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What’s Happening for Father’s Day and More in the Greater Moncton Area (2018)

Welcome to another lovely weekend, filled with fun and hopefully sun!

Summer weather has (mostly) arrived – and with that comes the move to outdoors for Riverview’s Chocolate River Farmer’s Market! This mid-week market has been growing steadily since it launched and features a fantastic mix of foods and crafts and even live music. Be sure to stop by Caseley Park on Wednesday evenings to support your local growers and makers – and be sure to tell them Pickle Planet sent you! Thanks to the market for sponsoring this week’s round up; if your business is interested in helping keep this round up going, get in touch today. We have more sponsorship opportunities available, as well as other advertising options.

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We’re going to mix things up a bit – before jumping into the weekend’s events in chronological order like we usually do, let’s focus first on …


The Moncton SportsDome is holding a Father’s Day special during their Friday night paintball session. Buy one walk-on pass to play for $35, and get Dad’s for free! Beginners play at 6pm, intermediate at 8pm.

Scholar’s Choice is focusing on Father’s Day crafts during their regular Smart Saturday session.

Chapters is holding a Captain Underpants-inspired tribute to Dads on Saturday at 11am.

Michaels’ Kid Craft on Saturday is making Father’s Day cards. Check the site for times and cost.

A lovely way to start Father’s Day is participating in the Three Fathers Memorial Run, created to honour RCMP Constables Douglas Larche, Dave Ross, and Fabrice Gevaudan. Funds raised at the event are used to provide scholarships to the six local high schools served by the Codiac RCMP.

The Cape Jourimain Nature Centre is holding a Father’s Day Brunch – as well as celebrating their season opening! – on Sunday.

There’s also a regular Sunday brunch at Broadleaf Ranch that could be a great outing; they have trail rides and so much more.

There’s a Father’s Day Car Show & Shine in Caseley Park in Riverview on Sunday.

Dads can jump free with a paid child admission at Get Air on Sunday.

And Moncton’s own Fisher Cats are hosting the Chatham Ironmen for a home game at 7pm on Father’s Day – with lots of extra prizes and goodies to celebrate!


The drive-in can be such a great family outing – and a great way for parents to try to sneak in a date night without a babysitter if the kids will sleep through the shows! This weekend, Shediac’s Nepture Drive In is showing The Incredibles 2 in both English and French, with A Wrinkle in Time and Action Point as the second features. In Sussex, it’s Action Point and A Quiet Place. The Saturday Cineplex Family Favourites ($2.99 for an 11am movie!) is Justice League.

The Rest of the Weekend Fun

The Boys & Girls Club of Dieppe is holding its monthly family supper Friday at 6pm; everyone welcome for hamburgers and hot dogs on the BBQ!

The School of Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada is presenting Snow White Friday night, featuring performances by more than 70 students of the school.

Friday night kicks off the annual Spring Star Fest at Kouchibouguac National Park. Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will have telescopes set-up both Friday and Saturday nights for the public to enjoy.

There’s a great chance to enjoy live music with the family on Friday night. As part of the Moncton Highland Games, two fantastic bands will play a concert under a tent at the Hal Betts Sportsfield Friday at 7pm. Food will be available, so this is an all-ages event, but the Pump House taps will also be flowing! Admission is $10 to hear La Viree & The American Rogues.

Before the concert, those wishing to try their hand at the traditional Heavy Events associated with Highland Games can register for a free workshop from 5:30pm to 7pm.

The big draw for families this weekend is the annual Moncton Highland Games! In addition to the traditional Highland Dance, Piping, Drumming and Heavy Athletics competitions, the Games includes family fun with bouncy castles, wagon rides, face painting, and more. There is a petting zoo, demonstrations of falconry, fly casting, shearing sheep, spinning wool, and archery; workshops (included with admission) that featuring genealogy, musical instruments, singing, wearing the great belted plaid, and weapons and tactics of the Scottish Highlander, sheep dog trials, highland cattle, and more. There will also be live music with Ivan & Vivian Hicks, the Sussex Avenue Fiddlers, La Viree, and The American Rogues throughout the day in the Pump House Ceilidh Tent, and massed bands at noon and 5pm. Admission to the Games is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and children 12 and under are free. There is a family rate for two adults and children of $25; you can also participate in the 5k Tartan Fun Run at 10am to enjoy free admission to the Games.


By the way – did you check out our special round up of our best bets for family fun at festivals in the GMA this summer? The Moncton Highland Games is just the first of many fantastic local events we think you’d like to attend with the family! We’ve also included some of the most interesting festivals from around the province; be sure to check it out! And if you’re looking for adventures and day trip inspiration around the province, our pal Ingrid Elyse has a great list for families!

Seven Family Festivals to Enjoy in Summer 2018

Back to this weekend!

Looking for a cool drink on Saturday – and a young entrepreneur to support? Gee’s 7 Lemon is having its grand opening at 11am! Stop by 77 Park Street to enjoy a lemonade – and be sure to tell his mom Pickle Planet sent you! (Stand scheduled to close at 1pm – give or take how much lemonade is sold.) (Inspiration – and lemonade stand – courtesy of the Family Academy Mini Maker Workshop.)

Camp Wildwood is holding an open house on Saturday from noon until 4pm. You can try out the zip line, the pool, canoeing, and much more. This Christian camp offers traditional overnight sessions, as well as mini camps, throughout the summer. (For more on summer camps in the area, check out our directory with several amazing local options!)

Bass Pro Shops is promoting fishing as a family again this weekend, with a free catch & release pond, crafts, and free workshops to learn more, including a 2pm session on Saturday titled ‘Take the Kids Fishing: How, Where, and What you Need.’

There is also lots to enjoy at the Moncton Public Library, including this weekend’s Welcome to Kindergarten event for children heading to school in the fall (call 869-6000 to register), and a Brazilian storytime on Saturday.

Sackville’s Campbell Carriage Factory Museum opens for the season this Sunday with a blacksmithing demonstration, plant sale, crafts and games for kids, and more between noon and 5pm.

Plage de l’Aboiteau is holding a celebration on Sunday afternoon, complete with live music, bouncy castles, and more.

And don’t forget to visit our Round Up Sponsor, Riverview’s Chocolate River Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays from 4pm to 7pm outside city hall. Click here to join the Facebook event for next week’s market – because after watching this video, you’ll want to go!

A reminder that our weekly round up is a highlight of events that are happening; for a more exhaustive list of ALL kinds of kid-friendly outings, check out our MEGA LIST of What to Do With the Kids in Moncton!

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