10+ arts, music and community events you should check out in Fredericton this weekend

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This weekend includes a Scottish celebration for Robert Burns, a string quartet performance at the library, a Chinese New Year Gala and lots and lots of music. 

Frantically Atlantic play the Picaroons Roundhouse on Saturday night as at of A Celtic Affair. (photo: franticallyatlantic.com)


Soundwave at The Capital. The Capital welcomes four performers to heat up the dance floor and help you shake off the winter chills. Catch sets by Fractal Code, Geometic, DERB and Astro Not with visual designs and live painting helping to create an atmosphere like you’ve never seen before. Par-Tay! 10 p.m.

Art for Frosti-Tots: Optical Illusions Collage at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. These workshops are for 2-5 year olds accompanied by a participating caregiver. Join Christina Thomson for warm up activities, gallery visits, and art making inspired by different artists each month. January features the photography of Ned Pratt. Free for members, $10/session for non-members. To register, contact 458-2028 or emailbag@beaverbrookartgallery.org

The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival at The Playhouse on Jan 24 and 25. Brought to you by UNB Rock & Ice Club, this screening features the world’s best mountain sport, culture and environmental films, letting you experience the thrill and challenges of the mountain environments that inspire us all. The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, the Banff Mountain Centre Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries. Some films may contain occasional use of strong language. 7 p.m.

Retro Night at The Phoenix with DJ Neil Armstrange. Music of the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s. Retro video game setup AND drink specials! See you there! 10 p.m.

Jack Johnson Tribute Show at Grimross Brewing Co. An arrangement of acoustic ballads and full band songs by JJ, covering most of his early hits and favorite tracks performed by a wealth of Fredericton talent. 8 p.m.

Dapper Dan & the Drive-In Classics at The Tipsy Muse Café. Dapper Dan & the Drive-In Classics are more than just a rockabilly band. With their roots seeded deep in blues, outlaw country and punk rock, Dapper Dan boasts a plethora of music stylings in their covers and original works. 7 p.m.

O’Me Nerves Comedy Series at Grimross Brewing Co. Comedy burlesque meets stand-up comedy… this fun show is sure to heat up the stage at Grimross Brewing with shows at 6pm and 10pm. Only 100 tickets available for each show! Don’t wait to get yours, or you’ll be out in the cold!! Last year’s two “Icy HOT Cabaret” shows sold out in under two weeks! This is a 100% fundraiser for mental health.


Colin Fowlie + Braden Lam + Mitch Rayner at The Capital. Colin Fowlie brings his band to The Capital for a Saturday night show with special guests Braden Lam and Mitch Rayner. Doors at 9 p.m. 

The Chickahominy Mountain Band at The Tipsy Muse Café. The Chickahominy Mountain Band has the frame of a traditional country blues band that isn’t afraid to let go and let the music do the talking. 7 p.m.

The Saint John String Quartet at the Fredericton Public Library. There is no better way to start your weekend than with live music by this phenomenally talented group of performers. 10:30 a.m.

A Celtic Affair – Burns’ Bash at Picaroons Roundhouse. A Celtic Affair – Burns’ Bash will be a joint venture between the Picaroons and The Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band with all proceeds going to raise funds for the Grade 3 Band’s trip to Scotland this summer. This year will include all of the fun from last year, with the add-on option of a Traditional Burns Dinner beforehand! Our Burns’ Bash will include entertainment from Frantically Atlantic and Shanachie Dancers. Tickets prices are $40 for entire event – and $20 for ceilidh only.


Open Mic at The Tipsy Muse Café. Hosted by Mitch Rayner, this is a chill and relaxed kind of atmosphere, and we love hearing new and returning musicians fill the cafe with their sound! Come join us for a cold or hot drink and great time! 2 p.m.

Chinese New Year Gala at Fredericton Playhouse. Come and join the Chinese Cultural Association of New Brunswick in celebrating the 2020 Chinese Spring Festival in the Year of the Mouse. Entitled Melody of Time, the celebration gala is a presentation of traditional and contemporary dances, music, and martial arts. It will reflect the lifestyle changes from the 20s to today. Sun rises, and shadows fall. As time goes by, love is forever. 6:30 p.m.

Music for Cello and Guitar at Wilmot United Church. Join cellist Emily Kennedy and classical guitarist Steven Peacock for Romantico: Music for Cello and Guitar, a varied concert celebrating the many expressive possibilities of this intriguing pairing of instruments. The 20th century program features Sonata for Cello and Guitar by Brazilian composer Radamés Gnattali and Suite No. 1 by Italian composer Raffaele Bellafronte, as well as works by de Falla, Marchelie and Piazzolla. Admission is by voluntary contribution; all are welcome. 3 p.m.

This Week in Fredericton was created with notes from the Fredericton Arts Alliance‘s weekly newsletter as well as Music Runs Through It‘s weekly Fredericton music update. We encourage you to visit both these valuable community resources for more detailed information on these and other events happening This Week in Fredericton. 


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