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

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!

Friday, August 2nd the gates to the Area 506 grounds open at 5:00 pm and you can enjoy the following:

  • Road of Restaurants open and serving tasty dishes
  • Main Stage acts beginning at 6:00 pm and running until midnight.

Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th the gates to the Area 506 grounds open at 2:00 pm and you can the following:

  • Road of Restaurants open and serving tasty dishes
  • Culture Stage programming running between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
  • Shipping Container Village running between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
  • Late Night Market section runs until midnight.
  • Main Stage bands on Saturday and Sunday begin at 3:00 pm and running until midnight.

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.

BUY LOCAL. SUPPORT LOCAL.

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 volunteer@area506.ca

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 goods@area506.ca 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 darcy@area506.ca 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!

Marquee Sponsor

Discover Saint John

Platinum Sponsors

Moosehead Light
Lotto Max

Gold Sponsors

ANBL
Stewart McKelvey
Rock 889 Saint John
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