Paddlefest is a music and outdoor recreation festival held in St. Andrews, New Brunswick every May. It combines music, art and outdoor activities for a full weekend of events for music lovers and adventure seekers alike!
During the day, canoeing, kayaking and other outdoor activities happen around the town and surrounding areas. In the evening, the town transforms into a unique musical landscape, with shows at many of the community’s restaurants, cafes and galleries as well as the Main Stage centrally located in the town square.
Past performers include The Barr Brothers, Joel Plaskett, Matt Andersen, Plants and Animals, David Myles, Ron Hynes, Old Man Luedecke, Catherine MacLellan, The Strumbellas, Elliott Brood, Paper Lions, Amelia Curran, Aidan Knight, The Stanfields, Terra Lightfoot, TUNS, Grand Theft Bus and many more!
Partnering with local adventure recreation companies, Padlefest also offers a number of recreational activities (canoeing, kayaking, hiking, stand up paddle-boarding, etc.). The weekend also features environmental talks, a beach clean up, kids events, a local craft market, live artists, food vendors & more!
Starting as a small community event over 20 year ago Paddlefest has grown into a multifaceted festival that attracts hundreds of people from around the province and beyond. Every year the festival continues to expand, while still maintaining the grassroots work ethic and community-driven spirit that it started with.