craft councilNB Crafts Council is hosting their Fine Crafts Festival in Officers’ Square (downtown Fredericton) August 29-31

This will mark the 50th Anniversary of the New Brunswick Crafts Councils Fine Crafts Festival and features original works by award winning NB crafts people. They invite you to discover for yourself locally made craft including pottery, jewelry, sculpture, glassware, and wood. The festival will also feature live art demonstrations, live performances from local musicians, a kids craft corner, local food vendors, henna and face painting, and a beer garden sponsored by Picaroons.

Locally made crafts! Locally made food! Locally made beer! and local musicians (& a couple from a ways)! 

The festival runs Friday, August 29 from 12 noon – 7PM, Saturday, August 30 from 10AM-7PM, and Sunday, August 31 from 11AM-5PM in Officers’ Square. Admission is $3 (free for children under 12)

The musical line-up looks like this:
12-1pm Calithumpians
1:30-2:30 Sarah Beth Shiplett
4:30-6:00 Tomato/Tomato

10am-11am Sarah Beth Shiplett
11:30-1:00pm Old Cabin
2-3pm Calithumpians
4:30-6pm Sugarbomb

11:30-1pm Pat LePoidevin
2-3pm Calithumpians

Sugarbomb is a local favourite and they don’t play often so I’d suggest you don’t miss the 6-piece musical party with a mission to bring about the joyful revival of Motown & Soul.

Old Cabin- stage pseudonym of Yukon singer/songwriter Jona Barr – is soulful, sincere folk music, gently steeped in old-time traditions without re-treading tracks. This is folk music done without pretension


and check out the bio for Pat LePoidevin who describes his style as ‘looped orchestra of folk’: …uses a looper pedal to create a blend of sound using guitar, ukuleles, percussion, violin, and his notable deep melodic vocals. Carefully capturing one instrument at a time, he creates a complex multi-layered orchestra of folk. LePoidevin has toured Canada vigorously, making it sure that his sound of space-traveling wolves and mountain men is heard throughout the country.

Looks like a pretty good way to spend some time this long weekend! Get yourself downtown and wander through the exhibits, grab a bite of something delicious, enjoy a local brew and give a listen to some fine music!