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Planning a music festival during a pandemic is kinda tricky! Please be respectful and bear with us. We can’t wait to see you!


 

WHAT’S NEW AT HARVEST

  1. I heard you’re going CASHLESS in the Blues Tent and at the Harvest Garden. Is that true?
    It is true! Harvest is going completely cashless this year to reduce contact. We will have debit machines at the Bar and Merch tables, so you can use your debit and credit cards!
  2. Can I buy tokens this year?
    We will not be selling tokens this year, but will accept payment via debit or credit cards. We will accept tokens from Harvests past.
  3. What drinks can I purchase at the bar?
    We’ll have a selection of beer, radlers, ciders and coolers for you to enjoy at our bars. Please note, all drinks at our bar this year are ready-to-drink products in cans or bottles. We will not have wine or mixed drinks available this year.

COVID/COMMUNITY SAFETY

  1. Will you require proof of vaccination for entry?
    Harvest will require proof of vaccination at the point of admission for The Blues Tent and The Playhouse at the 2021 Festival.
  2. 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 (https://myhealth.gnb.ca/).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 and volunteers 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.
  3. 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 info@harvestjazzandblues.com for guidance.
  4. 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.
  5. Is mask wearing required?
    Mask wearing is encouraged at all times, but not required.
  6. Will there be additional COVID-19 precautions in place?
    Harvest will be following all public health guidelines at the time of the event, and we have taken enhanced health and safety measures for patrons, artists, volunteers and staff.For many shows, there will be fewer people than normal in the tents. However, for a couple of headline shows, the venue will be full – distancing will be harder unless you stand at the back or outside on the river side. We ask that you give your neighbours space, when possible.There will be hand sanitizing stations everywhere you go.Please check out the Community Safety section of our website for more details. Patrons will continue to receive updates on all policies and procedures with as much notice as possible.

TICKETS AND PASSES

  1. When and where do tickets and passes go on sale?
    Tickets and passes are available for purchase NOW at harvestmusicfest.ticketpro.ca
  2. Do ticket prices include taxes and fees?
    No. Taxes and fees will be added to the ticket price at check-out.
  3. Well, the Ultimate sold out and I didn’t get one. So I’m pretty much out of luck, right?
    It’s hard to predict year-to-year when Ultimates will sell out, but they do. Once they’re gone, there’s always individual tickets on sale, and tons of other programming through our Pubs and Clubs series, our free Officers’ Square Concert Series and the Fredericton’s Own Stage.
  4. I bought an Ultimate Pass in 2020 and the festival was cancelled. Can I use it this year?
    All 2020 Ultimate Passholders were contacted earlier in the year with options to redeem their pass for this year, roll their pass over to 2022, or refund their pass. While the deadline to redeem your pass for this year has passed, we will automatically roll your pass over to our 2022 festival!
  5. What if a show is sold out—can I still get in with my pass?
    Yes, having an Ultimate Pass means you are guaranteed admission to the Blues Tent, even if tickets are sold out. We have lots of crazy complicated algorithms to figure out our capacities, making sure there’s enough room for you to groove to the tunes without being crammed in like sardines.
  6. What if a show is NOT sold out, but I don’t have a ticket yet? Can I buy them at the door?
    Absolutely, no problem! Heads up: door sales are card only, so bring your debit or credit card along.
  7. How do I receive my Ultimate Pass?
    Details on how to receive your physical 2021 Ultimate Pass are coming soon!
  8. What do I do with my print-at-home tickets?
    Your print-at-home ticket works in the same way as any other ticket you would purchase. The printed tickets will be accepted at the door of the event you are attending. If, however, you printed off an Ultimate Pass voucher, you will have to redeem that voucher to receive your pass BEFORE you can get into shows. Details on how to receive your physical 2021 Ultimate Pass are coming soon!
  9. Are there any free shows at the festival?
    Of course! This year, we have a free Officers’ Square Concert Series, as well as the Fredericton’s Own Stage (in front of City Hall) which features free shows with up-and-coming Fredericton artists throughout the weekend, as well as the Kings Place Stage. There will also be free performances put on by our partners at The Hilton as part of our Pubs & Clubs series. And finally, there will be plenty of busking downtown during the festival!

FESTIVAL INFORMATION

  1. What will the festival look like this year?
    Ticketed performances will take place in The Moose Light Blues Tent and at The Fredericton Playhouse.We’ll have more FREE programming than ever from Thursday through Sunday in Officers’ Square, at the Gin & Jazz Stage at The Hilton Garden Inn, the King’s Place Stage, and the Fredericton’s Own Stage in front of City Hall.Downtown partners will have a full slate of programming all week long as part of the Pubs & Clubs series.The Rocket Street Experience will take place on Queen St. and Carlton St. to offer you a prime selection of  local and visiting artisans and food vendors, and tons of buskers throughout our JDI Busker Central program. Basically, you’d be hard-pressed to visit downtown during Harvest and not hear great live music everywhere you go!
  2. I’ve never been to Harvest—what should I expect?
    Expect exceptional maritime hospitality! Our audiences are a fleece-wearing, beer drinking, music loving kind of crowd whose enthusiasm blows our artists away and brings out the best performance in them. Harvest means a week of letting loose, taking in tunes, and having one hell of a time!
  3. Where can I see the full festival schedule?
    The current schedule is available here! You can expect more details about our free programming in Officers’ Square, the Fredericton’s Own Stage, and a Pubs & Clubs series in the coming weeks.
  4. I just heard a killer band on the Harvest stage, and I want to buy their album! Where can I find it?
    We sell artist CDs and merch in the tents during most shows. Beyond that, Backstreet Records, The Cap, Casa-Dia Vinyl Records, and Sunrise Records are great, locally operated Fredericton music stores. Backstreet and The Cap are actually just beyond the festival footprint on Queen St. – they could surely help you with your music purchasing needs.
  5. I think I’ve lost something. What do I do?
    Reach out to us at info@harvestjazzandblues.com or by phone at 506-454-2583. Remaining lost and found items are kept at our office for a few months before being donated to charity. 

ADMISSIONS

  1. Do I have to show proof of vaccination to attend Harvest?
    Harvest will require proof of vaccination at the point of admission for The Blues Tent and  The Playhouse at the 2021 Festival.
  2. Can I bring in outside beverages?
    Outside beverages are not permitted in the venues, and will be confiscated at the door. Harvest reserves the right to check bags at the entrances, so to avoid delays, please do not try to bring outside beverages in. At all our 19+ shows, we have stocked bars with a selection of beer, radlers, ciders and coolers. We’ve also relocated the Harvest Garden to Officers’ Square for you to enjoy during our free concert series!
  3. Can I bring in outside food?
    Food cannot be brought into the venues but we promise you won’t go hungry! There are lots of local and visiting food vendors on the street closures, as well as a number of restaurants in the downtown area.
  4. So no food and drink, but can I bring…

    My camera?
    That depends on the camera! Does it have a large professional lens? Please don’t bring it. Does it fit in your pocket (like a small point-and-shoot)? You’re probably safe. Is it your phone? You’re golden!

    Please keep in mind – some artists (especially the big acts) request absolutely NO photography so at times, we have to be more strict than others.

    Children/minors?
    It depends on the event! Our evening shows at the Blues Tent are 19+ but suppertime shows (the ones beginning around 5-6pm) are all ages! Minors older than 2 years may attend The Playhouse shows. Otherwise, all of our free programming is all-ages! Children will need their own ticket when attending ticketed events.Children under 12 must wear a mask at all times when in the venue.Please note: even when accompanied by a parent/legal guardian, anyone under the age of 19 will NOT be permitted to enter our 19+ shows.Seating (like lawn chairs)?
    We ask that you don’t bring your own seats to tented venues. We will have bleachers, picnic tables and other seating available at the Blues Tent. However, lawn chairs ARE permitted at the free Officers’ Square Concert Series!Pets?
    No pets are permitted on festival grounds with the exception of service animals.Selfie Sticks?
    While we appreciate a good selfie as much as the next person, selfie sticks are not permitted in our venues.Bags?
    You’re permitted to bring small bags into Harvest, but be aware that security may search bags upon entry.

ACCESSIBILITY AND SAFETY

  1. Is there medical staff at Harvest?
    There is! If you require medical attention, please let any volunteer know. There is a first aid tent within the Blues Tent and we have paramedics on-site throughout the festival as well. 
  2. I’ve been drinking at Harvest/it’s getting late… how do I get home safely?
    We are working on our beloved Safe Ride program with details to be announced later this summer!

    Looking for a Safe Walk to transportation? Find our Safer Spaces Booth at the Blues Tent. Details to come!
  3. Does Harvest have accessibility measures in place?
    Harvest continues to review our festival and take steps with the intention of creating safer and inclusive space for people of all abilities. For details and information on accessibility measures at this year’s festival, please check out our Accessibility Guide!
  4. Is there someplace I can be dropped off closer to the festival grounds?
    If you require a closer drop-off due to medical reasons, there is an accessible drop-off location in front of City Hall on York St. Security will permit cars through the road closure at York St. and Queen St. for this purpose. Please note that we do not have any parking available at the festival – this is a drop-off location only.
  5. Does Harvest have a Safer Spaces policy?
    We do! Harvest is dedicated to fostering community amongst all festival patrons, artists, volunteers, staff, sponsors and Board Members. Harvest is committed to delivering a festive and welcoming experience for people of every ability, age, colour, gender, gender expression, income level, language, physical appearance, place of origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation. Everyone has the right to feel safe and free from harm, and feel a sense of belonging at Harvest.You can find our complete Safer Spaces Policy here.
  6. Someone has made me feel uncomfortable at Harvest. What do I do?
    Harvest does not tolerate abusive, harmful, or oppressive behaviour or language from patrons, artists, volunteers, staff, sponsors or our Board of Directors. Any participation in harmful behaviour is grounds for removal from festival venues without a refund and may result in the ban of passholder privileges and/or a permanent ban from Harvest.If you witness abusive, discriminatory, or troubling behaviour at Harvest, please speak to one of our Safer Spaces Volunteers (you’ll be able to identify them by their special shirts), or any other volunteer. You can find Safer Spaces Volunteers at the Blues Tent near admissions as well as at the Safer Spaces Tent on Carlton St.

VISITOR INFORMATION

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 Harvest. 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.

  1. What are the current travel restrictions for entering New Brunswick?
    Please find all current Government of New Brunswick travel guidelines as well as general COVID-19 information online here.
  2. I’m coming from out of town. Where can I stay?
    Please visit Fredericton Tourism for a listing of hotels in the Fredericton area. 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!
  3. 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 available online here. There are many restaurants around the festival site—from fine dining, to pub food, to a spectrum of international cuisine—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!
  4. 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!
  5. I’m in Fredericton, how do I get to Harvest?
    The festival takes place in three city blocks, so everything you’d want to see is easily within walking distance. There is very limited parking available downtown, and it can get pretty congested so we highly recommend using public transit – stay tuned for details on our Safe Ride program.
  6. How do I use the ANBL Safe Ride?
    We are working on our beloved Safe Ride program with details to be announced later this summer!
    Looking for a Safe Walk to transportation? Find our Safer Spaces Booth at the Blues Tent. Details to come!
  7. Otherwise….
    When in doubt, stop someone and ask directions! We’re friendly folks here in Fredericton and won’t mind pointing you on your way!

FAQ’s Updated: August 20th, 2021