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 because there is a festival just about every week this August. With so much to do, there is no reason for anyone to be bored this August. So, check out the 50 things to do this August in New Brunswick and have a blast with your family and friends!
1. Rendez-vous des Artistes
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.
August 20 – 22, 2021
2. Miramichi Folksong Festival
The Miramichi Folksong Festival is Canada’s longest-standing folksong festival and is celebrating 63 years this year. This wonderful 2-day festival is full of songs and dance, along with concerts, workshops, children’s shows, boat trips, and much more.
August 2 – 3, 2021
3. Festival Acadien de Caraquet
The Festival Acadien de Caraquet has been the top Acadian cultural event for over 55 years and is one of the largest Acadian attractions. During the week, 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 noise-making parade.
August 7 – 15, 2021
4. New Brunswick Summer Music Festival
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 popular music festival.
August 3 – 14, 2021
5. Rendez-vous Acadien
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.
August 15, 2021
6. City of Fredericton Outdoor Summer Concert Series
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.
Until September 5, 2021
7. Art in the Park
Returning in August 2021, 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.
8. Under the Stars Film Series
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.
Until September 1, 2021
9. Westmorland County Agricultural Fair
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.
August 6 – 8, 2021
10. Le Goulet Sand Castle Festival
Bring your buckets, shovels, and best sandcastle 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.
August 13 – 15, 2021
11. Chocolate Fest
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.
August 1 – 5, 2021
12. Larlee Creek Hullabaloo
The Larlee Creek Hullabaloo is also known as “The Little Festival That Could” because it brings together some of the best Atlantic Canadian musical talents 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.
August 11 – 15, 2021
13. Napan Agricultural Show
The Napan Agricultural show promotes community living, volunteerism, and local agriculture. 2021 is the 29th annual show and this year includes bouncy castles, kid’s events, breakfasts, Washer Toss and Horseshoe Tournaments, competitions, and so much more for the everyone to enjoy.
August 13 – 15, 2021
14. Festival Acadie Rock
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.
August 13 – 20, 2021
15. Festival on the Bend
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.
August 21, 2021
16. Edmundston Street Food
To the delight of fans of street food, the food trucks are back this year in Edmundston. It will be possible to take advantage of it on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at the Place de l’hôtel de ville.
Until October 13, 2021
17. Atlantic Dance Festival
The Atlantic Dance Festival (adFda) takes place from August 12 to 22 in the Greater Moncton Area. The 16th edition will take place mostly outdoors and will feature performances, films, and workshops.
August 12 – 22, 2021
18. Miramichi Rock ‘N’ Roll Festival
This three-day Rock ‘N’ Roll festival takes place in Miramichi, New Brunswick and includes such events as the Golden Oldie Car Show, concerts, street dance, fireworks, and much more. Get your poodle skirts and leather jackets ready because it’s going to be a rocking summer!
August 6 – 8, 2021
19. Sortie Brachee
La Sortie Branchée en Acadie is a three-day family festival organized to celebrate National Acadian Day in the Northwest region of New Brunswick. It highlights a wide variety of artistic disciplines and relies on the active participation of young people and everyone in the family.
August 13 – 15, 2021
20. Edmundston XCO
Annual mountain bike race. Discover Edmunston’s amazing mountain bike trails by participating in the Petit Sault XCO, mountain bike marathon.
August 7, 2021
21. Bagosse Festival
Discover the era of prohibition in Saint-Hilaire. Welcome to the Maxime Albert’s Tavern, where you can test and see how the “bagosse” or moonshine was made during the prohibition. There are also family activities and friendly tournaments that everyone can take part in.
August 26, 29, 2021
22. Fredericton Poutine Week
Taste the local poutine and vote for your favorite poutine. At the end of the week, the best poutine in Fredericton will be named based on your votes.
August 1 – 7, 2021
23. Moonlight Bazaar
Returning to earth, landing in uptown Saint John, shop under the stars at the Moonlight Bazaar. From pop-up shops to shows, there is something for everyone.
August 28, 2021
24. 2nd Annual New Brunswick Oyster Festival
Back for its second year, the New Brunswick Oyster Festival combines the world’s top oysters and music. Each table of 4 will be treated to 80 oysters while The David Myles Trio takes to the stage.
August 2, 2021
25. Fredericton Pride Week and Festival
Break out your rainbow-themed items because Fredericton Pride Week is back this year. This year there is a blend of in-person and online events for everyone to enjoy.
August 13 – 29, 2021
26. Shediac Market
Famous for its festive and unique ambience, the Shediac Market is located at the center of the amazing Pascal-Poirier Park. Come discover a great selection of local products like ready-to-eat dishes, international flavours, arts and crafts. Each year, around 100 exhibitors from all over the region invite you to discover the local treasures.
27. Sackville Street Chalk Art
Unique in Atlantic Canada, this two-day event will include several artists creating artworks directly in various locations throughout downtown Sackville. Alongside the artists, there will be a Free-For-All area, art workshops, and large-scale chalk activities to enjoy.
August 27 – 28, 2021
28. Heritage Field Day
The Tantramar Heritage Trust will be holding its annual Heritage Field Day at Campbell Carriage Factory Museum for a day of festivities such as folk dancing, blacksmithing demonstrations, unique collections, children’s games, and more! Grab a bite to eat while you are at the Shinerama’s BBQ and don’t miss out on the homemade rhubarb dessert and tasty drinks!
August 8, 2021
Get ready to get messy at Beech Hill Park. Zip down the paint slip-n-slide and throw some paint at the paint flight. There will also be a bonfire and more fun throughout the evening.
August 27, 2021
30. GeoTours – Summer 2021
Explore Fredericton’s heritage on a unique tour. Every Friday, the free guided tour leaves from Fredericton Region Museum and explores downtown’s historic buildings. The tour ends in the Old Burying Ground.
Until August 20, 2021
31. New Brunswick Day
Fredericton is the place to be on New Brunswick Day. Kicking off at the Old Reserve Grounds, events will take place in the city. The fireworks show at 9:45 pm will be viewable on both sides of the river because they are launched from the Westmorland bridge.
August 2, 2021
32. Saint John Pride
Break out your Pride Flag as Saint John Pride Week is back this year. This year there is a blend of in-person and online events for all to enjoy.
August 3 – 7, 2021
33. Area 506 Waterfront Concert Series
Get ready to celebrate the best of New Brunswick with a weekend of music, culture and goods at Saint John’s Waterfront over the New Brunswick Day weekend. All are welcome to the party, which showcases a fantastic line-up of New Brunswick products, food and music in a unique shipping container village on the city’s long wharf.
Until August 14, 2021
34. The Taste of the Tantramar
The Taste of the Tantramar is a 5-course small plate event paired with New Brunswick spirits and beer. All the curated small plates will be from local Sackville chefs and restaurants, with primarily locally sourced ingredients.
August 20, 2021
35. Life at the Lakes Festival
Over the three-day weekend, the Village of Cambridge-Narrows and surrounding areas are home to over 15 venues offering a variety of activities. Watch artisans at work, buy crafts, go on a guided nature walk, admire the quilts of the Akerley Area Quilt Guild, take in the car show, attend history & astronomy talks, enjoy musical entertainment, visit an art gallery, participate in a triathlon or cheer on the participants, and so much more!
August 6 – 8, 2021
36. Tour the Covered Bridge Potato Chip Factory
Covered Bridge Potato Chips are a Maritime favorite snack that comes in over 30 flavours. Witness how Russet potatoes turn into a tasty treat, and learn about the history of New Brunswick agriculture. The gift shop offers more than 30 flavors of chips for you to take home.
37. Kings Landing
Take a step back in time when you visit Kings Landing and meet the costumed characters in the village who depict real people from New Brunswick’s fascinating past. Take a stroll through the museum and check out the over 90,000 artifacts that will give you a look at the colourful history of this Loyalist village. Be sure to visit the Peddler’s Market to find a souvenir to remember your visit.
38. Go on a Tasting Tour
Take an Uncorked Tour of Uptown Saint John to discover the best restaurants and drinking establishments where you will enjoy local wine, beer, spirits, and food. Your guide will highlight the history of uptown Saint John during the walks between the locations. The tours start at Saint John City Market, where Uncorked Tours have just opened a taproom that has excellent local beer, wine, and cocktails.
39. Hike Fundy National Park
Fundy National Park has to be first on our list and for no other reason than its spectacular hiking! Fundy National Park is home to over 25 waterfalls and more than 60 kilometres of different trails, from easy strolls to grueling climbs, Fundy National Park has something for everyone.
40. Sleep Under the Stars at Kouchibouguac National Park
Stretching along the Acadian Coast, New Brunswick’s dark sky ocean paradise protects golden sand dunes. Kouchibouguac National Park is best place to see the night sky as light restricted area. Pick from two campsites or rough it in the back county.
41. Splash Around at Magic Mountain Water Park
Magic Mountain Water Park is a staple in the city of Moncton — always popular, all summer long! With four distinct zones, it has seven slides — from the free-fall Kamikaze to the Giant Twister, three pools — including a kids’ pool, as well as thirty-six holes of mini-golf. There’s nothing better to cool off on a hot summer day than a trip to Magic Mountain.
42. Go for a swim at Parlee Beach
Parlee Beach is always a popular destination for a New Brunswick summer. Whether it’s the concerts on the beach or the fact that Parlee Beach finds itself situated against a backdrop of RV parking, this ever-busy beach isn’t for those seeking solitude. But if you’re looking for a great place to swim, sunbathe and eat delicious ice cream, then Parlee Beach is the beach for you.
43. Timbertop Adventure
Go wild and climb to the top of trees to get a bird’s eye view of the forest. Explore, climb and conquer the Timbertop Adventures courses. Make sure to check out the zip line challenges where you can catch glimpses of the St. John’s River.
44. Pick Your Own Berries and View Sunflowers at Trueman Berry Farms
August is the time to go berry picking in New Brunswick. Trueman Berry Farms offers both raspberry and blueberry u-picks. The newest activity on the farm is the sunflower maze, which has more than 250,000 sunflowers that will brighten up your day.
45. Green Pig Market
Spend a day on the farm without heading too far out from Moncton. During late August, Green Pig Market is home to Sunflower Festival. Explore the 6 acres of sunflowers – 30 varieties of various colours and heights – all blooming at the same time. Hop on the wagon ride to reach the six acres of sunflowers. There are photography stations around the field for you to use to capture delightful family memories.
46. Go Picnicking on the Ocean Floor
The Bay of Fundy is home to the highest tides in the world, which means you can walk and even picnic on the ocean floor. There are three beaches where the tides hide and uncover the ocean floor. Check the tide times to see when you can explore the ocean floors safely.
47. Inside Out Nature Centre
Explore one of Canada’s Largest Urban Municipal Parks with a customized day adventure. The Inside Out Nature Centre focuses on creating a great experience for your time outside, no matter your age or ability. A visit to the Nature Centre is the perfect way to spend a summer day.
48. Watch Movies Under the Stars at Sussex Drive-in
Watch a movie under the stars at the only Drive-in Theater in Southern New Brunswick. The Sussex Drive-in is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from late May to September. You should be sure to look out for the Triple Bills that take place on long weekends, especially if you are looking to get the best deals.
49. Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market
Recognized as one of the top community markets in Canada, the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market is a Saturday staple. There are over 250 vendors at this weekly farmer’s market, which makes it the perfect place to discover local and seasonal products, delicious food, quirky hand-made gifts, New Brunswick wines, artisan chocolates and so much more.
50. Kingswood Entertainment Centre
Atlantic Canada’s Largest Family Entertainment Centre, the Kingswood Entertainment Centre is a great place to spend time with the family indoors on a rainy day. The indoor play-zone features a 45-foot long inflatable obstacle course, a balloon room, bowling, Lazer tag, and much more.
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