19 New Brunswick Festivals To Be Excited For in 2019

There’s always a reason to celebrate here in New Brunswick. That’s why we’ve rounded up the 19 concerts, festivals and events we’re stoked to attend in 2019.

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!

1. National Skating Championships

Skate Canada is hosting the National Skating Championships in the City of Saint John for the first time. Get ready to see top figure skating talent on the ice at Harbour Station, with 250 of the nation’s best skaters in the men, women, pairs, and ice dance disciplines. (Saint John, January 14-20)

2. 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 24-February 10)

3. 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, April 3-7)

4. Frye Festival

Book clubs, roundtables, creative writing workshops, public talks and readings, youth events… oh my! Moncton’s Frye Festival is Atlantic Canada's largest literary happening and a bookworm's paradise. (Moncton, April 27-May 4)

5. 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 8-13)

6. 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 8-14)

7. 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 crustacean. Make sure you bring your bib if you’re coming to the Shediac Lobster Festival. (Shediac, July 10-14)

8. Pabineau First Nation Powwow

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 Powwow, near Bathurst. (Pabineau First Nation, July 13-14)

9. 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 13-21)

10. Buskers on the Bay Festival

If you like street theatre at its best, you’ll want to head to Saint John this summer for the Buskers on the Bay Festival. Six days and nights of side-splitting comedy and miraculous feats are waiting for you. (Saint John, July 16-21)

11. 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 25-27)

12. 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 26-28)

13. 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, July 31 - August 4)

14. 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(August 3-15)

15. 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. Concerts, community dinners, musical cruises, workshops, children’s show and true Miramichi hospitality await. (Miramichi, August 4-9)

16. 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 6-8)

17. 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 10-15)

18. La Grande Grouille

Enter an intriguing world as you follow the winding paths of the New Brunswick Botanical Garden during this spectacular fall event. 3,000 pumpkins, unworldly creatures, mysterious decors and artistic circus performances bring a sense of wonder. (Edmundston, October 3-6)

19. 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 16-20)

BONUS FOR 2019: World Acadian Congress

The world’s largest Acadian gathering happens only once every five years, so don’t miss your chance! The 2019 Congrès mondial acadien (World Acadian Congress) will bring a wave of cultural events and activities over the Northumberland Strait, from Prince Edward Island to southeastern New Brunswick. Acadians and friends of Acadie are all invited!  (August 10-24)