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Why You HAVE to Visit Charlottetown This June

June can sometimes feel like the preview before the main event (we’re looking at you summer), but that’s simply not the way we roll here in Charlottetown. In fact, we daresay June has got it ALL going on and stealing some of July and August’s thunder. Yes, we said it and we mean it. Check out all the reasons you HAVE to visit Charlottetown this June.

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Craft Beer Week

PEI’s craft beer scene has been making waves (and brews) over the past few years as it grows and grow some more. And now,  in the true spirit of collaboration and kinship, all SEVEN of the Island’s breweries have come together to host the brand new Craft Beer Week, June 1 – 8. Featuring a tonne of fun events including craft beer bus tours, an ax-throwing throwdown, trivia, comedy, local music + local beer, an art battle, free brewery tours and more!

PEI Jazz & Blues Festival

Get into your summer groove with the TD PEI Jazz & Blues Festival (June 28 – 30) on Charlottetown’s waterfront. With performances by some of the region’s most renowned jazz and blues musicians, including Myles Goodwin, Jimmy Rankin, Erin Costelo, The Beaches, Reeny Smith and more, the party vibes will be going strong under the big white tent!

DiverseCity Multicultural Street Festival

Global flavours. Wow-worthy cultural demonstrations. Groovin’ music. The DiverseCity Multicultural Street Festival returns to Charlottetown for one day and one night only on Sunday, June 23.  This FREE outdoor festival celebrates the many cultures and ethnicities that make up the Island community and is filled with positive energy and plenty of family-friendly activities and it’s FREE to enter. Taking place in the heart of downtown Charlottetown on Queen Street, DiverseCity features eight hours filled with festivities, international cuisine, beautiful handcrafts for purchase, children’s games and activities, cultural performances and live entertainment on the mainstage.

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PEI Festival of Small Halls

Storytelling + live music + dancing + intimate venues = an exceptional Island experience. The PEI Festival of Small Halls takes place June 9 – 23 in small and big(ger) communities across the Island. Showcasing homegrown talents, the Festival invites attendees to experience the Island’s deep musical and storytelling roots in the small halls that have and continue to be the heart of Island communities.

Anne & Gilbert 6 Days a Week

Back for another season by popular demand, Anne & Gilbert – The Musical plays SIX days a week, with matinee and evening performances that you can fit into your vacation itinerary. Performing at The Guild, this engaging musical sees our beloved Anne of Green Gables on the cusp of adulthood and with a heart that’s torn apart. Haunted by her past, Anne struggles to come to grips with her feelings for Gilbert, convinced that in order to love another person, she must come from love. Through friendships, courtships, and new adventures, Anne ultimately must decide whether she will let love into her life.

Kronborg and Anne of Green Gables Hit the Mainstage at Confederation Centre

The Charlottetown Festival returns to Confederation Centre of the Arts this year with enduring favourites and new shows! Kicking off the 2019 season, Kronborg: The Hamlet Rock Musical hits the stage starting June 21st and running until July 20 (select dates), while Anne of Green Gables: The Musical returns for its 55th year starting June 24 and running until Sept 28. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you can count on world-class performances in an intimate-yet-impressive venue.

Doors Open PEI

On June 1st several art, culture and heritage buildings in downtown Charlottetown that aren’t generally accessible to the public, will open their doors for one day only! Better yet, you can visit them for FREE. Some will give tours, others will tell neat stories and open secret rooms. Doors Open PEI is part of an international festival that provides great opportunities to explore hidden treasures, unique buildings, and forbidden spaces all while learning new stories and history. For full schedule and locations click here.

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