Holy moly – how is it November already?!
We’ve got our poppies on and are bringing out our Remembrance Day books and crafts to talk with the kids about this important time of year. And hot on the heels of that comes all things holiday, with lots of craft fairs and markets popping up this weekend already! (Oh, and we’ve been working on a great list of all kinds of Santa parades to enjoy with the family; watch for that coming soon.)
For now, we’ve got all the info you need for events and activities to keep your family entertained this weekend. Read on!
*As always, please be sure to click through to the source links for up-to-date information before heading out to an event or activity, as we are not always able to update when weather or circumstance changes plans.
All ages are welcome at the Community Coffee Hour at the Hillsborough Public Library Friday from 10am to noon. Enjoy free coffee and tea, art, puzzles, games, and socializing.
Remind your teens that they are welcome to hang out at the Riverview Public Library during their lunch break from 12 to 1pm every Friday. This safe space is provided for teens to hang out, play video games, and do other activities.
The Alma Leisure Centre hosts Weekly Card Games for all ages. Drop in at 6:30pm Friday to play Auction 45.
If your family is into craft fairs, boy or boy, have we got a weekend for you!
- The Christmas Craft Show & Dessert Cafe is happening Friday at the Sackville Curling Club.
- Queen Elizabeth’s Fall Fair will have thirty different vendors set up in the school gym on Friday evening as a fundraiser in support of school upgrades and activities.
- Ten Thousand Villages is hosting the Cornwall Fair Trade Gift Sale at West River United Church Friday and Saturday.
- The Christmas Craft and Home Distributors Sale is being held Friday and on Saturday at St. Paul’s United Church in Sussex.
- Caledonia Christmas Fair is happening at Caledonia Regional High School on Friday and Saturday.
- Stars & Stitches Primitives is holding its annual Christmas Open House Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- The Fall Into Winter Craft and Vendor Sale will be held Saturday at the Riverview Lion’s Club. Donations at the door go to both Carma Cat Rescue and Riley’s Cat Rescue.
- The Hillcrest Handmade Holiday Bazaar taking place at Hillcrest School on Saturday.
- There’s a Craft Bazaar at St. Augustine’s Church Basement on Saturday.
- St. Bernard’s Catholic Women’s League is holding their Holly Tea and Sale at St. Bernard’s Church hall on Botsford St. on Saturday afternoon.
- Or, if you prefer an auction, the Annual Sussex Kiwanis Auction starts at 10am on Saturday at the Golden Jubilee Hall in Sussex.
- And of course, there’s always the Moncton Market and the Dieppe Market to visit each weekend!
What a great way to kick start your holiday shopping! We’ll have some Pickle Planet Gift Guides coming soon to help you, too, AND be sure to mark November 16 on your calendar for a little shopping at the Grapevine Events’ Fall Women’s Sale so you can shop the closets of 100 local women – including clothes, shoes, accessories, books, home decor, and more!
But if crafts, bake sales, and auctions aren’t your thing – fear not! We’ve got something for everyone this weekend!
The 3rd annual Law Enforcement Torch Run is happening at the Chocolate River Fundy Station on Saturday morning. There’s a kids’ 1km, a 5km walk/run, and a 10km run.
Everyone is welcome to l’église Nouvelle Espérance’s Play Connexion Cafe on Saturday morning. Games, face painting, crafts, and more!
If your family likes to hit the slopes, you won’t want to miss Poley Mountain Race Club’s Annual Ski Swap Saturday. Get great deals on new and pre-owned ski and snowboard equipment, clothing, and accessories, and you can take advantage of the last chance to get Early Bird Season Pass Pricing!
There will be a special Remembrance Day Presentation at Riverview Public Library by Major Peter Hebert on Saturday at 11am. Major Hebert served in the Canadian Forces for 10 years and was posted in Canada and Germany.
More Dia de los Muertos festivities continue on Saturday in Cap-Pele. Check out a presentation about Mexico, followed by kiosks and a treat-filled pinata for the kiddos at 1pm, then a showing of Disney’s Coco (in English with French subtitles)!
For the gamers in your family, check out Extra Life 2019 at Gamezilla Moncton. Starting at 11am on Saturday, this 24-hour game-a-thon is a fundraiser for the IWK Children’s Hospital through Children’s Miracle Network. All ages are welcome, but you must register and have a $10 minimum donation. All types of gaming are welcome including video games, tabletop games, card games, and more; the goal is to have fun and raise money for a good cause!
You can get a shorter gaming fix by joining the Dungeons & Dragons Session at the Moncton Public Library, every Saturday afternoon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
For kids aged 11 to 18, Moncton Public Library is also holding Snapology’s Robot Olympics on Saturday. Students will work in groups to build and program robots; call or email Moncton Public Library to register. email@example.com
Do you have a blossoming writer in the family? The Creative Writers Session on Saturday mornings at the Moncton Public Library is welcome to all. Share projects and participate in group coaching and feedback.
Fur babies are family too! Grab Rover and the kids and visit Glamour Paws Photography Boutique on Saturday for their grand opening. Your doggo gets a free photo, nail trim, and treats, and the rest of the fam gets free BBQ! Plus, enter a draw to win a free groom or a free mini photo session!
Cineplex’s $2.99 family favourite movies continue every Saturday. This weekend, enjoy The Angry Birds Movie 2, playing at 11am at Cineplex Cinemas Dieppe.
The EPIC KIDS SLEEPOVER! is a FREE all-night retreat for kids aged 5 to 11 hosted by the qualified ECE staff of the FGA Church in Killams Mills (between Havelock and Salisbury), happening Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning. There will be sports, crafts, games, music, a wagon ride, a Christian service and Sunday school, and lots of new friends! All meals and snacks provided. Visit FGA to reserve your spot.
The Moncton Wildcats are playing a home game against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at the Avenir Centre on Saturday night. Grab tickets for your little hockey fans HERE.
Start off your glorious family Sunday with BRUNCH!! The Moncton Lions Sunday Breakfast is on from 8am to noon or try the Slope Side Bar & Grill for the Poley Mountain Fall Sunday Brunch from 9:am to 1pm.
And speaking of food, the first session of the Eat Your Way to Health four-part series is this Sunday at the Moncton Public Library. Join Sobey’s dietician Veronique Guitard for Veganism 101 and Learn how to incorporate aspects of veganism and plant-based eating in your family menu! Don’t forget to sign up, 869-6000, option 3.
Looking for more furry content? The 9th Annual Pugapalooza is on from 1-3pm this Sunday at the Riverview Dog Park. Come enjoy the fun of pugs, costumes, and pugs in costumes! The event is not-for-profit and FREE, however donations for the SPCA are accepted.
The first Sunday of the month means its Family Day at USVA; children ages five and older are allowed to enjoy the Nordik Spa with an adult. Reservations are highly recommended; call 1-855-772-8782 ext 400.
As part of the Tree of Hope Campaign, the Dames d’Acadie de Memramcook invite you to join the Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony on Sunday at noon next to the Municipal Building.
For the more mature crafters in your life, check out the Giant Paper Flower Workshop being held at Front Porch Mercantile. Local artist and best selling author Chantal Larocque will be teaching how to make fabulous large paper flowers for your home or event decor!
Sundays at Moncton Public Library, 6- to 10 year-olds are invited to join the Minecraft Session for Kids. Laptops and snacks will be provided! Meanwhile, drop in to Knittervention – same time, same place – to knit or crochet for local charities. All material and instruction is provided, and beginners are welcome!
What could be better than a Sunday concert? Riversong presents “Moments to Remember” Sunday afternoon at Mount Royal United Church. Riversong is a dynamic vocal group of women who perform a wide variety of mostly a cappella music with rich harmonies and lively rhythms. Children under 12 are admitted free of charge!
- Friday: Superior Propane Centre 10am-11am; Crossman Community Centre Kay Arena 10:15am-11:15am & 3:30pm-4:30pm *unless there are tournament bookings; please check the schedule; Centennial Arena preschoolers with sticks 9:45-10:45am; Centennial Arena 3-4:30pm; Riverview 12&under 4pm-5:15pm
- Sunday: Centennial Arena, 1-2pm; AJL Centre 2-3pm; Petitcodiac 1pm-2:30pm free for six and under; adults $3, students $2.
*Quick reminder to check for cancellations due to tournaments; public skating sessions Friday and Sunday at the Memramcook Golden Age Club are cancelled this weekend due to a figure skating competition.
Two quick things to keep on your radar this week:
Tuesday night the Avenir Centre will host the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series with Team QMJHL taking on Team Russia.
If you or someone you know is expecting or recently welcomed twins, triplets, or more to the family, the Moncton Multiples Parent Group is holding an information session Thursday night at Close to the Heart. This is a great chance to visit with parents who’ve been through the journey and can answer practical questions about dealing with more than one baby at once!