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 defines us. It’s the amazing goods, services, and products that are created right here at home.

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

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!

AREA 506 2018 takes place August 4th & 5th.

The gates open at 2:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

  • The Culture Stage programming begins at 2:00 pm and runs until 6:00 pm.
  • The Shipping Container Village opens at 2:00 pm and runs until 6:00 pm with the Late Night Market open until midnight.
  • The Main Stage bands start each day at 3:00 pm and and the show runs until 12:00 midnight.

There is no charge to visit the Container Village, but we’ll gladly accept donations at the gate.

AREA 506 is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization, and your support helps ensure the future of the festival.


Yes, the Main Stage area requires a wristband for entry. The ticketed area is also restricted to those 19 and older.

You can buy tickets to the Main Stage shows here.

The Main Stage concerts are open to those 19 and older. The Shipping Container Village is free, family-friendly and open to all ages.

There is a very limited amount of parking available at the festival site on Long Wharf. Luckily, we have great neighbours!

Parking is available next door in the Harbour Station lots, and there’s no cost for AREA 506 attendees.

That depends who your favourite band is, but you can find the full schedule on our lineup page

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

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

The Shipping Container Village is full for 2018.

If you’d like to be notified by email when we start accepting applications for next year, drop us a line at and we’ll add you to our list.

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

You can apply to become part of the Road of Restaurants by visiting our Get Involved page.

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 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.

Stop in and see us at the E2L Jam to pick up tokens in advance, or find them at the AREA 506 Merch tent in the Container Village on Saturday and Sunday.

Mainstream Beer: $7 | Premium Beer/Wine/Cider: $9

Also remember that the bar is staffed by volunteers from the United Way. The bar staff will be donating their tips back to the United Way, and the festival will match the weekend’s total, meaning that your support goes twice as far.

IS THERE?!? This year’s Road of Restaurants features a wide array of food from more than 10 different vendors.

  • BBQ
  • The Big Cheese
  • East Coast Donair
  • The Funky Monkey Sandwich Stop
  • Fusion Express
  • The Gravy Train
  • Green’s Catering
  • Lee’s Lemonade
  • Monks & Jonesie Gastro Truck
  • Rivers Edge Lemonade
  • Rogue Coffee
  • Syrian Food by Zein Albdin