Check off an activity from your New Brunswick Fall bucket list this week. Visit Jardin botanique du Nouveau Brunswick or New Brunswick Botanical Garden to join in on the Grande Grouille D’automne celebrations.
Grande Grouille D’Automne is a wonderful fall festival held during the first weekend of October. Grande Grouille has been held annually for over ten years and this year they have a unique theme.
The fabulous garden is enhanced with pretty colourful lights, stunning scenery and creative decor designed especially for this one-of-a-kind fall celebration.
This is a fun, themed event and this years’ theme is ‘Travel around the world’, which features 72 countries and their unique and beautiful cultures on display.
People from various regions around the world together with the events coordinator came up with decor ideas that best represent their homeland and their amazing cultures. This entire effort was made possible by a collaboration with the Communauté francophone accueillante du Haut-Saint-Jean et le Centre de ressources pour les nouveaux arrivants du Nord-Ouest Inc.
Any fall celebration would be incomplete without pumpkins. There are thousands of wonderful carved and decorated pumpkins on display in the garden. At night these pumpkins are illuminated by candles transforming the garden into something magical.
You can also enjoy live musical entertainment throughout the festival from Thursday to Sunday. Every single day extremely talented artists will be performing at the lovely botanical garden.
The Cafe Flora’s has designed a special Grande Grouille menu that includes delicious meals and yummy snacks, including the cafe’s famous “whoopie pie”. They also serve a variety of drinks including hot chocolate, beer, wine and apple cider. You can also visit the local brewery and try the famous hot gin cocktail. This menu will only be available from September 30th to October 3rd.
Grande Grouille 2021
What: Admire thousands of pumpkins, illuminated at night complete with live entertainment, and savour delicious themed food at the New Brunswick Botanical Garden.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be any circus artists.
When: September 30th to October 3rd, 2021.
Where: New Brunswick Botanical Garden, 15 Isidore-Boucher Blvd, Saint-Jacques
How Much: Tickets for Grande Grouille can be purchased online and cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids (5-17 yrs)