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Community Safety

Harvest is making every effort to provide a safe experience at our 2021 festival. We’re following guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada and from the Government of New Brunswick.

Earlier this summer, we surveyed patrons and volunteers to better understand what would make them feel most comfortable at the festival. Nearly 90% of the more than 3,000 respondents indicated that they would be most comfortable attending Harvest 2021 if a vaccination policy was in place.

This guidance, and the feedback we received from our community convinced us that our safest, most responsible way forward for Harvest 2021 is to require all patrons, volunteers, staff, and artists to be fully vaccinated to attend performances at The Blues Tent and The Playhouse. As the summer has progressed, other North American festivals and venues are making the same decision, and many artists are requesting or requiring proof of vaccination for their performances.

Harvest will require proof of vaccination at the point of admission for The Blues Tent and The Playhouse at the 2021 Festival.

All patrons over 12 years of age must have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, the second of which was administered at least 14 days prior to the performance.

Understandably, we’ve received many questions about this, including these four good ones:

Q: What do I need to bring for proof, and how will you check?

Acceptable proof includes the record provided to you upon vaccination or your immunization record from MyHeatlhNB (

Patrons may provide proof in the form of the actual document, a scan or photocopy of the document, a photo of the document on a mobile phone, or an electronic record.

Staff at admissions will visually inspect the record provided by the patron, and will request the patron’s government issued photo ID.

Harvest will not collect or store any patron medical information.

Q: What if I am unable to be vaccinated because of a medical exemption?

Patrons who have received a medical exemption from vaccination, or are otherwise unable to be vaccinated as a result of a ground protected by the New Brunswick Human Rights Act, are asked to contact the office at for guidance.

Q: Since children under 12 are not able to be vaccinated, can they still attend the all ages shows?

Children under 12 years of age will be permitted to attend but must wear a mask at all times when in the venue.

Q: Is mask wearing required?

Mask wearing is encouraged at all times, but not required.

Please note that these policies and processes may be updated again in advance of the Festival. Patrons will be notified if Harvest makes any changes to any of these requirements.

Visit The Fredericton Playhouse’s website for more information on their Covid-19 Safety Measures.


What to Expect

Harvest is currently planning for a Blues Tent in the City Hall parking lot, as well as a free, open-air Officers’ Square concert series where patrons can bring their own lawn chairs or blankets and physically distance themselves to their respective comfort levels.

Harvest will also host a free Street Experience featuring the Fredericton’s Own Stage, a number of free performances and buskers throughout the downtown, and a reduced number of artisans and food vendors. 


We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our artists, our volunteers and staff.  You must follow all posted instructions while attending Harvest.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present.  By attending Harvest Music Festival, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Please help keep each other safe and healthy, and adhere to the following guidelines.

Safety Precautions During the Festival

Physical Distancing – Harvest encourages festival goers to give their neighbours lots space while in the Blues Tent.

Practising Good Hygiene – During the Festival there will be plenty of sanitization stations at the entrances, exits, bar, washrooms, and around the venues. Patrons are encouraged to sanitize upon entry to the tent and after coming in contact with other patrons or devices/objects that have come in contact with other individuals.

Admissions – Admissions will have multiple controlled lines for ticket holders, ticket sales and pass holders. The three controlled lines will allow for efficient entry and reduced contact between patrons.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Harvest encourages patrons to wear masks at the festival whenever possible.  


Last updated September 2, 2021.