There is still some summer left to experience during September in New Brunswick, along with many fun, fall activities. The days are a bit chillier and daylight is getting shorter, but the amazing views and sights across the province make it worth the visit. Below is a list of 50 things you can to do this September in the beautiful province of New Brunswick.
1. International Lumberjack Championships – St. Stephen from August 31 – September 1, 2019
Over 20 of the best lumberjacks and lumberjills are heading to St.Stephen to compete to see who is the best.
2. TimberTop Adventures
Swing across the trees as leaves changes colours atop TimberTop Adventures, in Dominion Park, Saint John, one of the largest treetop aerial adventure parks in the country with over 110 creative obstacles curated from around the world and placed in 11 different courses in the trees!
3. Charlo Fall Fest – Charlo from September 6 to 8, 2019
Get ready for fall family fun at the Charlo Fall Fair. There will be homemade crafts, industrial exhibits, live music and so much more. Admission to the exhibits is always free.
4. Acadians’ Oktoberfest in Bertrand – Bertrand from August 28 to September 1, 2019
Experience Bavarian traditions at the Acadians’ Oktoberfest in Bertrand. There will be live Bavarian music, dances, evening shows, inflatable games, local food, imported and local craft beers, and much more. It is an event that should not be missed.
5. Campbellton Bluegrass Festival – Salmon Boulevard from September 13 to 15, 2019
Campbellton Bluegrass Festival is a weekend packed with great Bluegrass music. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Appalachian Mountains Range and Restigouche River while listening to talented musicians play amazing Bluegrass music.
6. Annual Elsipogtog First Nation Powwow – Big Cove – August 30 to September 1, 2019
Everyone is welcome at the Annual Elsipogtog First Nation Powwow. So, take the family to celebrate Aboriginal heritage and culture by joining in singing, feasts, dances, chants, and prayers. There will also be an array of vendors on-site with their authentic crafts and artwork, traditional clothing and food concessions.
7. Atlantic Balloon Fiesta – Sussex from September 6 to 8, 2019
Watch 30 hot air balloons take flight twice a day during the Atlantic Balloon Fiesta. On the ground, there will be a craft fair showcasing the artisans from across the Atlantic regions, an outdoor concert, a Teddy Bear parade, and over 500 antique cars. The Atlantic Balloon Fiesta is one of the Top Ten Festivals in Atlantic Canada.
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8. New Brunswick Provincial Exhibition – Fredericton from September 2 to 8, 2019
New Brunswick Provincial Exhibition is the largest agricultural fair and exhibition in New Brunswick and has been taking place for 188 years. There are games and rides that are fun for all ages. The agricultural events include a cattle show, a poultry show, a goat show, a petting zoo, and much more.
9. Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival – Fredericton from September 10 to 15, 2019
World-class musicians and up-and-coming Atlantic Canadian artists take the stage for five days and nights to play amazing music. There are events taking place across Fredericton during the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.
10. Annual Fundy Open Golf Tournament – Fundy National Park on September 7 to 8, 2019
Challenge your friends and family at Fundy National Park’s annual Par 70 golf tournament. Stay the weekend and participate in New Brunswick’s longest running golf tournament.
11. Hunter Brother Fall Festival –Florenceville-Bristol from September 7 to October 27, 2019
Spend a day with the family at the Hunter Brother Fall Festival. This festival is known for its kid-powered (baby goats) entertainment. There are goats to watch, a corn maze, a giant jumping pillow, wagon rides, giant slides, and much more. So, you should be sure to bring your camera because there are great photo opportunities that await you.
12. Campbellton Harvest Festival – Campbellton from September 13 to 15, 2019
Campbellton Harvest Festival is a weekend packed with family fun to enjoy along with the fall colors. There are going to be events that are fun for all ages, and there is going to be a petting zoo, craft & bake sale, a kid’s corner, and much more. The best part is the admission cost because it is free for all ages.
13. Queens County Fair – Gagetown from September 12 to 15, 2019
Each year, thousands of people enjoy the Queens County Fair for agricultural fun. The fair starts with a large parade and the weekend is packed with live music, horticultural exhibits, camping, 4-H displays and much more.
14. 10k Under 10 Million Stars – Kouchibouguac National Park on September 14, 2019
Walk or run the 10k loop, or a 5k round trip, starting at Pijeboogwek. For your convenience, bring a water bottle and a flashlight and maybe a glow stick or two!
15. Bay of Chaleur Drawing & Painting Symposium – Balmoral from September 13 to 15, 2019
Artists gather together to showcase their best work, and meet and speak with the public during open hours at the Bay of Chaleur Drawing & Painting Symposium. During this informative weekend, you can learn new techniques, leave your mark on the community art canvas, take part in the art auction, or pick out original artwork during the event that you will buy.
16. Sackville Fall Fair – Sackville from September 18 to 22, 2019
Celebrate the start of autumn at the annual Sackville Fall Fair. On Saturday, there will be live bluegrass and county music, a petting zoo, wagon rides, and corn maze. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this fall fair.
17. Fall Colours Festival – Saint-Antoine from September 14 to 22, 2019
Join locals and visitors at the Fall Colors Festival, at the many events happening. You can watch the sports tournaments, and running events. You should also enjoy the community breakfast, social events, games and much more. There is a parade of antique cars which will leave you in awe, especially if you are a car fanatic.
18. Albert County Exhibition Riverside-Albert – September 12 to 15, 2019
Enjoy an authentic Albert County experience! Experience Children’s variety shows, , Horse Shows, and more!
19. Kennebecasis Valley Quilting Guild Show and Sale – September 19 to 21, 2019
Join the Kennebecasis Valley Quilting Guild for one of the largest quilt sales and exhibitions for their annual event. The Kennebecasis Valley Quilting Guild Show and Sale showcases the work of the members’ miniature wall hangings. There will also be featured quilts for sale, a Merchant’s Market, a Members craft boutique, and a Christmas corner.
20. Riverview Harvest Festival – Riverview from September 29, 2019
Celebrate the start of autumn at the Riverview Harvest Festival. During the weekend, there are going to be contests, family fun, live entertainment and much more. You should be sure to try the chili entries for the annual chili contest. The kids will love the pony rides and getting their face painted.
21. Bertrand Tradition Festival – Bertrand on September 28 to 29, 2019
Celebrate Acadian cultural around Bertrand at the yearly Bertrand Tradition Festival. Hear live fiddlers and special guest artists. Enjoy the communities brunch feast, shop at the craft market and take part in the many other activities.
22. Moncton Maker Night Market – Moncton on September 5, 2019 at 5 pm
Head Downtown in Moncton for the annual Moncton Maker Night Market. Oak Lane will be packed with talented local makers, along with live music. Stroll the market, find great items, and dine at the amazing restaurants.
23. Waterside Farms Cottage Winery – Waterside
See for yourself the process that turns simple fruit into distinctive wines like Blackberry, Rhubarb, Blueberry, or Cranberry wines at Waterside Farms Cottage Winery located on the beautiful Bay of Fundy.
24. Paws Walk – Moncton on September 15, 2019 from 10 am – 4 pm
Bring your family and doggy friends to Centennial Park of the Greater Moncton SPCA Annual Paws Walk for a day filled with fun activities, and entertainment. Everything is to help the animals in the care of Greater Moncton SPCA.
25. Fort Beausejour – Fort Cumberland National Historic Site – Aulac until September 2, 2019
Explore the star-shaped fort that was a vital part of the 18th- century struggle between the French and the British over Acadie. The Fort Beausejour – Fort Cumberland National Historic Site tells the stories of settlers, soldiers, and the American sympathizers who called the area home. You can enjoy a picnic, go kite flying, and the kids can have fun dressing up as gate guards.
26. Verger Belliveau Orchard – Memramcook
Pick your own apples at one of Canada’s premier growers and suppliers of apples, Verger Belliveau Orchard. There are many apple products available in their store. In the fall, there is a corn maze, guided tours, and wagon rides for visitors to enjoy.
27. Magnetic Hill Winery – Moncton
Just off of the Trans-Canada Highway is the picturesque Magnetic Hill Winery. September is a great time to visit the winery because the grapes are being harvested and turned into wine. You can take a guided tour and sample the wines. There are also picnics on the patio, which make use of the local produce and the meal is paired with wines from the winery.
28. Camp next to 2,000 grape vines at Les Vins De L’ Acadie – Saint Edouard De Kent until September 30, 2019
A one-of-a-kind experience is waiting for you at the Camping A La Ferme campground. Located next to the Les Vins De L’Acadie, there is an amazing view of the 2,000 grape vines growing and being harvested. You can sample the wines at the tasting room or tour the vineyard to see the vines up close.
29. See the changing leaves and a waterfall at Wallace (Quiddy) Falls – Sussex
If you are looking for an amazing view of both a waterfall and the beautiful changing colour of the leaves, you should take the short hike to the Wallace Falls. The falls are a part of the Catamount Trail, which is well maintained for hikers. The falls take about 30 minutes to reach but the hike is worth it.
30. Climb to the top of the mountain in Mount Carleton Provincial Park
See a million trees from the top of a mountain at the Mount Carleton Provincial Park. There are nine trails to hike at Mount Carleton that will take you around the four mountains. Mount Carleton is the highest peak in the Maritimes. If you are looking for an easier climb, Mount Bailey also has a great view of the park.
31. Garrison Night Market – Fredericton on September 5, 2019 from 4:30 pm – 9 pm
The last Garrison Night Market of the summer season is September 5, 2019. The market features both local and imported handmade crafts and products, locally grown produce, local breweries, live music and much more. The market is ‘the place’ to be in Fredericton.
32. Charlotte’s Family Orchard U-Pick and Farm Market – Gagetown
The Charlotte’s Family Orchard U-Pick and Farm Market has been operating for the past 30 years. Along with picking apples, you can also pick pears, plums, and cherries. You can also pick up fresh vegetables at their Farm Market, which is located in the old Blacksmith’s Shop.
33. Etsy Made In Canada – Fredericton on September 28, 2019 from 10 am – 4 pm
The Etsy Made In Canada market is coming to the Richard J Currie Centre in Fredericton. The market will feature Etsy sellers from across Canada, so you can pick up great handcrafted and vintage items without having to pay or wait for shipping.
34. Fall Star Fest Kouchibouguac National Park – September 27, 2019
Take the family on a camping trip to Kouchibouguac National Park. Kouchibouguac National Park is a Dark Sky Preserve and volunteers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be in the Park and you can learn more about the stars and the skies.
35. Fundy Circuit Ultra – Fundy National Park on September 21, 2019
Join for Atlantic Canada’s largest trail race. The challenging route takes runners deep into the wilderness of Fundy National Park.
36. 2nd Annual Fall Fair – River View Orchard on September 21 to 22, 2019
Head to the River View Orchard for the 2nd annual fall fair. Take wagon rides, check out the vendors, and of course go apple picking. The corn maze will be open for you to test your maze solving skills in.
37. Port City Oyster Fest – Saint John on September 28, 2019 from 7 pm – 10 pm
Gahan House Port City is hosting the 2nd annual Port City Oyster Fest. Celebration New Brunswick oysters by shucking and eating local oysters while enjoying live entertainment and Gahan beer.
38. Mackay Apple Orchard – Long Reach
Enjoy great views of the Saint John River at the Mackay Apple Orchard. While you are picking apples, make sure to keep your eyes open for the playful sculptures crafted by the owner. There are 19 varieties grown at this orchard and they also have hard apple cider available.
39. Richibucto River Wine Estate Tour – Mundleville Through September 15.
Take a tour of Richibucto River Wine Estate‘s vineyards and winery to learn about the 20+ varieties of cold-climate grapes that flourish in the New Brunswick climate. The tour includes five wine tastings, and after you can browse the boutique for a special souvenir and wine to bring home with you.
40. Huntsman Fundy Discovery Aquarium – Saint Andrews
The Bay of Fundy is home to a unique ecosystem and many amazing animals. The Huntsman Fundy Discovery Aquarium lets you get a closer look at them and even touch some in their Touch Tank like Hermit Crabs and Sea Stars. The Tide Tank visually explores the magnitude of the Bay of Fundy.
41. New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre – Shippagan
New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre is the largest public aquarium in the Atlantic Provinces and showcases the marine life of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. So, take the family to see the world’s largest collection of colored lobsters and over 100 species of fish and invertebrates.
42. Hopewell Rocks – Hopewell Cape
Explore the Hopewell Rocks with your family and friends. These unique rocks are formed by the Bay of Fundy’s tides. When the tide is low, you can walk on the 2km beach and explore coves. If you decide to visit during the high tide, you can spend a few hours kayaking around them.
43. Village Historique Acadien
Step back in time and see what life was like for the Acadian times as interpreters do their chores in period buildings. The Village Historique Acadien has won many awards including the Phoenix Award. There are many activities and workshops that the whole family can take part in.
44. Hike Sackville Waterfowl Park – Sackville
Spend a relaxing day hiking with your friends through the Sackville Waterfowl Park, which has won Environment Canada’s National Award for Environmental Achievement. This unique waterfowl park lets you get up close to the local wildlife when you hike the 3.5 kilometre trail. You can possibly spot over 160 bird species and 200 plant species during your hike. From mid-May to late August, there are guided tours available for tourists and locals alike.
45. Shediac Fall Festival – September 25 to 28, 2019
Enjoy an annual festival packed with community activities. The festival’s program features fun activities for all ages, including the Shediac Witch Crawl, Community Yard Sale, Harvest Banquet and much more.
46. Saint John Uncorked! – Saint John
Enjoy great local beer, wine, and food by taking the 3 hour long Saint John Uncorked tour. Expert guides will highlight the history of uptown Saint5 John during the walks between the locations. The tour starts at King’s Square Bandstand and reveals the hidden gems in the area that have excellent food and art.
47. Art in Public Places Self-Guided Walking Tour – Saint John
The Art in Public Places Self-Guided Walking Tours are a unique way of exploring uptown Saint John. Brochures are available online, on the Saint John Walking Tour App, and at the visitor information centers. There are a number of galleries along the route that you can visit, especially if you are looking to see more artwork.
48. Broadleaf Guest Ranch Outdoor Adventure – Hopewell Hill
There are a lot of things to do at the Broadleaf Guest Ranch Outdoor Adventure, including horseback riding, biking, rock-climbing in the adventure barn and much more. Having family fun outside has never been easier than at this ranch.
49. See the ‘Kissing Bridge’ – Hartland
The Hartland Covered Bridge is also called the ‘Kissing Bridge’, and is the longest covered bridge in the world. It is an iconic bridge and was declared a national historic site in 1980. So, be sure to take a walk over the bridge with your special someone.
50. Lobster Deck Restaurant
Choose from a variety of seafood dishes such as fresh lobster plates, lobster rolls, fried clams, fish and chips and much more at Lobster Deck Restaurant in Shediac.