There are dozens and dozens and dozens of free activities and events to enjoy in the Greater Moncton Area each summer. Here’s our list for 2019; we’ve updated a new list for 2023: 100 Festivals & Free Events to Enjoy This Summer!
This is our list of ongoing, free events. Local festivals end up in our weekend round ups; you can find each weekend’s activities here.
For ideas on playgrounds and parks to visit, head here. We’ve visited dozens of local playspaces and created profiles with lots of information and photos so you can see what they’re like before heading out.
We also have a round up of hard ice cream stands, berry u-picks, and more. And of course there’s our MEGA LIST with links to all sorts of attractions like amusement parks, bowling alleys, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, and much more.
Please always be sure to click through to our source links to double check for changes – weather cancellations, etc. We can’t always be online to catch these changes and we’d hate for your family to be disappointed!
Now, on to the list!
Ways to Play
Moncton’s Mobile Fun Van visits certain playgrounds around the city each week day, with YMCA staff leading children through games and activities. Check out the playgrounds and times below!
Riverview residents ages six to 12 can take part in the free, drop in Playbourhood program.
Dieppe’s ConneXion Zone at Place 1604 is a fun pop-up play space for all ages. There are giant-size games, picnic tables, and occasional special programming – as well as a pop-up beer garden for the grown-ups.
Sundays from 10am until noon in July the City of Moncton is offering free canoe and kayak rentals in Irishtown Nature Park.
Local libraries are a great spot to enjoy amazing free fun all year round, but generally there is extra programming in the summer. Check your local library for their events or visit another!
Moncton’s Acoustica summer concert series includes four free concerts each week: Tuesday evenings in Victoria Park, Thursdays at noon and 7pm at Downtown Plaza, and Saturday mornings at the Moncton Market.
Tuesdays at Victoria Park (7 pm)
- July 2: Fiddling Friends
- July 9: Chris Colepaugh
- July 16: Joey Robin Haché
- July 23: Ivan Hicks and the Sussex Avenue Fidlers
- July 30: Jazz Trilogy
- August 6: Mud City Meltdown
- August 13: Jim Blewett and the Swing Cats
- August 20: Codiac Concert Band
Thursdays at Downtown Plaza, Canada St. (12 pm and 7 pm)
- July 4: Mike Biggar (12pm), Jean- Marc LeBlanc (7pm)
- July 11: Stephen LeBlanc (12pm), Mud City Meltdown (7pm)
- July 18: Ivan Daigle (12pm), Jacques Surette (7pm)
- July 25: Emilie Landry (12pm), Colpitts/Bourgeois Duo (7pm)
- August 1: Jean-Marc LeBlanc (12pm), The Coveralls (7pm)
- August 8: Phil Lucy Altissimo (12pm), Stephen LeBlanc (7pm)
- August 15: CMA/Acadie Rock (12pm and 7pm)
- August 22: Chloe Breault (12pm), Ivan Daigle (7pm)
Saturdays at the Moncton Market (11 am)
- July 6: Accros de la chanson- Déchaines & Maude Sonier
- July 13: Cameron Molloy
- July 20: Mosaiq
- July 27: Mud City Meltdown
- August 3: Music NB- Aryelle Morrison
- August 10: Danika Doucet
- August 17: CMA/Acadie Rock
- August 24: Jared Lutes
There are also free noon-time concerts at Oak Lane during July and August, thanks to a collaboration between Downtown Moncton Centre-ville Inc and the Capitol Theatre. Here is the schedule for Midis Musique:
- July 3: Jaywalkers
- July 10: Mike Trask
- July 17: Josée Mills
- July 24: Félix Belliveau
- July 31: Sheedy and Wenda
- August 7: Thomas Stajcer
- August 14: Joey Robin Haché
- August 21: Fundy Ceilidh
- August 28: Kelsey Albert
The Town of Riverview holds weekly outdoor, free concerts Wednesday nights in Caseley Park (inside the Community Hall on Lakeside Drive if it rains). The music begins at 7pm, but come early to shop the Chocolate River Farmers Market!
The line up:
- July 3: Barry Williams
- July 10: Fundy Ceilidh
- July 17: Ryan Cook and Sunny Acres
- July 24: J.P. Cormier
- July 31: The Small Glories
- Aug. 7: Brody MacKay
- Aug. 14: Paul O’Brien
- Aug. 21: Pretty Archie
Dieppe’s weekly summer concert series takes place Wednesday nights at Place 1604. Shows begin at 6:30pm. This year’s line up includes:
- July 3: Lumber Jills, Jacobus
- July 10: Grouvi, La Virée
- July 17: Frank Williams, Wilfred LeBouthillier
- July 24: Liquid Courage, Claude Cormier
- July 31: Josiane and Jacques Comeau, Brian and the BlueStorm
- August 7: Maurice Daigle et les boys, Les Rats d’Swompe
- August 14: Acadie is celebrated with Fayo, Harmonie and Swing
- August 21: Daniel Léger, Phil Athanase
Dieppe is showing free family movies on Thursday nights at Place 1604.
- • July 4: The House with the Clock in the Walls (English)
- • July 11: Hôtel Transylvanie 3: les vacances d’été (French)
- • July 18: A Dog’s Way Home (English)
- • July 25: Le Grincheux (French)
- • August 1: Mary Poppins Returns (English)
- • August 8: Ralph Brise l’Internet (French)
- • August 22: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (English)
- • August 29: Monde Jurassique: Le royaume déchu (French)
Moncton Public Library is offering free family movies (1pm in English, 3pm in French) each Sunday this summer. Free popcorn, too!
More Free Fun
Take a walking tour of the public art created during Festival Inspire.
Try out our Riverview Scavenger Hunt.
Our Summer Bucket List Bingo Cards are a great way to decide what activity to tackle next, either out and about or home in the backyard!
We also created a little post about a free day spent exploring Moncton; check it out here!
What other free, summer activities do you know about? Post in the comments! We’ll try to update as we can.