About the Festival

The annual Rising Tide Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This music, art and nature festival is set in the spectacular Fundy National Park and showcases Atlantic Canadian musicians and visual artists.

This year, thanks to the Government of Canada’s Building Community Through Arts and Heritage Grant, the Rising Tide Festival (typically a three-day festival) is expanding in length and geography, with musical performances and art exhibitions in a number of communities in the Fundy region for the entire week of Aug. 13 through Aug. 18. See the Community Music Schedule and Fundy National Park Music Schedule tabs for full details on the lineup and concert times.

The festival begins in Riverside-Albert on Aug. 13 and culminates in Fundy National Park on Aug. 16, 17 and 18. The concerts in the park (free with a park pass – make sure to pick up your festival bracelet when you buy your pass) will be held in large event tents at the Festival Grounds outside of the Salt & Fire Centre in Fundy National Park. The ever-popular Songwriters Circle on Saturday night and the inaugural Molly Kool Women in Song event on Sunday evening are both held in the Molly Kool Heritage Centre.

The Songwriter’s Circle has quickly become a favourite at the annual Rising Tide Festival. This year, join Joel Plaskett, Rachel Beck, Shaun Ferguson and Brent Mason as they welcome us into their creative process. This is an intimate event hosted in the Molly Kool Heritage Centre, with a maximum capacity of 60. Songwriters Circle Tickets are required for the Saturday event and can be purchased here. There will be 20 additional tickets available on the day of the concert on a first come, first served basis. You must buy your ticket at the Outpost East Gift Shop in the Fundy National Park Visitor Centre on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Molly Kool

The Molly Kool Women in Song event celebrates Molly Kool — North America’s first sea captain who was born right here in Alma — as an early symbol of feminism. The event takes place in the very house in which Molly Kool grew up. Within the walls of the house, local female musicians will share their art with participants under the guidance of Sunday’s Rising Tide Festival Headliner Erin Costelo. No tickets are required however the Centre has a maximum capacity of 60 so the event is first come, first served. Admission is a donation of your choice to the Friends of Fundy. All proceeds will go toward sharing the legacy of Alma’s own Captain Molly Kool.

In addition, a number of artisinal workshops are scheduled for all interests from Aug. 16 through Aug. 18 in the park. Most require pre-registration and some come with a small fee to cover the cost of materials. See the complete Workshop Schedule on this website for more information.

Practicing chalk art at the Rising Tide Festival