18 New Brunswick Festivals To Be Excited For in 2018

There’s always a reason to celebrate here in New Brunswick. That’s why we’ve rounded up the 18 concerts, festivals and events we’re stoked to attend in 2018.

Dance like no one is watching at one of our world-class music festivals or indulge your sweet tooth at the Maple Capital of Atlantic Canada Festival. Marvel as hot air balloons decorate the sky. Immerse yourself in Acadian tradition while surrounded by an awe-inspiring joie de vivre. Take a cross-cultural adventure and connect with our Acadian, First Nations, Celtic, and English heritage. The options are endless, and we can’t wait to welcome you to the party.

Pick Your Party!

FROSTival in Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada

1. Fredericton FROSTival

Grab your hat and mittens! FROSTival, Atlantic Canada’s largest winter celebration, is coming to Fredericton. Skating, curling, live music, countless workshops, arts, culture and yummy food? Yes please. (Fredericton, January 18-February 4)

2. Maple Capital of Atlantic Canada Festival

“Sugar Season” really is as delicious as it sounds. Taste your way through Saint-Quentin’s Maple Capital of Atlantic Canada Festival this spring to satisfy your sweet tooth. (Saint-Quentin, March 27-April 1)

Festival & event, Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick, Canada

Festival and event, Moncton, New Brunswick Canada

3. Frye Festival

Book clubs, roundtables and readings… oh my! Moncton’s Frye Festival is Atlantic Canada's largest literary happening and a bookworm's paradise. (Moncton, April 21-28)

4. Festival Western

Calling all cowgirls and cowboys! If you like concerts, rodeos and saloons, you’ll wanna put the Festival Western de Saint-Quentin on your to-do list. Plaid isn’t mandatory, but encouraged. (Saint-Quentin, July 3-8)

Festival & event, Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick, Canada

Lobster festival, Shediac, New Brunswick Canada

5. Shediac Lobster Festival

Can someone pass the butter, please? Shediac is the Lobster Capital of the World, so each year we carve out 5 full days to celebrate this mouth-watering dish. Make sure you bring your bib if you’re coming to the Shediac Lobster Festival. (Shediac, July 4-8)

Inspire Festival, Moncton, Tourism New Brunswick  Canada

7. Inspire Festival

The streets of Moncton come alive during this street art festival that’s anything but ordinary. For 7 days the cityscape is transformed into a visual wonderland with murals, live art, interactive installations, performances and so much more. The best part? You can even transform into a human canvas during the festival’s Colour Party in the Park. (Moncton, July 9-14)

8. Fisheries and Aquaculture Festival

The vibrant fishing town of Shippagan celebrates its maritime heritage during the New Brunswick Fisheries and Aquaculture Festival. If you’ve never seen a blessing of the fleet, here’s your chance! Sporting events, concerts, seafood tastings, craft fair, food markets and more. (Shippagan, July 14-22)

Festivals & events, Shippagan, New Brunswick Canada

Buskers on the Bay Festival, Saint John, Tourism New Brunswick  Canada

9. Buskers on the Bay Festival

If you want street theatre at its best, you’ll want to head to Saint John this summer for the Buskers on the Bay Festival. Five days and nights of side-splitting comedy and miraculous feats are waiting for you. (Saint John, July 18-22)

10. Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival

The Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival will strike a chord with classical music lovers. Enjoy an authentic acoustic experience in beautiful historic churches with performances on period instruments. (Lamèque, July 26-28)

Sainte-Cécile Church, Lamèque Island, New Brunswick Canada

Highland games festival, city of Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada

11. Highland games Festival

Did someone say haggis? Put on your kilt and revel in Scottish culture, music, food, workshops, traditional heavy events, whisky-tasting and so much more during the New Brunswick Highland Games Festival. (Fredericton, July 27-29)

12. La Foire Brayonne

Celebrate the legendary Republic of Madawaska during La Foire Brayonne. Immerse yourself in the vibrant Brayon culture and history during one of the largest Canadian Francophone festivals east of Quebec. (Edmundston, August 1-5)

Foire Brayonne, Edmundston, New Brunswick  Canada

Acadian festival & event, Caraquet, New Brunswick Canada

13. Festival acadien de Caraquet

Get ready to party loud and proud at the biggest Acadian celebration of the year. With a spectacular program of 400 artists and events, including the joyous Tintamarre parade on Acadian Day, you’ll experience joie de vivre at its best at the Festival acadien de Caraquet(Caraquet, August 3-15)

14. Folksong Festival

Fancy a fiddle? Are you feelin’ folky? You’ll want to make your way to Miramichi to experience the Folksong Festival, Canada’s longest running folk festival. Headlining in 2018 is the celebrated band The Barra MacNeils. (Miramichi, August 5-10)

Miramichi Folksong Festival, Miramichi, New Brunswick  Canada

Festival & event, Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada

15. Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta

It’s a balloon bonanza. Hot air balloons of every shade take to the skies during the Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta. Take a balloon ride, visit the car show or the craft fair, watch the teddy bear parade, or have fun on the amusement rides during Atlantic Canada’s most colourful festival. (Sussex, September 7-9)

16. Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

Get funky and dance the night away. This event features both internationally renowned musicians and up-and-coming artists on the same stage. There is something for every music lover at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. (Fredericton, September 11-16)

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada

Indulge Festival, Saint Andrews, New Brunswick Canada

17. Indulge

Calling all foodies. Please your palate and experience a taste of Saint Andrews during Indulge Festival. You’ll get to enjoy delicious, interactive food and wine experiences in a beautiful seaside setting. (Saint Andrews, October 10-14)

18. World Wine & Food Expo

Expand your knowledge of wine or simply head out for an afternoon or evening of fun at this Moncton expo. A full week of wine-related events includes dinners, wine and food seminars, and the ever-popular Grand Tasting Sessions featuring hundreds of wines from around the world. Think your palate is ready? (Moncton, October 27-November 3)



Still have energy to party? Check out more New Brunswick festivals and events.

World Wine & Food Expo, Moncton, New Brunswick  Canada