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Paddlefest NB

Paddlefest is a Music & Outdoor Recreation Festival in St. Andrews, New Brunswick that has taken many variations over the years but has always maintained one key element at its core; celebrating New Brunswick culture in its many forms.

Through showcasing musical and artistic talent and celebrating (and protecting) the tranquil beauty of the Bay of Fundy, Paddlefest is an annual celebration of its hometown and its province. It attracts music fans, nature lovers and those who are passionate about both.

In addition to music programming, the event often features workshops/presentations from both the music/arts and paddling/recreational sides. Community engagement is also a strong goal of the festival, with a number of free events aimed at the community at large (i.e. a community stage, an artist market, kids events, etc.)

Over the years a strong focus of the festival has been showcasing and supporting local emerging artists. Now household names, New Brunswick acts like Matt Andersen and David Myles performed at Paddlefest in small venues in their early days, and that tradition continues as a bulk of the programming is dedicated to up and coming New Brunswick artists.

Paddlefest showcases music in unique local venues and attractions, such as Kingsbrae Garden, Minister's Island and the Paddlefest Main Stage which overlooks the St. Andrews waterfront. The quaint seaside town of St. Andrews truly comes alive with music and culture every May and the atmosphere is a warm and welcoming one.

Paddlefest is a not-for profit organization whose main objective is to offer a culturally significant event for the region that highlights the local arts, helps boost tourism and gives a positive message of inclusion, sustainability and cultural & environmental awareness.

Primary Contact

Luke MacDonald
Artistic Director

Email: paddlefest.nb@gmail.com
Phone: (506) 478-2434


211 Water Street
St. Andrews, NB E5B 1B3