There’s something to be said about festival tourism. It literally brings together two incredible experiences- festivals and travel. If that sounds like your vibe, New Brunswick’s got the summer festivals 2023 lineup of your dreams.

Oh yes, one of the friendliest Canadian provinces has got a whole slew of celebratory events and fests. And while they are all worth the travel, there are seven, in particular, that are topping our list.

Shediac Lobster Festival – July 1-9

Shediac Lobster Festival, summer festivals 2023, New Brunswick
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Shediac is the lobster capital of the world, of course, they have a festival celebrating this beloved and delicious crustacean. And they do it with quite a bang! In addition to a grand outdoor dinner that can serve 600 guests, the 9-day-long festival also boasts over 50 different activities. These include rides, sports, lobster eating contests, music concerts, dance parties and more. This is also where you can spot teh world’s largest lobster roll. Every year, the folks here try and create the world’s largest lobster roll beating any contestants that might have risen within that year. If you attend just one summer festival in 2023, make sure it’s this one!

Ballet by the Ocean – July 5-29 and September 2-23

Ballet By the Ocean, New Brunswick
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Of the many unique experiences New Brunswick offers, the one that will leave you in absolute awe is a performance of Ballet by the Ocean. Imagine witnessing an exceptional performance by the award-winning Atlantic Ballet set against a scenic oceanic backdrop. Add in a locally-sourced meal prepared by one of the region’s top chefs, and you have a breathtaking performance that is a treat for all the senses. Plus, the setting itself is a very exclusive one. It borders a marsh that is a bird sanctuary. And they have binoculars that you can use to catch a glimpse of some amazing birds.

Big Axe Craft Beer Festival – July 15

Big Axe Beer Festival, summer festivals 2023, New Brunswick
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If you want to turn your vacay into a beercation, this summer festival is right up your alley. As one of the largest beer festivals in Atlantic Canada, the Big Axe Craft Beer Festival brings together dozens of breweries from the Maritimes. Sip on crisp craft brews, try out the latest from trendy food trucks, enjoy move-worthy live music and revel in the electric vibe. As far as summer festival in 2023 go, this is a pretty fab one.

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Area 506 – August 4-6

Area 506, summer festivals 2023, New Brunswick
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This one sure is at the very top of our list of “summer festivals in 2023 to look out for.” If you want to truly experience the cultures and warmth of New Brunswick, Area 506 is where it’s at.  The festival takes place in the port of Saint John, on the New Brunswick Day long weekend. Area 506 features the best of music, culture and goods the province has to offer thanks to the container village nearby. Grab your weekend pass before they’re all sold out.

Sappyfest – August 4-6

This annual three-day festival is a vibrant celebration of music, art, poetry, and performance that takes over downtown Sackville. Experience an eclectic lineup of regional, national, and international artists, showcasing cutting-edge talent across genres. With over 35 hours of live music and a dynamic atmosphere, it’s a must-see event for music and art lovers alike.

Acadie Rock – August 12-20

Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant world of modern Acadian culture with the annual multi-disciplinary Festival Acadie Rock. Expect a week-long celebration of performing arts, captivating visual art exhibitions, mouth-watering cuisine and live music performances that will keep you vibing all week long. This unforgettable journey of cultural exploration will keep you thoroughly entertained.

Harvest Music Festival – September 12-17

Harvest Festival, New Brunswick
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September still counts as summer, right? For six whole days,  the waterfront city of Fredericton becomes a musical haven, thanks to the Harvest Music Festival. 20 different stages will be hosting over 150 sensational performances. Acclaimed international artists, stellar regional acts, and promising Canadian talents, all share the spotlight for a festival worth attending just for its unbeatable vibe.

That’s our list, folks! Whether you’re a music aficionado, a foodie seeking culinary delights or simply someone who loves to soak up the energy of a lively crowd, these festivals have you covered. So pack your bags, book your flights and dive headfirst into the summer festival scene of New Brunswick.