The fall is jammed-packed with things that you will love to do. There is something so special about getting outside to see the glorious sunset-hued leaves wrapped up in the cozy weather. Along with the scenic views, New Brunswick is known for its fall festivals, farmers’ markets and U-pick’s. So, gather your family and friends and get ready for some fall fun when you check out the list below of the 50 best things to do this fall in New Brunswick.
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U-Picks – Get Fall Vegetables and the perfect pumpkin for the Jack-o’-lantern
Charlotte’s Family Orchard U-Pick and Farm Market – Gagetown:Charlotte’s Family Orchard is located in the lovely historic village of Gagetown. The orchard has been open for over 30 years. During the fall, you can pick your own apples, pears, and plums. Their farm market is an old Blacksmith’s Shop and has pre-picked apples, pears, plums, and fresh vegetables available for visitors to buy.
Hazen Cameron and Son Farm – Gagetown: Pick up everything that you need for fall at the Hazen Cameron and Son Farm. They offer many varieties of apples in their u-pick, including Cortland, Spartan, and Honey Crisp. During a visit to the farm, you can pick up the perfect pumpkin for you because they have every size from super small to absolutely huge pumpkins for sale. They also have apple cider, apple pie, squash, corn and more.
Everett Family Orchard –Island View: The Everett Family Orchard is one of the oldest farms in New Brunswick, opening in 1792. It is located just minutes from Fredericton, which makes it a popular u-pick. The farm is six acres and they grow 10 main apple varieties. There are amazing views of the River Valley and Keswick Islands. They offer wagon rides, and when the horses are on break, you can meet and pet them.
Mackay Apple Orchard – Long Reach:Mackay Apple Orchard is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm from mid-September until November. There are over 1200 apple trees growing 19 varieties. The orchard has great views of the Saint John River.
Hall’s Apple Orchard – Fredericton: Just outside of Fredericton, Hall’s Apple Orchard is a great place to spend a day picking apples. The u-pick is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. They make their own jellies and jams. If you stop by on cider making days, you may get the chance to throw apples into the chopper, see how apple cider is made, or taste fresh cider.
Sandow Farm – Keswick Ridge:Sandow Farm is one of the few certified organic orchards in New Brunswick. They specialize in the Sandow apple, which has a unique flavour that is reminiscent of raspberries.
River View Orchards – Keswick Ridge: Open daily, River View Orchards does not only offer U-pick fruits, it is also packed with family fun. There is a farm, a duck pond, wagon rides, and a corn maze that you and your loved ones can explore and experience.
Bostwick’s U-pick Apples – Kingston: Open until mid to late October, Bostwick’s U-Pick Apples allows you to pick your own Dudley, Cortland, and MacIntosh apples. They also grow and sell gourds, squash, and pumpkins.
Gilbert’s Farm – Burton: Spend a day on the farm. Gilbert’s Farm grows a variety of apples and pumpkins that you can pick yourself or buy pre-picked. The resident cows are a huge hit, and there are fantastic views of the river.
Johnny Appleseed U-Pick Orchard – Keswick Ridge: Open since the 1950s, the JohnnyAppleseed U-Pick Orchard is one of the oldest apple orchards near Fredericton. Drop on in and pick your own apples, or you can check out their farmstand to buy fresh apples, vegetables, pumpkins, cider, and jellies and jams.
Uris Williams & Sons – Saint-Antoine:Uris Williams & Sons has over 20 acres of apples that are ready for you to pick, or you can explore the orchard on the orchard tour. They have a farm store that has a wide variety of homemade goods.
Verger Belliveau Orchard – Memramcook: There is a lot of fun to be had at the Verger Orchard. You can pick your own apples, take an orchard tour, enjoy a wagon ride, or explore the corn maze. If you get hungry or tired, make sure to stop at the Market Café for a bite to eat.
La Fleur du Pommier – Cocagne: Enjoy picking your own apples at La Fleur du Pommier, such as Dolgo Crab Apples, Paula Reds, Lobos, Jersey Macs and Yellow Transparents. You can also pick up great fresh apple products like apple juice, cider, apple jelly, and much more.
Doucette’s U-pick Apple Orchard – Douglas: Gather up the kids or call up a friend and head out to Doucette’s Orchard for a fun day of apple picking. They have eight delicious varieties of apples to choose from, which include Cortland, Paula Reds, Empire, MacIntosh, Honey Gold and Lobos. They also have wagon rides on the weekend. The orchard also has a fantastic view of the Saint John River from Fredericton’s north side.
Verger Haut Tilley Road – Haut Tilley Road: Verger Haut Tilley Road is home to 700 apple trees that grow 15 varieties, including Paula Red, MacIntosh, and white apples. They also grow with grapes and wild blueberries on this farm. There are tons of other activities that you can do, such as wagon and tractor rides, wine sampling, a corn maze, orchard tours and much more.
McAllister Farm – Bryenton: McAllister Farm is a popular family spot in the Miramichi region, where you can pick Lobos, Melbas, Honey Crisp, MacIntosh, Cortlands and Paula Reds. They also have plums, grapes, and pumpkins available at their farm store. Their orchards have great views of the Miramichi River.
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Green Pig Country Market – Salisbury: The Green Pig Country Market is a popular location for families in the Moncton area. Their Corn Mazes, both the full size one and the mini one, are fun for all ages and they also have interactive activities for kids that enhance the experience. During their ‘Haunted Corn Maze’ evenings, there are ghosts who enter the maze.
Fletcher’s Farm – Miramichi: When you head to Fletcher’s Farm, be ready to explore their five-acre corn maze. They offer an authentic outdoor learning experience and a fun scavenger hunt. If you want to do more maze solving, make sure to check out their hay bale maze.
Events & Festivals
Join for a Fall Festival
Hunter Brother Fall Festival – Florenceville-Bristol From September 7 to October 27, 2019: Celebrating the harvest season, the Hunter Brother Fall Festival is packed with family fun that will keep you entertained for hours. Have a fun day with the family getting lost in the 6-acre corn maze, jumping onto the huge jumping pillow, or just relaxing on a wagon ride.
Fall Colours Festival – Saint-Antoine From September 14 to 22, 2019: Bring the whole family to the Saint-Antoine Fall Colours Festival for a variety of activities, including sports tournaments, races, games, and much more. You should also be sure to check out the exhibition grounds and the antique car parade.
Sackville Fall Fair – Sackville From September 18 to 22, 2019: Celebrate the start of fall at the annual Sackville Fall Fair. Saturday is the Agricultural Field Day, which is packed with live bluegrass and country music, along with a petting zoo, wagon rides, and much more. The rest of the weekend is filled with more family fun activities.
2nd Annual Fall Fair – River View Orchard, Keswickon September 21 to 22, 2019: River View Orchard is hosting their second annual fall fair. Spend a fall weekend apple picking, going on wagon rides, and exploring the corn maze. There will also be vendors and bouncy castles to keep you and your family busy.
Festival Moisson d’ART – Tracadie From October 18 to 20, 2019: Festival Moisson D’Art celebrates the diversity of arts and culture, and highlights the less well-known parts of arts and culture. Guest artists travel from across the Maritimes, Canada, and North America to share their skills and experience.
Kedgwick Fall Festival – KedgwickFrom October 5 to 13, 2019: The Kedgewick Fall Festival is a week of family fun that comes from rallies, sports, dances, live music, and a parade. You should be sure to meet ‘Wick the Partridge’, who exemplifies the warm welcome from the locals. There is definitely something for everyone at this fun festival.
Fall Colours Day at Mont Farlagne – Edmundston on October 6, 2019: Head to the Mont Farlagne Outdoor Centre for a day of fall colours. At Fall Colours Day, you can get a great view of the forest by going up in the chairlift. At both the top and bottom of the mountain, there will be live entertainment and activities that everyone will enjoy.
Provincial Giant Pumpkin Festival – Neguac on October 6, 2019: Take the family out to see the largest pumpkins from New Brunswick at the Giant Pumpkin Provincial Festival in Neguac. This popular festival attracts competitors and spectators from all over the province. There will also be live musical entertainment that everyone will enjoy.
Poley Mountain’s Fall Festival – Waterford on October 12, 2019: You can ride to the top of Poley Mountain for the fall festival. The chairlift has great views of the forest and the gorgeous sunset-colored leaves. The scavenger hunt will take you on a scenic down the mountain. There will also be wagon rides, games, BBQ and much more for the whole family to enjoy.
Halloween Haunted House Tour – Dorchester From October 18 to 26, 2019: Take the family to tour the Keillor House in a not so seriously ‘spooky’ way. The Halloween Haunted House tour is guaranteed to make you laugh, as well as give you a few good scares along the way.
Festival 506 – Caraquet From October 24 to 27, 2019: Festival 506 brings together the best musical talent in New Brunswick for shows, awards, and conferences. This festival is not to be missed, especially if you are a music lover.
World Wine & Food Expo – Moncton From October 26 to November 2, 2019: You can sample over 350 different wines at the World Wine & Food Expo at the Moncton Coliseum-Agrena complex. There are seminars and tastings all weekend long that let you explore the newest and best wines and foods.
FrancoFete en Acadie – Dieppe From November 5 to 10, 2019: The FrancoFete en Acadie is a major Acadian event showcasing performing arts and brings together broadcaster, artists, industry, and the public. The festival showcases some of the best seasoned and emerging artists.
Silver Wave Film Festival – Fredericton From November 7 to 10, 2019: The Silver Wave Film Festival is an important cultural event for the Atlantic region. The festival offers shows films from across the region in both English and French. It is jam packed with fun events and exciting programming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wings & Suds Festival – Fredericton on October 17, 2019: The Wings and Suds Festival is back again after the 2017 and 2018 events sold out. Amazing local vendors will be bringing great wings and drinks to the event. Get your tickets early as this event will sell out.
Fredericton’s 1st Annual VegFest – Fredericton at October 19, 2019: Learn more about a vegan lifestyle and how you make your daily live a more compassionate at the first annual VegFest. There are tons of vendors lined up and exciting programs to take part in.
Halloween ComicFest – Saint John on October 26, 2019: Head to Heroes’ Beacon for their 7th Halloween ComicFest. Make sure to come early as they will have a limited supply of free Halloween themed comics. Wear you best costume to see if you can win the costume contest.
1st Annual New Brunswick Chili Cook Off – Fredericton on October 26, 2019: The Cultural Market is hosting the 1st Annual New Brunswick Chili Cook Off to find out who has the best chili in New Brunswick. So, head to Fredericton to sample some great chili’s and vote for your favorite one.
Howl-O-Scream Festival – Florenceville – Bristol on October 19, 2019: Get ready for a frightfully fun day at the annual Howl-O-Scream Festival. The family-friendly version for younger children with Halloween activities and games is during the daylight hours. Once dusk comes, the creatures of the night will come out to terrify you.
International Culture Fest 2019 – Saint John on October 12, 2019: Celebrate the amazing cultures that call Saint John at the second annual International Culture Fest. This festival is designed to build bridges between art, entertainment, food, and education across all cultures that are represented in St. John.
Hikes and Outdoor Adventures
Carriage Road Trail, Rockwood Park: The Carriage Road Trail is one of the most popular trails in Saint John and it runs straight through the heart of Rockwell Park. The trail is surrounded by trees and will take you past Harrigan and Long Lakes, which makes it a great option for leaf-peeping.
Mount Carleton Trail, Mount Carleton Provincial Park: Mount Carleton Trail is the most difficult trail in this provincial park, but it has the best views of the forest and the changing leaves. The trail is a looped trail and is a full day hike. The trails are clearly marked and will take you through the beautiful forest.
Sugarloaf Bike Park: Sugarloaf Bike Park is a unique bike park because it is Atlantic Canada’s only bike park trail that is accessible by chairlift. There are trails that are great for beginners to veterans. Make sure to bring your mountain bike and be ready to have an awesome adventure.
Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark: If you are curious about the Earth or looking for an outdoor, the Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark is waiting for you. You can hike, rock climb, zip, and kayak your way around the park. Along with the amazing forest, the landscape is breathtaking.
Broadleaf Guest Ranch Outdoor Adventures – Hopewell Hill: Experience the fall colors on horseback or on a wagon ride at the Broadleaf Guest Ranch Outdoor Adventures. Along with day adventures, they also offer customized packages that include lodging and food until October.
Kouchibouguac National Park: Kouchibouguac National Park stretches along the Acadian Coastal Drive and has some of the best views of fall. The park is open year-round, so you can hike and even stay at the park during the fall to see all the amazing views and have an unforgettable camping adventure.
Sheldon Point Trail – Irving Nature Park:Sheldon Point Trail takes you around the edge of the Irving Nature Park and towards the beach. The trail is lined with the forest, so you have breathtaking views of both the forest and the ocean. Even during the fall, you can relax on Sandy Cove beach before hiking back to the start of the trail.
Dobson Trail – Moncton:Dobson Trail is one of the longest and most challenging hikes in New Brunswick, but the stunningly, breathtaking views are worth the pain. Most of the trail runs through the forest and there are birch, pine, and oak around the trails. It is a glorious hike.
Laverty Falls – Fundy National Park: Laverty Falls is one of the most popular in Fundy National Park because it is so beautiful. There are a number of trails that will take you to Laverty Falls. The hike is short but will feel like a lifetime since there are so many amazing views.