Frequently Asked Questions

What is AREA 506?

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.

Where is the AREA 506 festival site?

AREA 506 takes place on Saint John’s waterfront.

When does it happen?

AREA 506 2019 takes place August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. That’s right – we’re three days down on the Main Stage this year!


6:00 PM
Main Stage gates open
Road of Restaurants opens

6:30 PM
Bands begin on Main Stage

12:00 AM
Festival closes for the night

Saturday and Sunday:

2:00 PM
Gates open
Container Village opens
Cultural performances begin

2:30 PM
Bands begin on Main Stage

6:00 PM
Cultural performances in the Container Village end for the day
Daytime vendors close for the day

12:00 AM
Festival closes for the night

Is it free to visit the Container Village?

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.


Do I need tickets to see the Main Stage concerts?

Yes, the Main Stage area requires a wristband for entry.

New for 2019: Main Stage concerts are now all ages.

VIP Ticketing will remain 19+.

You can buy tickets to the Main Stage shows here.

Do I have to be 19 to attend Area 506?

The Main Stage concerts are now all ages, however the VIP section will remain 19+.

As we’ve always done, The Shipping Container Village is free, family-friendly and is open to all.

When do my favourite bands go on?

That depends who your favourite band is, check back closer to the show for the full schedule.

What’s included in VIP tickets?

The AREA 506 VIP experience takes an already amazing time and makes it even more comfortable and convenient.

VIP ticket holders must be 19 years of age or older and will enjoy:

  • Exclusive site entrance
  • Dedicated washrooms
  • Dedicated VIP-only bar access
  • Patio seating experience
  • Closest-to-the-stage exclusive concert viewing area
  • Collectable AREA 506 keepsake bracelet

Can I volunteer?

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

How do I get a space in the Container Village?

The Shipping Container Village is full for 2019.

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.

Can I be a food vendor in the Road of Restaurants at AREA 506?

The Call for Applications for the Road of Restaurants is now closed for 2019.

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 the list.

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

Where can I stay in Saint John?

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

Can I bring my dog to AREA 506?

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.

How do beer tokens work?

You can pick up tokens at the AREA 506 Merch tent in the Container Village on Friday evening, 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 food at AREA 506?

IS THERE?!? In 2018 our Road of Restaurants featured a wide array of food from more than 10 different vendors.

The food vendor line up for 2019 is looking just as stellar. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to AREA 506 weekend!

Can I bring a stroller to the main stage concerts?

Yes! You can bring a folding, umbrella-style stroller into the All Ages area.

Is there a Safe Ride this year?

In partnership with Alcool NB Liquor, CAA Atlantic, Emera NB and Loch Lomond Mitsubishi, AREA 506 is proud to provide a safe and responsible ride home from three locations around the Greater Saint John area. The Emera NB Shuttle will pick up at the Moosehead Small Batch Brewery and runs every 30 minutes. The CAA Atlantic Shuttle will pick up at the Rothesay Arena and the Best Western Plus and runs every hour. The Loch Lomond Mitsubishi Shuttle will pick up at Loch Lomond Mitsubishi and runs every hour. All proudly sponsored by Alcool NB Liquor, running directly to the AREA 506 site from 6:00 pm – 1:00 am from Friday to Sunday!

Marquee Sponsor

Discover Saint John

Platinum Sponsors

Moosehead Light
Lotto Max
City of Saint John

Gold Sponsors

Stewart McKelvey
Stingray Radio
Delta Hotels Saint John
Port Saint John

Silver Sponsors

Rogue Coffee
Saint John Energy
Larrys Crane
Loyalist City Towing
Sunbury Transport
Sponsor Estey
Blacks Transfer
DP World Saint John
Sponsor NB
NB Power
Loch Lomond Mitsubishi
Pattison Outdoor
Leisure Time RV
USTATION - Get to Work
Hall Bros Enterprises
Irving Equipment

Supporting Partners

Design Art Signs
Taylor Printing
Atlantic Cat Rental
Fundy Fence
Hertz Equipment Rental
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