Music Festival

Harvest History


Harvest is founded, spanning over 4 days, with 9,500 patrons, 25 musical acts and 17 venues around downtown Fredericton.


First big top tent venue goes up.


Grand Opening of Harvest Central, first CD compilation (of the 1992 Festival), and birth of the Festival’s own Harvest cocktail.


Debut of the famed Mojo Tent, as well as the coveted Ultimate Pass and nightly passes, and the must-see nightly impromptu jam sessions were finally put on the program.


The number of community members who volunteer for the Festival rises to 400, which is a five-fold increase from 1991. Also, the first year Queen Street was shut down during the Festival.


The debut of Kidsfest (now known as Congo Square), a family-oriented day-long event of music, cultures and fun activities.


Harvest introduces the Rising Star showcase, where a young Matt Andersen and his band Flat Top becoming Harvest’s first Rising Stars.


Blues in the Schools is introduced where Harvest performers and clinicians tour local schools during Festival week to perform for school children and teach them the importance and history of the blues.


Blues tent gets a new home behind City Hall. The Festival expands by a day by introducing the Opening Night Gala at the Fredericton Playhouse on Tuesday night.


Officers’ Square becomes the hub of Harvest’s free music programming, with headline acts playing free outdoor shows in the afternoons


The year of the Volunteer! Harvest’s community of volunteers reaches a staggering 1000 strong.


Harvest gets serious about greening efforts, beginning to reduce its carbon footprint and do everything it can to be a green festival.


No more tent poles! Harvest invests in clear-span tent in the Blues Tent to keep the sightlines crystal clear for patrons, and the new “Room to Groove” policy is enacted to allow for a little more elbow room in the most popular tents.


Harvest celebrates its 20th anniversary in a big way. Wednesday night sees the addition of a headline show in the Blues Tent, and a specially-commissioned 20th Anniversary Orchestra of the region’s finest talent is assembled to celebrate the Festival’s milestone. Also, Harvest sends New Brunswick bluesman Matt Andersen to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, where he places first, becoming the first Canadian ever to win the IBC!


Harvest reinvigorates the jazz lineup with an all-new venue – Jazz Central – in the Fredericton Convention Centre. Blues in the Schools is expanded with two week-long residencies in local schools by Harvest musicians.  The Queen Street closure is expanded to all day and all night, all festival weekend long, with plenty more vendors, artisans and street performances for patrons’ pleasure.


Harvest makes its biggest commitment to being green yet by investing in 100% biodegradable cups in all venues. The Street Closure expands even further and Harvest introduces the Officers’ Quarters, an outdoor bar in Officers’ Square to grab a drink between tents.


Harvest celebrates its 25th Anniversary in style with all-time favorite acts, including Colin James, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Galactic, JJ Grey & Mofro and more.


In a year where festivals across the country are shutting down or pulling back, Harvest once again affirms itself as Eastern Canada’s premiere musical experience, presenting one of the best line-ups in its history.


Harvest hosts a spectacular line-up comprised of Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Lucinda Williams, & many more!


Harvest adapts quickly at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than celebrating its 30th anniversary, the festival pivots to Harvest 29.5, a mostly virtual festival.