We’re Getting Strange At Area 506

New Brunswick Day weekend is upon us, and there’s only one place you want to be if you truly want to celebrate.

The Area 506 Festival is back again for its third year and organizers have tirelessly been planning to bring us a festival that was even better than last year’s. It’s a lofty goal, but we think they’re going to do just that.

This year has an incredible lineup, including The Arkells, The New Pornographers, July Talk, The Glorius Sons, Big Wreck, Whitehorse and so many others from New Brunswick and across Canada!

Of course, a big part of the festival is to celebrate all things New Brunswick, so that means the festival’s giant (free admission!) shipping container village is returning this year to showcase some of the province’s incredible businesses and brands.

We at Strange Grooves are also so excited to be sponsoring a backstage artists’ lounge. Sorry guys, it’s for artists only, but don’t fret. We’ll be on our Instagram giving you a tour and sharing some behind the scenes content throughout the festival weekend.

It will be here before you know it, so we just wanted to give you the lowdown to make sure you know how to get tickets, where to stay/park and so much more:

E2L Jam 

Once again this year, Area 506 is kicking off the festival with an open-air street party on Grannan Lane in uptown Saint John on Friday, Aug 3. Grannan Lane and sections of Canterbury Street will be closed beginning at 5:00 pm with music starting at 7:00 pm through until midnight. The kick-off concert will feature a warm-up set by one artist from the AREA 506 lineup (You’ll have to go to find out who!).

The E2L Jam is completely open to the public and is also the time for you to get your passes (if you haven’t yet, of course) and some sick 506 merch! You’re not going to want to miss this!

Can’t make it to the E2L Jam? Here’s how to get your tickets. 

We get it, you might have something else going on Friday, but you really shouldn’t put off getting your tickets until the last minute. You can buy your passes online anytime before the festival here. There are different options available from single-day passed to a really rad VIP experience.

Coming in from out of town? 

Lucky for you, there are so many different places to stay near the festival site at all different price ranges, include the new BunkHaus, a new boutique hostel that just opened in the heart of uptown. Hotels such as the Delta, the Hilton are also close as well. There is also some great Airbnb’s in the city too.


If you’re planning on driving to the festival site at Long Wharf, there will be free parking available at the Harbour Station parking lots. Of course, if you’re planning on drinking, make sure you budget for a taxi or secure a designated driver!

Still got some linger questions? Just check out the festivals FAQ page here.

We’re so excited and honoured to take part in this year’s festival and we can’t wait to see all of you there.

#KeepIt Strange

-Cait + Cherise

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