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Saint John entertainment offerings for the weekend

There are tons of things going on this weekend in Saint John. CBC News has rounded up eight of them.

From circuses to comedy, here are 8 things to do in Saint John this weekend

Space Park takes over King's Square on Saturday night (Space Park Facebook)

The summer is winding down but the number of events happening across Saint John is not showing any signs of slowing down just yet.

From music acts, comedy shows to the circus, there is no shortage of activities for people with an open schedule or an interest in checking out something new. 

Here are eight ideas for this weekend.

1. Space Park

  • Where: King's Square
  • When: Saturday night, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

There will be an hour-long electronic synthesizer music performance taking over King's Square in Saint John on Saturday night. It's called Space Park, and it takes place at dusk.

There will be crazy lights, dry ice and a bunch of interesting sounds inspired by outer space.

2. Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble with Falling Leaves and Guests

The TZE plays at Peppers Pub at 10:30 p.m. on Friday. (Rebecca Hartery)
  • Where: Pepper's Pub
  • When: Friday night, 10:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $6 at the door

This evening show will be an interesting show for sure. The TZE, as they call themselves for short, are a Halifax-based Gypsy swing, rock, and funk band. They are known for their energetic and frantic live shows.

They're joined by the Falling Leaves, a Fredericton-based band that play all kinds of music, including bluegrass, jazz, prog rock and about 10other styles.

3. The Artificially Hip benefit concert

The Artificially Hip will be playing a benefit concert on Sunday afternoon. (The Artificially Hip Facebook)
  • Where: East Point Shopping
  • When: Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free, but donations accepted

The Artificially Hip is a Tragically Hip tribute band based in Saint John. The event starts at 12 p.m., but the band won't be playing until 2 p.m.

The Canadian Cancer Society will be on-hand to collect donations for glioblastoma research in honour of Gord Downie, Tragically Hip frontman and Canadian icon.

The event will also coincide with East Point's food truck weekends, so there will be plenty to chow down on.

4. Bluegrass Weekend

Pretty Archie performs as part of Market Square's Bluegrass Weekend. (Haley Anne MacPhee)
  • Where: Market Square boardwalk
  • When: Friday starting at 5 p.m. and Saturday starting at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Market Square will be sounding the work whistle at 5 p.m. on Friday and some of Saint John's finest chefs will be showing off their take on a pulled pork sundae.

They haven't told anyone what that is, but they will be handing out free samples.

For tunes, Pretty Archie plays at 5 p.m., with the Backyard Devils playing at 8 p.m.

On Saturday night, Pretty Archie plays an encore performance at 8 p.m. as well.

The Sydney-based band plays, you guessed it, bluegrass. But according to their website, it's also folk, rock, Americana, and like eight other adjectives.

CBC's Jericho Knopp details concerts, events and movies to entertain you this week, August 26 to August 31. 8:37

5. Nikki Payne

Nikki Payne graces Chuckles with her jokes on Friday and Saturday nights. (Nikki Payne Facebook)
  • Where: Chuckles Comedy Club in Parkway Mall
  • When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. 
  • Cost: $20

Comedian Nikki Payne will be playing at Chuckles over the weekend as well.

She's from Nova Scotia, but currently calls New Brunswick home, and has won all kinds of awards, including a Canadian Comedy Award for best newcomer to stand-up.

She is hysterical and is well-known for incorporating her lisp into her stand up acts.

6. The Great Benjamin Circus

The circus comes to town for three days this weekend (Great Benjamin Circus Facebook)
  • Where: Long Wharf
  • When: Friday at 4:30 p,m. and 7:00 p.m., Saturday at  2:00 p,m., 4:30 p,m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p,m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Adults are $15 online & $22 at the gate, kids are $10 online and $15 at the gate.

The Circus is back in town in Saint John. The Great Benjamin Circus is taking up residence in Long Wharf for three days, from Friday to Sunday with three shows a day.

There will be clowns, juggling, acrobats, motorcycles driving around a cage and the only circus animals are a number of performing dogs.

There are also a couple of dates for both St. George and St. Stephen later on in the week.

7. The Saint John Dragonboat Festival

The festival will run all day long on Saturday. (Saint John Dragonboat Festival Facebook)
  • Where: Renforth Wharf in Rothesay
  • When: Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

The Saint John Dragon Boat festival is taking place all day on Saturday.

New this year is the mayoral race. The mayors from Saint John, Rothesay, and Quispamsis will all be racing with a crew. The winner gets to raise the flag.

There will also be donations accepted for St. Joseph's Hospital. They are raising money for little things that can greatly improve patient care.

8. Community Care Fair

The Community Care Fair takes place in Quispamsis on Sunday afternoon.
  • Where: Quispamsis Arts and Culture Park
  • When: Sunday from 2 p,m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free, but donations are accepted.

The Seventh-Day Adventist church is holding their community care fair on Sunday.

The event is free, and includes bouncy castles, face painting, carnival games, a photo booth, all kinds of food, music, arts and crafts; you know, typical town fair stuff.

It is free, but they are collecting donations for a foster family in need.