What to do with the kids in Greater Moncton this weekend (Sept 29-Oct 1)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone! It’s looking like fantastic weather to get out & enjoy fall in New Brunswick – and we have lots of ideas on where you may want to go!

A reminder: schools are closed Monday to observe the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, making this a long weekend for kids – and next Monday schools are closed for Thanksgiving.


Football season is in full swing. You can cheer on the Mathieu-Martin Matadors & the Olympiens de l’Odyssee Thursday night at Rocky Stone Field in Moncton at 8pm. Friday at Woody Hayes Community Field it’s the Tantramar Titans & the Harrison Trimble Trojans on the field at 7pm. The Riverview Royals and the Bernice MacNaughton Highlanders take the Riverview High School Field Saturday at 1pm.

Resurgo Place’s new exhibit is now open – and it includes a full dinosaur! The museum is always a hands-on hit with our kids, but I know the dino will tip the scales for so many!!

East Coast Amusements will be at the Moncton Coliseum Thursday through Sunday; scheduled opening time is 3pm on Thursday & Friday, noon on Saturday & Sunday. The annual Hub City Tattoo Expo is also happening at the Coliseum this weekend.

Moncton is holding a ceremony on Saturday to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, starting at 1pm in front of City Hall.

Katia Rock, an Innu singer and artist, is performing at the Dieppe Arts & Culture Centre on Saturday evening.

If you’re downtown Moncton this Saturday, look to the skies – people will be rappelling down the Assomption Building as a charity fundraiser, Over the Edge with Harvest House Atlantic!

The Moncton Basketball Association is hosting the Noval McConnell 3-on-3 Tournament this Saturday along the Moncton Riverfront. Along with the games there will be a slam dunk contest, a 3-point shootout, all-ages bump contest, DJs, food trucks, and lots of fun. There are youth tournaments 10am-5pm, with an adult tournament 6-10pm.

Hall Creek Crafters is a neighbourhood celebration of youth and community, with young entrepreneurs invited to set up a table or blanket to sell their wares on Saturday, 1-4pm.

Saturday is the Wildcats season home opener, facing off against the Halifax Mooseheads at 7pm – but there’s a celebration first! There’s a Party on the Oval outside the Avenir Centre starting at 4pm, with Wild Willie, bouncy castles, live music, & more. Doors to the centre open at 6pm, with live music inside the venue and lots of extra surprises & fun!

Petitcodiac will have a Family Day Fall Harvest event from 9am-3pm on Saturday, with bouncy castles, games, vendors, Party Pets petting zoo, a pumpkin launcher, balloon animals, face painting, music, and more. Head to 41 Corey Avenue to take in the fun!

This weekend at the Sussex Drive-In, it’s PAW Patrol The Mighty Movie & Dumb Money. Watch for their annual Trunk or Treat event next weekend!

Memramcook is hosting a night of stargazing Saturday, 8:30-10pm, in the soccer field behind the Institute. Physics & astronomy professor Viktor Khalack will be on site and there will be some telescopes available to use.

Starting October 1, children who are in Grade 5 can get a FREE YMCA Membership that’s good until the end of June. A parent or guardian can bring the student to either Moncton location to register; bring either last year’s report card or a letter from the school this year to sign them up!


We’ve started our list of Halloween related events & activities; watch for it to appear in the next few days. (You can check out our Halloween decorating tips, costume ideas, & fun eats here!)

If you’re really keen to kick off the spooky vibes, head to Miramichi this Friday for the 1st annual Parade of Frights, part of Miramichi Horror Fest (happening Saturday with vendors, cosplay contest, haunted house, and more, 1-10pm). The parade begins in Downtown Chatham at 7pm and is billed as being fun for all ages!

Also happening this weekend in the spooky world, the Albert County Museum is hosting several ghost hunting tours on Saturday, as well as a Wellness & Paranormal Fair.

Trueman’s Farm is having an After Dark event this Saturday, with flashlight mazes (bring your own!), live music, a moonlight train ride, and more.

Many homes in Riverview are still sporting their Pumpkin Palooza displays – and we see that Keeping Up With The Bones on Waterfall Drive will be bringing their skeleton friends out to play starting October 1!

If you’re looking for a non-scary fall adventure, consider a road trip to the Annual Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival, underway until October 9. There’s even a pie contest this Saturday!

Another great fall road trip idea is taking in the Fall Festival of Colours at Crabbe Mountain in Northern New Brunswick. Taking place Saturday & Sunday this weekend and next (11am-4pm), enjoy a chairlift up the ski hill to enjoy the scenery, photo booths, beer gardens, food trucks, wagon rides, haystack playground, music, & more!

Beloved Miniature Horses are holding open farm sessions each Sunday in October, with many animals on site. Entry is $12/person; under 3 is free. Pony rides (limited to those under 50 pounds) are $10.

Sunday is also the PAW Walk at Centennial Park, with lots of activities from 11am-4pm, raising funds for the animal shelter.


Apple u-picks are underway & corn mazes are open! The weather lately means trails are likely dry and the forecast is warm & sunny; perfect time to make a trip! (Remember, many may accept cash only and are weather dependent; check the source links before heading out.)

For more on these & more mazes, orchards, and & fall fun, check out our Guide to Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and Apple Orchards in New Brunswick. We see Pope’s U-Pick in Belleisle Creek is opening this weekend; stunning photo ops!

Speaking of pumpkins, the annual Neguac Giant Pumpkin Festival takes place October 1. Weigh off is at 2pm; the record to beat is 1,721 pounds.


Monster Trot tickets are on sale now! Support an incredible non-profit service in our community (free mental health support to youth!) AND have an amazing indoor trick-or-treating experience! Find them on Eventbrite.



  • Magnetic Hill Zoo is currently open seven days a week, 10am-4pm.
  • Magic Mountain‘s mini golf & TekZone are still open Saturdays & Sundays in September.
  • Adventurous families might want to try TreeGo (located within Centennial Park in Moncton & open daily in September), or maybe book a session at Moncton Paintball, or hit the track at East Coast Karting (weekend walk ins).
  • Boyle Family Farm offers farm visits and horseback rides; check their site for what’s happening.
  • Llamazing Adventures books walks with animals in fun locations!
  • Check out Off Grid Adventure in Anagance for an awesome adventure course & their new indoor climbing walls.


Here are just a few events coming soon – come back next week for another weekend round up with even more ideas for family fun in Greater Moncton!

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Find links & suggestions for making this bucket list happen here!

Looking for more ideas?

We know lots of families are searching for activities beyond the weekend. We’ve updated our Guide to Free Drop In Playgroups, our Guide to Swimming in Greater Moncton, and our Guide to Indoor & Outdoor Skating (skating sessions will be in full swing after Thanksgiving!). Here are a few quick ideas; check out those guides for more details!


Speaking of littles, have you checked out our Pregnancy Resources & Guide to Maternity/Paternity Leave page? Lots of local resources & more to come!

And if you’re still wondering what to do – head to a playground!

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