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There’s always a reason to celebrate here in New Brunswick. One of our favourite reason? Festival season is back and we’ve rounded up some festivals and events we just can’t wait for over 2024 - including our 6 signature festivals.

For a full list of what’s happening this year, dive head first into our festivals and events listings.

striper cup
The thrill of striped bass fishing on the Miramichi River
Miramichi Striper Cup (May 24-26)

*Signature Festival*

The Miramichi Striper Cup is Atlantic Canada’s premier striped bass fishing experience. It is held in Miramichi each year during the month of May and attracts thousands of anglers. Teams of up to 4 people complete over two days to record the most weight. Over $100,000 in cash and prizes are awarded each year!

Giant Lobster, Shediac
The world's largest lobster in Shediac, New Brunswick
Shediac Lobster Festival (July 5-14)

Can someone pass the butter, please? Shediac is the Lobster Capital of the World, so each year we carve out a whole week to celebrate this mouth-watering dish. Make sure you bring your bib if you’re coming to the Shediac Lobster Festival, and don’t forget to indulge in all the food, music and activities – more than 50 to choose from!

Atlantic Ballet’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations
Dining and a night at the ballet with the sea as a real-life backdrop
Ballet by the Ocean, Grande-Digue (July 3 - August 10)

Atlantic Ballet’s Ballet by the Ocean is an outstanding artistic event series that combines dance and food in a natural waterfront setting. Immerse yourself with the incredible performances from the dancers of Atlantic Ballet while enjoying expert food pairings from some of New Brunswick’s best chefs–all experienced alongside the beautiful Acadian coast.

Festival Western, Saint-Quentin
Professional rodeo at Saint-Quentin's Western Festival
Western Festival, Saint-Quentin (July 9-14)

Calling all cowgirls and cowboys! If you like concerts, rodeos and saloons, you’ll wanna put Saint-Quentin's Western Festival on your to-do list. Professional rodeo, horse pull, parades, line dancing–you’ll definitely fill your boots. Plaid isn’t mandatory, but encouraged.

Iconic boats in Shippagan
Colourful fishing boats at rest in Shippagan
New Brunswick Fisheries and Aquaculture Festival (July 13-21)

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 to witness this tradition and marvel at the fishing boats decorated in bright colours. Sporting events, concerts, seafood tastings, craft fair, food markets and more.

Area506 Festival Saint John
Party at the Port City's container village
Area 506 Fest, Saint John (august 2-4)

*Signature Festival*

One of New Brunswick’s most creative festivals is making waves out of the Saint John port. Area 506 is the place to be on New Brunswick Day weekend–dancing the night away with Canadian artists to suit all musical tastes in a village of 60 shipping containers with retail shops, a bar, food trucks and public art.

Festival Royal, Edmundston
Long weekend concerts at Festival Royal in Edmundston
Festival Royal, Edmundston (august 2-3)

Since 2022, the new Festival Royal has brilliantly filled the shoes of the Foire Brayonne after that legendary festival ended in 2020 after 40 years. Electronic and rock music, big ticket names, events and fun activities set downtown Edmundston ablaze with energy during the August long weekend.

Festival acadien de Caraquet
Acadian Tintamarre parade in Caraquet
Festival acadien de Caraquet (August 5-15)

*Signature Festival*

Get ready to party loud and proud at the biggest Acadian celebration of the year. With a spectacular program of many 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.

Larlee Creek Hullabaloo Music Festival, Perth-Andover
Celebrating music in the St. John River valley
Larlee Creek Hullabaloo, Perth-Andover (August 7-11)

You won’t be able to keep your toes from tapping during this down-home jam fest. The Larlee Creek Hullabaloo is known for its genre rich lineup, collaborative performances and downhome hospitality. Bring your tent or camper and settle in for some of Atlantic Canada’s best music alongside friendly locals.

Fundy Sea Shanty Festival, St. Martins
Songs of the sea in St. Martins, by the bay of Fundy
Fundy Sea Shanty Festival, St. Martins (August 9-11)

Ahoy Mateys! Anchored in the quaint fishing village of St. Martins, the Fundy Sea Shanty Festival, the only one of its kind in Atlantic Canada, celebrates New Brunswick's maritime heritage with shanty performances, workshops, historical presentations, a pirate encampment, chowder and rum tastings, family activities and more!

Adrenaline Bike Festival, Sugarloaf Provincial Park
Mountain biking race at Sugarloaf Park in New Brunswick
Adrenaline Bike Festival, Sugarloaf Provincial Park (August 16-18)

*Signature Festival*

Get ready for a full weekend of non-stop mountain biking and trailside fun at Sugarloaf Bike Park’s Adrenaline Bike Festival. There will be thrilling competitions for all categories and all ages: downhill and x-country races, bike rodeo, pump track challenge, pond crossing, and more.

Atlantic Balloon Fiesta, Sussex
Hot air balloons dot the sky above the town of Sussex, NB
Atlantic Balloon Fiesta, Sussex (September 5-8)

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 and huge indoor market, or bring the kids to the amusement rides during Atlantic Canada’s most colourful festival.

Blue Rodeo, 2022 Harvest Music Festival, Fredericton. PHOTO CREDIT James West
Blue Rodeo on stage at the 2022 Harvest Music Festival. PHOTO CREDIT: James West
Harvest Music Festival, Fredericton (September 10-15)

*Signature Festival*

Get funky and dance the night away. This event features both internationally renowned musicians and up-and-coming artists in multiple venues all over the capital city. There is something for every music lover at the Harvest Music Festival.

Indigenous Culture
Traditional Indigenous powwow in Elsipogtog
Elsipogtog Annual Powwow, Elsipogtog First Nation (September)

Celebrate Mi’gmaw heritage and Aboriginal culture with arts, crafts, food, dancing, drumming and more sacred and social activities at the annual powwow of the Elsipogtog First Nation, near Richibucto. This gathering attracts hundreds from across Canada and the United States. Everyone is welcome!

Indulge Food & Wine Festival, Saint Andrews
Food and wine tasting extravaganza in Saint Andrews by the sea, NB
Indulge Food and Wine Festival, Saint Andrews (October 16-20)

*Signature Festival*

Calling all foodies. Please your palate and experience a taste of Saint Andrews during Indulge Food and Wine Festival. You’ll get to enjoy delicious, interactive food and wine experiences as well as music concerts in a beautiful seaside setting.