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.
Events & Festivals – Sept 17 to November End
Please verify all details before travelling. Vaccines may become mandatory at certain events. If COVID-19 cases rise, events may get cancelled.
1. Adventure Farm
Celebrating the harvest season at the Adventure Farm, 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.
Until October 24, 2021
Hunter Brothers Farm, 8534 Main Street, Florenceville-Bristol
2. Fall Colours Festival
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.
September 18 – 26, 2021
3. Sackville Fall Fair
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.
September 23 – 26, 2021
4. Port City Oysterfest
Port City Oysterfest is back and better than ever. Feast the evening away with all you can eat local mussels and oysters while jamming to live music. If you love seafood, the Oysterfest is a ‘must attend’ event for you.
September 25, 2021
Gahan House Port City, 87 Prince William Street, Saint John
$65 – $85
5. Harvest Day
The Agricultural Museum of New Brunswick is celebrating the harvest season with a day of farm fun. There will be an antique power show, an auction, a craft sale, butter churning, a blacksmith, wagon rides and more.
September 25, 2021
Agricultural Museum of New Brunswick, Sussex
6. Day of Colors
Enjoy a day at the Centre plein air Mont Farlagne. There will be inflatable games and face painting for children, Free access to the mountain bike trails and mountain bike ride to Mont Farlagne, departure from Nadeau Street and more!
September 25, 2021
Centre plein air Mont Farlagne, Edmundston
7. The Grande Grouille Pumpkin Festival
The Garden is completely transformed with enchanting scenery and lots of entertainment. Discover the culture of 72 countries that have come to enrich New Brunswick! Musical performances are given every evening. There are also plenty of good things to eat and drink with Café Flora’s special Grande grouille menu, the local brewery and the famous hot gin cocktail.
September 30 to October 3, 201
New Brunswick Botanical Garden, 15 Isidore-Boucher Blvd, Saint-Jacques
8. Kedgwick Fall Festival
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.
October 2 to 10, 2021
9. Festival Moisson d’ART
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.
October 2 – 10, 2021
10. Provincial Giant Pumpkin Festival
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.
October 3, 2021
11. Apple Fest
There’s nothing quite like biting into a juicy, New Brunswick apple fresh from the tree! Enjoy the crisp fall air, colourful trees, seasonal games, demonstrations, and the taste of autumn at Kings Landing.
October 2 & 3, 2021
Kings Landing, Prince William
12. Charcuterie Set Pottery Workshop
Learn how to make your own Instagram worthy Charcuterie Set with the help of Pottery Teacher Felice. In just two hours, you will shape a lump of clay into a serving platter and a small pitch bowl, that are perfect to use for your Thanksgiving dinner.
October 7, 2021
13. Millstream Market – Haunted Market
The October Millstream Market is going to be a scary good time. The market is open to local crafters, vendors, and collectors. You never know what you are going to find at the market.
October 9, 2021
14. Harvest Home Thanksgiving
It’s the last weekend of the season at Kings Landing. There are lots of activities with a jam-packed weekend of festivities for the whole group including Annual Auction on Sunday, Thanksgiving dinners and preparations for winter.
October 9 & 10, 2021
Kings Landing, Prince William
15. Poley Mountain Fall Festival
Take the chairlift up and hike down through the beautiful autumn colours at Poley Mountain before it transforms into a winter destination.
October 9 between 10am-4pm
16. Graveyard Walk
Do you dare to explore one of New Brunswick’s oldest grave yards after dark? Wander through the graveyard at Wilson’s Point and find out for yourself if the graveyard is truly haunted.
October 23, 2021
8 Enclosure Road, Derby
17. Fall Banquet Fundraiser
The PRC Fall Banquet is both an in-person and online event this year. Enjoy a meal at the Riverside Country Club while supporting The Pregnancy Resource Center of Saint John.
October 1, 2021
18. Soul’s Compass Paranormal – Psychic Reading
Reach out to the other side and connect with the dead with the Soul’s Compass team at The Phoenix. Have a one-on-one reading, enjoy the show and find out if The Phoenix is haunted, you can experience it all in just one night.
October 23, 2021
68 Exmouth Street, Saint John
$10 – $20
19. Ultimate Halloween Party
KV Oasis and Vocational Training Centre have partnered up to host the Ultimate Halloween Park. Scare your way through the Haunted House. There are games and a bouncy house to keep the kids busy while adults check out the local vendors wares.
October 23, 2021
248 Bradley Lake Road, Rothesay
20. Masterpieces Exhibition: Hygge
Get ready for colder days by getting cozy with the Danish lifestyle “Hygge”. Hardworks Gallery artists will be showcasing what they think Hygge means to them, and inspire you to share the warmth and all things cozy.
October 21, 2021
Hardworks Gallery – Fine Art, Craft & Jewellery, 12 King Street, Saint John
21. Festival 506
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.
October 21 -23, 2021 & November 18 – 20, 2021
22. Saint John Zombie Walk
Get dressed up in your best zombie attire and join the annual Saint John Zombie Walk. The walk starts at the boardwalk by the Hilton and heads up King Street to the Loyalist burial ground.
October 23, 2021
23. Phoenix Halloween Costume Party
Returning for another year, the Phoenix Halloween Costume Party challenges you to bring your best costume to the party. The grand prize is $1000, plus there are door prizes you could win and they have drink specials all night long.
October 30, 2021
24. The Moncton Ripper
Do you have what it takes to find The Moncton Ripper before they strike again? Explore the city to find clues on this outdoor detective adventure.
October 30, 2021
25. Monster Trot
Skip going door to door this Halloween, and head to the Moncton Coliseum. Trick-or-Treaters go through the spook-tacular Halloween-themed candy stations while enjoying the Halloween costumes, music, and decorations at the Monster Trot.
October 30, 2021
26. World Wine & Food Expo
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 as well as delicious food.
October 30 – November 6, 2021
26. FrancoFete en Acadie
The FrancoFete en Acadie is a major Acadian event showcasing performing arts and brings together broadcasters, artists, the music industry, and the public. The festival showcases some of the best seasoned and emerging artists.
November 2 – 6, 2021
28. Silver Wave Film Festival
The Silver Wave Film Festival is an important cultural event for the Atlantic region. The festival often shows films from across the region in both English and French, so it is a grand celebration of New Brunswick’s growing presence in the world of film and television entertainment. It is jam packed with fun events and exciting programming.
November 4 -11, 2021
29. Cooking Class: Cozying Up
Learn how to make Maple Walnut Hot Chocolate before sitting down for a lovely menu and good conversations at this cooking class. Pecan crusted pork chops, roasted potatoes, and pecan & dark chocolate oatmeal bars are on the menu.
November 9, 2021
30. Geekmas At The Rodd!
Get that geeky holiday shopping done early this year at Geekmas at The Rodd. Lots of local geeky and nerdy vendors will be at the event. You can even come in cosplay, if you so desire.
November 27, 2021
Rodd Miramichi River, 1809 Water Street, Miramichi
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U-Picks – Get Apples, 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 Johnny Appleseed 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.
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.
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.
Thanksgiving & Halloween
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