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What to do with the Kids this Weekend in Moncton (Aug 22-25)

Woo hoo! Another weekend is here & it is SO filled with fun! Sidewalk chalk festival, Touchdown Atlantic, the end of CMA and the start of Pride and even more, so read on! (And remember, you can always find inspiration on our MEGA LIST with links to local attractions.

Congrès mondial acadien isn’t over yet! Check the CMA Facebook page for all the details. Acadie Rock & atlantic dance FESTIVAL danse atlantique continue Thrusday and Friday, with free music and fun happening in Riverfront Park!

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.

August 19th to 25th is Wild Blueberry Week in New Brunswick! You can find a list of local restaurants with special menus featuring local blueberries at For a list a blueberry u-picks in the Greater Moncton Area, check out our annual blueberry round up here! Be sure to click through to the sources – u-picks are very weather & condition dependant.

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 holding its first Sunflower Festival starting this weekend. There will be live music, craft vendors, and more on site.

And in festival news, Sackville is going to be a happening place this weekend for their Street Chalk Art Festival! Professional artists will transform the town, there are workshops and kids activities, and so much fun! Friday night there’s also roller disco, open to all ages!

At the movies this weekend …

  • The Sussex Drive In is showing Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark followed by Crawl.
  • Neptune Drive In in Shediac is playing Angry Birds 2 & Stuber; showtime is approximately 8:45pm.
  • The $2.99 Saturday morning special listed at Cineplex is The Dark Crystal.
  • 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 The Secret Life of Pets 2; next week its Hotel Transylvania 3.
  • Dieppe’s free Thursday night movies at Place 1604 are coming to an end with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (English) this week.
  • Riverview’s free community movie on Friday night is a double-header! Aladdin (2019) and Avengers Endgame will play at the Community Hall (145A Lakeside Drive) starting at 6:30pm. Free admission, canteen available.

The Magnetic Hill Zoo is holding its customer appreciation day on Thursday; admission is just $8 for all ages (except those three and under are free as usual!).

Thursday is the Summer Send Off party in Petitcodiac. Starting at 5:30pm there will be bouncy castles, face painting, and more, and from 7:30-9:30 it’s a youth street dance at the tennis courts. There’s also free cotton candy for the kids!

Sackille wraps up its summer concert series at Bill Johnstone Park on Thursday evening with a performance by Del Wheaton and Friends.

Acoustica is also wrapping up, with three final performances: Thursday at noon Chloe Breault will play Downtown Plaza, with Ivan Daigle performing there at 7pm. On Saturday, Jared Lutes will be at the Moncton Market at 11am.

Friday night is the final summer Dune Moonlight Walk (English storytelling tour) in Kouchibouguac National Park; looks like a lot of fun for older kids who can stay up late and enjoy adventure!

Fundy National Park is partnering with Bass Pro Shops to hold a Learn to Fly Fish workshop on Saturday at Wolfe Lake.

Riverglade’s Excel Equestrian Center is holding its Summer Fun Show on Saturday.

Our friends at Chapters Moncton have a fun Soar Into Kindergarten program running this weekend and next! There are four events to choose from, for ages four and five; participants 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!

Sunday at 11am, the Moncton Public Library is holding a pride craft event for teens and adults.

The big excitement this weekend is the CFL game on Sunday! There’s a great family-friendly pre-game celebration happening; bouncy castles, face painting, live music, BBQ, guests Damon Allen and Miles Gorrell, and a chance to take your photo with the Grey Cup! Your $10 ticket including one free BBQ item; there will cold drinks for sale, including a licensed beer garden. Gates open at 10am.

The Touchdown Atlantic game itself starts at 1pm, with the Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts playing. Tickets begin at $29! We went to the first Touchdown Atlantic game and it was such fun!

And looking ahead, Downtown Dances is coming up, so don’t be surprised to see some fun moves happening around town! On Monday the members of the Atlantic Ballet will do a ballet barre outside City Hall at noon, followed by a Q&A with the ballet’s artistic director.

Also on Monday, as a kick off to Greater Moncton Pride Week, there will be a Trails, Tales & Maple S’mores event at the Dobson Trail in Riverview. Follow the rainbow markers to the fire pit! Check out the Pride schedule for all kinds of great events this week, and plan to head to the Pride Parade next Saturday!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and we’ll do this all again next week for the Labour Day Long Weekend!!

Moncton’s Valhalla Playground


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