Festival Information

Everything you need to know about Paddlefest!


The Paddlefest Music & Outdoor Recreation Festival happens every May in the picturesque resort town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick . It combines music, art and outdoor activities for a full weekend of fun! Every spring, St. Andrews awakens from its winter slumber, and Paddlefest is the official kick off to the busy spring and summmer season.

During the day, canoeing, kayaking, cycling, and paddleboarding are just a few of activities found around the town and surrounding area. In the evenings and into the night, the town transforms into a unique musical landscape, with live music happening in the Main Stage, centrally located in the town square, as well as at many restaurants, cafes and venues across town.

Paddlefest is truly a festival for music lovers, art enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike! The dates for the 2015 edition of Paddlefest are Thursday, May 14th through Sunday, May 17th.


Where do I find the music?

Everywhere! Our Main Stage/Tent is located in the town square in the middle of the town, adjacent to the town wharf. Our Main Stage shows kick off late evening, and we also have shows in the Red Herring Pub (211 Water Street) starting at 11pm. Earlier in the evenings we have music located at various venues/restaurants/cafes around town. Some of these events are ticketed, some are free. A full scheduled will be available closer to the event.

Do I have to pay to participate in the paddling events?

No! Paddlefest is extremely fortunate to partner with Maritime DayTripping Inc. who plan and guide paddling and other recreational activities throughout the weekend. For more information or to learn how you can become involved contact Maritime DayTripping at 1 (506) 657-8747 or e-mail Alex@daytrippingnb.com.

Should I bring my own kayak/canoe/etc.?

Please do! Most events require you bring your own boat. There are rentals in town and there always people with extra room! We encourage everyone who can to participate in the events led by Maritime DayTripping, but if you can’t we hope you’ll get out to enjoy the water, or the local bike trails, or the great hiking and climbing opportunities in the area.

Where can I stay/What is there to do?

St. Andrews offers a variety of unique locally owned shops, restaurants, attractions and accommodations, all mere minutes away from the town square (where are Main Stage is located). For lodging we suggest the following places:

The Algonquin Resort (Ask about the special Paddlefest rate)
Seaside Beach Resort
The Picket Fence Motel
Tara Manor Inn

For those that like the outdoors, Kiwansis Campground has a select number of campsites available for festival attendees.

If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at paddlefest.nb@gmail.com . We will get back to you as soon as we can.

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