February might be a short month, but it is JAM PACKED with community winter carnivals – from Salisbury to Shediac, Sackville to Sussex, in Riverview, Dieppe, Memramcook, and more! We’re sharing details on all the family fun, starting right in Moncton with the city’s newest festival, FLASH.
Created by the minds behind Festival Inspire, FLASH is a two-day extravaganza with lights, 3D mapping, projections, music, and more – with most of the events free and kid-friendly. On Friday night, February 2, Central United Church on Queen Street will be turned into The Church of The Trees, with a projected forest, interactive art displays, and performances by Ben Caplan and The Olympic Symphonium. (This is free to children 12 and under, $30 otherwise; 7pm-10:30pm.) Saturday night sees Assomption Plaza transformed by projected installations, live ice carving, circus performers, music, and so much more. There are also ticketed events happening.
The first weekend in February is also the first ever extreme skate race in Memramcook. This is a high-energy, high-skills event that is sure to be entertaining for the whole family!
Memramcook is also celebrating its Winter Carnival from February 2 to 11. In addition to the race events, there is a performance by Roland et Monsieur Crapaud on Sunday, February 4, a family fun day on Saturday, February 10, an ice show, snow shoe race, square dance, and much more!
Shediac celebrates its 40th Winter Carnival from January 31 to February 4. Some of the best options for family fun include the annual Groundhog Day visits from festival mascot Bonhomme Coueche, a showing of the LEGO Ninjago movie, laser tag, a family ice fishing tournament, outdoor concert and bonfire, skating, and much more!
Snider Mountain Ranch hosts its annual Winter West on Saturday, February 3. This afternoon is filled with sleigh rides, pony rides, skating, and more. The event is free, with food available for purchase. Also happening that day is the Snider Mountain Winter Classic, a pond hockey tournament that raises funds for the ranch’s Camper Scholarship Fund.
Riverview’s annual Winter Carnival takes place February 2 to 11 with events for everyone! There’s a geocaching challenge, free snowshoe rentals, the community ice castle build, a chance to play Crokicurl, free sleigh rides, skateboard open competition, free skate and swim, and lots more. A few events you might want to mark on the calendar: a Family Wellness Fair on Sunday, February 4, a free showing of Coco on Friday, February 9, and the annual Kiddie Karnival on Sunday, February 11. Check out the full schedule here!
Dieppe’s Friendship Carnival also begins on February 2, with a weekend planned full of sleigh rides, skating, live music and more. Things kick off with skating with the Aigles Bleu on the oval on Friday night. On Saturday be sure to check out the sugar shack, sports day, ice sculpting, evening snow shoe hike, live music, and fireworks! Sunday wraps up with a pancake breakfast, a petting farm, sleigh rides, and more.
The Greater Moncton Area is also launching another new festival this winter – the Flip Burger Festival features 10 days of gourmet creations at 14 locations. The challenge is to try them all!
Sackville’s 11th annual Winter Carnival takes place February 8 to 11, with an outdoor dance party and fireworks on Friday, the popular Family Day at Beech Hill Park on Saturday, and so many more events!
Shediac is also home to a new festival – Festival ChocoLoco celebrates “the art of chocolate” with three days full of tasty fun!
Salisbury’s Winter Carnival runs February 10 to 17, with a pond hockey tournament, firelight walk in Highland Park, sleigh rides, and family fun day with dog sled rides, maple candy, Beavertails and more to wrap it all up!
Petitcodiac Winter Carnival is scheduled for Sunday, February 18.
And don’t forget – this February New Brunswickers will enjoy a long weekend, with Monday, February 19 marking our first Family Day in the province! How will you spend the day? We’d love to know!