Brad Ackerson
Brad Ackerson
Brad is a third-year student from Fredericton who is majoring in film production and history. This is his second year with The Bruns and first as Features Editor. He is passionate about storytelling in all its forms and hopes to use his new position to share a wide variety of the most compelling stories from campus and around the city. In his spare time you can often find him hanging out at The Cellar, checking out local bands downtown or binge-watching Black Mirror for the millionth time.
October 10, 2018

Things to do in Fredericton (October)

PIGS: Canada's Pink Floyd | Photo by The Playhouse Fredericton

Note: Here you will find our recommendations for things you can do over the upcoming month to experience the best Fredericton has to offer. While this is far from a complete list, we try to provide a well-rounded mix of everything from shows to attend, places to go and things to try.

Fall Festival of Colours

When: Saturday, Oct. 6 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: Crabbe Mountain

Crabbe Mountain’s Fall Festival of Colours is a great opportunity to take in the beauty of fall in New Brunswick from one of the most extraordinary vantage points in the Fredericton area. In addition to a number of activities taking place at the lodge such as music, pumpkin carving, food and items for sale, attendees will also be able to participate in guided hikes and mountain biking.

Tickets are $10 per person or free for 2018-19 Crabbe Mountain season pass holders and can be purchased on arrival.

Reggae Party with Dub Antenna

When: Every Wednesday, 10:00 PM

Where: Wilser’s Room, The Capital Complex, 362 Queen St.

Looking for the perfect way to celebrate legalization on the 17th or just want to hang out with friends in a laid-back atmosphere while listening to good music? Look no further than The Capital Complex’s Wednesday night reggae party. With roots going back to Jamaica’s Rastafarian movement wherein consuming cannabis is considered an important religious ritual, reggae has long been associated with marijuana use and has had a massive impact on cannabis culture.

The reggae party takes place Wednesday night from June to January in Wilser’s Room and features live music from local reggae band Dub Antenna. Doors open at 9 PM, an hour before the show starts, and $3.75 drink specials are offered all night long.

Wings ‘n Suds Fest

When: Thursday, Oct. 11 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Where: Boyce Farmer’s Market, 665 George St.

The Fredericton North Rotary Club is hosting its second annual Wings ‘n Suds Fest this month – an event that is exactly what it sounds like. The event features a range of Fredericton’s great craft breweries and wineries offering samples in addition to food vendors selling wings and other favourites. There will also be live performances from several local musicians.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Proceeds from the event will support local Rotary projects in the city.

Women’s Hockey – Opening Weekend

When: Oct. 13 & 14

Where: Aitken Centre

The return of the UNB women’s hockey team against Mount Allison after ten years should be one of the best sports moments on campus this year. The team will then follow up the next day with an on-ice revival of UNB’s longstanding rivalry with St. Thomas. The rivalry, dubbed ‘The Battle of the Hill,’ has largely been dormant in recent years after UNB cut its varsity women’s hockey program and STU cut men’s hockey.

All in all the weekend will be a great opportunity for students, regardless if they are sports fans or not, to show their school spirit while witnessing school history in the making. The game on the 13th begins at 7:00 PM while the game against STU the following day will take place at 2:00 PM. Doors open an hour before puck drop and entry is free for all students with the presentation of your student ID.

Paint 'n Sip

When: Saturday, Oct. 27 6:30 PM – 9:00 pm

Where: Crowne Plaza Fredericton, 659 Queen St.

Looking to add a little creativity to your Saturday night out? Paint ‘n Sip is hosted by Chimo Helpline where people of any skill level have the chance to learn to paint while drinking wine – all for a good cause. All supplies needed to do your own painting will be included with your ticket and there will be a cash bar on hand. Instruction begins at 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $42 each and can be purchased online through the Chimo Helpline Facebook page.

PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd

When: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7:30 PM

Where: The Playhouse

PIGS is a Pink Floyd cover band from Victoria, BC that has garnered significant critical acclaim for its authentic recreation of the classic rock group’s legendary live shows. PIGS’ stop in Fredericton is part of their cross-Canada tour in celebration of the 45th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s classic album The Dark Side of the Moon. In addition to the album being played in its entirety, attendees of the show can expect nearly three full hours of music to go along with the impressive and psychedelic visuals that were staples of Pink Floyd’s live shows.

Tickets cost $46 each and can be purchased online at or at The Playhouse box office.

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