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Winter in Fredericton

Second semester is here and with it comes a whole new list of activities that can keep you busy. While staying indoors and watching Netflix may seem like the only option, there are a lot of cool things going on both indoors and outdoors that can get you out of the house and hopefully through the winter. And no matter how bad things get, just remember, the snow will melt before you know it … probably.


There are lot of events going on this winter that can help take your mind off school and the weather. The Fredericton Craft Beer Festival, for example, would be great for this. The third annual festival is happening in March, and is said to have over 130 beers to choose from. Along with this, January will see the Shivering Songs festival bring musicians like Owen Pallett, Buck 65 and Zeus to the city.



While the easy choice for movies is to go to the Cineplex in the Regent Mall, there are also other options that allow you to see films that may not be shown in theatres. Cinema Politica screens a different documentary every week while the Monday Night Film Series at Tilley Hall shows a range of foreign and local films. Along with these weekly options, the Banff Mountain Film Festival will be coming to Fredericton at the end of January, and will feature a lot of cool films about life in the mountains.



We’ve already seen a lot of great musical acts come through Fredericton this year, and second semester looks like it will continue that trend. Hey Rosetta! is coming in late January, with Dan Mangan + Blacksmith and Jill Barber playing shows later on in the season. Venues like The Capital and The Cellar are always announcing new shows as well, and with a lot of good albums set to come out this semester, tours are sure to follow.



While New Brunswick may not be known for its big cities, it is known for its natural beauty and even if it is cold, the winter provides a whole new array of activity options that aren’t available during the warmer months. From going up to Crabbe Mountain with the UNB Ski & Board Club to skating around on one of the many outdoor rinks, tobogganing at Mactaquac or simply going for a walk along the trails at Odell Park or the UNB woodlot, there are arguably more fun things to do here in the winter than there is during the rest of the year.

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