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Rising Tides, Trails, and Tunes – Pickle Planet’s Guide to the 2020 Rising Tide Festival

Please note: This post is sponsored by The Rising Tide Festival.

Summer 2020 is a strange year for festivals, but many like New Brunswick’s own Rising Tide Festival are, well, rising to the challenge!

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The Rising Tide Festival is a unique annual festival that is anchored at Fundy National Park, combining outdoor adventures with community performances throughout the region. This is a wonderfully relaxed, family-friendly celebration that blends culture and nature in a way that truly reflects the magic of the area in which its held.

“What I love most about this festival is how it is so community based,” says Friends of Fundy Executive Director Micha Fardy. “The festival has grown from a wonderfully fun and engaging celebration in Fundy National Park to extend that awesomeness into our surrounding communities, celebrating musicians, poets, artists, businesses, and community gems. We have so much to honour and share with folks who have yet to discover our little piece of heaven!”

There are nine fantastic events you can attend in person this summer, as well as several virtual performances that will be accessible to anyone around the world, via the internet. Those online performances will be recorded within Fundy National Park, showcasing a beautiful new amphitheatre and talented musicians such as Mo Kenney, Christine Melanson, Brent Mason, Kendra Gale, and more.

The community events stretch from Hillsborough to St. Martin’s, beautifully blending nature and culture, with guided walks, community meals, musical performances, and more.

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In keeping with the festival’s unique and intimate feel, in-person events will be further limited this year to meet social distancing requirements. Events are free, but tickets need to be booked online to maintain the numbers necessary. Many of the in-person events will have no more than 20 attendees.

Another silver lining of hosting the Rising Tide Festival during the pandemic is a focus for 2020 on New Brunswick artists. While the festival generally highlights East Coast talent, the line up is even more concentrated this summer.

The 2020 theme is Rising Tides, Trails, and Tunes – and there certainly is a focus on encouraging people to get out and explore the trails and natural wonders of the UNESCO designated Fundy Biosphere Reserve. Take a look at the line up and make a plan to get out and enjoy this incredible event with your family this summer!

Rising Tide Festival 2020 at a Glance

Saturday, August 8: Albert County Turns 175 (2pm)
Join in celebrating the founding of Albert County 175 years ago! Gather on the grounds of the Albert County Museum for a special performance, where local musicians will share compositions about the area. Performances by Fundy Ceilidh, Douthwrights, Todd Geldart, Paul Toner, and Sara & James Nelson.
(Reserve your free ticket here; the event will also be streamed on Facebook.)

Sunday, August 9: Trails & Tunes with Hikes & Bikes (2pm)
Local author Deborah Carr leads a group on a leisurely hike through Hillsborough’s beautiful White Rock Recreation Area’s trails, sharing about the unique landscape and history of this UNESCO designated Fundy Biosphere Reserve ‘Amazing Place.’ Representatives from Mountain Bike Atlantic & Codiac Cycling explore the bike trails with participants, followed by a Garden Party with local songwriter, Paul Toner.

Monday, August 10: Jampan & Wabi-Sabi in Albert County (6pm)
Experience Elgin in a whole new way! Enjoy a great meal, discover wabi-sabi influenced photography & talk rural landscapes with Kieran Delaney, and listen to the eclectic sounds of Jim Kitts and his Russian Rav Vast B Kurd tongue drum.
(Reserve your free ticket here.)

Monday, August 10: Trails, Ales and Tunes (6pm)
An enjoyable pedal through the Sussex Nature Trail, beginning at Outdoor Elements and ending with a cold bevvie at Sussex Ale works.
(Reserve your free ticket here.)

Tuesday, August 11: Crooked Creek Funky Folk Outdoor Evening (6pm)
Moncton Outdoor Enthusiast Club’s Paul guides this tour of the Crooked Creek lookout, on to the Painted Haus Art Café for the musical fun that is Isaac, Blewett, & Friends!
(Reserve your free ticket here.)

Wednesday, August 12: Tipsy Tales Jam Night hosted by Shane & Mars (8pm)
Two-time Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Music Awards male vocalist of the year, Shane Douthwright, joins bassist and vocalist Marcel Duplessis for a musical night not to be missed at Alma’s Tipsy Tales!
(Reserve your free ticket here.)

Thursday, August 13: Sea Caves, Street Bands, and Shipyards (6pm)
The festival heads to St. Martins with a guided harbour walk with Mike Carpenter of Red Rock Adventures, followed by incredible fun with the Montgomery Street Band at the amphitheatre.
(Reserve your free ticket here.)

Friday, August 14: In the Spirit of Molly Kool (12pm)
Three female artists join to showcase their work at Outpost Alma. Enjoy afternoon music with Sara Liptay, browse an exhibit of Laura Lamey’s latest work, then take in a pop-up Photomatic Tintype Studio with Karen Stentaford.
(Reserve your free ticket here.)

Saturday, August 15: Virtual Performances & Song Circle
Coming to you, wherever you are, from Fundy National Park, virtual musical performances with Mo Kenny, Christine Melanson, Emilie Turmel, Kayla Geitzler, and Brent Mason, as well as a special Songwriters Circle with Paul Toner, Kendra Gale, Christine Melanson, and Mo Kenny, hosted by Brent Mason.
Free, online streaming – follow Rising Tide Festival on Facebook for updates

Sunday, August 16: Art at the Farm & Hodge Podge (12pm)
Take a mini hike on the ‘old’ Old Great Road with Tosh Taylor, listen to Steve Arsenault & friends perform, enjoy fresh Hodge Podge (for purchase), learn about edible medicinal plants with Cory, the backyard herbalist, and so much more.
(Reserve your free ticket here.)

Sunday, August 16: Virtual Performance
Tune in from the comfort of your campsite, your home, or wherever you are to enjoy performances by Mi’kmaq Legends, Saint John Quartet, and Hypochondriacs.
Free, online streaming – follow Rising Tide Festival on Facebook for updates

The Rising Tide Festival takes place August 8 to 16, 2020. It is presented as a partnership between Fundy National Park and Friends of Fundy, evolving from its 2010 origins to include a broader community involvement that aims to increase people’s appreciation and connection to our country’s natural surroundings. The festival blends hiking, workshops, culinary adventures, art, and music, all against an incredible natural background. Make it part of your summer plans!

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