Market Square

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by cabc23 on October 16, 2005

Market Square contains a food court, but it was nothing like the traditional food court I have been to. We had a choice between various full-scale restaurants and the option of sitting indoors or outdoors, overlooking the boardwalk and harbor. The boardwalk hosts various events during the summer, including festivals and nightly activities. This night, being a Wednesday, was Alpine Idol on the boardwalk, where locals compete each week throughout the summer to make it to the finals. They also have a DVD Concert Series on Monday nights, Uptown Saint John Car Cruise on Tuesday nights, and Boardrock on Thursday nights. On certain days during the summer they host events such as Luau on the Boardwalk, Boardwalk Country Jamboree, and Flashback to the 80’s. Festivals like the Saint John Jazz and Blues Festival, the Summer Shakespeare Festival, the Loyalist Heritage Festival, and the Annual Buskers on the Boardwalk Festival all take place in July.

We decided to eat our dinner outside at the AleHouse to get a seat for the concert about to begin on the Boardwalk. In the meantime, we were able to watch people cruise the boardwalk, as well as a volleyball game right in the square. After dinner, we stayed to listen to some of the performers, many of which had very good voices and were obviously local crowd favorites. Leaving Market Square, we went to see Barbour’s General Store and the Little Red Schoolhouse, which, unfortunately, were closed, but still nice to get a look at from the outside. Barbour’s General Store is an authentic 19th-century country store with many artifacts, including china, yard goods, cooking utensils, and farm implements. It is open mid-June through mid-September 10am to 6pm and admission is free.

Saint John City Market
Entrances on Germain and Charlotte Streets
St. John, New Brunswick

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