Festivals

Buskers on the Bay. For four days in mid-July an international array of acrobats, musicians, street theater, and comedy troupes provide high-energy entertainment by the waterfront in Saint John. 1 Market Sq., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 4Z6. 506/658–3600; www.marketsquaresj.com.

Chocolate Fest. Chocaholics flock to "Canada's Chocolate Town," home town of the Ganong Bros. chocolate company, for the first week of August, for the full program of events, entertainment, and, of course, tastings. St. Stephen, New Brunswick. 506/465–5616; chocolate-fest.ca.

Foire Brayonne. The annual Foire Brayonne, held in Edmundston over the long weekend surrounding New Brunswick Day (beginning on the Wednesday before the first Monday in August), is one of the largest Francophone festivals outside of Québec. It's also one of the liveliest and most vibrant cultural events in New Brunswick, with concerts by acclaimed artists as well as local musicians and entertainers. Edmundston, New Brunswick. 506/739–6608; www.foirebrayonne.com.

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Hundreds (literally) of world-class musicians perform at around 30 venues in downtown Fredericton over six days in mid-September, encompassing many genres of jazz, blues, rock, and more. 2015 marked the festival's 25th anniversary. 81 Regent St., Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 3W3. 506/455-4523; 888/622–5837; www.harvestjazzandblues.com.

Irish Festival. In mid-July Miramichi celebrates everything Irish with four days of music, dancing, workshops, food, and drink in various locations, including the riverside Waterford Green park. Miramichi City, New Brunswick. 506/778–8810; www.canadasirishfest.com.

New Brunswick Highland Games and Scottish Festival. The grounds of the riverside Government House is the venue for this long-established late-July festival, one of the best of its kind in North America. In addition to the competitive games, pipe bands, traditional music, and dancing, it features a 5-km (3-mile) kilted run. 51 Woodstock Rd., Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 9L8. 506/452–9244; 888/368–4444; www.highlandgames.ca.

New Brunswick Summer Music Festival. For about 10 days in August, Fredericton hosts some of Canada's finest classical musicians, mostly at Memorial Hall at the University of New Brunswick, with some free concerts in the cathedral and on Officer's Square. University of New Brunswick, Bailey Dr., Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5A3. 506/458–7836; nbsummermusicfestival.ca.

Shediac Lobster Festival. The "lobster capital of the world" has been celebrating the crustacean since 1949 with a five-day festival in early July. Events and entertainment include concerts, a parade, a midway, and a lobster-eating contest. Belliveau Ave., Shediac, New Brunswick. 506/532–1122; www.shediaclobsterfestival.ca.

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