Well, hello August long weekend!
Our MEGA LIST is always available, with dozens of ideas for family fun in the Greater Moncton Area. Speaking of dozens of ideas, we’ve got you covered for this long weekend, too! Take a read, find a fun idea, and share with a friend or two – we’d love your support in spreading this great resource to everyone!
At the movies this weekend …
- the Sussex Drive In is showing Yesterday, Hobbs & Shaw, and a triple feature on Sunday
- Neptune DriveIn in Shediac is playing Hobbs & Shaw and Yesterday
- there isn’t a $2.99 Saturday morning special at Cineplex until the end of the month
- Dieppe shows family movies on Thursday nights
- Moncton Public Library offers free family movies (1pm in English, 3pm in French) each Sunday this summer
The Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, is holding a free community BBQ on Friday at Sommet Park (outside Moncton’s Aberdeen Cultural Centre), starting at 11am.
Friday in Sackville there’s an All Things That Float workshop for families at the Campbell Carriage Factory; admission is $5, begins at 10am. A fun way to learn about shipbuilding & history.
On Friday evening, the inaugural performance of the Sackville Waterfowl Park Performing Artist-in-Residence will take place at 6pm at the covered bridge in the park. This is a free contemporary dance event that is open to all ages.
Saturday is Carnival Day at the Hillsborough Farmers Market! Enjoy live music with Fundy Ceilidh, appearances by Elsa and Anna, flame throwing and acrobatic acts, horse rides, water games, face painting, bouncy castles, BBQ, cake, and more! Canadian National Teen Miss Brooklyn Wilkins will be collecting non-perishable food items for the food bank and volunteers with What Kids Need Moncton will be collecting new or used clothing donations. Check the event listing for more details!
Saturday and Sunday is the 6th annual Fundy All Nations Pow Wow in Fundy National Park. Head to the Headquarters Bluff by the Visitor Centre to enjoy music, food, dance, and more.
A special Sappyfest edition of Make Something Sunday takes place at Sackville’s Owens Art Gallery on Sunday, with people of all ages invited to come and create buttons, zines, and more.
Broadleaf Ranch is celebrating New Brunswick Day early on Sunday with brunch, $5 wagon rides from noon until 2pm, and free chances to try canoeing, the adventure barn, and horseback rides. Check their Facebook page for all the details!
Moncton’s Thomas Williams House is also celebrating New Brunswick Day on Sunday, with admission by donation and free cake in the Tearoom. Open 10am to 6pm.
USVA Nordic spa offers a family experience on the first Sunday of each month.
The Moncton Fisher Cats have a home game Sunday night at Kiwanis Park; game time is 7pm.
Monday, August 5 is New Brunswick Day. There is always one community chosen to host the official celebration for the province; this year, it’s Pokemouche on the Acadian Cost. If you want to join the fun, head to La-Rivière School (on Route 11) for 10am; enjoy music, family activities, food, mini petting zoo rock painting, and more until 4:30pm.
All provincial parks are FREE admission on Monday, as is Hopewell Rocks (live music & magician on site, low tide walk at 10am, and more), the NB Railway Station Museum in Hillsborough, & the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John!
In Dieppe, New Brunswick Day will be celebrated with water games and a family Amazing Race at Rotary Park. The fun begins at 10am.
Hillsborough is planning to have fireworks (they were rained out on Canada Day!) on Monday night to celebrate New Brunswick Day at the ballfield on Main Street, starting at 10pm. You can also enjoy a free visit to the NB Railway Station Museum during the day, a scavenger hunt at the Steeves House Museum (entry fee of $5/team), and free bouncy castles, face painting, and more at the Main Street playground at 6pm.
Sussex’s celebration is planned for O’Connell Park (rain location 8th Hussars Sports Centre), with a free BBQ, games, petting zoo, and more!
Shediac will celebrate at Pascal Poirier Park with a BBQ, cake, inflatables, and more!
Sackville’s celebrations will take place at Bill Johnstone Memorial Park with live music, BBQ, cake walk, and more happening during the day.
Aboiteau Beach will celebrate New Brunswick Day beginning at 2pm; at 3pm children’s entertainer Art Richard will perform and there will be balloon twisting available throughout the afternoon. Live music goes until 8:30pm.
Monday is also the first annual Family Day organized by the Filipino Association of New Brunswick, being held at Riverview’s Caseley Park.
Happy long weekend, everyone!