Hard to believe it’s the Labour Day Long Weekend! We have lots of great events happening around the Greater Moncton Area to ring in September, so let’s begin!
It’s the 20th annual Greater Moncton Pride Week, with lots of wonderful events happening all week; check out the Pride schedule for details. The big event is the Pride Parade on Saturday! There’s a youth pre-event from 10am until noon at Dieppe Youth House. The parade begins at 1:30pm at Moncton’s Main Street and Foundry Street, runs the length of Main, then ends at Main and Downing. The parade makes its way to Riverfront Park where there is a fair from 2pm until 4:30pm, followed by a concert at 8:30pm in the park. The concert is free and all ages; there will be a beer garden. (PS: You can get your hair braided with sparkles at Sequoia Downtown, with the team from Reverie Hair Loft, before the parade!)
Wild Blueberry Week has wrapped up, but you can still find our list of blueberry u-picks here! Be sure to click through to the sources – u-picks are very weather & condition dependant, but many are still open. Soon we’ll have an updated apple orchard & pumpkin patch round up to share, too!
Trueman Blueberry Farms’ is a great spot for blueberries, ice cream, and more – including their sunflower maze which is open now, too!
Speaking of sunflowers, Salisbury’s Green Pig Market is again holding a Sunflower Festival this weekend. There will be live music, craft vendors, and more on site, as well as fields of flowers in which you to take photos. The market’s corn mazes are also opening this weekend, so you can make a real adventure of it! (There are three corn mazes; a large one and two mini-mazes great for little ones! The mazes open Friday at noon; the pumpkin blaster isn’t open yet, and the play area will also be taken over by the Sunflower Festival this weekend. Parents with toddlers – THIS is the place to head during the week this fall with the littles; mazes they can enjoy, lots of space to run, and great prices without crowds during the week. Grab your Mama Friends and make a plan now!)
There’s also Geek Fest happening in Moncton this weekend, with events at the Crowne Plaza. Vendors, panel discussions, game rooms, and more.
At the movies this weekend …
- The Sussex Drive In is showing Good Boys, Hobbs & Shaw, and on Sunday, 47 Meters Down.
- Neptune Drive In in Shediac is playing he Lion King and Toy Story 4; showtime is around 8:40pm.
- The $2.99 Saturday morning special listed at Cineplex is Ugly Dolls.
- Moncton Public Library offers free family movies (1pm in English, 3pm in French) each Sunday this summer
- Enbridge is hosting free public movies in Renton Park on Thursdays in August, with canteen sales supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Moncton. This week it’s scheduled to be Hotel Transylvania 3.
It’s a great weekend to plan for some indoor activities, so consider a night out to support local theatre. Moncton has a strong and talented community theatre scene, with Roundhouse Productions currently presenting The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. There are performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, as well as a Saturday matinee. We’re told by parents who are part of the cast that all ages are welcome and they would consider the play appropriate for children ages 10 and up.
Our friends at Chapters Moncton have a fun Soar Into Kindergarten program running weekend! Participants ages four and five will practice using scissors, gluing, holding a pencil, enjoy some stories, and more much. You can register in person at the store, or call 506-855-8075 – and be sure to tell them Pickle Planet sent you!
We know lots of our Pickle Planet families are runners – so you might already know about the fantastic Atlantique Rock Run musical relay race happening Saturday afternoon at Bore View Park in Downtown Moncton. This is a fundraiser for Crossroads for Women and is sure to be a great event; the 10km walk/run musical relay can have up to five teammates, there’s a kids’ musical race that’s just 750m, and a free concert with Christine Campbell, Big Bad Party Band, and Izabelle after the run at 5pm!
Saturday is Play Music on the Porch Day and The Painted Haus Art Café in Riverside is inviting everyone to drop by for a free session.
Fundy National Park is wrapping up its Sounds of Summer concert series this Saturday with a performance by Jamie Comeau & The Crooked Teeth. Concerts are free with park admission.
Port Elgin is planning a fun day on Saturday, with a community yard and bake sale, kids activities, a BBQ, and a rubber ducky race fundraiser!
Steeves House is holding an ice cream social to mark the end of summer vacation. Cost is $5.
Bass Pro Shops is holding a Labour Day Festival, with lots of extra activities, seminars, free face painting and hot dogs at certain times, and more. Check their site for details!
Saturday evening in Dieppe, Woven Cultures & Katimavik are hosting Danse in the Park at Place 1604. This is a non-alcohol, family-friendly event celebrating music and dance from around the world!
As of September 1, there is no charge to park at Parlee Beach for the rest of 2019!
Sunday in Dieppe it’s another Parc Electronik party, with Afro Beat/Dancehall Party, DJ Empire, & Madvibz playing for family-friendly outdoor fun.
Foods of the Fundy Valley is hosting a community picnic in Hillsborough on Sunday, potluck style. There will be live music, three-legged races, and more.
Issa Seck is hosting a free ‘back-to-school bully proof’ seminar on Sunday to celebrate the opening of FitCamp90s licensed after-school daycare. Parents must attend with children; spaces are limited, so head to their site to register and secure yours now.
Candy Depot Moncton is holding its Grand Opening on Sunday; so excited to check out this candy store on Mountain Road!
Have you made it out to play at Dieppe’s Connexion Zone yet? Don’t wait; it’s only there until September 3! Play life-sized games and so much more at Place 1604.
Still wondering what else might interest your family this weekend? Remember, you can always find inspiration on our MEGA LIST with links to local attractions!
Looking ahead, it’s back to school this week (check out our tips for first-timers here & plan to shop here for great deals on Sept. 14) & then the awesome Atlantic Balloon Fiesta in Sussex and a new event that we’re super excited about:
Kreativ Children’s Festival Jeunesse, presented by The School of Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada at the Avenir Centre, is happening on Saturday, September 7th. This is a free, outdoor event (rain date Sunday) with live performances, workshops, photobooth (the costumes are going to be amazing – think of some of the theatre shows the ballet has produced lately!), and much more. Go click ‘going’ on their Facbeook event so you’ll get all the updates & details! #ad
A quick reminder: fall programs are gearing up for registration; if you’re interested in promoting your activity via Pickle Planet to reach thousands of local families, drop us a note. We’re offering a special advertising promotion right now!!
Happy Labour Day Long Weekend, Moncton & Area families! Cheers to a great back to fall routine, whatever that looks like for your family – and as always, thanks for your support & for sharing our posts with your friends & families!
PS: The latest issue of Family 1st/Famille en premier is now available – with a version for Moncton, Fredericton, AND Saint John!
You can head into the Telegraph-Journal, The Daily Gleaner, or The Times & Transcript offices or visit any of these fantastic partners to pick up a free copy!
In the Greater Moncton Area:
Boys and Girls Club of Dieppe / Repaire Jeunesse de Dieppe
Moncton Public Library
International Welcome Centre – Queen Elizabeth School
Maggie’s Place Cumberland
hop skip jump Indoor Play Space Moncton
Sky Zone Dieppe/Greater Moncton
SAGE Solutions Inc.
Memramcook’s Social Pediatrics Centre
Early Childhood Family Resource Centre de Ressources à la Petite Enfance
Debbie Melanson-Hebert N.D.
Coastal Inns Dieppe
Place Resurgo Place
The Hopewell Rocks
Canadian Parents for French New Brunswick
In the Fredericton area:
Pita Pit Fredericton
J. Donovan Law Group
Enchanted Woods Play Cafe
In the Saint John area:
Saint John Toyota
And watch for copies coming soon to Chapters, too!
Cover Photos by Madison Massey Photography, Kelly Lawson Photography, & Ben Champoux Photography
Interested in more info? FamilyFamille1@brunswicknews.com