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12 festivals to spice up your summer!

Outdoor concerts with an electrifying atmosphere, fireworks on the seashore, colourful cultural events… and lobster, oooh lobster! That’s just a sneak peek of what these 12 festivals in the Chaleur Region have in store for you in 2020!

 Published Feb 28



Whenever you decide to visit our little corner of paradise during the summer months, you’re never too far from a fun festival!

Here’s our list of 12 festivals in the Chaleur Region you simply cannot miss!

****At the present time, several preventive measures have been adopted by the Government of New Brunswick to control the propagation of the COVID-19 in our province. Unfortunately, all events have been canceled until further notice.

Please consult our article again at a later date or follow us on Facebook for updates about potential changes.***

1. International Festival


When: June 13, 2020; from 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: K.-C. Irving, Bathurst

Each year, the International Festival is one of the most eagerly awaited events in the area, attracting thousands of people from the Chaleur Region and beyond.

The Multicultural Association Chaleur Region celebrates the cultural diversity of our region by inviting top-notch professional performers and amazing local talents to present a big afternoon show.

Previous editions amazed us with live world-music performances, fancy shawl dance, flamenco, belly dance, traditional Columbian group dance, and much more.

As always, you’ll have the opportunity to taste delicious cuisine from all over the world at their very appreciated food stands.

There will be a giant bouncy castle and various activities for the kids, artisans selling crafts and jewellery, and all kinds of other kiosks.

The show and admission are free, and food tasting is $1. More details will be provided on the Multicultural Association’s Facebook page and website as the event approaches.

2. Bathurst Rotary Ribfest 2020


When: June 19-21, 2020
Where: Parking lot on Harbourview Blvd near the BMO

Come see professional ribbers in action as they compete for your tastebuds’ approval!

Bathurst has been added to the RibFest itinerary across Canada and the USA back in 2017 and the popularity of the Bathurst Rotary RibFest has only been increasing since.

Each year, the ribbers create a new world of flavours using different preparations and cooking methods as well as various sauces.

Their mission: creating a unique culinary experience for you, ribs lovers!

The event also includes energetic live music performances. Admission to the site and the music show is free. Food is for sale on site.

More information will be provided on the Bathurst Rotary Ribfest Facebook page.

3. Festiv’Arts


When: June 19-21, 2020
Where: La Barque, 423 rue Principale, Pointe-Verte

After a great success last year, the Festiv’Arts, presented by the La Barque cooperative, comes back for a second edition in Pointe-Verte!

This one-of-a-kind art festival focusses on the art of woodworking in all its forms, from log cutting to a finished product.

For this edition, 25 exhibitors are expected at La Barque. This event will give you the rare opportunity to meet woodcarvers, woodturners, and painters with various talents and skillsets.

Artists will also create original artworks on site!

There will be activities for kids, and the festival will allow the younger generations to familiarize themselves with the arts and ancestral trades related to woodworking.

You’ll be able to buy original and unique artworks from your favourite artists.

Come have fun and appreciate remarkable workmanship from our local artists and artisans!

There’ll be door prizes, and information about the event will be provided on La Barque’s Facebook page and their website.

4. The Succulents Lobster Festival


When: June 26-28, 2020
Where: Parking lot on Harbourview Blvd near the BMO

The Bathurst Rotary Club and Events Bathurst invite you to the 4th edition of The Succulents Lobster Festival held this year in the city of Bathurst.

A real paradise for lobster lovers, this festival will offer delicious freshly caught lobster prepared in various ways.

You’ll also have the opportunity to taste local beers from the Chaleur Region’s local microbreweries.

Gather around one of the fire pits with your friends and enjoy some great live music while feasting on your favourite sea treat!

The music show and the admission on site is free. Follow the Festival's Facebook page for updates about this festival.

5. Festival des Rameurs


When: July 8-12, 2020
Where: Petit-Rocher

The Village of Petit-Rocher will be buzzing with activities over this four-day festival.

Major events not to be missed include their French comedy show, a country music show with Annie Blanchard and Laurie Leblanc, and, of course, the epic crossing of the Chaleur Bay by teams of rowers in dory boats.

Join the rowers and the community at the annual Soirée des rameurs et rameuses for entertaining music performances by Salebarbes and Lendemain de Veille who’ll spice up the party!

Tickets for shows and events will be available at Dépanneur D.R. and Exit convenience stores in Petit-Rocher, at the Épicerie Acadie in Pointe-Verte and Épicerie Frenette in Beresford.

People from outside of the region can communicate with the organizers via Facebook to obtain tickets or call them at 506 783-8365 or 506 544-1221.

Also visit their website for more information about the activities and shows.

6. Pabineau Pow Wow


When: July 10-12, 2020
Where: Pabineau First Nation

The Pabineau First Nation community will celebrate its annual pow wow during the second weekend of July.

This colourful celebration of cultural pride includes live drum music, fantastic traditional dances and a traditional feast.

Everyone is welcome to join the festivities. Admission is free and, as always, it is an alcohol and drug-free event… making it the perfect family-friendly weekend activity!

Go see skilled drummers play and sing live, and join the dancers for a few dance steps around the sacred fire.

Keep an eye on the Pabineau First Nation’s Facebook page or website for upcoming information.

7. Hospitality Days