Acadien – Petit-Rocher on August 15, 2019
Take your family and friends to enjoy games, music, and exhibition booths at the Rendez-vous Acadien. The festival is a part of the National Acadian Day celebrations.
12. Main Street Summer Concerts Series – Fredericton Until August 28, 2019
The Main Street Summer Concert Series has free outdoor concerts every Wednesday at the Lawrence Amphitheatre. Local talented musicians take the stage to entertain you. Seating is limited, so you may want to bring your own chair to enjoy the evening.
13. City of Fredericton Outdoor Summer Concert Series – Fredericton until September 5, 2019
Bring the whole family along with a chair or blanket to Officers’ Square for great live music. The City of Fredericton Outdoor Summer Concert Series takes place every Tuesday and Thursday and the shows are free for everyone to attend.
14. Bonfire Festival – St. Stephen August 15 to 17, 2019.
Bonfire’s headlining acts this year include Canadian folk singer-songwriter and CBC featured artist, Joshua Hyslop; Okanagan Arts Award-winner and neo-folk musician, Andrew Smith; and New Brunswick Folk Artist of the Year, Shaun Ferguson. Other acts range in genre from Montreal’s experimental indie art collective–ce qui nous traverse–to fun-time oldies classic rock group–Jock & The Docs.
15. Community Days at Congrès Mondial Acadien – Southeastern New Brunswick from August 15 to 24, 2019
Be reunited with your distant Acadian family in the the 6th edition of the Congrès Mondial Acadien taking place in Prince Edward Island and Southeastern New Brunswick. There are many events relating to culture, folklore, history, food and arts in each region to enjoy.
16. Art in the Park – Riverview until August 21, 2019
If you love music, make sure that you head to Caseley Park bandstand every Wednesday at 7pm, until August 22nd. The Concerts in Caseley Park feature a variety of artists from different genres that is sure to please audiences of any age, such as Pretty Archie, The Small Glories, Brody MacKay, Paul O’brien, and many more.
17. NotaBle Acts Summer Theatre Festival – Fredericton on July 24 to August 5, 2019
See exciting theatre productions from New Brunswick’s playwrights during the NotaBle Acts Summer Theatre Festival. NotaBle Acts’ 2019 lineup includes the work of 14 New Brunswick playwrights including the winners of this year’s middle and high school playwriting competitions.
18. Under the Stars Film Series – Fredericton Until September 1, 2019
Enjoy movies under the stars at Officers’ Square on Saturday and Sunday nights. The Under the Stars Film Series features classic films along with newer classics. Grab your sweetheart, bring a chair and get ready for the show.
19. Marathon by the Sea – Saint John on August 10 to 11, 2019
The region’s most challenging Boston qualifier is also the east coast’s only summertime race event – a great way to spend a family weekend in August. Running seaside with the ocean breeze upon your face, you’ll experience the full maritime hospitality of the only city on the spectacular Bay of Fundy. Marathon by the Sea offers a full roster of races and events – with an emphasis on fun!
20. L’Aquafete de Tracadie – Tracadie on July 26 to August 4, 2019
Over 25,000 people attend L’Aquafete de Tracadie festival each year. The 10-day festival is jam-packed with things to do in and out of the water, including rock concerts, music, fireworks, swimming and other free fun events.
21. Hartland Potato Festival – Hartland on August 4 to 10 2019
During the Hartland Potato Festival, there are daily family-oriented events. 2019 is the 101-year celebration of this fun festival, so there is going to be a lot happening. This festival is not to be missed because there is something fun for everyone.
22. Belledune Days Festival – Belledune on July 28 to August 4, 2019
Belledune Days Festivalis a week-long celebration that is fun for all ages. So, gather your family and friends and head to Belledune to celebrate this friendly community celebration! You can take part in the annual Mackerel Derby, the Horseshoe Tournament, enjoy a Strawberry Shortcake Supper, watch a fashion show, and dances for both children and adults.
23. Woodstock Old Home Week – Woodstock on July 27 to August 3, 2019
For over 65 years, the Woodstock Old Home Week has been a Carleton County tradition. This year’s celebration is jam-packed with plenty of exciting and fun events for people of all ages. There are dairy shows, a petting zoo, 4-H shows and agricultural exhibits that celebrate the region’s proud farming heritage. The week ends with a demolition derby and fireworks.
24. Westmorland County Agricultural Fair – Petitcodiac on July 28 to August 3, 2019
The Westmorland County Agricultural Fair is a fun-filled, family-friendly event that features a Queen’s pageant, a parade, and fireworks. There is also a senior’s day, a children’s day, a pig scramble, live music, a lumberjack competition, along with the Midway and Hinchey amusement rides and much more for the whole family to enjoy.
25. Grand Manan Rotary Festival – Grand Manan on July 31 to August 4, 2019
The highlight of summer on Grand Manan Island, the Grand Manan Rotary Festival is held every year to coincide with August’s long weekend. This popular festival has four evenings of local entertainment, food displays, and craft exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. There will also be fireworks, a parade, and many more events.
26. Campobello Island’s Fog Festival – Campobello Island on July 31 to August 4, 2019
Enjoy five days of music and art for free during the Campobello Island’s Fog Festival. The local venues include churches, parks, beaches and historic cottages where the music runs the gamut from gospel, classical and jazz to folk, bluegrass, country, and rock. There are also exhibits by local and regional artists along with heritage events culture exhibits that explore the island’s rich history.
27. Le Goulet Sand Castle Festival – Le Goulet on August 17, 2019
Bring your buckets, shovels, and best sand castle ideas to the Le Goulet Sand Castle Festival. This event happens every year, and there are many sand sculptures to make, see and take photos with. There is also a corn boil, live musical entertainment, fireworks, and dances that people of all ages will enjoy.
28. Nashwaak Music Fest – Nashwaak Village on August 2 to 4, 2019
Spend three days camping and enjoying great music, arts, and family fun on the shores of the Nashwaak River. There will also be prizes, vendors, midnight jam tents, and an art village that people of all ages will enjoy. The annual Nashwaak Music Fest has Maritime artists performing bluegrass, folk, country, fiddle music and much more.
29. New Brunswick Wood Carving Competition and Sale – Saint Andrews on August 9 to 11, 2019
Every year on the second weekend of August, the town of Saint Andrews hosts the Atlantic Provinces’ largest wood carving show. Carvers from Eastern Canada and the United States bring around 250 carvings to the competition and items for sale.
30. Chocolate Fest – St. Stephen on August 4 to 8, 2019
If you are a chocolate connoisseur, attending St. Stephen’s Chocolate Fest is a definite ‘must’ for you. It is a fun week in ‘Canada’s Chocolate Town’ celebrating all things chocolate, including chocolate-themed meals, children’s events like candy treasure hunts, live music, and the featured event – ‘Chocolate Town Discovery’. You can also take selfies with the festival’s Mascot Chocolate Mousse and his wife, Tiffany.
31. Chipman Summer Festival – Chipman on August 4 to 10, 2019
The Chipman Summer Festival is a 6-day fun-filled festival that is packed with pageants for all ages. There is also going to be a parade, a car show, fireworks and more that you do not want to miss.
32. Festival of Flavour – Florenceville-Bristol on August 7 to 10, 2019
Create your own experience with four days of great food, art, wine, spirits, and entertainment at the Festival of Flavour. There are many events during the festival for you to enjoy, including cooking demonstrations, beer tasting, delicious meals, and much more.
33. Larlee Creek Hullabaloo – Kilburn on August 7 to 11, 2019
The Larlee Creek Hullabaloo is also known as “The Little Festival That Could” because it brings together some of the best Atlantic Canadian musical talent to create a weekend of musical bliss. This not-for-profit outdoor music festival that is held annually each August is known for its genre-rich lineup and the down-home hospitality of the Kilburn people.
34. Napan Agricultural Show – Napan on August 8 to 11, 2019
The Napan Agricultural show promotes community living, volunteerism and the local agriculture. 2019 is the 28th annual show and this year includes bouncy castles, kid’s events, breakfasts, Washer Toss and Horseshoe Tournaments, competitions, and much more.
35. Spectacle : Les Retrouvailles en Acadie – Shediac on August 17, 2019
Enjoy great food and amazing music during Retrouvaille en Acadie! See Laurie LeBlanc, Rhéal LeBlanc, Hert LeBlanc, Réveil, 1755, and Bois-Joli perform at the Shediac Arena.
36. Turner’s Victoria Park Arts and Craft Fair – Moncton on August 9 to 11, 2019
Find over 200 artisans from across Eastern Canada at the Victoria Park. Along with meeting and chatting with artisans, the Turner’s Victoria Park Arts and Craft Fair will also have local musicians playing daily. So, take your time at this fair and visit all the booths that cover an entire city block.
37. Fundy All-nations Pow Wow – Fundy National Park on August 3 to 4, 2019
Join us for a celebration of Mi’gmag, Peskotomuhkati and Wolastoqiyik cultures as Fundy National Park will be filled with the music, food, dances and song of New Brunswick’s indigenous people. Activities include drumming, traditional dancing, indigenous craft, art sales, and food!
38. Life at the Lakes Festival – Cambridge-Narrows on August 10 to 11, 2019
The Life at the Lakes Festival has a little bit of everything, including a car show, a quilt show, community breakfasts and suppers, a beer garden and much more. The annual festival takes place on the weekend after New Brunswick Days, and is a great way to spend time with the family.
39. Winegarden Annual Wine Festival – Baie Verte on August 11, 2019
Spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon at the Annual Winegarden Wine Festival enjoying wine, food and live music. You can explore the festival barn, function room, patio, and the wine cellar to see and taste everything that is available.
40. Festival Acadie Rock – Moncton – August 16 to 23, 2019
Get ready to explore Acadian culture and make new friends at the annual Festival Acadie Rock. You are sure to enjoy this week of performing arts, visual art shows, food, and live music shows just about every night of the festival.
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41. Sussex Flea Market – Sussex on August 16 to 18, 2019
Over 800 vendors come together to make the annual Sussex Flea Market. Explore the lots and you will find collectibles, auto parts, household items and much more. This is a ‘must do’ activity if you are in the area.
42. Summers End Folk Festival – Grand Manan Island on August 16 to 17, 2019
The small island of Grand Manan comes alive during the Summer Ends Folk Festival. The festival focuses on bringing folk music, the arts and creativity to the island. There are 10 to 15 performers who take the stage on the two nights of this popular festival.
43. Rising Tide Festival – Fundy National Park on August 16 to 18, 2019
Sing and dance along with Atlantic Canadian musicians at the Rising Tide Festival in the beautiful Fundy National Park. The festival will have music playing both nights. There will also be a talented face painter, and a handmade village showcasing New Brunswick artists at this pop.
44. Festival on the Bend – Nackawic on August 17 to 24, 2019
Gather your family and friends and head over to Nackawic to celebrate the community during the Festival on the Bend. There is going to be a soapbox derby, a parade, fireworks, a country show and much more during the festival that people of all ages will enjoy.
45. Summer Entertainment Movie Series – Sussex until August 28, 2019
Enjoy animated movies at Burton Park during the Summer Entertainment movie series. The movies are screened at 8:30 pm on Wednesdays until August 28th. Rain venue is the 8th Hussars Sports Centre.
46. Kings County Agricultural Fair – Sussex on August 19 to 21, 2019
Enjoy some small town charm and wonderful hospitality at the Kings Country Agricultural Fair. You can also get a closer look at the cattle and horses on display, browse the crafts, and watch the popular horse-pull event.
47. Stanley Fair – Stanley on August 16 to 18, 2019
The Stanley Fair gives you a taste of traditional country fun by showcasing agricultural & horticultural products, crafts, farm produce, vegetables, flowers, cookery, and other products. You can also watch the woodman’s competition, visit the farm animals, or dine on delicious home-made meals and baking at the Fair Restaurant at this fair. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the live music and entertainment during the weekend.
48. Greater Moncton Pride Week – Moncton on August 24 to 31, 2019
The Greater Moncton Pride Week is New Brunswick’s largest Pride Celebration. There are over 25 events scheduled to take place during the week, including a parade, sports, educational and art workshops for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.
49. Acadians’ Oktoberfest in Bertrand – Bertrand on August 28 to September 1, 2019
Discover unique Bavarian traditions at the Acadians Oktoberfest in Bertrand. There will be evening shows with Bavarian musicians and dancers, local food and beer tasting. This family friendly event is not to be missed.
50. Saint John Exhibition – Saint John on August 27 to 31, 2019
For 129 years, the Saint John Exhibition has been entertaining whole families. The admission is free and there are a many things for families to do and see at the exhibition, including the President’s Choice Super Dogs and the cutest zoo animals you will ever meet.