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Annual Festivals in New Brunswick

Updated on Mar/16

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  • Hartland Winter Carnival Winterfest January 28, 2013 This annual Winterfest offers winter activities to suit everyone's tastes from the young and the young at heart.
  • New Year's Levee January 1, 2013 New Year's levee at the historic Keillor House. Hot, homemade soup, good spirits, treats and good company on the first day of the year. The Levee will be immediately following the Lions Polar Dip, where some brave souls will dip themselves into icy Palmers Pond, in support of a fundraiser.
  • Winterfesthiver Fredericton
  • Campbelltown Sno-Fest Campbelltons mystical winter wonderland of fun and excitement. Sleigh rides, ice-skating, family games, Sno-Fest Social, Parade of Lights.
  • Ice Carnival Celebrate the winter season in Shippagan! Sleigh rides, sporting events, childrens activities, snow and ice sculpture contests, and a yukigassen snowball-fight tournament.
  • World Pond Hockey Championships
  • Dieppe Friendship Carnival Come along to the Saint-Anselme Rotary Park and enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful winter days during the Winter Carnival in the city of Dieppe. Sleigh rides, skating on the pond, fiddle music, community breakfasts, canteen and much more. An event not to be missed!
  • Baker Lake Pond Hockey Tournament Enjoy the good old hockey game in the great outdoors at the Baker Lake Pond Hockey Tournament in northwestern New Brunswick.
  • Hubcap Comedy Festival Moncton, A unique showcase of Canadian comedy talent from across the country, and represents a wide variety of comedy styles from stand-up to sketches.
  • Miramichi Rotary Pond Hockey Tournament A fun-filled weekend for the whole family, featuring non-stop action on the ice.
  • Miramichi White Gold Festival Come celebrate winter along the Miramichi River! Cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, dance, dinner concert and smelt fries.
  • Oromocto Family Snowfest A festival for the entire family, featuring a community breakfast, sleigh rides, snowmobile treks, snow sculpting, games and more.
  • Saint-Antoine Winter Carnival This carnival runs for one weekend with a variety of planned activities, a hockey tournament and a family evening at the skating rink.
  • Snow Bear Winter Carnival Enjoy the best of Bathursts beautiful winter scenery. Events for all ages. Sledding, sports games, sleigh rides and more. Warm treats available!
  • Winterfesthiver Fredericton, gigantic ice slides, snowmazing labyrinth, polar bear games, snow sculptures, pony rides, sleigh rides. All this and more awaits you at Winterfesthivers winter kingdom!
  • St. Patrick's Week Celebrations Each March Saint John celebrations its strong Irish heritage with a week long festival. For more information, contact: 506-634-7919
  • Fredericton Wine & Food Fest Individuals attending this event will have an opportunity to taste dozens of wines and sample gourmet food. The Wine and Food Fest is organized by the Canadian Diabetes Association, New Brunswick Region, to provide funding for summer-camp programs for children with Type 1 diabetes.
  • Edmundston Book Fair (Salon du livre d'Edmundston) The largest francophone book fair in Atlantic Canada featuring books of more than 500 publishers.
  • Frye Festival Moncton, "Feed your imagination" with 30 authors who participate in book clubs, roundtables, readings and more. Promotes Canadas bilingual literary heritage and cultural diversity.
  • May 16-19, 2013 Paddlefest in Saint Andrews by the Sea that has been running for approximately 18 years. It is a festival based around music, paddling ie. Kayaking and canoeing, beach cleanup around the area and even in the main town called the "100 Foot Challenge". The cleanup is geared to getting town folk out and cleaning up their streets 100 feet in either direction. A committee works on the highway areas, downtown beach, and this year adding an island - Navy Island to get debris off of the island. We have a tent in town square each year with music both Friday and Saturday nights. Live music in the restaurants around town - 5-6 taking part this year.
  • Gathering of the Scots Festival Situated along Route #105, just below the village of Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. The Gathering of the Scots festival site offers quick and easy accessibility for both our Canadian and US visitors. Look for our unique "THISTLE SIGNS" that will guide you to the Gathering of the Scots Festival as you approach the Village of Perth-Andover.
  • FestiVin Caraquet, Celebration of wine and gourmet food in the beautiful town of Caraquet. Programming tailored to the general public and wine experts.
  • Festival francophone de Fredericton Francophone heritage and culture celebrated; exhibits, concerts, dining, sports, bingo and more.
  • Atlantic Beer Festival Moncton Coliseum
  • Les Folies du Palais (The palates whims) Culinary fair featuring quality local products, beer and wine tastings as well as gourmet foods, delicious menus and musical entertainment.
  • NB Pro Bass Tour Series (Woodstock Tournament) Annual event for avid sport fishermen and families to enjoy on the historic St. John River in the town of Woodstock.
  • Salon de la forêt Come and discover the spinoffs generated by New Brunswick's most important natural resource: its forests.
  • The Praxis Project - Permaculture Inspired Art Festival the first Full weekend in June (2019; 7th-9th) - South Knowlesville, New Brunswick. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian range, the 3 full days of programming includes music, in-depth skill-building workshops, and permaculture-inspired curriculum. A first of its kind in New Brunswick! Only $125 per person includes an annual membership to the Praxis Project, and a fully catered 3 days of delicious, healthy vegetarian / vegan meals created with locally grown/sourced ingredients. Workshop options include: food discussion and demonstrations, fermentation classes, lessons on bioremediaton through fungus and agroecology, as well as aircrete (AKA foam concrete) and discussions/activities in social permaculture, and movement. Evenings will be filled with live bands and electronic music, and a local-culture infused country barn dance. Family pricing available. Get your membership now! http://www.praxisprojectnb.com/memberships.html
  • Cultural Expressions Festival Fredericton
  • Greater Moncton Dragon Boat Festival
  • Festival de la Baie Française Saint John's annual francophone festival of music and community events. Contact: 658-4600
  • Magna Multicultural Rendezvous Festival Moncton,
  • Edmundston Jazz & Blues Festival Every year, Downtown Edmundston swings to the sound of Jazz & Blues. 2008 marked our 14th anniversary.
  • Maritime CountryFest Fredericton
  • Salmon Festival Campbellton Salmon Festival is an annual celebration of the world famous Restigouche Salmon. Many events, new and traditional, are organized for all ages. These include: Miss and little Miss Salmon Festival Pageants, Canada Day Celebrations with giant fireworks, salmon suppers, Street Fest, Parking Lot Party with live bands, show and shine, book sale, pet show, Campbell Amusements Carnival, bowling tournament, many family activities, gigantic parade and much more. These exceptional events celebrated with family and friends will lead you through one week of well deserved fun. Put your feet up& or kick your heels& and experience fine Maritime hospitality at the Salmon Festival in Campbellton.
  • Atlantic Visual Arts Festival (Festival des arts visuels en Atlantique) A colorful festival for the whole family, offering a dynamic programming concentrating on visual arts and including live creations by painters, sculpters and artists from the Atlantic Provinces, Canada and overseas. You will be charmed by the FAVA's activities: its sparkling arts night, more than forty professional visual arts artists creating live, visual arts exhibitions, an exhilarating artwork auction, art workshops for youngsters and adults, etc. Info: (506) 727-7726, fax:(506)727-7723. Email: fava@nb.aibn.com
  • Grand Falls Regional Potato Festival
  • Miramichi Rock 'N' Roll Festival
  • Riverview Sunfest Riverview,
  • Annual Buskers on the Boardwalk Festival Saint John
  • Bathurst Hospitality Days
  • Annual Rock "N" Roll Festival Miramichi
  • Discovering Horses Festival Western de Saint-Quentin
  • Atlantic Nationals Automobile Extravaganza Moncton,
  • Richibucto Scallop Festival Scallop Festival week is an adventure you will not soon forget. It is an event full of activities and entertainment for all ages, held during the second week of July. Here are some of the more popular events: music every night, a bazaar along Main Street, a youth dance, a greased pole competition and a parade of boats adorned with lights. The week winds up with fireworks near the water which are always a hit in this region. Dont forget to take advantage of the festivities and savor some of the amazing fresh scallops that are sold throughout the whole week of the festival.
  • 8th Annual Free School Knowledge-Sharing Festival this summer from July 16-17 in Glassville, NB.
  • Mosaïq Multicultural Festival in Downtown Moncton Discover the World, right in your own backyard. Come visit your neighbours at the World Village as we gather families and community to celebrate our diversity while exploring our many cultures through music, dance, food, arts and crafts.
  • Shediac Lobster Festival celebration of the "Lobster capital of the world" and their Acadian culture.
  • Canada's Irish Festival on the Miramichi Miramichi City gathering of all people Irish or Irish at heart. Be sure to check out the website @
  • Festival by the Marsh Summer Music, Voice & Drama Programmes. Join us for an exciting new integrated arts festival in hisotric Sackville, New Brunswick! .
  • Peat Moss Festival The week long festival provides an opportunity to celebrate the pioneers and workers of the peat industry, the second-largest industry on Lamèque Island, after fishing. Watch the shows, visit the peat lands, and participate in sports and social activities. A varied, entertaining program awaits you! Lamèque, the provinces peat moss capital, promises you a most enjoyable stay on the Acadian Peninsula, where you can almost always see the ocean.
  • Tay Creek Folk Festival Tay Creek 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 Outbreak3888 Rte 620 Tay Creek. NB The Tay Creek Folk Festival is an annual musical celebration bringing local musicians to a wider audience while at same time allowing local people to hear others from the province of New Brunswick and further afield. The festival takes place the last weekend of July in the grounds of the beautiful Tay Ridge Farm Contact: Jenny Jobbins (506) 367-3133
  • Down River Music Festival, is located in the beautiful countryside of Neguac NB. Every year we strive to bring the best in music, from bluegrass and country to a rockin good time. Campsites available aswell as day, evening and weekend passes if you want to see all your favorite performers or just one. This years highlights include: Grammy nominee Chris Cummings The Big Bad Marty Band Borderline Eddy LeBlanc & Friends And more with great local and New Brunswick talent. For more details our website is www.downrivermusicfestival.com
  • Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival Web site of the Festival, describing its annual program, pictures, historic and other information.
  • Highland Games & Scottish Festival Fredericton, host one of the largest Atlantic Canadian Scottish Festivals, this event is for anyone who is looking for a fun-filled weekend. Whether it be the heavy events, highland dancing, enjoying some of the world's best Celtic music, or sampling traditional food and drink, this is one weekend that will be time well spent.
  • NotaBle Acts Summer Theatre Festival We are a summer festival dedicated to showcasing the works of English-language New Brunswick playwrights.
  • The Bon Ami Festival is the largest of all the festivals in Dalhousie. It is held from July 31 to August 04/13. Activities held throughout the Bon Ami Festival include a gigantic beach party, market days, parade, pageantry, dancing, sporting events, mussel boils, lobster dinners and one of the most spectacular firework extravaganzas in the Maritimes.
  • Woodstock Old Home Week
  • Annual Sandpiper Festival in Dorchester. Join us in honouring the Semipalmated Sandpiper, view the various arts and crafts, sample the Chowder, join in the fun.
  • Bay du Vin Summer Survival festival starts on Sunday July 26, 2015 and ends on Sunday August 2. This year we have entertaining family events every day. We have our Beer Gardens in the evenings on Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday August 2. During the afternoon on Saturday we have the big family day with frog races, carnival games and much more.
  • Life at the Lakes , August 8 & 9, 2020 is an annual festival which takes place in the Village of Cambridge-Narrows and its surrounding area. This two day event celebrates the community by offering open visits and activities at the Anthony Flower House museum, the Acacia Gallery (Richard Fynn), Mott's Landing Winery, LavenHop, the Cambridge-Narrows Regional Library, Crafted Images, Robinson House, etc. as well as watching artisans at work, going on a guided nature walk on the Robinson Trail, admiring the quilts of the Akerley Area Quilt Guild, taking in the car show, enjoying the corn boil, attending the Beer Garden, and so much more! Oh yes, and food& community breakfast, free corn boil, fundraising lunch & supper& Come and enjoy the weekend with us at the Washademoak Lake.
  • Tay Creek Folk Festival Tay Creek, see www.taycreekfestival.com for details on the line-up and the great venue itself! Friday evening stage opens at 6pm and Saturday the music starts at noon until midnight! Sunday begins with a pancake breakfast then workshops and jams. Super local and regional musicians together on an awesome 600 acreas of private land called Tay Ridge Farm.
  • August 8-16 Festival de mollusques de Bouctouche We are celebrating the festival's 40th anniversary! Get out of your shell and come and join us at the Festival de mollusques in Bouctouche! The community gets together in order to celebrate the marine biodiversity, local artists and local food! If you like outdoor activities, you don't want to miss this seafood festival. Come by this year for more than a week of fun and games for all ages. There's also a fireworks display for the whole family to enjoy!
  • Artists On The Boardwalk Florenceville-Bristol
  • Chocolate Fest St. Stephen
  • Rendez-vous des Artistes Inc. Saint-Léonard
  • New Brunswick Summer Music Festival
  • Doaktown Salmon & Fiddlehead Festival
  • Dieppe Kite International Festival
  • Burnt Church (Esgenoôpetitj) First Nation Annual Powwow
  • Turner's Victoria Park Arts & Craft Fair Moncton,
  • Festival acadien Every year, during the month of August, Caraquet is where people meet for the Festival Acadien. Approximately ten days of activities where the cultural component prevails. It ends with the famous August 15 'Tintamarre'. Ranked by the American Bus Association on many occasions as one of the 100 most important tourist events in North America.
  • Fundy Fishermens Days Dipper Harbour, NB.
  • La Foire Brayonne Edmundston is the foremost summer activity for celebrating our heritage, our culture, and our joie de vivre (love of life). La Foire Brayonne gives everyone a great opportunity to live a unique and gigantic cultural experience.
  • The Sunseekers Ball Music & Arts Festival August 20th, 21st, 22nd Chance Harbour, New Brunswick 50+ bands and DJ's over 3 days.
  • Blacks Harbour Labour Day Festival
  • Shediac Motorcycle Rally AUG 24-26
  • Miramichi Folksong Festival North America's Longest Standing folk festival. For further information Tel. 506-623-2150 Fax: 506-623-2261 After hours 506-622-1780 or email: Write to Miramichi Folksong Festival P.O. Box. 13 Miramichi N.B. EIV 3M2
  • Sussex Flea Market
  • Saint John Shakespeare Festival
  • Miramichi Scottish Festival WE CELEBRATE, RAIN OR SHINE! Join the Clans to celebrate the Scottish culture on the Miramichi. Enjoy music, song, games, dancing and much, much more. We know having fun with family and others is extremely important and we want to share that fun and our Scottish Heritage with you.
  • Ecofestival Bouctouche 17-20 September in Bouctouche
  • Miramichi Country Music Festival
  • Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival Fredericton
  • Atlantic Ballooon Fiesta "Always the weekend after Labour Day" Sussex
  • Hunter Brothers Fall Festival Florenceville-Bristol
  • Charlo Fall Fair The Charlo Fall Fair is always being held the second weekend of September. It begins on Friday night and ends on Sunday after supper.
  • Festival International Du Cinema Francophone En Acdie Moncton & Dieppe
  • 4th Symposium BDC Symposium BDC will graciously be hosted by the City of Campbellton, at the Le Galion School. This event will showcase several guest artists from New Brunswick alongside a selection of the most dynamic visual artists from the Bay of Chaleur region. Three colourful days of art shows and sales, live painting (ImprovisArt) and seminars/panel discussion. Happening September 14, 15, and 16, 2018!!
  • Fog Lit Festival September 28 to October 3, 2016 Saint John
  • Kedgwick Fall Festival Music, dance, sports activities, shows, rallies, parade& Thats just a taste of what awaits you in Kedgwick, during the Fall Festival, held against a magnificent backdrop of mountains, colourful forests and majestic rivers. Meet Wick the partridge, the festivals friendly mascot that exemplifies the warm welcome of the local residents. Take part in the many organized activities, offering something for all interests and all ages. This fall, for a memorable week and lots of fun, make Kedgwick your destination!
  • Oyster Festival - Maisonnette Festival to promote oysters. Many activities will be held such as: oyster tasting prepared in different ways (soup, in the shell, au gratin and breaded), social evening, games for children and oyster opening and eating contests.
  • Art Across the Marsh - Sackville Art Across the Marsh studio tour encompasses over 20 artist and artisan studios around the Tantramar Marshes. Studios are opened to the public for the weekend. Meet artists, learn about their techniques and see works in progress. You can visit as many studios as you like!
  • World Wine & Food Expo - Moncton Discover the very best in wine and gourmet food at the World Wine & Food Expo. Sample more than 300 different wines as you take in the Grand Wine Tasting at the Moncton Coliseum-Agrena complex. Drop by a seminar on wine tasting at a local restaurant and stroll through the Corkscrew Exhibition provided by private collectors. And don't forget the food. The Gourmet Food Exhibition and its local producers from New Brunswick will share with you their fine food. The World Wine & Food Expo also offers a festival bistro on site as well as partnerships with restaurants around the region. Drop by the festival's Wine Boutique to purchase your favourites to take home.
  • Woodstock Victorian Christmas
  • Francofete en Acadie Moncton,
  • Silver Wave Film Festival Fredericton each fall, the Silver Wave Film Festival presents exciting new works produced by New Brunswick filmmakers . Don't miss this five-day extravaganza presenting full-length feature, documentaries animated pieces and short films. The festival also screens the best films from Canada and around the world and features programming streams of multicultural, aboriginal and youth films. There are professional panels, workshops and networking sessions for those working in New Brunswick 's growing film industry. The Silver Wave Awards are presented to filmmakers in recognition of excellence in the craft. Created by the New Brunswick Filmmakers' Co-operative in 2001, the festival has grown into a "must see" event each November.
  • Christmas at the Coliseum Moncton,
  • Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie The FICFA festival showcases French-language cinema from all over the world, with special emphasis on Acadian cinema. Held in Moncton and Dieppe.
  • St. Andrews by-the-Sea Winter Festival: A Season of Light and Wonder A month-long festival featuring a Firemens Candlelight Parade, holiday treasures at The Fairmont Algonquin Hotel and the beautifully decorated historic Ross Museum.

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