Welcome to Summer 2022 – kicking off with the annual July 1 Canada Day holiday, falling this year on the first Friday of July! Here’s a quick look at what’s happening around the Greater Moncton Area, in alphabetical order.
The Village of Alma has a full day of fun planned for July 1, 2022! Hit the Market at 9am (open until 2pm), take in the kids’ parade at 10am at the rink, followed by free hot dogs, drinks, and bouncy castle fun (11am-1pm), and free admission to Fundy National Park for the day. Wrap it all up with a free concert with Fundy Ceilidh at 7pm and fireworks after sunset! More details on their event page.
The City invites everyone to Rotary St-Anselme Park for live music (including Razzmatazz, DJ Maddness, & Écarlate), a workshop on butterflies, inflatables, food vendors, and more from 1-7pm. More details on their site.
Amiro Dairy Bar is hosting a morning painting activity for kids on July 1 (contact the shop to register!) and is open for treats 1-9pm. Their summer hours start Monday, 2-9pm weekdays and 1-9pm Saturday & Sunday.
The Kiwanis Ballfield is the place to be, starting at 6:30pm, with live music, BBQ, balloon twisting, and more, followed by the Hillsborogh’s annual fireworks at 10am.
The Village of Memramcook is hosting a free concert with Fayo at the Momument-Lefebvre on July 1 from noon until 3pm with face painting, bouncy castles, and more!
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The City is once again able to plan an epic party to celebrate Canada Day. The Kids’ PlayZone is back, with inflatables, face painting, vendors, and more at Riverfront Park from 11am until 8pm. At noon, cyclists decked out in red & white (with decorated bikes!) are asked to gather at the Moncton Press Club for an O’ Can You Cycle Bike Ride. Elder Gary Augustine will lead an opening prayer and smudging ceremony at noon at the Riverfront Park Stage, with representatives from the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq Cultural Center on site throughout the afternoon. All afternoon you can also enjoy presentations with Resurgo Place, the YMCA Mobile Fun Unit, kid-friendly performances (DJ Bones, magician Remi Boudreau, & Féeli Tout) throughout the afternoon. Starting at 5pm, live music begins on the big stage, with DJ Mobaws, Ukrainian duo Balaklava Blues, Acadian legends 1755 and of course, the night ends with the free Colin James concert and the tri-community fireworks (scheduled for 10pm)!
Full schedule at: www.moncton.ca/things-do-events/whoa-canada-celebrations
Petitcodiac is hosting a kids’ bike parade at 12:30pm, leaving from the Fire Hall, and live music at the Gazebo from 1-3pm.
Sackville Public Library is the starting point for the Town’s 5KM Canada Day run & walk, starting at 10am. Then it’s over to Bill Johnstone Memorial Park for BBQ, live music, Chappy the Clown & balloon animals & more until 3pm, then the fun moves to Lillas Fawcett Park from 4-6pm, with activities for kids, fishing, and paddling! Details on their event page.
The Village’s flag raising is scheduled for 11am at Highland Park, with kids’ games, face painting, BBQ, and cake until 1pm.
The always awesome Art Richard will perform a free concert for the kids at 11am at Pascal Poirier Park (in French). After his show, a giant waterslide will be set up on the hill in the park. Kick off the annual Shediac Lobster Festival with an evening of free family fun at Pascal Poirier Park, starting at 5pm. The night includes BBQ, inflatables, and live music with Mixtape and Ruckus. Wrap up the event with fireworks at Rotary Park at 10pm!
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At the Sussex Drive-In, it’s LightYear (the newest Toy Story movie) and Bobs Burgers on the big screen for the weekend. Gates open at 7:30pm; movies begin at dusk. Cash only at the gate; adults $13, children $9 (ages four and under free).
The fun is happening from noon until 5pm in Caseley Park, with live music from Signal Hill, bouncy castles, BBQs, face painting, party pets, ice cream treats, and more!
Remember: many establishments will be closed on Friday, so plan accordingly – and have a great Canada Day long weekend!
Psst! Looking for a great all-Canadian playlist for the long weekend? Local mom & entrepreneur Heidi-Lyn O’Connor has you covered! Check out East Track Mind’s playlist Get Canucked for a rockin’ soundtrack for your summer. She recently launched an East Coast kid-focused playlist with us on the podcast: Listening local & launching an East Coast kid-friendly playlist with East Track Mind