POP CULTURE | Saint John Waterfront August 2 – 4

AREA 506 Festival

We chatted with Terry Wagner from the Area 506 Festival to find out what all the buzz is about around this festival.

What is AREA 506 all about, and when did it start?

I’m involved with securing sponsorship for the festival as well as rolling up my sleeves and helping build/tear down the site on Long Wharf. Last year we were able to move 84 shipping containers from across the Saint John Harbour to build our very unique venue.

What is your role with the Festival?

I’m involved with securing sponsorship for the festival as well as rolling up my sleeves and helping build/tear down the site on Long Wharf. Last year we were able to move 84 shipping containers from across the Saint John Harbour to build our very unique venue.

Tell us about tickets … what do we need to get in?

Tickets are needed for the concert portion of the festival which showcases some amazing rock acts from across the county. July Talk, Glorious Suns, The Strumbellas, and Big Wreck are just some of the incredible acts we’ve had over the years. We’ve also had some amazing local acts that have added to our line ups over the years. This year, we’ve decided to add an all ages space in the concert area, in order to allow our younger visitors to enjoy more of the festival that they may have missed out on in the past. The container village is open to everyone and is free admission.

Tell us about the Container Village?

A big part of the festival is to celebrate all things “New Brunswick”, so that means the festival’s shipping container village is returning this year to showcase some of the province’s incredible businesses and brands. We’ll also have a family fun zone this year within the container village.

Is there food and drink on site?

We have a great partner with Moosehead Breweries. We’ve been able to showcase their incredible products that are made right in our backyard. We also had the United Way volunteers staff the bar area last year with a portion of the proceeds going to them as a charitable donation. We also have a “Road of Restaurants” showcasing various food trucks from across the province. A great way to sample from a local food fair all in the same spot.

For more information on the Area 506 festival, visit www.area506.ca