From high-octane adventure to family fun, there’s always something exciting going on in New Brunswick.
Explore the varied cultural roots of New Brunswick with unique events that are definitely worth writing home about. Kite festivals, buskers, Celtic competitions and artistic showcases, you’re sure to find an event for you as you explore this Maritime province.
Canada 150 Celebrations
Canada’s turns 150! As one of the founding provinces, New Brunswick will be front and centre to celebrate the birth of this beautiful nation. From tall ships to fireworks, join us for fun and festivities all year long.
When: January 1 – December 31, 2017
Where: Various Locations
Maple Capital of Atlantic Canada Festival
An all-ages festival featuring the sweetest of natural treats and traditions. Highlights include meals featuring maple products, guided tours, shows and more.
When: April 11-16, 2017
Feed your imagination with public readings, roundtables, family activities, literary conversations, book launches and more at Atlantic Canada’s largest literary happening. Over 40 authors from Canada and around the world participate in this celebration of words, ideas and imagination.
When: April 22-29, 2017
Savor mouthwatering meats at the Maritimes’ largest Food and Music Festival, where professional rib teams compete and serve some of the best ribs, chicken, and pulled pork in the country. Festivities include continuous live music, midway rides, and many more fun family activities.
When: June 8-11, 2017
St. Mary’s Pow Wow
Hear Mother Earth’s drum beat and listen to the voices of the ancestors of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people as they share their culture through several performances of music and dance, traditional ceremonies, arts and crafts, and food vendors.
When: June 16-18, 2017
Cultural Expressions Festival
A celebration of diversity for Canadian Multiculturalism Day. Special activities for families include dozens of different multicultural dances, presentations, and diverse music, a multicultural parade, international food and drink, and informative displays.
When: June 23-24, 2017
FeelsGood Folly Fest
Enjoy three exciting and energizing days of music, art, health and wellness workshops, camping, circus and tribal art performances with dozens of artists and musicians.
When: June 23-25, 2017
Canada Day Festivities
Ring in Canada’s 150th birthday in the province’s capital by enjoying two days of festivities including top music performances, activities, food vendors, and the largest fireworks display over the Saint John River.
When: June 30 – July 1, 2017
If you’re a fan of concerts, rodeos and saloons, add the Festival Western de Saint-Quentin to your list! Cowgirls and cowboys enjoy an exciting week of events that include Horse Pulling, Miss Cow Girl Atlantic, a Professional Rodeo, parties, and country concerts. Plaid is encouraged.
When: July 4-9, 2017
Shediac Lobster Festival
Savour and celebrate mouthwatering lobster during this five day festival in the Lobster Capital of the World. Fun family entertainment includes concerts, parades, magicians, comedians, and more. With events like the Lobster Roll Contest, Corks & Claws, and Ales & Tails, you’re going to need a bib!
When: July 5-9, 2017
Pabineau First Nation Pow-wow
Celebrate Mi’kmaq heritage and Aboriginal culture with arts, crafts, food, dancing, drumming and more sacred and social activities at the Oinpegitjoig L’Noeigati (Pabineau First Nation) Annual Pow-wow.
When: July 8-9, 2017
Where: Pabineau First Nation
Fisheries and Aquaculture Festival
Visit the vibrant fishing town of Shippagan for a celebration of maritime heritage and the fishing industry. If you’ve never seen a blessing of the fleet, this is your chance! Enjoy sporting events, concerts, theatre, craft fair and more.
When: July 8-16, 2017
Buskers on the Bay Festival
Street theatre, family fun, and entertaining nightlife at its best. Saint John’s Buskers on the Bay Festival features five days and nights of side-splitting comedy and miraculous feats at venues along across the town and on the picturesque harbour.
When: July 12-16, 2017
Where: Saint John
Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival
Enjoy evenings rich in musical discoveries where a mix of internationally renowned artists interpret all styles of early music, popular music, High Baroque standards, and some rarities that will make this another remarkable year.
When: July 27-29, 2017
New Brunswick Highland Games Festival
Be a Scot for the weekend! Experience Scottish culture through music, games, food and drink. This fun-filled family weekend is packed with bagpipes, highland dancing, traditional sporting events, children’s games, Celtic music, Gaelic language, workshops and, of course, Scottish treats!
When: July 28-30, 2017
Festival Acadien De Caraquet
One of the top Acadian cultural events of the year and one of the largest tourist attractions in Atlantic Canada. Celebrate the vitality of Acadian culture with theatre, classical music, visual arts, jazz, dance, films, storytelling, poetry, parties, and much more.
When: August 1-15, 2017
La Foire Brayonne
Celebrate the culture and history of the legendary Republic of Madawaska with family fun and games, sports tournaments, concerts, and more at one of the largest Francophone festivals east of Quebec.
When: August 2-6, 2017
Canada’s longest-running folk festival celebrates 60 years with a headline performance from fiddler Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy and family. Enjoy five days of traditional and contemporary folk music and dance with concerts, workshops, boat trips and more.
When: August 6-11, 2017
Fredericton Pride Festival
Celebrate diversity in the province’s capital and enjoy live music, delicious food, a beer and wine garden, arts and craft vendors and more in support of the LGBTQ+ community at the Fredericton Pride Festival.
When: August 13-19, 2017
Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta
Watch in awe as 30 hot air balloons fly twice daily at the Fiesta, rated one of the Top Ten Festivals in the Atlantic region. With a renowned craft fair, outdoor bandstand with top Maritime talent, and over 500 vehicles at the antique car show & shine, it’s a jam-packed weekend of fun family events!
When: September 8-10, 2017
Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival
Five full days and nights of jazz, blues, Cajun, and more. With events for all ages across Fredericton in bars and pubs, theatres, tents, and parks, the capital comes alive to music from world-class musicians and up-and-coming Atlantic Canadian talent!
When: September 13-18, 2017
Indulge and spoil your senses with offerings from New Brunswick’s best chefs and producers, and savour wine, beer and spirits from suppliers near and far. Enjoy a wide variety of events including a Cocktail Kick-off, Wine Trail, nightly Tasting Dinners, Pairings and the lively Saturday Night Sociable.
When: October 13-15, 2017
Where: Saint Andrews