Aside from all of the outdoor adventures, museums, concerts and other fun activities in one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces, New Brunswick summer festivals are a must do, if you want to truly experience the culture of this east coast province.
If you’re headed to New Brunswick between June and September, here are 25 festivals you must attend!
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Greater Moncton Highland Games
Enjoy highland dancing, pipe and drum bands playing Scotland the Brave, and athletes tossing the caber. You will also see the unexpected, sheep dog demonstrations, archery demonstrations and much more.
Hal Betts Field, 250 Assomption Boulevard, Moncton
June 14 to 15, 2019
Advance: Adult $15/day, $20/weekend; Family Pass (2 Adult – 2 Youth) $35/day, $50/weekend; Student $10/day, $15/weekend
Bard in the Barracks Theatre Festival
If you enjoy theatre, you’ll love the Bard in the Barracks Theatre festival held for two weeks in Fredericton. This relatively new addition to the festival calendar in New Brunswick promises to capture your imagination and your attention. See Measure for Measure in Barracks Square and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Odell Park. For more information, visit Bard in the Barracks’ website.
Barracks Square & Odell Park, Fredericton
June 21 – July 7, 2019
Edmundston Jazz & Blues Festival
The Edmundston Jazz and Blues Festival presents jazz and blues in French and English!! For those with an interest in either French or English jazz music, be sure to check out the Edmundston Jazz & Blues Festival. For more information, visit the festival website.
5 Court St, Edmundston
June 14 – 16, 2019
Grand Falls Potato Festival
For 58+ years , Grand Falls has celebrated potatoes and the area’s agricultural heritage. Enjoy homegrown food, grand entertainment and other exciting events celebrating the region’s talent and of course, potatoes. website
Various Venues, Grand Falls
June 26 to 30th 2019
Free & Ticketed Events
FeelsGood Folly Fest
FollyFest in Gagetown is a perfect opportunity to listen to some wonderful live music, camp out beneath the stars, you’ll also get to see fantastic bands like OKA, PAPAGROOVE, WEAK SIZE FISH and more! FollyFest is a great way to kick off a Gagetown summer! For more information, visit the Folly Fest. website
20 Courthouse Road, Gagetown
June 28 – 30, 2019
Day Pass with camping + Silent disco $74 – $92; All-access pass Adult $105 – $148; Children under 12 Free (must registered for family camping); Day pass without camping $59 – $74
Miramichi Rock & Roll Festival
If you love rock and roll, then Miramichi is the place to be on June 28th through Canada Day Weekend! All of the greats will be there, from Splash ‘n Boots and Raglan Road 4.0, Matt Minglewood, Jason Barry & The Brodeo and many more! This tribute to rock and roll on the Miramichi is not to be missed. For more information, visit the Miramichi Rock & Roll Festival website.
20 Fountainhead Lane, Miramichi
June 27 – 30, 2019
$15.75 – $50
Shediac Lobster Festival
From families to foodies, the Shediac Lobster Festival offers something for everyone. Stroll through the midway, enjoy live entertainment and attend signature events such as Ales & Tails, Corks & Claws, and more. The Shediac Lobster Festival is the can’t-miss event of the summer. Website
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16 volunteers have started stuffing the rolls – we're preparing to set a World Record tonight! Can you guess how long our lobster roll is? 16 volontaires ont commencé à bourrer les rouleaux – nous nous préparons à établir un record mondial ce soir! Pouvez-vous deviner combien de temps notre rouleau de homard est?
July 10 -14, 2019
Free Entry, Prices May Vary In the Festival Grounds.
Atlantic Nationals Automobile Extravaganza
If you love cars, then the infamous Atlantic Nationals are the place for you in all of New Brunswick summer festivities. The large festival featuring thousands of automobiles of all types –old, new, classics, ‘hot rods’, imports, and everything in between — takes place over four days at the start of July and usually attracts crowds in the tens of thousands. Stop by and see the array of beautifully-preserved older vehicles kept in meticulous shape by their owners. There’s also a variety of merchandise stands and an assortment of food to choose from.
If you’re any sort of petrolhead, then a visit to Atlantic Nationals is simply a must. For more information, visit the Atlantic Nationals website.
Centennial Park, Moncton
July 3 – 7, 2019
$10/person, $25/family of 4, Free for children under 12
Evolve FestivalEVOLVE is one of the greatest parties of a New Brunswick summer! A festival spread out over the course of three days attracts thousands of music lovers and general festival-goers from across the country and indeed from across the continent. Not only is there a significant musical lineup, but Evolve also invites many professionals from the health and wellness community, as it bills itself as a “Music and Awareness Festival”.
For more information about Evolve, visit the festival website.
274 Girvan Road, Clairville
July 19 – 21, 2019
Early bird $179.50, Advance $189.50, Last call $199.50
Buskers on the Bay Festival
A lesser-known Saint John festival is Buskers on the Bay — this particular festival taking place over four days invites buskers from near and far to showcase their talent on Market Square Boardwalk. It also offers a unique opportunity to see fantastic individual talent and really brings together a community. This world-renowned festival is celebrating it’s 29th anniversary and you can (and should) join in the festivities.
For more information, visit the festival website.
Market Square Boardwalk, Saint John
July 16 – 21, 2019
Canada’s Irish Music FestivalCanada’s Irish Capital plays host to Canada’s Irish Music Festival this summer, as hundreds of local people descend on Miramichi to listen to the finest names in local and regional Irish/Celtic music. Miramichi pubs (also traditionally Irish, go figure) also open their doors, so there’s plenty of beer to be had to go with all of the Irish music!
For more information, visit the festival website.
1745 Water Street, Miramichi
July 18 – 21, 2019
$10 – $30
Mosaiq Multicultural Festival
The MOSAIC Multicultural Festival is a celebration of the multiculturalism of the city of Moncton. Details
July 19 – 20, 2019
Notable Acts Theatre Festival
If you’re into theatre, then Notable Acts Theatre Fest in Fredericton is the festival for you to attend this summer! The festival highlights often emerging theatrical talent in New Brunswick with a variety of different shows with an often touching and poignant message to share. If you’re a fan of the theatre arts, then you have to check the Notable Acts festival this summer.
For more information, visit the festival website.
Various locations in Fredericton
July 26 – August 4, 2019
ImaginAIR FestivalThe ImaginAIR Festival is an event for the entire family. There are shows, many outdoor activities as well as workshops focused on the culinary arts. You will see astonishing performances inspired by the air and summer colors, such as circus, kite flying and fireworks! Website
July 26 – 28, 2019
Lameque International Baroque Festival
If you’re a fan of classical music, then a visit to the Lameque International Baroque Festival is the place to be this Summer. Featuring prominent classical musicians such as Samantha Louis-Jean, Marie Magistry, The Choir and Orchestra of the Mission Saint-Charles with other musicians performing Bach and Handel, there’s plenty of fantastic classical music to keep you entertained.
For more information, visit the LIBF website.
30 Rue De L’Hopital, Lameque
July 25 – 27, 2019
$23 – $46
Future Forest Festival
Future Forest is one of New Brunswick’s premiere electronic music and dance festivals. It draws thousands of people from all across the country and North America more broadly to enjoy song, dance and good company. Future Forest is also hosting many educational workshops this year, including music production, art, physical and mental health and spirituality. If you’re looking for an ethereal experience at one of New Brunswick’s EDM festivals, then pay a visit to Future Forest at the end of July. For more information, visit Future Forest’s website.
Outskirts of Fredericton
July 26 – 29, 2019 + July 25 Early entry
$95.00 – $245.00; + Early entry $50.00 (requires weekend pass)
Bon Ami FestivalThe Bon Ami Festival is a small festival in the town of Dalhousie, but not one to be missed. The Market in Dalhousie is open on the weekend of the 26th and the first night of Bon Ami kicks off with fireworks. There’s also a ‘soap-and-slide’ water slide, as well as a Flavour Fest — giving locals a chance to show off their homemade delicacies. The last week of July finishes with a pageant for teenagers.
For more information, visit the Bon Ami Festival website.
July 26 – August 4, 2019
Campbellton Bluegrass Festival
If you’re a fan of blues, then pay a visit to the Campbellton Bluegrass Festival! The festival welcomes thousands of bluegrass fans from across the country. The Festival itself takes place mostly out-of-doors with wild camping being offered in beautiful scenery on the shores of Restigouche River, in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountain Range.
For more information, visit the Campbellton Bluegrass Festival website.
on the shores of the Restigouche River
September 13 to 15, 2019
Admission $35/weekend, $10/session; Camping $25/weekend; $10/night
The small university town in southern New Brunswick, right across the marshes from Nova Scotia has a horde of punk-rock and rock lovers descend upon it for SappyFest. This annual concert draws in thousands of young spectators from across the country, with some bringing their own art to sell. Bridge Street in downtown Sackville is closed to traffic but the cafes and pubs on either side offer ample opportunity for refreshments and food.
SappyFest is part of what makes Sackville famous during the summer months. For more information, visit SappyFest’s website.
Bridge Street, Sackville
August 4 – 9, 2019
Weekend Pass $90.01 + fees
Area 506 FestivalNamed after the New Brunswick provincial dialing code — ‘506’ — the Area 506 Festival is one of Saint John’s premiere summer music festivals. There’s activities for kids too with face painting being made available. Unique to the Area 506 Festival is the Container Village — about a dozen shipping containers permanently left in the Saint John harbour are utilized to great effect at 506 to create a village of sorts.
For more information, visit the Area 506 website.
Waterfront, Saint John
August 2 – 4, 2019
Earlybird Weekend Pass $119.00, Child (under 13) Weekend Pass Free with regular adult pass, Day pass $59 – $89
Miramichi Folksong Festival
If you’re a fan of folk music, then one summer destination for you is the Miramichi Folksong Festival! This year will be the 62nd anniversary of the festival itself and it’s sure to be a memorable one — with acts like The Lumber Jills, 4 Dollar Bill, as well as the nationally-renowned and returning Heather Rankin. There are luncheons and breakfasts provided throughout Miramichi as well as access to various workshops taking place throughout the festivities. If you’re looking for a truly folk-themed week, then a ticket to the Miramichi Folksong Festival has to be on the cards.
For more information, visit the Miramichi Folksong Festival website.
100 Newcastle Boulevard, Miramichi
August 4 – 9, 2019
Weekly Pass 103.50; Evening pass $15.75 – $20, Opening Concert $36.50 – $40, Closing Dinner Concert $41.50, Folksong Feast & Fun $47.00
Festival Acadien de Caraquet
This festival is one of the biggest parties of the summer in New Brunswick! The Acadian Festival in Caraquet is a celebration of the Acadian history of heritage of northern New Brunswick, and indeed throughout the province. This two-week celebration features tons of Acadian food and delicacies, brilliant Acadian folk music as well as that famous joie-de-vivre of the Acadian people.
For more information, visit the Acadian Festival website.
Various locations in Caraquet
August 2 – 15, 2019
New Brunswick Summer Music Festival
Another sought-after festival classical music festival in the province is the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival. This year, the festival celebrates its 27th anniversary. Details
Various Venues, Fredericton
August 6 – 17, 2019
Bonfire Festival is a music and arts festival in St. Stephen. 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. Details
Various Venues, St Stephen
August 15 to 18, 2019.
Fundy Fringe Festival, Saint John
The Fundy Fringe Festival in Saint John is one of a network of “fringe festivals” throughout Canada. This type of festival is specifically geared to be a ‘shackles-off’ festival where anything goes, as such it welcomes comedians and other performers with unique acts to showcase themselves to the people of Saint John and the wider community. This year, the Fundy Fringe Festival will take place at multiple locations throughout Saint John, with no reserved seating — and for around ten-dollar ticket price — who can blame them? This festival is the perfect festival for those who like variety in their performances and appreciate all types of theatrical performance. For more information, visit the Fundy Fringe Festival website.
Theatres Throughout Saint John
August 19 – 24, 2019
$10/performance or $60/festival pass.
Atlantic Balloon Fiesta
The Atlantic Balloon Fiesta will take you high above the clouds in an unforgettable bucket-list-worthy experience. For those who wish to soar, you’ll need to book ahead — for those preferring to remain grounded, you’ll be able to see dozens of majestic balloons soaring high above while taking in the festival atmosphere, eating great food and meeting great people.
For more information about the Atlantic Balloon Fiesta, visit the festival’s website.
Sussex Bluffs, Sussex
September 6 – 8, 2019
Fredericton Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
Fredericton comes alive with jazz and blues music for the Fredericton Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival! Celebrate the summer gone-by with the world class performers that appear on dozens of stages in Fredericton’s beautiful and historic downtown. Website
September 10 – 15, 2019
Big Fun Pass $53 – $66.50; The Daily Gleaner Wednesday/Thursday Night Pass $101.42; The Ginger Agency Hoodoo House Venue Pass $53; Individual show ticket: Varies