One of the easiest ways to plan a fantastic staycation is to check out our Pickle Planet picks for 10 top summer festivals for families in the Greater Moncton Area. Throw in a night of backyard camping and a trip to a new splash pad or park and you’ve got a weekend the kids will love!
There are way more than 10 great local festival this summer; this chronological list includes ones with specific events geared to young children or that our family has enjoyed in the past. Here’s the full list; scroll down for links and details!
Moncton Highland Games (June 11-17)
The Moncton Highland Games are always a great family outing! There are massed pipe and drum bands, highland dancing competitions, archery and sheep dog demonstrations, and the heavy events. There are food vendors on site, a beer tent, and lots of entertainment and workshops throughout the day. Head to Hal Betts Field on June 17 for the big event, but watch for special activities all week!
Riverview’s Sunfest (June 24 – July 1)
The Town of Riverview always puts on a top-notch community festival, Sunfest, at the end of June. Watch for great events like the Magical Children’s Summer Party June 25 at the Cocoa Room, the annual Teddy Bear Picnic in the park, geocaching events, a bonfire on the Dobson Trail, laser tag at the skate park, and the always-popular soap slide on Friday afternoon (ages six to 12). Wrap things up by dressing in red & white and joining the Silly Hat Parade along the waterfront on July 1, followed by Canada Day celebrations and the tri-community fireworks.
Whoa! Canada & POPS NB (July 1 &2)
Speaking of Canada Day, we can’t skip the special Canada 150 events taking place in Moncton! Watch for kids’ events during the day at Riverfront Park, followed by a massive free outdoor concert with a family-friendly start time of 4pm. Headliners include Bois Joli, The Glorious Sons, Coeur de pirate, and Alan Doyle. The fireworks – sure to be extra impressive this celebration year – wrap up the night.
On July 2, return to the waterfront for another free concert! For four hours (6pm to 10pm), more than 400 orchestral musicians, including the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and opera singer Measha Brueggergosman, will perform. The highlight of the POPS NB concert will be the world premiere of a piece composed by Howard Shore (think of the music from Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, and Silence of the Lambs) for Canada 150.
Shediac Lobster Festival (July 5-9)
There is much more to the Shediac Lobster Festival than great eating! The big draw for the kids are the midway rides and the children’s parade. This year you can enjoy family-friendly performances by Féeli tout, Roland Gauvin et M. Crapeau, Magician Rémi Boudreau, Art Richard, as well as free downtown appearances by Cirque Stella, Dance Envy, and Baton Atlantix.
Festival Inspire (July 10-16)
Watch our community be transformed before your eyes! Inspire brings some of the world’s best mural artists to our streets – with lots of extra fun thrown in the mix, too.
Mosaiq Multicultural Festival (July 21 & 22)
Celebrate all the cultures that make up the Greater Moncton Area at this fantastic two-day Mosaiq Multicultural Festival! Amazing artists from around the world, performing for free. Food, workshops, and more. Always a must-attend event!
ImaginAIR (July 27 – 30)
A brand-new festival that looks fantastic, ImaginAIR is presented by the City of Dieppe. Expect kites, circus acts, culinary arts, and fireworks! Most events will be at Dover Park, along with a family dance night at Place 1604, and food events at the new Wingate Hotel. A special draw for families will be the Atlantic Canadian debut of Bimana, a performance troop with giant puppets, solar balloons, and spectacular kites.
Salisbury Community Days (August 17 – 20)
Salisbury is inviting everyone to Be Our Guest at this year’s Disney-themed Community Days! Did you know that Salisbury’s Highland Park is featured as one of the coolest parks in Canada? A great reason to come visit! Community Days also includes a parade, events in the park, workshops, and more.
Rising Tide Festival (August 18 – 20)
Whether you’re camping in the park or not, you can take in the fantastic Rising Tide Festival. There are events throughout the day, including storytelling sessions and musical performances with some of the best artists on the East Coast.
Atlantic Balloon Fiesta (September 8 – 10)
The summer festival season wraps up by filling the skies over Sussex with incredible sights! The Atlantic Balloon Fiesta is an annual tradition for many, but if you haven’t been, it’s worth the trip. In addition to the balloon flights and paid rides, there are carnival rides, laser tag, vendors and concessions, live music, an antique car show, and more.
These are just a few of the family-friendly events happening in our area this summer. For more inspiration from around the province, visit Tourism New Brunswick! And be sure to share below – what’s on your must-do list?