Welcome to Fredericton!
Each September, thousands of people pour into the beautiful and historic downtown of Fredericton, New Brunswick to have an unforgettable experience at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. We’re so glad you’re thinking of joining us for the entertainment highlight of the year. Here’s some information that can help out-of-towners plan their trip.
I’m coming from out of town. Where can I stay?
Please visit www.tourismfredericton.ca for a listing of hotels in the Fredericton area. There are many hotels on our ANBL Park & Ride route (see below), including Delta Fredericton, Lakeview Inn, Comfort Inn, Howard Johnson, Fredericton Inn, Hampton Inn and Best Western. Please note, there are no campgrounds in operation during the Festival, and downtown hotels that are within walking distance fill up about six months in advance of the Festival, so plan early!
I’m coming from out of town. Where should I eat?
Our friends at Fredericton Tourism also have a listing of restaurants in the area please visit their site for a complete listing. There are many restaurants around the Festival site—from fine dining, to pub food, to a spectrum of ethnic offerings—there’s something for everyone’s palate. The Festival also provides vendors on the streets and in the venues to satisfy your cravings, including a mix of street meat, munchies, pizza, and traditional maritime offerings. Whatever you’re looking for—you certainly won’t go hungry!
How do I get to Fredericton for Harvest?
Flying: The Fredericton Airport is about 15km from downtown, so it’s a relatively reasonable cab ride away. Most flights to and from the Fredericton Airport connect through Montreal, Toronto, and Halifax.
Driving from the US: Fredericton in less than an hour past the Houlton, Maine border up the I-95. It’s approximately 3 hours drive from Bangor, 5 hours from Portland and 6 ½ hours from Boston.
Driving from within Canada: Fredericton is 2 ½ hours from Charlottetown, 4 hours from Halifax, 4 hours from the Quebec border and 8 hours from Montreal. And of course, the Transcanada Highway is the way to go!
I’m in Fredericton, how do I to get to Harvest?
The Festival takes place in six city blocks, so everything you’d want to see is easily within walking distance. If you’re staying at one of our partner hotels, we offer ANBL Safe Ride, a free shuttle to and from downtown each night of the Festival—sometimes as often as every 20 minutes. There is very limited parking available downtown, and it can get pretty congested, especially at Festival time, so even if you are not staying at a hotel, we highly recommend using the 2016 ANBL Safe Ride Program.
How do I use the ANBL Safe Ride?
Park your car in the Delta parking lot and catch a ride on a bus that runs downtown every 20 minutes. This runs from 3pm-3am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. ANBL Safe Ride also makes a separate run to many southside hotels – including Lakeview Inn, Comfort Inn, Howard Johnson, Fredericton Inn, Amsterdam Inn and Best Western – and to the Student Union Building on campus. Please see our 2016 ANBL Safe Ride Program for more info.
You can also take advantage of our public transit system, which is fairly easy to navigate. When in doubt, stop someone and ask directions! We’re friendly folks here in Fredericton and won’t mind pointing you on your way!