We’ve taken something that you’ve known and loved – the AREA 506 Vendor Village – and turned it into an amazing experience on the Saint John waterfront.
In June 2022, we premiered the full waterfront experience with a diverse collection of retail shops, a performance space, a Waterfront Container Lounge, food trucks, public art and pop-up activities. All wrapped up in more than 60 shipping containers, celebrating everything that’s cool about being a Port City.
Nearly 40 vendors bring this innovative space to life for six months and create memorable experiences for the close to 500,000 visitors who pass through the gates.
The gates are open for another incredible season at 85 Water Street in Saint John, and for the fall they’ll be open Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM with some extended hours when there’s a cruise ship in port.
Watch the Event Calendar to see what’s coming up on the stage and if you haven’t already, sign up for our mailing list to get sneak peeks and exclusive offers.
Some other questions you might be asking yourself:
Standard hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11AM to 7PM with some extended hours when a cruise ship is in port. You’ll also find hours posted at the top of the front page of the website.
Of course! There’s never a charge to visit the vendors in the Container Village. You can shop, grab some lunch at a food truck, a beverage at The Docks Container Lounge and enjoy it from the top level of the viewing deck. (seriously, you have to see the view from up there!)
The only time you’d need a ticket is if there was a special event or a band or whatever on the stage and you wanted to stick around to see the show. And even then, the shopping side would still be free to browse.
We love dogs! Of course, any furry/fluffy/feathered/scaly friends will need to be on a leash and on their best behaviour, but they’re welcome to browse the Vendor Village with you.
The exception is for ticketed events in the stage area, we’d suggest you leave them at home for those.
We love volunteers! If you’d like to help behind the scenes with our event team, hit us up! If you’re a potential sponsor or partner, or if you’re a musician or performance artist, visit the form on our CONTACT page, tell us what you have in mind, and the appropriate team member will get back to you.
If you’re a vendor and looking to get involved, check the FOR VENDORS link in the main navigation for more info on the EOI process.
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