For over 20 years Paddlefest has been an annual event in the seaside community of St. Andrews. Starting as a group of friends organizing paddling excursions, BBQs and kitchen parties, the event has evolved into a multi-faceted festival that combines music, art and paddling/outdoor events over a 4 day span. Guided paddling and other activities happen throughout the daytime at various locations across town. In the evenings and into the night the town comes alive with music at the Main Stage, centrally located in the town’s square as well as multiple other venues (cafes, restaurants, gallerys, etc.).
There is no camping/lodging at the actual festival site as it’s located on the front street of the town, but there are a number of local hotels/inns within walking distance, some of which offer special rates for the weekend:
The Algonquin Resort (ask about the special NB Rate) – 5 minute drive/10 minute walk to Main Stage
The Kennedy Inn – under a minute walk to the Main Stage
Picket Fence Motel – 5 minute drive/15 minute walk to Main Stage
Tara Manor Inn – 7 minute drive/30 minute walk to Main Stage
Seaside Beach Resort – 2 minute drive/5 minute walk to Main Stage
Treadwell Inn – 1 minute drive/3 minute walk to Main Stage
Huntsman Marine Science Centre – 5 minute drive/20 minute walk to Main Stage
If you’re looking to camp the Kiwansis Campground is a 5-minute drive/10-15-minute walk from the Main Stage/town square.
For a fill list of accomodations in the area visit the St. Andrews website.
St. Andrews offers a variety of unique locally owned shops, restaurants, attractions and accommodations, most of which are situated on the main drag of Water Street. A trip to Minister’s Island (only accessible a few hours a day at low tide) is highly recommended! Kingsbrae Garden, the aquarium at the Huntsman Science Centre and the Charlotte County Archives (Courthouse & Jail) are also great spots to check out. Or just take a walk around town and grab a bite to eat at one of the many local restaurants that offer local live music during the weekend!
As the Main Stage is a general admission standing room, lawn chairs are not allowed during the nighttime shows. Lawn chairs are generally permitted during afternoon shows. Picnic tables/seating are located outside and near the tent. If you have questions regarding handicapped accessibility please contact us.
Please do not bring any of the following:
The Main Stage programming is 19+, but there are other events open to all ages (typically with parent or guardian accompaniment). There will be family friendly and kids-focused events around town over the weekend. Check back for a full schedule of this years events!
In the event of rain and/or heavy winds the paddling activities may be postponed or cancelled. Any outdoor music events may also be moved to an in-door location. Please check our website and social media pages for up date information!
Pass holders can pick up wristbands once doors officially open on the first festival event (on the Thursday). Passes are good for 1 person only. Passes ARE NOT interchangeable between different people. Sorry, we cannot replace lost wristbands.
There is no ATM located at the Main Stage, but there are 2 ATMs located nearby – one at the Scotiabank across the street and one at The Red Herring Pub. Please note the bar and merchandise tables are cash only.
During the event we host a local craft market featuring work from local artists & crafters. We open applications for vendors typically in late March/April. Please note we mainly accept local vendors who make hand-crafted, homemade products (artwork, crafts, clothing, cosmetic products, etc).
Sorry, we do not open applications to food vendors.
You sure can! We are always looking for volunteers for a number of different duties (working the door, selling merch, green team, site set up and tear down, etc.). Fill out our volunteer application here. Volunteer experience is recommended but not entirely necessary. Most volunteer positions require you are 19 or older.
For 1 volunteer shift (at least 6 hours) you will be guest listed for a show of your choice. 2 shifts equals 2 shows, and so on. If you do not show up for your shift (without a reasonable excuse) you will not be on the list and will not be able to volunteer in the future .
We offer a combination of free paddling events/workshops and guided paddles with a small fee attached. Paddlefest is extremely fortunate to partner with local recreational companies who plan and lead paddling activities throughout the weekend! More information on this year’s event coming soon.
Please do! Most events require you bring your own boat, though some rentals will be available. We encourage everyone who can to participate in the official Paddlefest events, 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.