Happy Canada Day Long Weekend, everyone! (PS: This post is from 2017. For recent updates, head to our home page!)
Looking for an easy treat this weekend? Check out our most-pinned post ever – watermelon maple leafs! We’re also working on a fun project with some lights that will be revealed on Twitter and Instagram on Canada Day – be sure to follow us and let us know what you think!
The big excitement in our home each Canada Day is the eldest Pickle’s birthday party. Wish us luck this year; it looks like it will be our first indoor party and she was allowed to invite her whole kindergarten class plus more! For a look back on the simpler days, check out her DIY cake smash for her first birthday.
Now, on to the details everyone wants to know. First, the weather isn’t looking like the sunniest for this weekend, so take that into consideration and please DOUBLE CHECK with any of the events listed to ensure weather hasn’t changed plans since we put this together.
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First up, some Friday fun.
The launch of Midis Musique takes place Friday at 11:30am, rain or shine! Head to Oak Lane or the lobby of the Capitol Theatre, depending on the weather. Hear the line up for the summer and enjoy live music with Isabelle Cormier.
You can enjoy Trolls (in French) at the Dieppe Public Library on Friday afternoon.
And don’t forget the final days of Riverview’s Sunfest. The always-popular soap slide (ages six to 12) is scheduled for Byron Court Park on Friday afternoon!
Canada Day Celebrations
Resurgo Place is offering $1.50 admission on Saturday from 10am to 5pm, with an on-site craft included; a great option for entertaining the family if the weather isn’t cooperating! The Zoo and PlayTime Kiddo Bouncy Castle Park are also open on Canada Day, and Parlee Beach is free admission. The Family Favourite movie at Cineplex is Back to the Future.
Riverview is planning a large party on Coverdale Road from noon until 6pm. Free bouncy castles and games, face painting, treats, and more – including a vendor market. Live music will be provided by Salima MacDonald, Shelley Bean and the Duckety Muds, Gold City Ashes, Jared Lutes, and The Spinney Brothers. There will be prizes for those dressed in red and white! (Rain location is Byron Dobson Arena Complex.)
Dieppe holds its Canada Day celebration starting at 9:30am at Place 1604. Lots of family fun planned until early afternoon!
Moncton’s celebration is planned for Riverfront Park – and it’s a pretty full line-up! Live music on the Downing Place Stage starting at 10am (Izzy and the Prohibition, Cy, The Backyard Devils, Joey Robin Hache, the Monoxides), Reggae Ensoleillé in the Moncton Library parking lot (hosted by Festival Inspire, it’s a headphone disco beach party), a kids’ stage at Riverfront Park starting at 11am (Feeli Tout, Art Richard, Remi Boudreau) and a kids’ playzone with bouncy games, face painting, and more in the park, local vendors, free bike valet, a craft beer garden, and the big show starting at 4pm with Bois Joli, The Glorious Sons, Coeur de pirate, and Alan Doyle.
The tri-community fireworks are planned for Saturday night at 10pm.
Memramcook’s celebrations begin at 11:30am with official ceremonies, then continue with a BBQ, kids’ games, live music, and more. Activities will be at Monument-Lefebvre or inside the arena, depending on the weather.
Shediac waits until the evening to kick things off, with a lobster eating contest, live music, and fireworks scheduled for 10pm.
Petitcodiac’s Canada Day Parade is planned for 6pm, with fireworks at 9:30pm. During the day there’s a soapbox race, free swimming, kids’ music, and more!
Salisbury will celebrate early in the day, with a kids’ parade scheduled for 10am, followed by the official opening of the new splash pad at Highland Park, and entertainment from noon until 2pm with the Zack Lane Trio.
Sackville’s celebration begins at noon, with an afternoon full of events, including face painting, crafts, Lewis the Clown, BBQ, cake, and more. The location of choice is Bill Johnstone Park, but rain location is Tantramar Veterans Memorial Park. There’s also a strawberry social at Boultenhouse Heritage Centre and children’s activities scheduled for Lillas Fawcett Park.
If you’re in Albert County, you can enjoy celebrations all day at the museum. There are also events planned for Hopewell Rocks from 1pm to 4pm.
Hillsborough’s Canada Day celebrations are taking place at the Kiwanis Ball Field, with bouncy castles, live music, cake, and more, with fireworks planned for 10pm. You can also enjoy free admission to the Steeves House Museum!
Alma is celebrating all weekend; plans for Saturday include a Red & White Children’s Canada 150 Parade along Main Street, lots of kids’ activities at the Village Common during the afternoon, special programming within Fundy Park, and fireworks planned for dusk (9:30pm) at the wharf.
Celebrations continue in Alma, with a duck race planned for the morning, a beach exploration in the afternoon, dessert theatre, and a performance by Brent Mason at the Fundy Park Ampitheatre.
POPS NB is set to be a fantastic event – so hopefully the weather cooperates for us to enjoy four orchestras performing under the open sky! Measha Brueggergosman and the NBYO will premiere a Howard Shore original composition in honour of Canada 150. Fireworks are also planned for the end of this evening performance!
The Moncton Public Library is showing Horton Hears a Who on Sunday; there’s a free film every weekend!
The first annual Smoke n’ Shine car show and burnout competition is taking place the Petty Raceway on Sunday. Kids under 12 are free; admission $15.
Hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend, whatever the weather! (PS – If it’s not raining, try our fun backyard ideas!)