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Arts & Culture

Florenceville-Bristol has a vibrant Arts and Culture scene with many venues and events to keep your creative juices flowing. 

The Andrew & Laura McCain Library is situated in the heart of downtown Florenceville.  It is the place to get your choice of the best books, magazines, newspapers, CDs or DVDs.  They’ve got something for all ages, including activities and workshops.

Also in the Library is the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery.  It boasts the best of New Brunswick visual arts in the St. John River Valley.  Enjoy their many exhibits, workshops, guest speakers and artistic events.

Not far down the street is an extension of the Art Gallery called the River Arts Centre & Studios.  It is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to increase access, awareness and appreciation of art in our community.  It provides affordable working studio space for artists to create, exhibit, teach art, and provide a place for the community to gather, learn and participate in the experience of art.

Another creative venue is Second Wind Music Centre, which provides opportunities to learn an instrument, a venue to perform, and listen to live music and other community musical activities.  

At the Shogomoc Railway Site, you can enjoy a guided tour of a restored 1914 CPR train station, a train car renovated into a fine dining restaurant, along with two other cars featuring a children’s activity centre and museum.  Next door is the Welcome Centre, which offers a gift shop filled with local products, souvenirs, artisan crafts and artwork throughout the summer months. 

On the Shogomoc Railway Site, you’ll also find “fresh FINE DINING”.   It is uniquely located on a 26-seat rail car, and gives diners a chance to savour flavours, to sample great wines, and to be treated a little extra special.  During this nearly 3-hour long dining experience, you’ll be treated to dishes crafted by the talented chef, while being served with friendliness and class by the owner herself.  Reservations are necessary, so be sure to book ahead to get your seat in a dining car that’s unlike any other! 


The New Brunswick Potato World Museum is full of state-of-the-art, hands-on displays as well as antique machinery from the agricultural industry, and offers guided experiential tours to its guests.  It is also home to the Potato World Hall of Recognition, which acknowledges the extraordinary achievements and contributions of New Brunswickers to the potato industry.

When you’re the French Fry Capital of the World, you need to celebrate National French Fry Day with gusto!  On July 13, sample crispy McCain French Fries throughout the event located at the New Brunswick Potato World Museum.  The celebration includes live entertainment, inflatables for children, potato printing, French fry cutting contest, seed cutting demonstrations, face painting, balloon artists, French fry Flavour Centre, Science East, artists, artisans, market vendors, free self-guided tours through the Potato World Museum and so much more.


In early August, Florenceville-Bristol celebrate Festival of Flavour.  Create your own experience with four days of flavourful hospitality, extraordinary food, spirits, wine, arts, entertainment and more.  Expand your horizons with wine seminars, beer tastings, cooking demonstrations, delicious foods and so much more!


The Carleton Victoria Arts Council regularly host musical performances at the Weldon Matthews Theatre located in the Carleton North High School.  Check the schedule on their website for an up-to-date schedule of events.

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