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Summer is a busy time in Alma, with every shop door open, the cool bay breezes smelling of the sea, and constant activity in the town and on the water. Spring and fall are quieter times, ideal for watching new greenery or spectacular foliage, or for touring and exploring on your own. Winter brings out the skis, sleds, skates, and snowshoes, and warm drinks by the blazing fireplace at the end of the day.

A few of the organized events for 2018 are listed below. We can always provide you a local perspective, directions, and advice on making the most of your stay!

TBD - usually early February

The Fundy Loppet

This annual event draws skiers of all ages and levels from around our region. Distances are from under 3 km up to 26 km, followed by a delicious meal prepared with local foods.

The word "loppet" refers to a mass participation cross-country ski event which includes longer, marathon length distances and both recreational and competitive elements. Participants usually challenge themselves physically and mentally over courses of varied terrain, focusing on achieving personal bests or attaining pre-determined goals.

April 21 - 28

Northrop Frye Festival

The Frye Festival offers the best of local, Canadian and international authors, including children’s authors, graphic novelists, storytellers, poets, playwrights, spoken-word artists and more.

Canada’s only bilingual international literary festival, and the largest literary event in Atlantic Canada. In Moncton since 1999.

June 29 - July 2

Alma Celebration Days

Parades, bonfires, chowder competition, barbecues, and much more over three days. An exciting time to visit Alma and be a part of the festivities!

August 17 - 19

Rising Tide Festival

Musicians from all around the Maritimes, inspired by this beautiful area, will join together to regale audiences at this outdoor concert. Includes face painting for the children!

September 7, 8, 9

Atlantic Balloon Fiesta

On the weekend after the Canadian Labour Day, the people of the Sussex area prepare to receive over 45,000 guests, at the Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta. Organizers have been working all year to host Atlantic Canada’s most colourful festival, and 2018 marks the 33rd year of  this wonderful family event.

September 11 - 16

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival

Fredericton comes alive for six days each September as hundreds of world class performers appear on dozens of stages, all conveniently located in Fredericton's beautiful and historic downtown.

September 13 - 16

Albert County Exhibition

A four-day fair including local performing artists and artisans, contests, races, parades, and the finest horses and livestock in the Maritimes. Its 105th year!

October 14

Alma Fleet Launch

A big event in a small village: when the tide is high  enough, the entire Alma fleet sets sail for the start of the lobster season. Join us for the countdown and celebration at the big send-off, a downtown breakfast bar, and enjoy "lobster-centric" specials at many Alma businesses!

BONUS: An awesome video of the 2016 event, filmed and set to music by Eric Goggin!

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All summer

The Octopus' Garden Cafe

Live music most weekends, and Jam Night on Wednesdays. Fun evenings in a fun place, with great homemade pastas, soups, sandwiches, and desserts.

All summer

Fundy National Park

Activities every day, and special events from May through October. A jewel of the Maritimes within walking distance of your room at Cleveland Place.