Frequently Asked Questions

AREA 506 is a celebration of everything New Brunswick. It’s the music we make and the music we listen to. It’s the culture that surrounds us and that makes us who we are. It’s the amazing goods, services, and products that are created right here in New Brunswick.

This is a festival that brings all of these aspects together in one spot on the Saint John waterfront. It’s about creating engaging experiences and engaged New Brunswickers.

The AREA 506 VIP experience takes an already amazing time & makes it even more comfortable and convenient. VIP ticket holders enjoy preferred site entry, specific washroom and bar access, and a preferred viewing area.

Area 506 takes place on Long Wharf on Saint John’s waterfront next to the Harbour Passage walking trail. Need a map? Here you go!

The shipping container village opens at 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and the show runs until 12am. Bands start each day at 3pm.

Yes! We’ve got lots of volunteer opportunities and we’re looking for great people to help us out. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Volunteers must be at least 19 years old
  • Enjoy working with the public
  • Be in good health with high energy
  • Be able to walk and/or stand for periods of time

If that sounds like you, register here or email us at

If you’re a vendor, business owner, local artist or craftsperson, or a cultural group looking to participate in the Area 506 Container Village you can submit a request for additional information by completing the form here.

PLEASE NOTE: By submitting an application you are not guaranteed a space in the Container Village.

You won’t want to miss a minute of this festival – so make sure you have a reservation for accommodations in Saint John. Whether you’re looking to stay in a hotel with an array of amenities, or you want a more personal touch with a local B&B, Saint John has a host of accommodation options.

Visit Discover Saint John’s Accommodations Page

You can apply to become part of the Road of Restaurants by submitting a food vendor application through our application form on our Get Involved page.

Yes! The Container Village free to the public all day long. The doors open at 2pm with some vendors remaining open until midnight. The village is an amazing collection of New Brunswick artists, creators, entrepreneurs, and businesses showing off and selling their goods throughout the weekend. There’s also the Area 506 Road of Restaurants, where you can grab a snack or a meal from various food vendors.

Yes, the Main Stage is ticketed for the weekend and is age restricted to 19+. You can buy tickets to those shows here.

If you’re looking to park in town for the main stage concerts you’ll need to plan ahead.

We’ll provide more details we get closer to the event!

You can bring your pet dog to the daytime events at the Container Village as long as your dog is on a leash and is comfortable in a crowd. Dogs are not allowed at the evening ticketed events, unless they are service dogs.