Festival & Events: New Brunswick

See this province really come alive.

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Celebrations for any reason, and every season.

New Brunswick plays host to countless festivals and events. From sunny summer events to snowy winter carnivals, we’ve always got lots to celebrate. Sample local food and wine at culinary events, enjoy plenty of foot-tapping live music at jazz and bluegrass festivals, or feel the pulse of our vibrant cultural communities at Acadian street parties or First Nations powwows. Whether you stumble upon one of our many festivals and events, or plan your trip around them, we can’t wait for you to join us.

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Our festive spirit covers a lot of ground.

There are more than a hundred festivals and events taking place in New Brunswick year-round. Here are just a few. At the colourful Atlantic Balloon Fiesta, catch the unforgettable sight of 30 hot air balloons that fly twice daily in the beautiful rolling hills of Kings County. Feeling brave? Take a ride in one yourself.

Every year, thousands of people gather in the Miramichi for Canada’s Irish Festival. Why don’t you join them? Get your fill of Irish music, dance, cultural and musical workshops, family reunions, and plenty of storytelling. Cead Mile Failte—a hundred-thousand welcomes.

Fredericton comes alive each September as world-class musicians and up-and-coming Atlantic-Canadian artists take over the pretty capital city. Find incredible music in bars and pubs, theatres, tents, and parks. Even on the streets! Enjoy slick jazz, gritty blues, spicy Cajun, world-beat music and much, much more.

Not surprisingly, New Brunswick even pays tribute to the lobster with a festival in the Lobster Capital of the World, Shediac. The five-day event draws visitors from all over the world who feast on succulent lobster, soak up Acadian and Maritime culture, and enjoy world-class entertainment. How would you fare in a lobster-eating contest? Here’s your chance to find out.